Couples believes it is time for critics of Tiger Woods' personal
affairs to move on from the revelations about the world No. 4 after
"In my opinion, that's all passed, and now he's a golfer, and he's
starting to win again," Couples said at the Regions Tradition on
Wednesday, according to the Birmingham News.
Couples believes Woods' extramarital affairs were wrong, but not an affront to the game of golf.
"Did he make a mistake? H€ll, yeah, he made a huge mistake," he said.
"But did he ruin the game that I play? No. I wish he never would've
done that. He might have 100 wins by now, and he would still be picked
Couples played with Woods for the first two
days of last week's Memorial Tournament. The Presidents Cup captain said
he texted Woods on Friday night, encouraging him to sink a few more
putts to match his tee-to-green dominance at Muirfield Village GC.
The victory was the 73rd of Woods' career and his second this season.
While Couples suggested Woods could win up to five times this season,
any expectation of Woods winning that often well into the future,
however, is absurd.
"It's hard to do something 20 straight years," he said. "I sit and
laugh when I hear people talk about him, like he should win six to eight
times every year."
I think they're finally ready to start moving on. This week I've noticed more talk about golf instead of the past. The building story now is can Tiger catch Sam Snead instead of what's wrong with Tiger.
It was Woods’ first win in two years, his first since his marriage
and his life publicly fell apart on Thanksgiving night 2009, under the
weight of serial philandering. Since then, the world’s best golfer has
been anything but — beset by injury, a rebuilt swing and broadsides from
his former caddy and former coach.
All was forgiven Sunday. The old Tiger Woods was back, making a late
charge, executing an impossible flop shot on 16, pumping his fist when
the ball went in the hole, smiling with tournament host Jack Nicklaus at
the trophy presentation.
It was Woods’ 73rd PGA Tour victory, tying Nicklaus for career wins.
But it’s another Nicklaus record — 18 majors — he’s chasing. Wouldn’t
you know, the U.S. Open is in two weeks in San Francisco. A victory
there would be redemption, writ large.
Tiger Woods ... the smile is back and the rest of the PGA Tour should be a little concerned.
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Beat, what are you saying??? Tiger also won API in March. This is his second win for the year.
But, I understand the thoughts - winning eliminates alot of the lows.
It's onward and upward.
I DIDN'T SEE ANY PIC. OF TIGER AT THE MEMORIAL SUNDAYS FIST PUMPING
ALL BY HIMSELF
JUST LIKE THE PICTURE ABOVE.
I THINK THE CAMERAS WEREN'T READY
HE SURPRIZED THEM.