I’ve been meaning to make note of Marg Wente’s column on the Tiger incident(s) yesterday if only to show why people who haven’t a club about golf shouldn’t try to act like experts on the sport. Wente’s rant appeared on the front of the Globe, a long way from the op-ed pages where her writing usually resides.
Her take is that Tiger is “an Alpha male,” and those guys screw around. That’s the basics of it.
But Wente adds this line:
It’s a tribute to Tiger’s famous lust for control that he’s been able to maintain his pristine image until now. His 19th-hole behaviour was no secret on the golf circuit. But anyone who dared to write about it would lose access to the best golfer who ever lived. So they didn’t.
I simply don’t think this is true and I have no idea how Wente would know that it is true. I doubt she knows a TaylorMade R9 from a 56 degree wedge and has likely never stepped foot at a professional golf tournament. But suddenly she’s saying people haven’t reported on Woods’ infidelities because they “didn’t want to lose access to the best golfer who ever lived.” What access, exactly, would that be? Wente clearly doesn’t know Woods rarely gives one-on-one interviews and typically has to talk to everyone at the pre-tournament press conference for the events he’s in. So exactly what access is she talking about?
Oh, and Wente probably thought the previous “best golfer who ever lived” was Matt Damon, as she was unaware Bagger Vance was fictional. I’m just saying…