What Tiger Woods’ LIV criticism revealed about his growth as a sports icon

Tiger Woods didn’t mince words on LIV Golf at The Open Championship at St. Andrews.

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In his more than 30 years as a broadcaster, Mike Tirico has had the privilege of witnessing the accomplishments of many of the world’s finest athletes, including the entire legendary career of Tiger Woods, which gave a unique insider perspective on Woods’ significant contributions. Gambling.

On this week’s episode of Subpar, Tirico explained to hosts Colt Knost and Drew Stoltz why he thought Woods’ pointed comments during The Open Championship in St. Andrews about the dangers of defecting to LIV Golf represented a watershed moment for the 15-time major champion.

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“I thought about what he said about the PGA Tour and the LIV Tour, and the differences between the two, the dude for a quarter of a century has been the face of the PGA Tour,” Tirico began. “He put money in more people’s pockets – including all the guys on the LIV Tour. All the guys on the LIV Tour, the PGA Tour, are making a lot of money from Tiger Woods, period. You cannot dispute this statement.

“All of us on TV, the importance of golf, it’s all down to one guy,” he continued. “And he’s been the face of it for 25 years, since ‘Hello, world,’ in Milwaukee. And for the first time, he’s really stepped forward to be the voice in golf, putting pressure on major championships, just putting it out there for these guys. “Hey, you know what, you might never experience what we’re going through now if you go there and can’t get into the majors.” It was cool to see. I’m glad he took advantage of that moment to play a card he had never played before.

Stoltz then mentioned that Woods’ comments on LIV were particularly interesting because Woods rarely chose to voice an opinion on controversial topics during his career.

Tirico agreed and compared Woods to Michael Jordan, who was also known to be neutral in public when it came to potentially contentious issues during his NBA heydey.

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“Sometimes when you don’t say anything and you don’t want to share what you’re thinking, once or twice you do, it’s 20 times more powerful than the person who’s always screaming at the top of their lungs,” said Tirico. “And that’s what it was with Tiger. Eventually, Tiger said, once and for all, “I’m going to talk, and that’s what I think, and since I don’t do it all the time, you should probably stop and be careful.”

For more on Tirico, including what it was like watching Woods pitch 18 at St. Andrews this year, and why LIV Golf might actually be good for the PGA Tour, check out the full interview below. .

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As a four-year member of Columbia’s premier class of female varsity golfers, Jessica can top everyone at the masthead. She can also outdo them in the office, where she’s primarily responsible for producing print and online features, and overseeing large special projects, such as GOLF’s first style issue, which debuted in February 2018. His original interview series, “A Round With,” debuted in November 2015 and appeared both in the magazine and as a video on GOLF.com.

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