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Is Shane Ryan alone in rooting for Tiger Woods to fail?

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Shane Ryan, author of the insightful, singular, and controversial Slaying the Tiger, is regarded as a polemicist by some and an opinionated, original thinker by others. Regardless of whether you’re a detractor of admirer of Ryan’s “break the mold” style of golf writing, I think we can all admit he’s an excellent writer.

So it is with Ryan’s latest work of contrarianism for Golf Digest: “Tiger Fatigue Syndrome, or why I want the comeback to fail”. Is the essay a mere assumption of an oppositional or extreme position in favor of #clicks and self promotion? Is this Ryan’s well-reasoned opinion arrived at after much deliberation and thoughtfully presented? Is it some combination of both?

In the piece, Ryan writes things like this

“What I didn’t realize then, and hadn’t realized in 2014, was that I suffered from a rare disorder called Tiger Fatigue Syndrome. It comes in stages—bafflement, anger, exhaustion. It only afflicts those odd ducks, like me, who are completely at peace with a golf landscape that doesn’t include Tiger in a starring role. We are beset with psychic pain each time a Tiger comeback stops the presses, and we suffer spiritual ache each time its failure renews the “done or not done?!” debate cycle. We feel rooted in history, stuck in the past, like the sons of a rich tyrant whose name we can never escape. It’s at its most acute on weeks like this—Tiger is playing his first official PGA Tour event in a year at this week’s Farmers Insurance Open, and the eyes of the sport can’t look away.”

“To sufferers of TFS, the preponderance of Tiger-mad journalists and fans are the crazy ones. The evidence feels overwhelming: Tiger was the greatest golfer of his time—and the greatest to ever live, in my opinion—but now his watch has ended. The ongoing fixation with a man who is clearly past his prime strikes us as bizarre and a little delusional. And the more time that passes, and the more quixotic his path to glory, the worse it gets.”

Bold words. And while its sacrilege in all facets of the golf industry to cop to “TFS,” it’s doubtful Ryan is alone in suffering from the malady. You’ll want to read his full essay for context.

Not surprisingly, GolfWRX members have plenty to say about the piece, starting with Jarlaxle, who authored the thread.

“I could go on and on about how terrible this article is but will leave that to the rest of you. But I would ask Mr. Ryan to ponder one thing (and I do hope he reads this). If he were to poll all those young, up and coming stars that he feels are being undermined by the never-ending Tiger Mania, what do you think they would say? Do THEY want Tiger to fail? I’d say based upon recent comments by two of the youngest and most “fascinating” young players, Justin Thomas and John Rahm, that nothing could be further from the truth.”

Usually, the practice is to excerpt additional standout replies to give you a feel for the thread and entice you to click through. That is a difficult practice with this piece, however, as all the replies are darn good and many are hundreds of words long.

Instead, I’ll just say, get your popcorn ready and check out this excellent thread.

 

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  1. Alan Boldt

    Jan 29, 2018 at 5:21 pm

    I worked as a Marshall at Torrey 4 or 5 years ago and covered the landing area on #18 on Sunday. Tiger and his caddy were the most incredibly rude and foul-mouthed people I encountered during the entire tournament. We volunteers worked hard to make sure guests were quiet and orderly; Tiger and caddy treated us like filth even as we were being successful with profanity laced insults during the entire interaction. I became an anti-Tiger guy that day and have remained so.

    • AsAMatterOfFact

      Jan 30, 2018 at 4:59 am

      I’m gonna call complete BS on this claim. 4 years ago tiger never made it to the Sunday round to be in your landing area. Then 2013 he never made it to the landing area on Sunday because he had 7 holes left when they suspended play due to a weather delay. It was a Monday finish. #mythbusted

  2. GetRichOrTyTryon

    Jan 29, 2018 at 1:02 pm

    It’s not necessarily Tigers comebacks it was the media frenzy that ensued each time that I grew tired of. He clearly was legitimately injured and not able to perform despite which side of the Tiger coin you fall on. I was amazed he made the cut. If he can keep up the velocity he’s currently swinging without injury he’s got one last charge in him.

  3. kbc

    Jan 29, 2018 at 5:09 am

    I bet he wouldn’t say it to his face.

  4. Ben

    Jan 28, 2018 at 7:33 pm

    IOW, good riddance to bad rubbish ….. :-p

  5. Tim

    Jan 28, 2018 at 1:17 pm

    Never heard of Shane Ryan…

  6. Tom Duckworth

    Jan 28, 2018 at 12:05 pm

    Hoping someone will fail is pretty sad makes Shane Ryan look pretty small and petty. Many a media person has made a name for themselves by bashing Tiger Woods.
    I’m a golf fan a middle of the road Tiger fan but I hope he can come back and play well again. You know the young guys on tour want to play him he is a hero to many of them and why some of them got into golf.
    Yes he moves the needle like no one else some love him too much and some hate him too much. If he is playing well it’s good for golf on TV that’s about it if that’s good for the game….others can figure that out.
    I’m sure going out and failing is very embarrassing and he could just stay home and lay on a pile of money but I think he still loves to play so just let him.

  7. Nick

    Jan 27, 2018 at 12:59 pm

    Willing to bet that everyone who writes about how they’re sick of Tiger and his attempts at a comeback will discover that their most read articles are the very ones at the person they claim to be sick of reading/writing/talking about. The modern golf industry owes it success almost entirely to Tiger Woods and I will accept no arguments on this.

    • Andrew

      Jan 28, 2018 at 3:05 am

      The modern golf industry is on an unsustainable path and is thus dying. Thanks go out to Tiger Woods and his fickle bandwagon.

      • Nick

        Jan 28, 2018 at 8:58 am

        Participation in golf, tournament attendance and TV viewership all went up during Tiger’s period at the top of golf. It’s not coincidence that all three started to decline once injuries and personal issues forced Tiger to take time away from golf. So if you really want to say golf is dying because of Tiger then it’s purely because of his absence.

  8. Mike

    Jan 27, 2018 at 12:32 pm

    Who cares what Shane Ryan thinks..

  9. Andrew

    Jan 27, 2018 at 11:27 am

    Come on, Shane! A constant reminder of womanizing, drug addiction, and insincerity is no match for phony paper dollars. It’s money over moral compass today. Golf is now a great game.

  10. CB

    Jan 27, 2018 at 2:42 am

    I enjoyed Mr Ryan’s writings, loaded with the kind of sarcasm and derision that I enjoy, it reminded me of so many comedians who use this tact for their acts. Well done. Excellent stuff. Hint hint nudge nudge know wot I mean know wot I mean? that sort of thing.

  11. Ty Webb

    Jan 27, 2018 at 2:07 am

    I’m mixed on this one. I started golfing in 2004 and one of the first tournaments I remember watching all 4 rounds of was the 05′ Masters, so needless to say I’m a fan of Tiger Woods. He made the impossible look effortless and had a swagger that wasn’t really around in golf, yet. That being said, I even find myself growing tired of all of his comeback attempts. I can’t imagine what he’s been through, and I truly hope this one works out and he can be competitive for another 5+ years, but I’m too much of a realist to think that that’s plausible. I’m in love with the game of golf, not Tiger, so even if tomorrow he decided to hang it up for good, I would be perfectly fine with it, as I’ve been treated to enough from him and I’m excited about the young crop of players we currently have.

  12. Reality Kid

    Jan 26, 2018 at 10:00 pm

    All these journey clowns on tour owe Tiger Woods their millions while playing mediocre golf. Before Tiger Woods these fools were playing the mini tours making crap money.

    Tiger Woods saved the PGA Tour.

    • Andrew

      Jan 27, 2018 at 11:42 am

      Tiger made the golf market more volatile and uncertain because he appealed to the worst: fickle trust fund brats and adults who behave like children. Overall, golf is not better because of Tiger.

      • rogolf

        Jan 27, 2018 at 12:08 pm

        Somewhat like this country. Starting at the Very Top.

  13. dr bloor

    Jan 26, 2018 at 9:28 pm

    Ryan might be an “excellent writer” insofar as he has an excellent mastery of written language, although in this instance his entire argument is built on a foundation of sand. The only guy keeping him from moving on from “Tigermania” is the guy he sees in the mirror every morning.

    • Jim K

      Jan 29, 2018 at 10:32 pm

      Exactly. This guy wants Tiger to fail because he’s can’t bring himself to stop watching and writing about him.

    • Rich

      Jan 31, 2018 at 2:24 am

      I’m not sure you understand the point of the article. I’ve been waiting for someone to put this out there. I too suffer from TFS. It’s becoming tiring. In the days leading up to the Farmers Insurance Open, ALL the Instagram posts were about TW. Well there might have been one about Jon Rahm in about 50 posts. And after round 1? I didn’t even know who was leading till I actually went and looked it up. But I knew what TW had. I couldn’t agree more with Shane Ryan that it needs to stop. Am I also the only one stopping myself moving on from TW mania? Tell me exactly how to move on from it and I’ll gladly do it.

  14. Acemandrake

    Jan 26, 2018 at 9:08 pm

    I can relate to Ryan’s TFS BUT…anything good that puts golf on Page 1 on the Sports section has to be good for the game.

  15. Hawkeye77

    Jan 26, 2018 at 8:03 pm

    We most all certainly cannot agree that Shane Ryan is an excellent writer, lol.

    Golf Digest still have a tie in with this site? Come on guys!

  16. Crazy About Golf

    Jan 26, 2018 at 7:40 pm

    Jarlaxle: Of course Thomas and Rahm (and everyone one else on Tour for that matter) are gonna say they “wish all the best for Tiger” or something to that effect…..to say anything else could be viewed as callous and puts them at risk of public flogging. To suggest that comments by Thomas and Rahm, with a camera stuck in their faces, are somehow the barometer for collective opinion of today’s players is simply naive.

  17. Les Tombay

    Jan 26, 2018 at 5:44 pm

    Shane shouldn’t obsess so much over Tiger Woods. After all, who does that besides him???

  18. Billable Hours

    Jan 26, 2018 at 5:26 pm

    I also have TFS. Enough is enough.

  19. Dave

    Jan 26, 2018 at 3:42 pm

    He is a real Winner…NO? Rooting for someone to fail. We’ll here’s hoping your book fails!!

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Stephen Curry sponsors the creation of golf program at Howard University

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NBA star and avid golfer Stephen Curry has donated a seven-figure sum to Howard University in a move that will see men’s and women’s golf teams at the school for at least the next six years.

As the Washington Post reported on Monday, this will be the first time the school will compete at the Division I level in the sport, and the university plans to have the teams ready to compete for the 2020/21 academic year.

Curry’s donation was partly inspired by Howard senior and golfer Otis Ferguson IV, and speaking on bringing golf back to Howard, the 31-year-old stated

“Golf is a sport that has changed my life in ways that are less tangible, but just as impactful. It’s a discipline that challenges your mental wherewithal from patience to focus, and is impossible to truly master, so when you hear about these passionate student athletes who have the talent but don’t have a fair shot at the game, it’s tough. I feel really honored to play a small role in the rich history of Howard University.”

Howard University’s previous collegiate golf team competed in Division II before disbanding three decades ago, and Curry’s donation is set to be paid out over six years in order for the golf team to become self-sustainable.

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Here is where each player will start the Tour Championship

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Justin Thomas’ win at last week’s BMW Championship now gives him the lead in the FedEx Cup playoff race heading to the revamped Tour finale. The 26-year-old will start the Tour Championship at 10-under par, with his closest challenger Patrick Cantlay beginning the event two strokes further back at eight-under par.

Here are the starting positions for the 30 players at this week’s Tour Championship.

  • -10: Thomas
  • -8: Patrick Cantlay
  • -7: Brooks Koepka
  • -6: Patrick Reed
  • -5: Rory McIlroy
  • -4: Jon Rahm, Matt Kuchar, Xander Schauffele, Webb Simpson, Abraham Ancer
  • -3: Gary Woodland, Tony Finau, Adam Scott, Dustin Johnson, Hideki Matsuyama
  • -2: Paul Casey, Justin Rose, Brandt Snedeker, Rickie Fowler, Kevin Kisner
  • -1: Marc Leishman, Tommy Fleetwood, Corey Conners, Sungjae Im, Chez Reavie
  • Even Par: Bryson DeChambeau, Louis Oosthuizen, Charles Howell III, Lucas Glover, Jason Kokrak

The Tour Championship takes begins on August 22 from East Lake GC in Atlanta, GA, with the winner receiving $15 million.

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How much each player won at the 2019 BMW Championship

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Justin Thomas produced a masterclass at Medinah Country Club to take home the BMW Championship title and with it claim the winner’s check worth just over $1.6 million. In what was a crucial week in the FedEx Cup race, Patrick Cantlay who finished runner-up to Thomas collects a check for just under $1 million and will head to Atlanta for the Tour Championship one place back of the 26-year-old.

With players battling for a place at East Lake and no cut in place, here’s a look at what the 69 players in action earned at last week’s BMW Championship.

1: Justin Thomas $1,665,000.00

2 Patrick Cantlay 999,000.00

3 Hideki Matsuyama 629,000.00

4 Tony Finau 444,000.00

T5 Jon Rahm 351,500.00

T5 Brandt Snedeker 351,500.00

T7 Corey Conners 298,312.50

T7 Lucas Glover 298,312.50

T9 Kevin Kisner 259,000.00

T9 Adam Scott 259,000.00

T11 Tommy Fleetwood 196,100.00

T11 Rickie Fowler 196,100.00

T11 Sungjae Im 196,100.00

T11 Louis Oosthuizen 196,100.00

T11 Kevin Tway 196,100.00

T16 J.T. Poston 148,000.00

T16 Rory Sabbatini 148,000.00

T16 Vaughn Taylor 148,000.00

T19 Jason Kokrak 112,110.00

T19 Marc Leishman 112,110.00

T19 Rory McIlroy 112,110.00

T19 Patrick Reed 112,110.00

T19 Xander Schauffele 112,110.00

T24 Paul Casey 78,856.25

T24 Joel Dahmen 78,856.25

T24 Brooks Koepka 78,856.25

T24 Webb Simpson 78,856.25

T28 Byeong Hun An 65,675.00

T28 Abraham Ancer 65,675.00

T28 Si Woo Kim 65,675.00

T31 Wyndham Clark 53,650.00

T31 Emiliano Grillo 53,650.00

T31 Joaquin Niemann 53,650.00

T31 C.T. Pan 53,650.00

T31 Ian Poulter 53,650.00

T31 Gary Woodland 53,650.00

T37 Billy Horschel 40,700.00

T37 Charles Howell III 40,700.00

T37 Ryan Moore 40,700.00

T37 Scott Piercy 40,700.00

T37 Jordan Spieth 40,700.00

T37 Tiger Woods 40,700.00

T43 Keegan Bradley 30,525.00

T43 Adam Hadwin 30,525.00

T43 Troy Merritt 30,525.00

T43 Ryan Palmer 30,525.00

T43 Andrew Putnam 30,525.00

T48 Bryson DeChambeau 23,865.00

T48 Shane Lowry 23,865.00

T48 Phil Mickelson 23,865.00

T48 Collin Morikawa 23,865.00

T52 Jason Day 21,571.00

T52 Dylan Frittelli 21,571.00

T52 Matt Kuchar 21,571.00

T52 Keith Mitchell 21,571.00

T52 Justin Rose 21,571.00

T57 Jim Furyk 20,627.50

T57 Dustin Johnson 20,627.50

T57 Graeme McDowell 20,627.50

T57 Chez Reavie 20,627.50

T61 Max Homa 20,072.50

T61 Francesco Molinari 20,072.50

T63 Rafa Cabrera Bello 19,702.50

T63 Sung Kang 19,702.50

T65 Cameron Champ 19,240.00

T65 J.B. Holmes 19,240.00

T65 Adam Long 19,240.00

68 Harold Varner III 18,870.00

69 Nate Lashley 18,685.00

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