One word has always come to mind when speaking of Brad Faxon — putting. Now, "journalist" is another pin we can attach to the man that won eight times on the PGA Tour in his career.
Faxon wrote a lengthy piece on Golf.com about Tiger Woods, a friend of his, and what he should do to totally restore his image. He spoke of his distance from the sex scandal and how he feels for Elin. He talks of running into Tiger on the putting green at Isleworth a few weeks back and catching up.
Maybe the most glaring point Faxon made, however, was about something everyone has failed to discuss. The fact that Woods is still connected to a Canadian doctor that has admitted to giving patients human growth hormones.
"I'm much more concerned about Tiger's being treated by the Toronto doctor, Anthony Galea, who was arrested in Canada last October on drug charges, a doctor who admits to using human growth hormone. Baseball really took a hit by being so opaque about PEDs. Golf cannot afford to do the same. I really hope Woods did not use HGH, even if it was when he was off the Tour rehabbing his knee. Any use of HGH by a Tour member would represent a serious violation of our drug policy. I don't think Tiger would use HGH, but he should say exactly how he was treated by Galea."
Faxon brings up an incredible point here. The sex scandal is one thing, because it makes us question Tiger's character, but at the end of the day, it doesn't take away from what he has done on the golf course.
Any connection with someone providing HGH would hit Tiger for the rest of his life, tainting anything he's ever done in the golf world. Messing around with females is one thing, messing around with your muscles and performance is quite another.
Don't believe me? Kobe Bryant is a fan favorite in the NBA, and he had a sex scandal that brought in a whole other set of problems. Barry Bonds may or may not have done steroids, and his legacy is forever tarnished.
That is how sports fans think. We can forgive certain things, but when you cheat in the sport that made you famous, you're dead to us. We don't want you anymore.
Tiger admitted during his first appearance to the public that he never used performance enhancing drugs, but the elephant in the room is still there. Faxon's plea makes sense; let us know what happened with Galea and we can all move on our merry ways. Until then, this will still be an issue, and in the long run, could be a much bigger deal than what went on between the sheets.