Dec 3, 2009, 3:05 PM EDT
So in all the confusion we kind of forgot that there’s an actual PGA tournament occurring right now: The Chevron World Challenge, hosted by Tiger Woods (sitting in for host Tiger Woods this year will be Neil Patrick Harris). Although Rocco Mediate is not in the field, he has had many golf showdowns with Tiger in the past, not the least of which being at the U.S. Open two years ago. Mediate was on ESPN Radio in Chicago on Wednesday to give everyone a kind of George Baily, It’s a Wonderful Life reminder of what the golfing world would be like if Tiger were never born.
Key quote: “It’s so ridiculously sad it just makes me nauseous actually.”
“I haven’t really followed. It’s all just, I can’t really say what I want to say because I’m on the radio. It’s just wrong what’s going on. Everybody makes mistakes and obviously what I heard this morning what he said was right on the numbers. It’s not anybody’s business man, it’s his and his wife’s and his children’s business and the problem that I have with it is all the people that are trying to take this guy down because he made a mistake like everybody else does in the world a million times, but forgetting about what it involves.
“Two little kids and his wife, it’s their deal and knowing him, I don’t know her very well, but knowing him he’ll fix it. Everything is fixable, but because he’s the most recognizable person on earth, let’s just tear him apart while we have the chance, you know what I mean? When’s he’s himself and does great no one bothers him because it’s expected of him, then all the sudden this stuff happened, whether it’s true or not we’ll never know. It’s not even anyone’s business, and as you can tell I’m kind of angry right now. I just think it’s terrible, these people that have done this to him, it’s unbelievable. It’s so ridiculously sad it just makes me nauseous actually.”
I think you know my policy: Never argue with someone named Rocco. Audio here.
On what the Tour would be like without Tiger:
“I said it a million times, our tour is absolutely fantastic, but without him it ain’t as good; its that simple. I mean, look what he’s brought to our table. Look what he’s done for the PGA Tour, golf and the world of golf in general. So of course it will have a huge impact and you never want to not have your best guy no matter what the reason.”
Meanwhile, Irishman Padraig Harrington, who is in the Chevron field, had this to say about the worldwide nature of Tiger’s story on Fox Radio:
“Tiger is all the way around the world. I saw the Britain news on it when it happened and he was a front page on every single newspaper the following day. Bare in mind that was the same day that a terrorist attack killed 89 people in Russia and Tiger still made front page.”
Chevron World Challenge goes on without Woods [PGATour.com]
Rocco Mediate on Tiger Woods: ‘It’s not anybody’s business’ [SportsRadioInterviews.com]
Padraig Harrington gives his thoughts on Tiger [SportsRadioInterviews.com]
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