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"As they waited to hit, neither Watson nor Woods exchanged glances, much less niceties, their cold shoulders turning the tee into an outdoor icebox."

Karen Crouse on the lack of Stanford brotherly love when Tiger Woods and Tom Watson shared the 10th tee Wednesday. Thanks to reader Tim for this.

As they waited to hit, neither Watson nor Woods exchanged glances, much less niceties, their cold shoulders turning the tee into an outdoor icebox. The distance between them was accentuated when the golfer Jason Gore made his way to the hole and received a warm hello and a hug from Woods who, like Watson, has won a United States Open here.

Standing between Woods and Watson like a buffer was another Stanford golfer, Joseph Bramlett, who was playing with his childhood idol, Woods, two days after going through graduation ceremonies. It was three generations of Cardinal golfing royalty sharing a moment that could have been captured only by the widest of wide-angle lenses.

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I am confused did he attend graduation or did he graduate from Stanford?
06.16.2010 | Unregistered CommenterByron
Well . . . I give credit to Woods - in this case - for not approaching Watson and giving him a piece of his mind. Watson has more than enough disgusting behavior in his background which should have guided him to keep his mouth shut about personal failings. . . In many less fancy settings brawls have erupted for less cause. . . Hypocrite might be another appropriate adjective for Watson's plaque at the World Golf Hall of Fame.
06.16.2010 | Unregistered CommenterWisconsin Reader
Yes God forbid that Watson should tell the truth and admonish Woods for his behavior.

Despite the major difference in their wealth, one is rich and the other super rich, Watson continues to give to Stanford and plays there a few times each year in charity outings.
06.16.2010 | Unregistered CommenterLarry
Ok, I have to ask - what is the disgusting behaviour in Tom Watson's background? Do we now refer to alcoholism as disgusting? Is a divorce from a wife of 25 year disgusting? I know he married an ex-wife of another tour player but I have never seen any evidence that there was an affair before the marriage. Can someone provide some data on this?
06.16.2010 | Unregistered Commenterlongtimegolffan
ltgf beat me to it with exactly the same points, WR. Please share. His divorce was apparently ugly but I haven't really paid attention other than to know what ltgf mentions and that he is/was estranged from his children over it. If you click on the Crouse piece she points out that Tom Watson criticized Tiger's on-course demeanor and his relationship with those who have made his material success possible. And I don't mean Phil Knight. Tiger has always lacked a certain facility for sportsmanship, and now we know why he showed so much anger on the course leading up to last Thanksgiving. Nothing new there, as even the Great One admitted from the Blue Velvet Room of Ponte Vedra IIRC.
Watson had an affair with another players wife, leading to his divorce as well as that womans. They then married.
06.16.2010 | Unregistered CommenterLarry
I wonder how long this uncomfortableness can go on?
06.16.2010 | Unregistered CommenterAunt Blabbie
Wow Larry, that's good color.

06.16.2010 | Unregistered CommenterSwankdaddy
It's too bad neither could be the bigger man and offer a few words or a handshake.

I'm no Tiger fan, but since Watson has taken some shots at him, and he has been through hell, it would have been a nice gesture to wish him well.
06.16.2010 | Unregistered CommenterTighthead
Maturity? You must be joking. These are boys playing a game. It's just meant to be; that considered manners will only be allowed once the competing has completed. Tom thinks he can do well; can't begrudge him that. Remember Tiger couldn't make the cut at Turnberry so probably is envious of Tom's adulation without recrimination.
06.17.2010 | Unregistered CommenterTim in hoylake
Tigers behavior on the course is reason enough for Watson to rip and shun him.
Watson haters are gonna hate, but Woods is a punk on and off the course.
06.17.2010 | Unregistered Commenterjjshaka
Whaddya know! A resumption of the prigfest.
06.17.2010 | Unregistered Commentertlavin
jjshaka's got it right, Tiger is nothing but a spoiled little boy - a punk. If given a choice, I'd play with Watson any day over Tiger.
06.17.2010 | Unregistered CommenterPress Agent

I agree. Watson is a more conventional philanderer and imbiber. Much more my style than Tiger. I'm sure he'd be willing to answer questions about the affair that led to the two divorces and his remarriage.
06.17.2010 | Unregistered Commentertlavin
Tiger Woods dropped out of Stanford (after first year, I think) unlike his classmate, scottish lpga professional, Mhairi McKay who graduated with a BA.

Tom Watson has every right to be disgusted with TW's on-course behaviour. It is rank.
c&c: I'm pretty sure Tiger stayed at Stanford for 3 years and by that time there was no reason for him to stay for a fourth unless he wanted a degree that he didn't need any more than Big Jack needed his from Ohio State. And for the umpteenth time: Watson criticized Tiger's behavior on the course and towards his fans. He let the other stuff lay there, like the steaming pile that it is.
Thanks for the clarification Ky.
I read this the other day and wanted to ponder this before hitting the keyboard.
As far as I'm concerned Tiger bears the responsibilty of approaching Watson and saying hello. Regardless of T's talent and Watsons thoughts about Tigers "situation" (after all, Tiger has spoken with Micelli who's ripped him pretty well ), Tom has been on the Tour longer, has some majors of note and has earned the courtesy of being greeted.

Also - just read here that Tiger did acknowledge speaking with Tom in his post round interview -

TIGER WOODS: It was so bouncy out there. I mean I was explaining, I was telling Tom down there, the screens are just awful. It is what it is. It's poa in the afternoon and they're fast.

- so there was obviously some back and forth that we were not privy to.
06.19.2010 | Unregistered Commentermainuh

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