The Golf Blog: Should Tiger Woods be disciplined for club kicking, bad etiquette at Masters?

mulligan, 10 April 2012, Comments Off on The Golf Blog: Should Tiger Woods be disciplined for club kicking, bad etiquette at Masters?
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The Golf Blog says: After his sex scandal, Tiger Woods promised to shape up his golf etiquette on the course. Tom Watson and others criticized Tiger Woods for his on course antics, including profanity and club throwing. Of course, the past weekend, the old Tiger reappeared with several club drops, club groundings, and one infamous club kick in disgust (click for video).

Paul Azinger, former Ryder Cup captain, said Tiger’s tirade was an “embarrassment to the game.”

It’s time for the PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem to step in and discipline Tiger Woods. The PGA Tour should institute a “3 Strikes” policy. A playing displaying bad etiquette will be subject to up to 3 fines during 1 season by the PGA Tour Commissioner, after which any infraction by the same player will result in a suspension for the rest of the year. Do you think Roger Goodell of the NFL would tolerate this kind of lack of sportsmanship–say, if some football player kicked the ball in disgust–by any player in the NFL?

Tiger Woods agreeing to clean up his act in 2010

Tiger Woods public apology (excerpt) after sex scandal, Feb. 2010:

Part of this for me is Buddhism. It teaches that craving for things outside ourselves causes an unhappy and pointless search for security, it teaches me to stop following every impulse and practice restraint. Obviously, I lost track of what I was taught. Starting tomorrow, I will leave for more treatment and therapy. In therapy I have learned the importance of keeping spiritual life and professional life balanced. I need to regain my balance. I do plan to return to golf one day, I just don’t know when that day will be. I don’t rule out this year.

When I do return I need to make my behavior more respectful of the game. I have received thousands of letters and emails to encourage me. To everyone who has reached out to me and my family, thank you. (He added that their encouragement was very helpful and appreciated) Thank PGA tour, its commissioners and players (for your support) and I look forward to seeing my fellow players on the course. Finally to the many people in this room and homes who believed in me, I ask for your help, I ask you to find room in your heart to one day believe in me again, thank you.


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