Woods isn’t the only one being transformed
I enjoyed reading Mike Purkey’s column (“Woods evolves from winner to winsome,” April 17).
I am one of those golfers who rooted for anybody but Tiger Woods to win a tournament. As I have watched his transformation over the past few years, from all of his problems to open up his personality and become more open to his peers and family, I have become one of his fans. During the Masters, I was pulling for him over Dustin Johnson, as that is whom I always pull for, but he also has had his issues.
You have to respect anyone who has come back from what Woods has endured, but even more for the person he has become.
Too much Tiger talk
Last Thursday, upon the start of the Masters, I stopped reading Morning Read. I am so tired of hearing and reading about Tiger Woods. I realize stories and coverage of Woods moves the needle, but in my case, the needle moves in a negative direction.
I was barely able to tolerate all of the Tiger talk for the past several months, but since Masters week, it has been intolerable for me. I see the Morning Read headlines with the word “Tiger,” and I hit delete. I don't even open the email. That continued on Thursday morning, as well, the day I wrote this email. I haven't watched Golf Channel, either.
I consider myself neither a Tiger fan nor hater. Part of me likes Woods’ comeback storyline. When Woods came out on the PGA Tour, I loved the guy. I loved the fact that he said he comes to every tournament to win, and the old guard mocked him. Then Tiger did exactly what he said he was going to do. He won like no other, and I loved it.
As Woods destroyed the competition, character flaws started to be revealed, and that is when I stopped cheering for him. I don't think he treated the fans well. He had his infidelities. There are others, but simply put, Woods was cold and calculated, and he became hard to cheer for – at least for me.
He has overcome a great deal to get back to winning. As a father, I found it nice to see his children, who are at or near the age where they can appreciate who their father is as a golfer, and smile with happiness. To see their father win and see the excitement over it – it’s hard not to cheer for that.
So here I sit writing on the subject of Tiger. Seems ironic, doesn't it? I do not look forward to the coverage of the upcoming majors. The media will have to talk about Tiger, write about Tiger, and many like me are going to hate it. My delete button and mute button will be worn out by the end of the summer.
Voting with his feet
Though I won’t cancel my subscription for Morning Read (I enjoy it), I must say goodbye until at least after the PGA Championship.
Maybe by then, I won’t have to read about Tiger Woods every day.
Forest Ranch, Calif.
A good first step for Augusta and women
I am so tired of the naysayers, critics and cynics berating the development at Augusta regarding the Augusta National Women’s Amateur, and I hope they read Julie Williams’ article and have some second thoughts on their positions (“Augusta makes good start with ANWA,” April 18). It was well done and right on point.
Anything that brings positive coverage to golf is good for the game, and Williams succeeded in that extremely well. Nothing is perfect, but you have to take the first step in order to succeed.
(Nixon is the director of golf operations for the Tennessee Golf Trail.)
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