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What If Tiger Woods Had Thrown A Club Into A Lake. . . Bet No One Would Have Laughed

Rory McIlroy flings club into lake.

Rory McIlroy flings club into lake

Objective golf observers have made the complaint, quietly, for years: Why is there so much of an overreaction to Tiger Woods when he expresses his displeasure over his play?

Everyone does it—or at least many other players blurt out an expletive in frustration, toss a club. And yet, when Woods did it, the noise was so loud.

Rory McIlroy, who holds Woods’ old position as the No. 1 player in the world, was so upset with himself that he tossed a three-iron into the lake Friday at Doral outside of Miami. But here’s the kicker?

Everyone laughed.

There was no protests from players, no complaints from golf legends. No nothing—except platitudes to McIlroy, actually, that he showed himself to be a regular guy.

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Woods tosses his club back to his golf bag in anger, curses under his breath, and he’s the angry Black man. Tom Watson says, “He needs to clean it up.”

McIlroy slung a club into the water…and everyone laughed.

This is what Watson said a few years ago about Woods: “He really shouldn’t be setting that sort of example for kids. His swearing and his club throwing, that should end. I think he needs to clean up his act and show respect for the game that people before him have shown.”

McIlroy’s antics, with kids watching, drew jokes. Fellow pro Henrik Stenson, who was playing with McIlroy, cracked that he was sure to make SportsCenter with his toss. Stenson is another who has angrily flung clubs or let an expletive or three fly out of his mouth.

“He was quite funny,” McIlroy said. “He’s been prone to doing a thing or two like that in the past, as well, so he can relate.”

It’s hard to relate to the idea that when someone other than Woods let’s his frustration take over, it’s OK. A joke. McIlroy said he “never went at it that hard” in displaying anger. “I just let frustration get the better of me. It was heat of the moment, and if it had been any other club, I probably wouldn’t have, but I didn’t need a 3-iron for the rest of the round, so I thought why not.”

The thought of Sergio Garcia calling out Woods on on-course behavior is laughable, but even he took a shot when he had to wait as Woods cleared a way to take a shot at a tournament last year. This is the same Garcia who spit into a golf hole after he picked up the ball out of the cup, a show of disdain. It also was disgusting. So, Sergio, put a sock in it.

McIlroy said his antic was “not my proudest moment.” And countless players have kicked a bag, thrown a club, cursed and worse on the golf course. The gentleman’s sport has and always will survive an occasional show of frustration.

“It wasn’t something that I would encourage anyone to do,” McIlroy said .”I wouldn’t encourage kids to do it if they were watching on television. It wasn’t very role modelish of me. It felt good at the time, but right now I regret it.”

McIlroy’s upfront approach is the right approach. The PGA may fine him for the act, but it’s only a figurative punishment, considering McIlroy’s wealth.

But this isn’t McIlroy’s issue; it’s media’s, analysts’, players’ and fans’ who have collectively bashed Woods for every move that did not align with their thinking or golf’s intended behavior. Players have snapped clubs in half, thrown tantrums, you name it. And none of them got the grief Woods has received over the years. Wonder why?

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13 thoughts on “What If Tiger Woods Had Thrown A Club Into A Lake. . . Bet No One Would Have Laughed

  1. Dave Mills says:

    It's important we note the disparity of commentary towards T Woods in comparison to other Pro players. We don't have to make an issue, but it should be noted and stored in our mental rollodex. Those right wingers on Fox, who spout their diatribe of " It's all in your head, what disparity, it;s a nonsense". And believe that crap they spout. Pull out your card, flash it, Shut them up. And put it away. Peace

  2. Well… let's also point out that Tiger Woods gets more press than any other currently mediocre golfer in the world, more than good ones even. So while the idea that race issues are only in our head is ridiculous, I do think it's very hard to say this is a race thing.

  3. Fu*k Woods. He's about to get what Blacks knew would come one day. They're going to reduce him to joke in the history books. Go tell the "Cablinasian" community to remember and honor him.

  4. Teo Titlan says:

    When someone is at the top that is not like us we will always display this reaction which is simply anger and jealousy that it is that person and not me or one of mine. Its the human condition.

  5. Joe Lance says:

    Tiger Woods cursed all the time after a shot. That is well known to anyone watches golf. He would throw his putter down after a bad shot constantly. Other players do that but not to the same extent plus they aren't on tv as much. When you are ranked number 1 its a bigger deal. There is a big difference doing something once or twice and doing it for 15 years. If Rory keeps doing it for years it will become a bigger issue with each time like with Tiger. How this became a black and white thing is weird. Some people see racism everywhere.

  6. John Sturm says:

    If Tom Watson ever thought he could set a better example, why did he coach the Ryder team the way he did? He's an old guy who hit the PGA when the money was a lot less, he showed his envy at the Ryder Cup by not playing the right players, he was punishing them like being their father, he does the same thing when he is critical of Tiger. Believe me Tom, you are no Tiger!
    I would keep your day job driving the range ball cart.

  7. Hank Wilson says:

    Dear T. Woods, when a man needs to heal within, sometimes a family tree is more than just roots. It's also an umbrella of protection with dynamic energies, which are powerful and positive. Yes, a family can and will cause so much pain, yet it's impossible to have one without the other.

  8. Hank Wilson says:

    Dear T. Woods, when a man needs to heal within, sometimes a family tree is more than just roots. It's also an umbrella of protection with dynamic energies, which are powerful and positive. Yes, a family can and will cause so much pain, yet it's impossible to have one without the other.

  9. Tom Walsh says:

    "And none of them got the grief Woods has received over the years. Wonder why?"

    Tiger turned out to be a pompous jerk.

  10. The tour is full of pompous jerks. You just choose to ignore that aspect.

  11. Darnie Kris Glover Right… there's NO RACE involved here AT ALL! Not real BIG on LOGIC are you MORON? You need to do the world a FAVOR… DON'T BREED!

  12. You didn't use the word "UPPITY" jerkoff! But you MIGHT AS WELL HAVE! Choke on your own VOMIT!

  13. The PGA Tour protects its Stars period. Its not a race thing so get the frik over it. Rory now, Dustin Johnson twice tested positive before his suspension. And how convenient for the beefed up tiger to take a year in the wake of alleged steroid use and "HIS" Canadian Doctor known for injecting steroids into athletes, all because his knee needed an operation. How timely. Doesn't every athlete here in America use Canadian Doctors. lol Tiger has paid more fines throughout the years than anyone because he was heard swearing on air and throwing clubs. All come with fines that Tiger could care less about paying. The fines curbed his behavior little. He was above the system. Spoiled brat if you will. Let's hope Rory doesn't go down the same spoiled path. Its Franchise/brand not Race…

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