Not only did Tiger Woods not win the Masters Golf Championship last weekend, he lost a bit of personal luster as well.
Interviewed at the end of his round, Tiger said he played the greens "like a spaz". That prompted outrage among many in Britain, and the media over there picked it up. Not so in the U.S. The Los Angeles Times in fact changed the word "spaz" to "wreck". How nice of them.
Anyway, it didn't take long for Tiger to sort of get out of this sand trap. His official website www.tigerwoods.com has a statement now that says Tiger meant no offense. Tiger's competitve, very competitive. He obviously used the term to denigrate, to put down, his play that day. So he knew it was a negative term. You'd think he would know better. But then, back when Casey Martin was fighting for accommodations to play on the PGA Tour, Tiger was not supportive, even though he knew Casey well (they had been roommates at Stanford). I guess when you're at the top of your game it's easy to look down on the rest of the world.