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Jun032012

Video: Tiger's Incredible 16th Hole Chip-In, 2012 Memorial

Until the PGA Tour puts up a clean copy, a fan capture **8:33 ET Tiger's shot from the CBS telecast of the 2012 Memorial goes live on YouTube:

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YKW enjoyed himself at Muirfield, Ohio today – very impressive performance on several levels, his best for a long time. It shuts me up and it will take the pressure off Rory. It's all eyes on TW once more.
06.3.2012 | Unregistered CommenterIvan Morris
If I ever have to see his repulsive fist-pumping crap ever gain - I'll puke. Golf, and sport, would be better off without his pathetic demeanour
06.3.2012 | Unregistered CommenterIanB
Yes, excitement and joy must be eliminated as soon as possible.
06.3.2012 | Unregistered CommenterDave
Dave and IanB, shut up Tiger is the man, do you not want excitement in golf?
How boring would golf be without some fist pumps and getting excited when you make an extraordinary shot?
06.3.2012 | Unregistered CommenterRyan
Dave, Ryan cannot detect sarcasm- my best laugh of the weekend.

I do lean more toward Ian's POV, but nothing is gonna change.
06.3.2012 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
Oh, and it's not the actor, it's the action I find over the top. Got that, Ryan?

Golf went w/o all that for centuries, and did fine, but it is only my opinion, and I really don't care all that much, just closing down the laptop, and got a last post or 2 in.
06.3.2012 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
IanB

That sounds like pure ....hatred......by another name..

It's time to get over it.
06.3.2012 | Unregistered CommenterFan
If you don't like everything about that shot, before, during and after, then you just don't like life on planet earth.
06.3.2012 | Unregistered CommenterRon
Digsouth (and IanB), is what Tiger did today much different than what Tom Watson did at 17 at Pebble? Or Hale Irwin at Medinah? Or dozens of other examples?
06.3.2012 | Unregistered CommenterWritten off
Tiger is a great player, and a douchebag. These two things are not mutually exclusive.
Still would have preferred Rory or Levin, but knew that a fools errand.
06.3.2012 | Unregistered Commenterjjshaka
A limitless supply of that floating around out there Fan......
06.3.2012 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
Tom Watson and Hale Irwin are, for the most part, gentlemen who respect the game and it's fans. The level of perceived 'anger' and/or 'violence' in a Tiger Woods display is an order of magnitude more 'intense' then either Watson's or Irwin's efforts. Little wonder he's in the top 5 most disliked athletes - #2 I believe.
06.3.2012 | Unregistered CommenterIanB
I'm #9 on the list of most disliked unknown people. Try and separate the golf from the man dude. Heckuva shot, period.
06.3.2012 | Unregistered CommenterAverage Golfer
Watson and Tiger have left the same number of families!
Irwin was a joyyyy

Wow
06.3.2012 | Unregistered CommenterBTW
Man when will the tiger hatred stop. These idiots out there can't recognize greatness if it reached out and slapped them. So what if he fist pumps, people love it. Golf would'nt have nearly the ratings if tiger wasn't makin incredible shots like that and showing some emotion.
06.3.2012 | Unregistered Commentermr nice guy
100 balls and most scratch golfers don't make 1. Even with nobody looking. Few humans are capable. And I am no Tiger fan.
@BTW, nice post (and funny).
06.3.2012 | Unregistered CommenterGoose
Great shot - no question about it. Maybe the over the top fist-pumping is an American thing? Sort of like the 'get in the hole' yelling.
06.3.2012 | Unregistered CommenterIanB
I liked the fan capture version better. I could hear the commentary and shot setup. It was a great shot at a great time...

The fist pumps are one thing but the "F___ Yeah" seems over the top. Not sure if he did it on this shot but it seems like he was yelling something. He must really care about winning. You know, I let out a few F-bombs occasionaly but it's always over lousy shots. When I hit a good one I usually just say "get in get in" or "what was that?" If I made that shot to swing a tournament my way I'd probably lose it.
06.3.2012 | Unregistered CommenterMatt H
if you know golf, how hard the game is, mentally/physically, you have to admire that shot given the circumstances

Jack himself called it the greatest shot he's ever seen, short he has worse problems, long he loses the tournament, bears down and gets it done...very very rare for anyone to have that kind of mental/physical control...Jack knows and respects this...he said so in the post interview...

focusing/complaining about fist pumps, etc...in my mind...you do not understand probability/difficulty of the shot... ie - i don't care if he does somersaults, sparks fly out his ears....if he makes the shot...that's all im focused on...my awareness of difficulty allows me to overlook annoying things that happen around the shot...i've been around pro golf enough to realize how special shots like this are

i appreciate that internet anonymity gives these folks the opportunity to let their jealousy/freak flags fly...

rofl...gg tiger
06.3.2012 | Unregistered CommenterElyse
Perhaps, Tiger was emulating Jack's Bear Tracks on that
"other place" 16th hole?

No matter what, some will dislike him.
Earned, but pretty silly sometimes
06.3.2012 | Unregistered CommenterBTW
Like it or not we have are lucky to see one of the most genius golfer this golf has ever seen. He is one for the ages there might not be on other one of his caliber again....period I rest my case...............
06.3.2012 | Unregistered CommenterRdv
@Written Off

Well, I am 125 miles away from my last visit here, and ready to sack out, but it is always fun to visit the Shackelonians.

Watson and Irwin were different and the same (as Woods): a great deal of (earned) emotion, and a strong physical release (that's a setup if I ever heard one :))

I have slapped praise on TW, and I truly was amazed at ''the shot''. Hey it was awesome!

I find the difference(of the celebration) is generational; TW and HI were not ''in your face'' like TW's, and look, I think that is the difference in the manner of celebration ''then'', and ''now''- nothing more or less.

I'll say it: anyone who wants to brand me as a hater or bigot is simply full of shit. And I will say that to your face.

Pleasant dreams.

.
06.3.2012 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
A little perspective on over-the-top reactions, please - Compare a Tiger fist pump with Jack's flung putter that nearly decapitated Doug Sanders at S:t Andrews in 1970. But I guess that was OK, because Jack was a better family man.
06.3.2012 | Unregistered CommenterHawkeye
Anyone remember Seve winning the Open at St Andrews? Lots of fist pumps and shouting there too and that was how many year ago?
28 years ago this year.
06.3.2012 | Unregistered Commentermetro18
so i guess all of these wide-ranging comparisons mean it's okay and therefore we are compelled to like it as long as somebody - anybody - has done it before?
06.4.2012 | Unregistered Commenterthusgone
by the way, i always thought irwin's high-five marathon at medinah was pretty insincere.
06.4.2012 | Unregistered Commenterthusgone
Speaking of player reactions...did anyone notice Levin's chip-in eagle on Saturday? After rattling one off the pin into the hole...he turned around, gave the fans a smile and look/wink that said "I told you so..."

Just thought I'd mention that since now that TW has won it appears it's the "Tiger's fistpumps are too much" VS "Tiger's the man/just showing emotion" crowds.

I for one don't care what a player does after a successful shot (or poor shot for that matter) just as long as they don't delay/distract from the game itself.
06.4.2012 | Unregistered Commenterjohnnnycz
Digsouth, looks like a nerve was struck. I mention Tiger's celebration vs. historical ones, your hair flies and you're ready to run down any racism charges and challenge people face to face. If your cage gets is so easily rattled, I suggest trebling the therapy. Was this in your craw all night?

Jack seemed fine with Tiger's celebration. Good enough for me.
06.4.2012 | Unregistered CommenterWritten off
Written off: Good comment from yesterday. Yes, other players have celebrated important shots. Probably without the close-up camera view of their faces to show their expression and allow others to read their lips. With a wide angle shot you would see Tiger's fist pump among a few thousand cheering fans. He wasn't trying to get the crowd to cheer louder and disrupt other players. I'm sure having hundreds of people cheering gets you even more pumped up. After a night to think about it, I think the celebration is warranted.
06.4.2012 | Unregistered CommenterMatt H
So judging by the disappointments in some of these replys. It's safe to assume that you do not hold your friends and family to the same standards that you bash Tiger for abandoning. If that were so... you all would be friendless. I know I would be!! So Tiger let us all down as fans. I love how people assume that just because you have talent, fame, and money... that one is more able to be perfect. And that we as fans must cling to that illusion that those we admire most (or detest the most) are perfect. Get over yourselves!!! I know that some fans have hated Tiger since he came on the scene and have been waiting and/or wishing for Tiger to fall on his face so they could say... I told you so!!! You've had your chance to do so for three years now. What's funny is we as a species can't go without finding something or someone to hate. When you can do what Tiger has done (both for good and for bad) under the microscope he has... Then judge him as an equal. I know if I had any kind of money and fame, the tabloids we be busting me coming out of every strip club and massage parlor known to man. I would be more corrupt than "pacman" Jones. Thankfully I've never had those pressures. I have a hard time being me now. It's an illusion that money, fame, and talent makes things easier. On the contrary... It creates a hole new set of problems.
06.4.2012 | Unregistered Commentermr vintastic
That shot deserved celebration. Heck, Dufner probably would have smiled if he had been in that position and pulled off that shot, and that's pretty much the equivalent of a TW adrenaline-fueled fist pumping showcase. I would have been so excited I probably would have jumped in the pond!
06.4.2012 | Unregistered Commenterslow play sucks
@thusgone. Just pointing out the the precedence had been set long before Tiger "made it his own".
I find it amusing that it was OK for Seve and others, but not Woods. Double standards? Or just a dislike for anything Woods?
06.4.2012 | Unregistered Commentermetro18
It's not yet entirely clear why Jack Nicklaus exaggerated so much about that shot. This wasn't a major, the situation was in fact not do or die, and the shot itself wasn't incredibly difficult. Difficult, yes. Incredibily difficult, no. Yet Nicklaus chose to hype it to the max. The media herd is of course following. Perhaps Nicklaus hyped it because it happened at his own tournament? And because he, for as yet unknown reasons, wishes to prop Tiger up?

As for the behavior that Dave laments above, vulgarity takes many forms. Excessive volume is one form. Excessive public displays of emotion are another. Obviously, our sentimentalist age is shamelessly vulgar. Nevertheless, like you, I too reject the vulgarity of excessive displays of emotion in public - whether they be from Tiger Woods or anyone else. But the mob, especially today's media processeed mob, demands every manner of vulgarity. And as you can see on this page, the mob will stampede you if you stand in its way.
06.4.2012 | Unregistered CommenterAlphonsus Jr.
Good grief. Ever chip in on #16 with the tourney on the line to tie Jack's 73 PGA wins, on his course, at a place where you are famous for chipping in, with a massive gallery going absolutely bananas?
Y, most people would just tip their cap and smile. HAHA OK
06.4.2012 | Unregistered CommenterRon
it was a great shot (imho), no matter who hit it. it was an ugly celebration (imho), no matter who did it.

i am psyched at the prospect of a revitalized t woods at the us open. i won't be rooting for him, but a hard-fought battle down to the last few holes with tiger in the mix will make the inevitable mcilroy victory all that much sweeter. . . .
06.4.2012 | Unregistered Commenterthusgone
Thusgone. With all due respect to both you and Jason Dufner - I know who I would rather get out of bed for.
06.4.2012 | Unregistered Commentermetro18
Some guys are just a bunch of hypocrits. Are you still trhowing stones at Tiger? Come on, don't live your lives in anger w
06.4.2012 | Unregistered CommenterJimmy Silva
Who cares about the fist pumping?!
It was an incredible shot, period, and Alphonsus Jr surely needs a good specialist (either in ophthalmology or in psychology).
By the way, to all TW's haters: this year, the man that would never win again and blah, blah, blah won the Palmer's and the Nicklaus' tournaments.
Isn't ironic?!
06.4.2012 | Unregistered CommenterFiber
@metro18: lol! i don't blame you at all.

tiger is not my guy, but big tournaments are definitely more interesting when he is in the mix down the stretch. who knows? maybe this is the signal that he's all the way back and ready to start racking up some more majors? that would be a great story fer sher.
06.4.2012 | Unregistered Commenterthusgone

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