Steingberg Gives A Lesson On BS – A Tigerless Masters

I don’t know why it ‘s such a big deal – “it” being the question of whether or not Tiger Woods is going to play in this year’s Masters tournament, that is.

It’s obvious that, even if he could, he would be a non-factor of non-factors given the way he played after a year and a half off to fix his ailing back.

Now, we’re treated to more balderdash from his agent, and let me just show you where Steinberg all but admits that there’s no question – Tiger won’t be playing this year.

I could be wrong, and I’m not afraid to be wrong – that’s the price of offering an opinion rather than stating a fact, but it’s pretty close to a fact.

From the Golf Central Blog’s Nick Menta:

Tiger Woods’ manager Mark Steinberg issued a strong rebuke of a report published by Golf World on Friday…

“I talked to Tiger four hours ago on the phone. We’re not in a situation to even talk about playing in the Masters now.  He’s gotten treatments and is progressing and hoping he can do it.  There’s not been a decision one way or the other.

“I couldn’t give you a fair assessment, but to say it’s doubtful is an absolutely inaccurate statement.”

Did you catch that?

What does that even mean?

I Bet I Know!!

Let me re-phrase what I read from that, where it makes a little more sense:

“I couldn’t give you a fair assessment (because then if I did, then I would have to concede that he’s almost assuredly not playing, so I can’t do that, because TW doesn’t want me to), but to say it’s doubtful is an absolutely inaccurate statement (because it would be very accurate to say, ‘there’s no doubt, he ain’t playing’).”

Pardon me for calling Steinberg… disingenuous, but when you say something like this:

We’re not in a situation to even talk about playing in the Masters now. He’s gotten treatments and is progressing and hoping he can do it. There’s not been a decision one way or the other.

I have to to call BS – the Masters is in two weeks (if you have to commit by the Friday before, which is 13 days from now), and you’re saying “we’re not in a situation to even talk about it??

You’re not even talking about whether or not he plays, just two weeks before the deadline?

Also – if you haven’t made a decision yet (with less than two weeks to go) because of how the treatment is going… that’s pretty much the definition of “doubtful,” is it not?

Let me put it this way – that they aren’t even talking about whether or not he plays in two weeks is a a pretty fair assessment of the situation and a de facto admission.

Translation – Tiger won’t be playing… as if it matters, but apparently, the yes or no is a bigger state secret than who shot JFK.

And that seemed to be pretty much the case when he stated he had no timetable for returning to play, just days ago.

Of course, I could be wrong.

But that strong odor wafting in from the meadows tells me I probably am not.

We’ll see in 13 days.

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16 thoughts on “Steingberg Gives A Lesson On BS – A Tigerless Masters

  1. Mike Divot

    It’s a big deal because even now, Tiger is still the biggest name in golf, so everything he does is news. Also everything he DOESN’T do.

    A lot of people — media, vendors, and fanboys — have a lot invested in Tiger doing well. To the point where they’re blowing off his “little back trouble” as something which might actually come good, in spite of his history of surgery and walking around like an 80 year old man. It’s nothing more than wishful thinking.

    “To see what is in front of one’s nose needs a constant struggle” – George Orwell (author and 4 times top 25 at Augusta)

  2. Laser

    Maybe TW should look at a bit of history. Willie Mays (baseball player) had a lifetime batting average of .302 (before Astroturf infields).

    In his last year, at age 42, he hit .211. Maybe he should have sat down sooner, to keep from tarnishing his legacy. But, he did make $165,000 in his last year…back when it was more than just chump-change.

    So, maybe TW is just in it for the money now, endorsements he might not get if he outright quit.

    1. D Watts Post author

      It depends on course of action, Laser:

      If he can walk and even swing a bit, I say he can still play. However, I would add the caveat that the swing must be mechanically-sound. All of this stems from the lower back twisting. He can’t swing that way any longer.

      So, the options are, to continue this charade, to retire, or to change his swing to mechanically-sound. I’ve listed the options in the order of highest likelihood, in my opinion.

    1. D Watts Post author

      Donal, here’s a thought – Steinberg didn’t have to respond to the rumor. He did, and in typical fashion. I wrote what I thought of it. Nothing more, nothing less.

      It seem to me that everything TW does is done in a way to generate as much buzz as possible while keeping his cards close to the vest. Fair enough – so when he does something good (which hasn’t happened in some time), he gathers the laurels, but when he’s seen to be acting in a cynical manner… the slings and arrows will follow.

      Actions speak louder than words. And since he doesn’t ever deign to explain himself, I don’t feel the need to give him any benefit of the doubt in how self-serving he seems to be acting.

      At any rate, I seriously doubt TW is losing sleep over what I or any of my readers have to say about his situation.

      Happy Sunday!


  3. buddhabob

    2 years ago I opined that TW was staging a stalling action to milk another 100 million from sponsors. Seems like a proper motivation. Steinbergs take of this action is considerable and he is an old and fading agent who will go as Tiger doe.

    I expected that Woods would announce his retirement just before the Masters but so far nothing but silence and more stalling.

    It amazes that to this day, Nicklaus has never simply pulled the kid aside and told him to float his damn heel and free his hips and back. Player is everywhere claiming the health benefits of this and that and he cannot manage to communicate the clear truth of how to swing properly.

    Why do all these guys cop out, including Miller who one would expect would spot the weakness immediately and provide the solution? This is a case of The Emperor is Wearing No Clothes. No one wants to mention the obvious.

    1. Mike Divot

      1. I don’t think Tiger is as rat cunning as that. I think at heart he’s a pretty straight up and down guy who just wants to play golf and win.

      2. Nicklaus. Don’t forget that Nicklaus is a supremely competitive beast and that doesn’t go away. He probably figures, if Tiger beats my record I will be the first to congratulate him. But I am not going to hand him the keys. He has to figure it out.

      3. Miller. Great golfer. Fearless commentator. Not great analyst. Probably doesn’t actually know.

      1. D Watts Post author

        Jack said what he had to say on the modern swing philosophy back in ’74… he did his bit, and is not required to help his closest rival surpass him, agreed!

  4. Chief Cowpie

    I still give Tiger lots of credit. He won 14 majors without even knowing how to swing a golf club. Just imagine how many he could of won if he knew how to swing?

    1. D Watts Post author

      I would give him more credit than that, Chief – he won 14 majors knowing how to swing a golf club, just not in a mechanically-sound manner… but he certainly knew how to hit a ball.

      The difference is, with a mechanically-sound swing that didn’t damage his left knee (and no, it wasn’t the SEAL training, he had multiple surgeries on it before that whole silliness, the first in college and the second in ’02), he wouldn’t have gone to Haney, then Foley…and he’d still be playing and probably at about 25 majors by now…

      1. Chief Cowpie

        Any extra credit goes to the miracle of modern medicine. I stand by my words that without modern medical science, swinging the way he did could have left him uneasily walking uneasily with a cane a the age of 40 if not earlier at best and at worst, even more compromised by ailing back degeneration issues.

        Damaging your body to that degree is not knowing how to swing and Tiger has plenty of company. But I see your point from merely a point of view of least number of strokes, Tiger was exceptional but at what a cost.

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