Reactions to Woods’ ‘indefinite’ break from golf
“It will impact on every tournament Tiger plays, I believe.
Let’s hope the tabloid press finishes quickly and we get on
supporting good golf. He is suddenly, I hate to say, more normal
now. There is a mystique which has been lost now and let’s hope
that golf isn’t damaged by that, and it shouldn’t be. There was an
aura, and that wall if you like has been split slightly, so there
are cracks and I feel that it gives us more opportunity of winning
these big events now.” – European Ryder Cup captain Colin
“I’m in shock over it all. A lot of our players are in shock.
I’m not happy with the way some of our players have responded –
that’s their way of getting back because they know they can’t beat
him at golf. They always say there is no one bigger in golf than
the game itself. But Tiger is.” – Two-time major winner John
“It’s tragic. I think this whole thing is tragic. I am in touch
with his wife Elin Nordegren now and then. Me and my husband Mike
have been out dining with Elin and Tiger on a few occasions.
Perhaps it won’t happen as often now.” – Former top-ranked women’s
golfer, Annika Sorenstam.
“I don’t know anything. I have no comments to this and I don’t
know either.” – Nordegren’s father, radio talk show host Thomas
Nordegren, on speculation that the couple are on their way to
“I have always said family comes first. I think he’s made the
right decision.” – three-time major winner Ernie Els.
“Tiger’s main priority now has got to be sorting out the
problems that he has and to rebuild his life. He can take as much
time as he needs to get it right. But golf needs him back and
sooner rather than later. At the moment, with the economic downturn
and with competition for sponsors from so many other sports, golf
has to have all hands on deck and Tiger is the biggest hand there
is.” – former European Ryder Cup player Paul McGinley.
“For years to come, he will be a figure of fun to comedians
great and small. Tiger Woods will have to put up with those jokes
and japes for 20 years to come. It’s a very messy situation and I
would advise him to go and see the people that Michael Douglas, the
actor, went to see because he had addictive sex problems. He’s
obviously got a problem. We were told for years that his father
stood by the side of the green throwing pebbles in buckets of
water, shouting and blowing whistles to make him oblivious to all
these noises. Now we have to see how strong his mind is.” –
Veteran BBC golf commentator Peter Allis.
“To make a sacrifice like this, looking at how he has been
throughout his career is a big shock. He was so one-dimensional in
his quest to break golf records and to be known as the best golfer
of all time. But you have to wonder about the validity and
truthfulness of anything he says right now.” – BBC golf
commentator Jay Townsend.
“Indefinite is a scary word. If Tiger Woods indefinitely
doesn’t play golf, that’s not good for us.” – Australian golfer
“Tiger is an outstanding star. Because of his absence, perhaps
people from the US tour will turn more attention to tours here in
Asia and elsewhere.” – Japan Golf Tour Organization leader Tadashi
“What he did was totally wrong. And he’s got no one to blame
except himself. You can look at other people, but he’s the one
who’s got to look in the mirror. It’s his personal life, so that’s
up to him if he wants to get his family life in order. It’s a hard
thing to come back from.” – Australian golfer and Woods’ friend,
“Sometimes you just got to take time out to reflect on what’s
more important, and that’s family.” – Bobcats forward Stephen
“With the scrutiny his life is under it would be nigh on
impossible to turn up and concentrate on playing golf, which is
what he does best. The only way he could go was to take a break,
try and sort his life out and come back when he’s ready. He does
that well from injury and he’ll be back when he’s ready to do so.
If he takes a hit through his sponsors that will not damage him too
much. He’s a wealthy man and the least of his worries are monetary.
They are probably the last thing on his mind.” – English player
“Hopefully he can go on something like Oprah, maybe even with
his wife, to show that they’re making a real go of it. The clever
move would be for him to say, ‘I’m coming back when Elin tells me
the time is right.”’ – Veteran British publicist Max Clifford.
“I’m shocked. Tiger has a stoic image and we knew nothing about
his private life. Like everyone else, I’m very surprised.” –
18-year old Japanese golfer Ryo Ishikawa.
“For the sports world, it’s nothing that we want to see. Even
the golfers themselves. I mean, Tiger has made that sport, along
with others, very global and still at a young age, he’s the
greatest to do that. I don’t think anyone wants to see that and I
think everyone is a little up in arms about that, so hopefully he
gets back out there and does what we all love him for, and that’s
for his greatness.” – Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade.