Is there no end to the Tiger Woods hype?
I understand that it is the slow season for professional golf. I understand that we are thus subjected to utterly silly events, with the golf played being secondary to the entertainment value. Think “The Match,” and now this week’s Hero World Challenge. This is what we endure until January.
But, must we really endure more shameless Tiger Woods hype? (“Woods lifts hope for major revival in ’19,” Nov. 28).
In Wednesday’s lead piece, author Jeff Babineau chose to stoke the Woods fires, with an article that contained no new information or insight. Why the urge to do this, when there are so many other creative stories that could be penned?
The so-called Silly Season provides the golf media with the opportunity to get away from the constant coverage of tournament play, and to delve into subjects not otherwise covered.
Yet, most media relentlessly go back to Tiger world. Methinks there may be more interesting and compelling stories to tell.
Woods’ world ranking ought to be even better
Writer Jeff Babineau mentioned Tiger Woods' world ranking, currently 13, which made me wonder whether Woods’ peers in the top 20 would think that was a true reflection of his status (“Woods lifts hope for major revival in ’19,” Nov. 28).
Looking at the ranking table, there are 96 of the top 100 who have played 40 events in the past two years. Any player who has played fewer than that has his total points divided by 40, as it is the minimum allowed. If you take the actual number of events played and use that for the four who haven't played 40 times, you get the following results:
Cameron Champ would go up from 97th to 76th; Lucas Herbert, from 83rd to 73rd; Patrick Cantlay, from 20th to 17th.
Woods, having played just 22 events, would have a rating of 10.05. That puts him just behind the player with 10.12, top-ranked Brooks Koepka. As Woods approaches 40 events, he should be adding points above the line with no downside, other than the gradual reduction in value of the 2018 events.
Anyone who wants to be World No. 1 sometime next year had better make it sooner rather than later.
Lighten up, Kavanagh
I'm somewhat surprised at Jim Kavanagh's comments on Adam Schupak's column about foreign players on the PGA Tour (“From the Morning Read inbox,” Nov. 28); (“Dream gig comes with cost for tour pros,” Nov. 27).
A player can be the most gifted golfer the world has ever seen, but still suffer from that which can affect us all: loneliness. Those who can bring family or friends, or find another way to deal with it, have a chance at succeeding.
Yes, PGA Tour life can be glamorous and financially rewarding, but it doesn't isolate a golfer from the "human condition."
Have a little compassion, Jim.
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