Retief calls Tiger a faker…Retief is an idiot

So browsing the golf.com website yesterday I came across an article as a part of the BBC Sports and how Retief Goosen has come out and said he believes Tiger Woods was faking his injury during his 5 rounds at the U.S. Open.

He was quoted as saying:

“It just seemed when he hit bad shots his knee was in pain and on his good shots he wasn’t,”

Asked if he felt Woods could have been faking it, Goosen said: “I think so. When he made the putts and he went down on his knees and shouting ‘yeah’, his knee wasn’t sore.

Seriously Retief? I didn’t watch every piece of coverage of the U.S. Open… but I saw plenty of drives where Tiger knocked it down the middle 330 yards, yet still experienced visual pain in his knee and body. It wasn’t just when he hit bad shots.

Later, Retief said (in a light-hearted manner):

“No-one but Tiger knows how badly hurt he was. But if he was really badly hurt, he would have withdrawn, wouldn’t he?”

Well Retief, that depends. If you are passionate about something that you have done your whole life and your goal is to break the record of the ultimate treasure in Golf, Jack’s 18 Major Championship wins…well no he wouldn’t have withdrawn. Now, that doesn’t mean Tiger didn’t make an error in judgement to stay playing, simply because he pushes himself hard and may have felt he could play all 4-5 rounds, but after the fact realized he had done more damage to his knee. If Tiger knew he would be withdrawing for the year because of this, I wonder if he would have played in the first place? My guess is no, he would have withdrawn prior to the U.S. Open, but that is after the fact.

The one thing I don’t see Tiger do, for any number of reasons, is call his playing competitors out on weird stuff. If someone open’s their mouth at Tiger such as Retief has done, or Rory Sabbatini has done, then often times you will have Tiger spew something back…sometimes. However, I honestly can’t recall Tiger shooting another player down out of the blue. Can you?

Retief’s comments will certainly have some tour backlash, but also fan backlash. I wonder if it will hurt his endorsements or anything of that nature.

Comments 9

  1. Jacques

    I watched most of the major, and have to agree with Retiefs’ comments.

    No person in his right mind, would be “passionate” enough to risk playing one tournament, hunting the magical 18 majors, knowing that in doing so he may miss out completely.(on the record)

    If he had a serious injury, would he really risk it all for one victory?

    I think not.

    While we are on the subject, When Nicklaus won his majors, there were a lot of better players around than nowadays.
    Nicklaus had to content with gifted players like Player (9) Watson(8), Trivino (6) and Ballesteros (5).

    As far as I’m concerned, Tiger will get the record, but he will do so in “race” where he is the only participant.

  2. Dhiren

    Retief how many majors you won???????????????Tiger has won how many and will win howww many???? Loser no sportsman ship respect he man he is the king and do not burn inside…..cos you aint ever gona be lyk him maybe you wouldover do it not tiger

  3. Nick

    Well, if Retief was quoted correctly, that was a really a bad one. I’m sure it will not add too many members to his fan club.

    Then again, it must be tough out there when one player (read: Tiger) is grabbing all the attention, even when he is not playing :-)

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  5. mike

    Jacques, you have it backwards.

    The fact that there were a few guys who won all of the majors back then means that it was LESS competitive not MORE competitive. Because the talent pool was thinner, an elite few could dominate and win all of the majors.

    These days the game is much more popular and widely played and the talent pool is far deeper. That is why (other than Tiger) it is rare to win multiple majors since the ’70’s. (Mickelson, Singh and Harrington have three).

    This is further proof that Woods is the best ever. He will break the record at a time when it is harder than ever to win majors. Even Niklaus admits that Tiger is playing in a much more competitive time.

  6. Tour Golf Blog

    I was browsing your blog and found this article. I had completely forgotten that Goosen had made those comments. I bet he feels like an ass now more than ever. Some of these guys just don’t think before they speak.

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