I saw some spectator (excuse me I ment to say patron) get hit by a drive on Sunday. He went down like he was shot. Does anyone know what happened to him?
I thought I heard them say as the camera closed in that the guy was just fooling around, pretending to be hit.
He still gives interviews after rounds that (a) make no gracious mention of how well others are playing, and (b) contain nothing to even imply the possibility that, although they're beating him, they're making mistakes and missing putts they feel like they should make, too. This has always been an infuriating aspect about Tiger to me, and it's not changing. He's still spending too much time whining about his own mistakes in public, and until he stops giving the equivalent of the Makhtar Ngiaye "We beat outselves" speech, he's not going to get much sympathy from me.
All the data was there; one just had to pay attention and put 2 and 2 together.
It seems Tiger is trying to play his way through his problems -- one major championship victory and everything will be all right again. I don't blame him, as the golf course is probably the place where he is most at peace right know, although this may not have been obvious from his behavior last week. But the longer he goes without winning (a major), the more people pay attention to all that other stuff, because you can't use "well, he wins, doesn't he" as an excuse.
You must spread some comments around before flaming the Moderators again.
1. This year, Tiger isn't exactly chopped liver. He is in the Top Ten in winnings and #4 in winnings per tournament played. He could end up having a great year.
2. There is a long list of great, great sports performers who were not exactly a day at the beach: Hogan in his prime. Seve. Snead at times. Walter Hagen. In other sports: Teddy Ballgame had a hostile relationship with the Boston press and many of their fans during most of his career. Frank Robinson and Bob Gibson gave no one any quarter. And Roger Clemens is in a class-by-himself, with or without added substances. Jim Brown was not exactly avuncular. Bill Russell, anyone? MJ? Nicklaus had some rough edges early, but he got them under control. Tiger, to be sure, is a star member of this club, both in terms of performance and attitude.
Part of the problem for golfers is that the first modern-day hero was Arnold Palmer. Arnie had a patent on charisma, and no one can really compare with him.
Let's admit it, the vast majority of fans still love Woods. They still want him to win every time out. Ratings soar when he's in contention and gallaries swell when he's playing. He's not nearly as hated as some want him to be. I don't know why but I still root for the guy. How I can pull for a guy who had multiple affairs, rarely interacted with his fans and always seemed holier than thou is well beyond my ken. I suppose it's another guilty pleasure.
It is amazing, to take this a slightly different direction, just how lucrative golf has become. I didn't look back into historical data, but I did a little poking around this morning and note that the 50th guy on the PGA money list last year made 3x what the 50th guy on the ATP money list did last year, and would have been No. 8 on the men's tennis tour with those winnings. That's an absurd spread, and doesn't even account for the fact that there's another entire golf tour out there, but only one tennis circuit. In fact, the 50th player on the Euro Tour's money list last year was about on par in earnings with the 50th men's tennis player. With the costs of travel, coaches, trainers, etc., it's just tough to make much of a living off tennis, I guess. I don't know what kind of sponsorship money there is, but the match winnings for the 50th best tennis player in the world last year probably netted that player, after taxes and costs, somewhere around $300k. Great money, to be sure, but in a job with rapidly declining salary after about age 30 that ends by age 38, that's really not lucrative in today's world where professional athletes are generally thought of as being uniformly rich. If you don't peak in the Top 10 in that sport and stay there for a couple years, you're not exactly living out the rest of your days comfortably when you retire. Meanwhile, you can now chug around on the PGA tour for a decade and a half, never win a tournament or crack the Top 30 in the rankings, and still pile up $25M+ just by staying busy.
And with that, I'm calling up Mrs. Mal to get my son pulled out of tennis lessons and on the range, pronto!
And the leading money winner on the PGA and Euro Tours last year was the same guy -- Luke Donald, who took home over $13.5 million in prize money between the two tours. He actually took home more money in just 13 events on the Euro Tour (a little over 5.3 million euros, or just shy of $7 million) than he did in 19 events on the PGA Tour (just under $6.7 million).
The take-home winnings of the top four or five guys on the Euro Tour are comparable to those at the top of the PGA Tour. As you noted, though, the big difference on the PGA Tour is that there's a lot more money downstream. The #50 guy on the Euro Tour last year (Jaco Van Zyl) took home 611,280 euros, or just a little over $800,000, which would've been good for #113 on the PGA Tour (barely high enough for a player to keep his PGA Tour card).
As for tennis, yeah, if you're at the very top, life is good -- but the dropoff is steeper than the Euro Tour and way steeper than the PGA Tour. Last year, the $1 million cutoff on the ATP Tour was #25, while it was #41 on the Euro Tour and #94 (!) on the PGA Tour. For $2 million, the cutoffs were #7 on the ATP Tour, #12 on the Euro Tour and #38 on the PGA Tour.
So in a nutshell, I agree with you -- time to get my 4-month-old son fitted for a set of cut-down clubs.
Another interesting bit of trivia about tennis -- both Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras are still in the top 5 all-time career prize money winners on the ATP Tour (Agassi is #5 and Sampras is #3). Roger Federer is #1 and Rafael Nadal is #2 (no surprise there). Novak Djokovic is #4 and could pass Sampras for #3 this year. After that, though, it looks like Sampras and Agassi may hang out at #4 and #5 for a while. The next active players on the list are Andy Roddick and Andy Murray at #10 and #11, respectively, but both are nearly $11 million behind Agassi. If Andy Murray keeps winning at the pace he did last year (just over $5 million in prize money), he could catch Agassi in two to three years and Sampras in about five years. Both of those are possible, assuming he stays healthy, as he'll turn 25 next month and probably has four or five more years of top-level tennis in him. Roddick is less likely to catch either, though -- he made "only" a little over $1 million last year, and will turn 30 this year, so he's probably beginning the downturn of his playing career. (As an aside, remember back in 2003 when Federer won Wimbledon and Roddick won the U.S. Open, and it looked like that was going to be the premiere tennis rivalry for the next seven or eight years?)
Also, John McEnroe is still in the Top 25 on the career prize money list (as of the first week of this month, he was #24).
I just finished Hank Haney's book The Big Miss about his 6 years teaching Tiger. It has made me appreciate how flawed a person tiger really is. He essentially has no life except golf and working out. The book doesn't go into reasons for Tiger's flawed personality although we can speculate that his father might bear some responsibility, but it made me more sympathetic toward Tiger as an incomplete person.
I know the tennis Player Council has been grumbling for awhile now about needing to raise the payouts - but I didn't realize how far behind golf they were. Not that they're necessarily related, but it is interesting to note.
sagegrouse - you get bonus points for both using the word avuncular, and using it correctly. Nice job!
I don't think this has been posted before.
Bubba's playoff shot on 18, aerial view.
Bubba Watsons Masters shot.jpg
Let's go DUKE !!!!