Sunday, September 25, 2011
Tiger Woods Announces New Caddie In Most Tiger Woods Way Possible
Sometimes I'll complete a post about Tiger Woods, read over it, and feel a little bad. Not really because of what I actually said (I believe all that I write over here), but more the impression that it gives off. I'm not a Tiger hater by any means, but I know sometimes it comes off that way.
With that said, I'd like to let you all know, I won't feel bad about this. Sunday marked one of the most dramatic days of golf that I can remember. Honestly, help me think of a time that this many cool things happened in one day? It started with a Solheim Cup that golf fans won't soon forget. Sure, it's easy this time of year to forget about women's golf, but this tournament wouldn't let you. It kept giving us moment after moment, starting with a questionable rooking making a splash on the first day, and ending with the Europeans basically saying "We will not let you take this Cup home again," and snatching bag Solheim as the Americans had five fingers wrapped around it. I'm on a semi-vacation, and couldn't help but stay in the hotel and watch the action. It was that good.
Then came the FedEx Cup, an event that I've never loved that much, but proved it's weight in gold (literally, $10 million of it) this Sunday when two guys that hadn't won a tournament all season were in a playoff for eight figures. No, Haas-Mahan isn't really The Duel in the Sun, but when Haas hit that second shot out of the water to save par on the second playoff hole, the entire sports world stopped for a second to regain their composure (it was so good that I simply tweeted "Wow" and had multiple people retweet those three simple characters).
But what stole the headlines in the golf world? Tiger Woods, announcing that he has found his new caddie, and that would be Joe LaCava, the man that Dustin Johnson had hired this year after LaCava and Fred Couples ended a lengthy relationship.
Understand this; I'm not mad that Tiger went out and got a caddie that was already working with another top-notched player. Sure, Johnson's camp said they were surprised by the announcement, but that's the meat and potatoes of this business. Good caddies are few and far between and if you can find one you think will improve you as a golfer, you offer him whatever you can to get him in your camp.
No, none of that bothers me, it's the fact that all this stuff was "leaked" on such a great golfing day. Face it, Tiger can steal golf headlines away from anything. He's that big. But this Sunday didn't belong to Tiger. It belonged to Suzann Pettersen and Catriona Matthew, Bill and Jay Haas. This was a day that golf actually happened, and during the NFL season, if golf steals viewers, that's a big deal, but it didn't matter to Camp Tiger because he had something to say and he understands that his voice is a 24-point font when everyone else in golf is working with 12. It's the biggest problem with Woods to me and it will continue to bother me.