January 29, 2010
When you're talking golf legends, Tom Watson sits -- at worst -- on the level just below Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus. He's an elder statesman, a man worthy of respect, and when he speaks, you'd damn well better listen.
And now, at last, he's spoken out on Tiger Woods.
In an interview with Kansas City's NBC affiliate, Watson described Woods' penchant for extramarital dalliances as "bad for our game" and "something he needs to get control of." And then he turned his attention to Tiger's famed temper tantrums.
"His swearing and his club throwing, should, that should end," Watson said. "That’s not part of what we want to project as far as the professional golf tour is concerned."
Watson had previously contacted Tiger via letter about the tantrums, like this one here, but hadn't made the contents of his letters public. His willingness to do so now indicates a marked change in the way that pros are dealing with the Woods question.
There's a lot of supposition that Woods will come back at Augusta because of the insulation that he'll have from the media. But if he's losing the support of golf's elders, Augusta may not want him back just yet.
Tom Watson tees off on Tiger Woods [Out of Bounds]
(Note: Tiger commentary at approx. 18:30 mark)