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Golf in Godzone: Steve Was Tiger’s Doberman

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They’re still guessing who might be Tiger’s new permanent caddie. Meanwhile Gene Wojciechowski at ESPN looks at the reasons for the duo’s demise: ‘Tiger-Williams couldn't overcome scars’.

Tiger’s misdemeanours are mentioned and when it comes to Steve’s conduct, Gene writes, ‘…Williams had his own series of golf-related meltdowns. Camera throws. Phil Mickelson digs. They paled in comparison to Woods' mistakes, but that didn't stop some people from wondering why Tiger kept him.

Here's why: He was Tiger's Doberman and Woods stood by him.’

It’s said that the term, “It’s a dog’s life” has its origins in, ‘the sixteenth century and seems to have remained in the language with the sense of  “a life of misery, or of miserable subserviency” ever since. ‘  However this has not been Steve’s experience, since it’s been estimated that this Doberman from ‘down under’ acquired a very cool 5 million while going ‘walkies’ with Tiger.’

It’s safe to assume that the scars referred to by Gene were merely psychological nevertheless it does appear Steve has been more scarred than Tiger. Who at his most recent press conference said “I thought it was time for a change. I felt that Stevie and I have had just an amazing run. Steve is a hell of a caddie, there’s no denying that. He’s helped my career, and I think I’ve helped his, as well.”

Whereas Steve is reported as saying, “I've wasted the last two years of my life because he's played infrequently, he's been injured and played poorly.”

Stephanie Wie reviews Tiger’s most recent presser and writes, ‘The interview room was a full house for the most-anticipated press conference in a while. Finally, we could ask about his health, his split with Steve Williams, his swing changes with Foley, etc.’

It appears that no new dogs need apply for the job. Tiger’s looking for a specimen that’s been house trained in the heat of battle while on the way to winning a Major with his master.

Stephanie writes, ‘My favorite for the job is now Tony Navarro…And I think he'd be a great fit -- nice guy, straight-up, very professional, roughly 35 years of experience, knows when to talk and when to shut up.’

On the inevitable question if he’d match or surpass Jack’s Majors’ record of 18, Tiger said, “Well, you’ve got to take it one at a time. That’s how I got to 14 is just taking it one at a time and trying to peak for each one. We get four chances to peak per year, and unfortunately I was only able to try and peak for one. Obviously my timetable isn’t very long to try and peak for the last one here, but it is what it is, and just try and get it going.’

As for his state of health, Tiger reckons he’s never felt as good physically for years. Which is just as well because the rough at Firestone Country Club can be fierce.

Here’s the link to Gene and to Stephanie  

Quote of the Day

“I want to be what I've always wanted to be: dominant.”

- Tiger Woods sounding like the kinda guy who’d be well matched with a Doberman



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