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Woods camp fires back over Bubba critique

Posted on: May 11, 2011 9:16 am
Edited on: May 11, 2011 11:16 am
 

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Looks like you can’t make fun of Tiger Woods with impunity anymore.

Bubba Watson, who once played dozens of practice rounds with Woods and still considers him a friend, raised eyebrows last week when he said the fading former world No. 1 is going down the wrong road with his myriad swing changes.

For months, players have offered unbridled and honest opinions of Woods -- a topic  that had them walking on eggshells for 15 years, lest they draw his ire -- but Woods and his camp began fighting back this week at the Players Championship.

On an Irish radio show, Woods' new swing coach Sean Foley quickly mounted a counter-assault when asked about the comments from Watson, who has three victories since last fall to climb to No. 11 in the rankings. Appearing on a Dublin talk show to promote his instructional DVD, Foley fired a sarcastic fastball at Watson's noggin. The comments were first reported on the Irish Golf Desk website.

“He has the right to his own opinion but you probably shouldn’t make comments about a guy who has won 69 more times than you and you are virtually the same age," Foley was quoted as saying. "You know what I mean?”

More excerpts from the Canadian coach: "I would just say, 'Bud, you won three times the last 10 months, I am really pleased for you. You have worked hard and I think it is a great thing that you are playing so well. But why do you feel the need that you have to get the attention? What’s the use in making that comment?"

Foley then took a personal shot at Watson, characterizing him as a publicity hound.

“Let the guy do what he’s doing and you do what you’re doing and it will be fine," Foley said. "There is absolutely zero need for him to make that comment. But you know, Bubba loves the camera anyway so, I mean, whatever.”

Watson already realized the nature of last week's off-the-cuff comments about Woods -- he was never asked about Tiger directly before offering the opinion that Woods is too wrapped up in the mental side of the game and swing changes -- long before he arrived at the Players Championship this week.

"I'll just go ahead and say it," Watson said at the Wells Fargo Championship last week. "I think Tiger is going the wrong way. I think he's so mental right now with his swing. Just go out there and play golf. He used to hit shots, used to bomb it, used to do all that stuff. In 2000 and '97 I think he did pretty good. He won the Masters by 48 shots or whatever he won it by. But I think sometimes he gets carried away on that. And a lot of guys do."

On Tuesday at TPC Sawgrass, Watson said he had spoken with Woods' management about the comments to make sure he hadn't napalmed his bridge with Tiger, who dropped to No. 8 in the world this week.

"I just talked to his agent, and I talked to another person in his camp last week and told them that I didn't say anything wrong. I just said my opinion, and the media runs with it," Watson said.

For context, his Woods comments last week were the result of a query about Sean O'Hair and Foley splitting. Watson has never used a swing coach.

"I just told him [his management] that, look, you know me. I'm good friends with you," Watson said. "I've been a supporter of you the whole time I've been a pro and have known you. So I'm here for you, but I didn't do anything wrong.

"So yeah, the camp says I'm okay, but I haven't talked to the boss yet."

Woods was not doing cartwheels about the comments when he arrived at the Players Championship on Tuesday, and not just because he has a sore knee.

"That was interesting," Woods said tersely when the comments were broached.

Rest assured that the two will speak in person, Woods said.

"We'll talk," Woods said curtly.

Click here for more of the transcript from the Foley radio interview.

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On Yo Knees
Since: Mar 19, 2011
Posted on: May 12, 2011 11:19 am
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Since: Mar 26, 2008
Posted on: May 12, 2011 11:09 am
 

Tiger quits again

Disappointing to see Tiger pull out again. Think he should take the rest of the season off to get both mind and body back on track.



Since: Dec 23, 2006
Posted on: May 12, 2011 10:57 am
 

Woods camp fires back over Bubba critique

Funny i was thinking the same thing cowbell, who the hell wants to hear what Foley has to say any way..Woods has been a mess for a while and Watson ment nothing bad with his comments..Looks like Foley is trying to protect his meal ticket to me..Woods made alot of money for himself and golf in general so you have to take the good with the bad and what Watson said was not really bad at all..



Since: Jun 18, 2008
Posted on: May 12, 2011 10:18 am
 

Woods camp fires back over Bubba critique

Foley is criticizing someone for being an attention whore?
Oh Pot, the Kettle is on the phone! 



Since: Apr 21, 2009
Posted on: May 12, 2011 9:48 am
 

Woods camp fires back over Bubba critique

5 over? am i reading this right?


On Yo Knees
Since: Mar 19, 2011
Posted on: May 12, 2011 9:27 am
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Since: Apr 21, 2009
Posted on: May 12, 2011 9:20 am
 

Woods camp fires back over Bubba critique

oh please. Bubba is right. Tiger is just grasping for a swing that will give him the distance without destroying his knees. 


Foley has about 5 months left i bet he is gone - that's my bet. 



Since: May 22, 2008
Posted on: May 12, 2011 9:19 am
 

Woods camp fires back over Bubba critique

First why do you have to curse to say your opinion,No he didnt say anything wrong but why make the comment when you werent asked about it or how about thats Tigers choice. Seems like you care since you have to voice your opinion laced with obsenity. Hye how about this if somebody said yo werent needed at your job woulkd yo say something back put yourslef in Foleys shoes here the best player in history asks yo for help with his swing and somebosy says he shouldnt what do you do I tell you waht you say something back, Tigers had a swing coach for yrs so why did Bubba say  anything ? You tell me



On Yo Knees
Since: Mar 19, 2011
Posted on: May 12, 2011 9:13 am
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Since: Dec 3, 2007
Posted on: May 12, 2011 8:45 am
 

Woods camp fires back over Bubba critique

THe tiger camp? Bubba did not say anything wrong in my view. Alot of folks agree with that statement. And who the fuck really cares anyway? It is like nobody can say anything remotely wrong about Tiger without it making the news.
How sad.


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