PGA Tour Rookie Steele Throws Tiger Woods Under The Bus

In the immortal words of Forrest Gump, “stupid is as stupid does.”

After the Farmer’s last weekend, Tour rookie Brendan Steele said Woods laid down during his last round. In other words…he gave up. Apparently disgusted with his performance, Woods simply did as little as possible to get the job done.

Steele was quoted in Sports Illustrated.

“I don’t think he gave it ­everything today. Once it started going in the wrong direction, I don’t think it had his full attention.”

Steele and Woods were paired together Sunday at Torrey Pines. Steele shot 2-under 70, while Woods posted 75 to tie for 44th. It was Woods’ worst ever finish in the event.

Forget the fact that this kid is a brand new rookie, calling Woods a quitter is quite a strong statement considering Woods’ legendary ability to grind out even the most miserable of rounds…regardless of his position.

So, obviously this has caused quite a stir but let’s look at the facts. Whether or not Woods “quit” during his final round, in my opinion, is irrelevant. The last guys to have the balls to go after Woods like this, (namely Vijay’s caddie and then Stephen Ames) became targets of Woods’ fury. And he made no bones about it, letting his performance show his disapproval of their comments about him.

Now, I’m not defending Tiger nor am I saying that Steele isn’t right. But I do take exception with protocol. Tiger, despite his current slump, is the most decorated golfer of his era and I believe he will return to his grace. And to have a rookie who is barely in his 3rd start in the big show call him out is a big mistake. What does that say about Steele’s level of respect for the guys who have laid the path for his paycheck and career? What has Steele done that earned him the right to even have a say about Tiger.

Personally, I’m disgusted by the idiots on Tour who chime in, thinking they know a thing or two about Tiger. I want to say “Look guys, that man you are so interested to comment about his poor play or whatever is the same man you should be thanking for the large purse money you’re playing for. Think long and hard about that when you finish 52nd and still earn $40,000.”

But I guess golf is like a box of chocolates…you never know what kind you’re gonna get.

What do you guys think?

***Update 2/3/11***
Seems Mr. Steele has clarified his comments about Tiger since this story broke earlier in the week. And I will say that all your comments have made me consider this topic from several perspectives.

So, I wanted to give you my “bottom line” on this one.

At the end of the day, I don’t really care one way or the other who speaks up about who on the Tour. They’re all grown men and can take care of themselves. My point in addressing this topic (although ill-conceived) is that I take umbrage with a brand new Tour player shedding some not-so-positive light on one of the “seasoned veterans”. The target in question could have been Steve Elkington, Ernie Els, Mickelson, etc. Just so happened to be Woods that Steele talked about. I just really think it is a stupid political and career move for Steele. That’s it. Each man is entitled to their opinion and I actually believe what Steele said because I watched Woods play the last round at Torrey. It is my opinion that just about every Tour pro “bags it” once in a while when they know they’re out of the contention so it’s pretty common. But you don’t see too many professional golfers actually voicing it. Seems like a bit of betrayal of the brotherhood of the PGA Tour guys but like I said…just my 2 cents. I’m not saying I’m right, just weighing in.
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