I don't know why all the backlash. The golden bear has done so much for the game, who are you to call this legendary sportmans out? He's done his part, he set the bar. And This wasn't all over sportscenter. The only people who heard are the true golf junkies or people make their living in the sport. The general sports public doesn't care one bit, so it really doesn't matter one way or another. And their is a double standard here, if someone gives a cookie cutter, politically correct answer, we call them out for being a phony or being careful. If people are honest, we get all butt hurt and can't Believe they had a nerve to say such a thing. Will the madness ever stop?
I'm not butt hurt, I have clients in the industry that agree Jack didn't act like an golf ambassador or do them any favors making those comments. I don't think Jack was being honest, how can he do his job as a course designer if he's not watching golf and observing how current golfers manage existing courses? He can't have it both ways, he can't on one hand say the golf equipment needs to be rolled back and on the other say he doesn't watch it.
If he really doesn't watch golf then his opinion on the current state of the game is worthless and he should completely refrain from discussing it.
Nobodys perfect - including Jack.
He made a mistake that one can not ignore in regard of his position in the game golf - and that is the point.
I also don´t see a reason why it should not be allowed to talk about something that had hurt the interest of all golfers.
One should be able to learn from mistakes - including Jack - to help growing the game.
This is why sports people are so guarded and why there are so many bad interviews because they are terrified of saying the wrong thing. We then get media trained robots standing there splurting out the same answer as the player before them.
Guys like Speith, Rory, Padraig Harrington and Colin Montgomerie are fascinating to listen to as you get a real answers. This should be encouraged.
If he had said something derogatory about Tiger the fair enough, but he wished him well. It just seems over the top to suggest his comments are bad for the game.
I think he is old and experienced enough, to cope with interviewers.
And I think that what he said is not good for the game.
And I don't believe everything a leading person says - neither good, nor bad.
Happy new year!
Edited by Uhit, 01 January 2018 - 06:44 AM.