What's all the fuss from the 2012 USGA U. S. Open? Tiger Woods, No. 3 on the FedEx Rankings with seventy-three career wins finished Friday tied for the lead with a score of -1 in the 2012 U. S. Open at the Olympic Club in San Francisco.
Well, multitude of articles would be talking about "How he isn't back," how badly he is playing, and it's just bad karma for him. The talk from "when" would he ever win another golf major, would turn into "if" he ever would. Camera footage would show his dropped club, or scowl, and even his last major win, the 2008 U. S. Open, showcasing the specialness, strength, and competitiveness of his one knee spectacular finish, would be canned.
Even if he made the cut and was not in contention, the aforementioned would result. The only difference is that you would barely see any live footage of him; you might not even know he was still playing. Is there too much ado on Tiger, and not enough for everyone else?
Four top twenty players: Bubba Watson, #5 on the FedEx Rankings with 4 career wins missed the cut yesterday by one shot, Rory McIlroy, #6 on the FedEx Rankings with three career wins missed by 23 shots, Luke Donald #13 on the FedEx Rankings with five career wins was 36 over, and Dustin Johnson, #18 on the FedEx Rankings with six career wins was one over the cut. Their only mention was, "Notable Players Who Missed the U. S. Open Cut." There were no long segments on how badly they were playing; no scrutiny or up close shots of every shot, action, or emotion; or "Let's write them off for the rest of their careers."
What is it about Woods that gets everyone into an uproar? He puts his long pants on like everyone else and is competing on a professional level. Yet, we know very little about the other golfer's personal lives, we haven't seen footage of them eating an entire banana, spitting, cursing, or dropping a club. Not all of them do such things but each probably has done something that was newsworthy other than their play.
Jack Nicklaus had a twenty major drought that covered six years before he got to 18 major wins compared to Woods' eleven majors drought over four years, if he won the U. S. Open this weekend.
Jason Dufner, #1 on the FedEx Rankings with two career wins is 3-over par and Hunter Mahan, #2 on the FedEx Rankings with five career wins is 3 over par for the U. S. Open. Will we hear long debates on their futures or how poorly they played if they don't win?
Let's not hear so much fuss to fill air time or paper space unless we do it equally. Or should we? Woods has seventy-three career wins tying him with Nicklaus with fourteen majors at 30. If you add up all of the career wins of the people previously mentioned, except Nicklaus, who Woods has tied at 73 wins; they add up to only twenty-five wins. So all the fuss means he's special but the media shouldn't overreact until he finally finishes the deal at a major for the first time in four years and wins his 15th major tournament at the Olympic Club and 74th win.
That now seems moot, however, after Woods shot a five-over par on Saturday and fell off the pace. However, the media will likely do the same on Sunday and overanalyze him on Monday. Here we go again.