We are two days removed from Tiger Woods winning THE PLAYERS Championship at TPC Sawgrass and instead of looking ahead to the HP Byron Nelson Championship starting on Thursday, all you hear is outrage over TIger's latest sin on the golf course.
Let's enter the time machine... it's Saturday at THE PLAYERS on the Par 5 second hole. Sergio Garcia is standing over his ball and getting ready to swing and Tiger pulls a club from his bag at the same time. The crowd makes some noise. Sergio is instantly furious.
Garcia would later claim that Woods distracted him during the shot and that he was "the victim" in this situation. A situation that saw Garcia make a bogey and Woods a birdie. A victim? Really? The only victim on a golf course is the golf ball, which gets beaten around and sometimes lost. Sergio Garcia is no victim.
Woods said it was "not surprising that he's complaining about something." There is much truth in that statement. Sergio loves to complain, but then again, so does Woods. Whatever perceived rivalry existed between them before may have been ignited in this situation.
The thing is, Woods made the shots he needed to make after playing this hole and Sergio did not. Sergio choked, as he is accustomed to doing in important golf tournaments. Which begs the question, why is Sergio trying to take the spotlight off his bad play on Sunday and putting the focus on the second hole he played on Saturday?
Because he's Sergio... and that's why he doesn't win majors.
But of course since Woods told the world the marshals gave him the okay to hit and now they've told SI that he's a liar, this must be disected forevermore. There will be no reprieve from it. Do not pass go. Do not collect $200 (just Sergio tears).
Let's get back in the time machine... it's Sunday at THE PLAYERS on the 14th hole. Tiger Woods has a two shot lead and hits a terrible tee shot which starts a little right but quickly comes back left and splashes into the water. He talks with his playing partner Casey Witenberg and his caddie about where his ball entered the hazard. They come to an agreement and Tiger makes his drop. (Here's a thorough breakdown of the shot from a crazy person).
Then the golf world explodes, forever and ever, but Johnny Miller has to let everyone know, "that Tiger drop was really, really borderline. I can't live with myself without saying that."
Good to know you have such conviction, Miller. I can't live with myself if I don't say that.
Since Tiger's DropGate at The Masters, everyone is keeping a very close eye on him anytime he hits into a hazard and has to take a drop. It's going to be like that until Woods retires from golf and even then some caddie on a course 25 years from now is going to raise an eyebrow from across two fairways when he sees Tiger taking a drop.
My question is why are we even having this "point of entry" conversation when TV crews clearly have the ball tracker/fligh path technology to know exactly where the ball went and a rules official could be sitting there watching it and then radio down to the marshal with a definitive point of entry.
That makes too much sense, so it won't be done. Instead of improving the game so these things don't happen, we have to live in the archaic code of the honor system that all golfers must live and die by. It's silly, but that's tradition, I guess.
A tradition unlike any other...
...Because other sports are smart enough to have unbias (mostly) officials monitor and enforce the rules of the game.