The picture to your right was taken in 2004, during the first round of the Bay Hill Invitational. As you can see, both former Stanford Cardinal players were yucking it up, having a good 'ol time. That was the relationship of Tiger Woods and Tom Watson pre-scandal.
Since then, Watson has spoke to basically anyone that would listen about the problems with Mr. Woods' behavior, and the quotes keep on coming, this time from Sunningdale Golf Club in England. Watson, the five-time British Open champion, was asked about Tiger's current state of mind, and while it seems like there isn't much communication between the two, offered up this via Reuters:
"His life is a lot more complicated now. He doesn't hear that absolute silence when he's playing, and he mentioned when he's playing his best he hears nothing," Watson said.
"I'm sure there are things going on in his mind that make it very difficult for him."
Watson went on to talk about Tiger's decision to fly back to Florida instead of staying over in the United Kingdom after playing in a pro-am on Monday and Tuesday in Ireland.
"I used to come over five or six days early, simply because I wanted to get the time change. That was the first thing. I don't think what he is doing is risky," Watson said.
"That kid was so much better than the rest when he came out and he evolved into a golf swing that really worked for him. He has some difficulties with the golf swing now."
While Tom's quotes aren't nearly as harsh as the first time he spoke on Tiger, it does seem that Watson feels a little letdown by Woods. Tiger was the next in line to be the ambassador of golf, and the transgressions have halted that.
Also, we know about Tiger's history of remembering things, and I'm sure these types of quotes from Watson will be burned in the back of Woods' mind for a long, long time. The one thing this has taught us? A lot of the older guys don't seem to care if they piss off Tiger.