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Tiger Woods has never been a trash talker or a fan of confrontations off the course; he prefers to do his talking with his clubs, and over the years, Woods has, more often than not, silenced his critics and detractors with big wins and big shots.
There's nothing wrong with taking the high road in a particular situation, mind you. But the way former NBA star Charles Barkley sees it, Woods would've been better off handling the Norman situation -- Norman told FoxSports.com that Woods is really intimidated by Rory McIlroy -- with a couple choice comments for the two-time British Open winner. In other words: Barkley wanted Woods to blast Norman.
Speaking to "The Waddle & Silvy Show" during a recent radio interview, Barkley said he was "disappointed" with Woods' decision to pass on the opportunity to "go ballistic" on Norman.
"I would like him to just blast Greg Norman," Barkley said. "... I'm not a high-road guy. I wanted him to come out and really blast Greg Norman and say 'Dude, what the hell are you talking about? I've got a lot more victories than you. A ton more majors than you.' I don't understand why he just lets people treat him any kind of way."
I can understand where Barkley is coming from with his comments -- he wants Woods to stand up for himself when someone calls him out -- however, responding to comments off the course has never really been part of Tiger's mind games. Sure, he's responded to verbal volley with sharp comments of his own, but he's always let the clubs do the talking. Always. And that's likely never going to change.
Woods is in contention again this week at the Tour Championship, and if he can somehow find a way to win at East Lake and capture the FedExCup as well, he'll once again look like a genius for passing on the chance to rip Norman to shreds in the press.
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