While there is some truth to what Kelly is saying, I think there is some overstatement in saying that Tiger is treated harshly by the golf world because of its historical ethnic and class make-up.
The first thing I would note is that this forum, Golfwrx, is very
representative of the game of golf and those who play it the most
, and Tiger is in fact immensely
The other thing I will say is that while golf has historically been race- and class-exclusive, that is really not so much the case anymore. Except circumstantially - the game is expensive to play. Again I will point to this forum. Tiger is very popular on this forum and I imagine it crosses class, race and wealth lines, though impossible to determine.
I think if you are going to make the case that Tiger is overly criticized or scrutinized (due to his race or upbringing), the only general statement you can accurately make is that bigoted people across America, whether rich or poor, golfer or non-golfer, are likely to dislike Tiger regardless of his success or his personality.
I don't think you can say "golfers are rich, white and old, and that's why Tiger is criticized". 30 years ago maybe.
It's (still) an America problem, not a golf problem.
Edit, P.S. I'm a big fan of Tiger the golfer, always have been, but if you can't acknowledge that he is, at the least, "kind of a d--k", you're blind or just too far from objective. And that's before this Reilly "story" came out.
Edited by approach11, 10 April 2012 - 02:55 PM.