Like his putting, Tiger’s apology comes up short

April 07, 2012 | Drew Forrester

It almost came across like an apology from Fonzie on Happy Days.

Remember that?  He couldn’t ever say “I’m sorry” without stumbling and bumbling over it.  It would go something like this: “I’m sor….I’m sorr…I’m sorrrrr…”

Tiger Woods couldn’t do it either on Saturday at Augusta National.

He tried.  But he couldn’t do it.

Woods, following a 3rd round 72 that left him using binoculars to see the leaders, was asked about Friday’s club-kicking incident on the 16th tee.

“Certainly, I’m frustrated at times and I apologize if I offended anyone with that,” Tiger said.

“But I’ve hit some bad shots and it’s certainly frustrating at times not hitting the ball where you need to hit it,” he concluded.

Sounded like the Fonz to me.

“I apologize if I offended anyone…BUT”

No, Tiger.  No “buts” this time around.  No need to explain WHY you kicked that club.  We all know why.  You can’t play the course you once dominated.  It’s there for everyone to see.  And you can’t figure out how it’s happened.  So when you get frustrated, you do things like drop kicking your club.

Here’s the way Tiger should have apologized.

“I need to go back to my round on Friday and address something that happened on the 16th tee.  After a bad shot, I reacted inappropriately by kicking my club on the ground.  There’s no room for that at any level of golf, but most certainly not from someone like myself who values the traditions of The Masters and has great respect for the people who run this event and the fans who attend it and watch it on TV.  I’m deeply sorry for that outburst.”


No excuses.  No quips about being frustrated and all that other stuff.

Just say “I’m sorry”.

You could even throw in there a “it won’t happen again” comment if you wish, but no one would believe it.

A simple “I’m sorry” would have sufficed.

Instead, we got 1/4 of an apology and 3/4 of an explanation about how the greatest player of the last 20 years can’t handle hitting a bad 9-iron on a Friday afternoon at the 16th hole of the 2nd round of The Masters.

I saw Louis Oosthuizen hit a poor second shot into the 18th hole on Saturday with a chance to tie for the lead, yet I didn’t see him pitch a fit like a raccoon that just discovered a dumpster full of discarded picnic leftovers.

Fred Couples couldn’t get out of his own way on the front nine of the 3rd round and was out of it before you could finish your 2nd beer, but there weren’t any clubs thrown or wild lashes into the ground with a misbehaving driver.

Lots of players hit bad shots in major championships.

Tiger’s comments make it seem as if he’s the only one that occasionally hits one where he shouldn’t.

Given the chance to right his wrong from Friday’s temper tantrum, Tiger couldn’t even do that properly on Saturday afternoon.

He couldn’t just say, “I’m sorry.”

Worst of all?  That’s all we wanted from him.  Just those two words.