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Tom Watson tees off on Tiger Woods: 'He needs to show some humility to the public'

Jan 29, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

Opinions on Tiger Woods come cheaply these days; who doesn’t have a take on this mess? His peers on the PGA Tour have been less chatty, however; and those who have ventured a few syllables have shown general solidarity. But no one figured on the venerable Tom Watson, unlikely second-place finisher at the 2009 British Open despite being 59; which is older than many trees. When asked when he thought Tiger would return to golf, Watson could have taken a mulligan. Instead, he took a couple of swipes at the world’s favorite tabloid sensation, admonishing Woods for a variety of misbehaviors. And suddenly a coma-inducing interview turned interesting.
Video following the jump.


Watson talked with NBC affiliate KSHB-TV from his home in Kansas City, and toward the end of the interview was asked when he thought Tiger would return to the links.

“He will be back at some point this year. But it’s really up to Tiger to get his personal life in order, and his golf is really secondary. It’s bad for our game. It’s something he needs to get control of and a handle on and make some amends and show some humility to the public when he comes back.

“His swearing and his club throwing, that should end. That’s not part of what we want to project as far as the professional golf tour is concerned.”

Here’s a link to the rather lengthy video interview with Watson. Scroll to the 18:50 mark for the Tiger comments.

Here’s a shorter version.
Of course its debatable that Tiger’s actions — both on and off the course — have been “bad for golf.” I have a feeling that, if and when he comes back, attendance and television ratings will go through the roof. Watson should have said “bad for golf’s image,” I suppose. Hey, when you’re nearly 60, self censorship isn’t that important. Agree with him or not, it’s refreshing to hear someone say what he’s really thinking.
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Tom Watson Chides Tiger For Scandal, Swearing [SportsbyBrooks]
Tom Watson expects better from Tiger [The Golf Channel]

259 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Homer - Feb 13, 2010 at 9:30 AM

    Man by your spelling, you seem like a real 2nd grader….

  2. Jeff - Feb 16, 2010 at 8:17 AM

    All the Tiger comments aside – and yes: grow up and stop swearing and throwing clubs – I object to golf being called a sport. It’s technically considered a hobby, so say it like it is, folks.

  3. Rick - Jul 17, 2010 at 12:51 AM

    All comments aside, those who are throwing stones needs to stop. No one is perfect and Tiger has to live with the mistakes he has made. Let’s just learn to enjoy watching the competition and not psychoanalyze every personal and professional move.

  4. Chuku - Jul 17, 2010 at 1:45 AM

    He who hits the ball with serenity will be in a happy place…

  5. Chuku - Jul 17, 2010 at 1:53 AM

    you all realize nbc is data-mining your posts to determine the next way to profit from you, right? Next: a sit-com about a cranky old golfer who disapproves of the way a younger African American upstart approaches his ‘traditional game’. It’ll be called ‘Diff’rent Strokes:Part Deux’…coming this fall.

  6. Matt Stone - Jul 17, 2010 at 5:43 AM

    Well, the ONE time Arnie threw a club in frustration while playing with his father, his father told him he would never play the game again if it happened twice. Not only is it childish and disrespectful to the character of the game to throw clubs, but it is also dangerous. If Tiger can’t control his tantrums he should be fined for unsportsman-like behavior. In retrospect, if Tommy Bolt, the consumate hot head, could learn to control himself then Tiger should be able to also. Then again, control seems to be something that eludes Woods, both on the course and in his personal life.

  7. sean - Jul 17, 2010 at 8:24 AM

    Tom Watson doesn’t have his own affairs in order? Get a clue.

  8. Clearhead - Jul 17, 2010 at 2:41 PM

    Watson should mind his own business.

  9. James - Jul 17, 2010 at 9:53 PM

    Lee, I may be older than you are, and I expect mature people to be pragmatic in their criticism. To state that you cannot watch golf when Tiger is playing, I think, bears some strong hatred and animosty. May be you have a little more growing to do. Please read Matt Stone’s comment as specimen of PRAGMATIC CRITICISM.

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