Tiger criticizes the course.

He just made a passing comment to a pro-am partner about it being designed by Tom Kite before his LASIK surgery. A very funny comment, IMO, but also telling.

Jack Nicklaus used to say if he heard someone complaining about the golf course or the weather, he new he wouldn’t have to worry about that guy. I agree, I love bad weather. HOOOOOOOOOOOWEVER…all through my swing problems there was another common factor in my bad play.

I did nothing but complain about every course I played. I still do it, but not as much. The level and frequency of my complaints were and are directly related to how awful my swing felt and performed.

2005-2008, I had some problem with every course I played. This year I have reduced my comments from, “this course sucks,” to, “there is nothing particularly wrong with it, I just don’t like it for me.”

Guess what, my swing problems aren’t as bad as they have been. Tiger should be above hating the course as good as he is, but having expereinced this myself, swing problems make you hate things that normally don’t bother you.

Don’t you just love it when someone takes a position and finds every minute detail to twist in his position’s favor. :-)

Addendum: In this post I am not criticizing Tiger in the least. I will post here what I just responded to someone in the comments. I am one of the worst offenders of whining about golf courses. I only used this small incident to illustrate my opinion that Tiger is having trouble with his swing, it is affecting him mentally and it is often affecting his play.

EDIT: I just found out Bob Cupp designed this course. Here has been my experience with Bob Cupp courses. When he has a flat piece of land, the course is usually decent to good. When it’s a desert or mountain setting, it is absolutely awful. Langdon farms in Portland was a fun course to play and I found it quite decent. Cascades and Tierra Rejada in Southern California I find quite avoidable…to be politiclaly correct.

Being Liberty National is flat and I saw the layout of the holes, it looks decent to me. However, Mr. Cupp has a habit of building greens that some Tour players might find…irritating.

6 Responses to “ “Tiger criticizes the course.”

  1. Carrera says:

    The whole field hates the course (except maybe PM, but he’s a member there), so the fact that Tiger hates it doesn’t hurt him against the field. Would be a different matter if it was a minority opinion.

    • I saw that. My point was not that it would hurt Tiger, but he should be above that…and in the past, I believe he would be.

      • Carrera says:

        It was a comment to his pro-am partner, who didn’t have the good sense to keep it private. I wouldn’t criticize Tiger for it, given that context.

        • I was not criticizing him. I am one of the worst offenders of whining about golf courses. I only used this small incident to illustrate my opinion that Tiger is having trouble with his swing, it is affecting him mentally and it is often affecting his play.

  2. Banner 12 says:

    Tiger hates any course that doesn’t suit his game.

    Par for the course.

  3. Mike Z says:

    Haha, I’m not surprised to read that this guy designed Rejada. That’s #1 on my hated course list, which is unfortunate because it is so close to my job. If it were even a halfway decent track, I’d be able to play a lot more golf after work.

    The third hole there is the stupidest hole ever designed.

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