Tiger Woods – The Ups's & Down's

The Up’s

I recently received a pretty funny e-mail, and thought I’d share it with you all. It’s about an interview with David Feherty– I’ve also tracked down the youtube video associated with this. Check it out.


People have accused me of being so far up Tiger's arse that he can barely make a full swing, but I maintain that he is a special person. There's no one else in the planet who can do what he does or even thinks of doing what he does.

I've often thought, instead of showing Tiger's reaction to a shot he's hit, we really should show the reaction of those around him. But here is the next best thing. I'm walking down the 18th fairway at Firestone Country Club with Ernie Els and Tiger, who has popped up a three-wood about 40 yards behind Ernie into some wet, nasty, horrible, six-inch rough.

Tiger's cursing and taking clumps out of Ohio with his three-wood. And, of course, we're not showing this on TV because we want to be able to interview him later. Ernie and I walk past Tiger's ball, and it is truly buried.

(mosimage)Ernie is tied with Tiger and he's in the middle of the fairway. I'm standing with Ernie and my microphone is open. Ken Venturi [in the CBS booth] sends it to me and I say, ''Tiger's got 184 yards with two big red oaks overhanging the green!. He's got absolutely nothing. With a stick of dynamite and a sand wedge I might be able to move this ball 50 yards!"

Steve Williams [Woods' caddie] tells me [with a hand signal] that he's using a pitching wedge. Tiger takes his swing! Every muscle in his body is flung at the ball.! It looks like he's torn his nutsack!. The divot went as far as I could hit the ball. I've got my microphone at my mouth thinking, what the hell was that? The ball sails over the trees, lands behind the hole and backs up to about six feet from the flag.

I open my microphone and Ernie turns and says, "F@*k me!"?

My producer comes on in my earpiece and says, Was that Ernie?" I say yes.

He says, "Fair enough."

I could have described that shot for 15 minutes and not done as good a job as Ernie did with two words.

This is the second best player in the world talking, and you wanna know how good Tiger is?

Ask Ernie Els.”

The Down’s

Although, I’m a huge fan of what Tiger is doing for the game myself, I know there are many of you out there that enjoy seeing him in a more mortal light. With that said, check out this video of Tiger at halftime of the Cal vs Stanford game; Woods spoke to the crowd after being inducted into the Stanford Athletics Hall of Fame. Cal fans gave him a warm welcome! Go Bears!

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