Have more respect for Tiger

2011-02-08 16:54

Dubai - Tiger Woods deserves to be given more respect for his huge contribution to golf while he seeks to return to winning ways, world number two Martin Kaymer said.

Woods, the greatest player of his generation and arguably of all time, struggled through a winless 2010 campaign as he spent much of the season unsuccessfully trying to repair his marriage and undergoing the fourth swing change of his career.

The 14-times major champion, who was world number one for more than five years, has slipped to third in the rankings and tees up at this week's Dubai Desert Classic looking to end a 14-month title drought.

"Tiger shouldn't be getting a hard time," Kaymer, who has been grouped with Woods for the opening two rounds, told reporters.

"I have a lot of respect for him, all of the things that he did and we should be very thankful for what he's done for golf.

"Everybody knows he is struggling a little bit at the moment with his game. But let him sort out a few things in his private life so that we can see more of people taking pictures of him on Sunday afternoons."

Organisers of the Dubai Desert Classic have grouped the world's top three players - number one Lee Westwood, Kaymer and Woods for the opening two rounds of the event.

It will be the first time Kaymer has competed alongside Woods, a player he first admired in watching television coverage of the American's 12-shot victory in the 1997 US Masters.

"I have wanted to play alongside Tiger since '97 when I saw him win the Masters," the German said.

"It was pretty much one of the first tournaments I watched, and I've been playing golf since I was 15. To see the best player in the world winning a tournament like that was quite an inspiration and a motivation."

Woods won the Dubai Desert Classic in 2006 and 2008 and Kaymer hoped the American would mount a good challenge this time too.

"It would be nice to go head-to-head with him on Sunday, and I would love to see that," he said.

"But really it would just be nice if he could get back to where he was, where every week he has the chance to win.

Kaymer was speaking after attending Monday's Laureus Sports Awards in nearby Abu Dhabi where he was given the 'Breakthrough of the Year' award.

"Getting the Laureus Award was probably the greatest award I ever got," said Kaymer, who last year won the U.S. PGA Championship and the European No. 1 title and was a member of the winning Ryder Cup team.

"To be in the same room with all the athletes, actors, celebrities, my manager and I, were just looking around, talking about the people there, and thinking how cool it is to be in the same room as them.

"And then being on the stage, and to look down and see people like Boris Becker, huge role models, and here I am standing on the stage talking about my life, my career, it must have been a little strange for people to listen to me."


  • scott - 2011-02-08 17:05

    tiger is an arrogant, cheating ass! why does he always have that i got a stick up my ass look on is face.

  • james4usa - 2011-02-08 17:12

    Eldrick paid his ex a fortune in order to shut her up re his performance drug use. Gary Player years ago commented on the problem. He is a disgrace to the game.

      Sickly - 2011-02-08 17:51

      Gray Player is a Royal Knob, I wouldn't believe a thing he says, sour chop.

  • mengelbrecht1 - 2011-02-08 17:21

    What I find amazing in this saga is the double standards shown by media and fans alike. John Daly drank himself almost senseless, blew his sponsors money at the Casinos and beat at least one of his wives up, yet he was described as the Fan's Player. Wayne Rooney did the same thing Tiger did but nothing much was said and if it was it has long been forgotten. As for the drug isue, can anyone tell me what drug will enhance a golfers performance? It is my experience that a golfer needs a calm attitude when playing the game.

      BardofAvon - 2011-02-08 17:42

      You have a point.

      Lump of coal - 2011-02-08 17:57

      Maybe it's cause he is/was miserable towards the fans and commentators .... saying things like "second place is first loser !!!" He is not a nice person ...... GRUMPY ???

      arno.albertyn - 2011-02-08 18:03

      the only thing I can think of is that the difference here is - Tiger portrayed a perfect human being where as the others we knew from the start as being bad asses - so it didn't shocked us. When Tiger came out it was the dissapointment that even he could fail that left most bitter

      Bob - 2011-02-10 16:15

      John Daly is one of lifes characters, most of us know someone like that and well you gotta love em, not the beating wife up bit, where as Woods has got about as much character as a goldfish, he's just a sneaky guy.

  • Brandon - 2011-02-08 17:23

    Doesn't matter how good you are at something, if you're a crap human being, then you're a crap human being.

  • Mike Oosthuyzen - 2011-02-08 17:47

    I have no respect for you, if you have great respect for Tiger! Think about what you are saying logically. The guy is a cheating disgrace with poor character but because he has the ability to hit a little white ball straighter and further than most he should be respected????? Think man.

  • Adrien - 2011-02-08 21:00

    Tiger was a great golfer , no doubt about that. However, as a person he appears to be an asshole. He was arrogant, distant from his fans and his fellow competitors. Now on top of all that he has been unfaithful to his wife, kids and family. It was not just an affair, it was a litany of innappropriate behaviour. The bit that got to me was that he was out sowing his wild oats while his father was busy dying. I hate the fact that we are supposed to forgive "famous people" and they are not supposed to face the same justice etc as us mere mortals.The fact that they are better off than everyone else gives them the opportunity to behave better than the rest of us. In essence he is a lying cheating scoundrel and I am afraid he should carry that tag for ever. Do we forgive our dishonest ANC politicians..... No. So we must apply the same standards to him. If the PGA wasn't so money hungry , he would be banned for bringing the game into disrepute. Good riddance Tiger.

  • BardofAvon - 2011-02-09 01:07

    Respect is commanded, not demanded.

  • Radical - 2011-02-09 14:43

    Tiger deserves more respect.... what the hell next? Someone should inform the arrogant prick that respect is something you earn... it doesn't come with the trophy and cheque. How do one respect someone that not even a mother could love?

  • Bob - 2011-02-09 15:45

    What a load of bull Kaymer, everything Woods has done is for himself, Arnie Palmer did loads for the game as did Nicklaus and Seve, I for one don't miss Woods miserable face in the winners circle, I'm saying nothing about his ability as a golfer, just as a person he needs to get over himself, a legend in his own mind.

  • Baloo - 2011-02-11 08:30

    Leave the man alone. Who are all of us to judge? He strayed, he suffered so now let him be. Why must there always be people who wants to drag down anyone who manages to make it big? We should stop idolising sportsmen & woman. They are just normal human beings with the same weaknesses as everyone else.

      Bob - 2011-02-11 09:18

      Sorry I have to disagree Baloo, these super sportsmen are nothing like the rest of us, they can earn more in a day than we can earn in a lifetime, with that comes some responsibilities to us the public, it's our support that gives them their lifestyle, all we ask in return is some entertainment and a little respect for the life we provide for them with our few sheckles amounting to a fortune for them.

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