mandudebro, on 03 May 2012 - 10:07 PM, said:
FDSouthPaw, on 03 May 2012 - 03:53 PM, said:
I've never got the impression he had everything in order mentally. He might have a ton of injuries that are holding him back, but he wasn't going to cash in on his talent because his head wasn't in the right place.
That's kind of a leap based on the 'impression' you had, no? A couple PGA Tour wins, a legendary Ryder Cup performance, wealth, fame...at what point has he cashed in on his talent enough to meet your standard?
Seems like the disdain for AK comes from a weird place for a lot of people. This, despite the struggles the recent article has brought to the forefront.
Injuries in sports can be devastating and don't discriminate. Hope he can get healthy and fight back to his prior form.
It might be a bit of a leap, but I would wager a guess that just about everyone who's followed the tour for the last few years would tell you he's underachieved given his talent and the opportunities he's had. Everything you've listed is true, and he's certainly not going to go down as the biggest disappointment of all time, but if his attitude and work ethic had matched his talent, I don't think we'd be having this conversation.
Disdain is probably a strong word. Indifference to his struggle probably frames my opinion better. I don't hate the guy, I just feel he's squandered opportunity and acted arrogantly. Most people that get kicked out of casino's (especially those who are spending lots of money) aren't getting kicked out because they cussed in front of an old lady. They're getting kicked out because they not only crossed the line, but turned around and gave the line a middle finger afterwards. I generally steer clear of these people in my personal life, and I find it hard to pull for them as a fan.
That said, everyone likes a redemption story. I'd have no trouble pulling for him if he righted his ship, got healed up, and started carrying himself like a man who gets paid lots of money to play a game he loves for a living.