My Day 2 challenge at the Masters: Avoid Tiger Woods

Fred Couples waved to the crowd after completing his stunning 6-under-66 in the opening round of the Masters. (Jason Getz/AJC)

Fred Couples waved to the crowd after completing his stunning 6-under-66 in the opening round of the Masters. (Jason Getz/AJC)

AUGUSTA — Good morning. My quest today is to not write about Tiger Woods.

Given the uniqueness of the Masters — the old guys/good guys diversity of the field — there’s a general rule of media coverage. Thursday should be about the old guys. The thinking is that you have the rest of the week to focus on some of the top 25 guys on the money list.

The problem Thursday was that the size and mutant form that the Woods’ story had taken on made it nearly impossible for his return to be eclipsed by any other development in the first round. But it was a closer call than expected. In any other year, 50-year-old Fred Couples (leader at 6-under), 60-year-old Tom Watson (5-under) and 52-year-old Bernhard Langer (1-under) would have been THE stories of this year’s Masters.

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So today could be my Thursday. Going into the tournament, I figured Woods would be the major story on Day 2 only if he missed the cut. He won’t.

While I’m supposed to maintain objectivity in these matters, I’m hoping at least one of these old guys hangs around and is still on the leaderboard at the end of the second round. That would make it easy.

Besides, Couples was my second pick in the annual AJC Masters draft. YESSS!

So here’s my question for you: Whom do you want to read about tomorrow? I put up a poll but you can make another suggestion here below if your guy is not listed. I’ll check back later.

By the way, the temperature gauge in my car read 57 driving to the course today. Pants day.

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37 comments Add your comment

Tucker T

April 9th, 2010
10:37 am

Shankit

April 9th, 2010
10:38 am

Wouldn’t it be great if Watson and Cink could wind
up in a playoff for the Masters. I would have to pull
for the ol’ man, than I am.

Pi$$onaDAWG

April 9th, 2010
10:38 am

Glad to hear other people are playing besides Tiger. I like Couples.

Pi$$onaDAWG

April 9th, 2010
10:39 am

Bootyism!! Now that was funny. Can’t wait to see what the Fly today.

Tucker T

April 9th, 2010
10:40 am

Jeff

Whether you like it of not you gotta write about Tiger. Some people didn’t even think he would make the cut so if he is in the top 5 after today you gotta write about him.

exs120

April 9th, 2010
10:44 am

csquared

April 9th, 2010
10:44 am

just blew it i think, by talking about NOT writing about tiger.

Tony

April 9th, 2010
10:48 am

Geez dude, write about whatever is relevant. It’s called journalism. So endth the lesson for today.

EW

April 9th, 2010
11:01 am

uhhh..your whole entry was about “him”…so much for avoiding him…

But I respect your wanting to be done with this whole Tiger thing…if he’s in the hunt on Sunday, it’s a story. Let’s forget about him until then.

not a fan

April 9th, 2010
11:24 am

Personally, I ALWAYS want to hear about ANYBODY BUT TIGER WOODS. I’ve never really cared for him…always thought he was a bad role model for kids, even before this latest disgusting behavior of his. Now that my opinion of him has been confirmed, I do not think it is appropriate to give him ANY media attention. Maybe in 5 yrs., if he has proven he is a changed man (ha!ha!), then you might can give him equal coverage as the rest of the tour. Let’s just keep in mind…there are 100+ decent, hard working players on the PGA tour and it’s about time you folks start realizing that.

gdawginkalamazoo

April 9th, 2010
11:32 am

Give the bytes to Freddy. We heard about Tommy last year at the British Open. If we want to read about Bernhard we can always log onto the Mein Kampf Tribune. I think we already know more about Tiger than we need to.

crazy cheetah

April 9th, 2010
11:38 am

Tiger will end up winning by atleast 5 shots. Write it down. Tommorow you will be writing how unbelievable it is that he is leading tournement going into the weekend. Go Cheetah Go

Matt

April 9th, 2010
11:49 am

Jeff, too late. You’ve already mentioned him. Oops!!!

dallas cowboys

April 9th, 2010
11:51 am

All athletes come to sorrY redneckville georgia and do what they want and nothing is done about it ala Ray lewis, Ben Roethlisberger, and the Dallas Cowboys Superbowl champs in your Georgia Dome tIGER WHOOP white boys to sleep

JASon

April 9th, 2010
11:53 am

If you talk about avoiding talking about someone, well then you are still talking about them, aren’t you? Its probably better just to do it. No?

Washington Street Walter

April 9th, 2010
11:58 am

Televised golf is nothing but the Tiger Woods show; same for the Golf Channel. They are obsessed with the guy.

gdawginkalamazoo

April 9th, 2010
11:59 am

Let’s hear about Jesse James Jeff. That ought to be interesting.

Bhorsoft

April 9th, 2010
12:00 pm

You mean you haven’t been wearing pants?!? Will someone please gouge my eyes out and give me some bourbon to help erase that mental image…

mtnjacket

April 9th, 2010
12:34 pm

Nice to see these old guys on the leaderboard.

Cracker Jacket

April 9th, 2010
12:48 pm

When is Tiger going to be drug tested?

You failed...

April 9th, 2010
12:49 pm

…in your endeavor in the first paragraph!!!!!

Bat Masterson

April 9th, 2010
12:57 pm

Gotta love Fred Couples’ approach, see it, hit it, move on.

Reid Adair

April 9th, 2010
1:00 pm

The coverage yesterday should have been about Fred Couples and Tom Watson, without a doubt. When the lead headline on ESPN.com is about Tiger Woods shooting 68, people either assume he’s leading or are left to ask who is actually leading.

Then, last night, ajc.com has “updates” on Joslyn James’ arrival and performance at the Pink Pony. Seriously?

Thanks, Jeff. for at least giving us one day without covering Woods’ every move.

You...

April 9th, 2010
1:01 pm

Not talk about Tiger today?
Yeah… Good luck with that.
You can’t not talk at length about anything tabloid related in sports.

Pi$$onaDAWG

April 9th, 2010
1:07 pm

I just want to see what is on the Banner today. Will you post those pics.?

gdawginkalamazoo

April 9th, 2010
1:09 pm

Ben Masterson, I believe Tiger was using that same approach off the golf course.

oldfart

April 9th, 2010
2:16 pm

I vote for more coverage of Joselyn James at the Pony. Pictures please.

oldfart

April 9th, 2010
2:26 pm

The real scandal is the HGH doc giving him housecalls. I couldn’t care less about who he is or is not banging. Is he or is he not gaining an advantage on the course through chemicals? Are any other golfers? Do they even test?

lefty fielder

April 9th, 2010
2:34 pm

old fart . . . speaking of growth pills . . . ah never mind

DP

April 9th, 2010
3:00 pm

Here’s a novel idea. Base the volume of content about each player based on where they are on the leader board, bumped up for guys who are doing something remarkable based on their age (Watson, Couples) or a non self-inflicted problem, i.e. wife and mother have breast cancer (Mickelson), etc.

When I looked at the coverage of the Masters this morning on ESPN and the Golf Channel, I wouldn’t have been sure if anybody other than Tiger Woods played yesterday except they said he was tied for 7th.

Ben Hogan shot 66 at Augusta, including a back nine 30, in 1967 at the age of 54, and sportswriters wrote about it for the next 3 or 4 decades. Tom Watson, who was an 8 foot putt away from winning the British Open at age 59, shot 67 yesterday at age 60 and it is barely mentioned the next day.

It seems to me that most journalists who cover golf are so enthralled with the people they’ve annointed as the celebrities of the game that the celebrities are the biggest story even when they don’t win the tournament or even contend. What’s wrong with Tiger? If he had made a few putts he’d be in the lead (never mind all the other golfers who missed a similar number of putts). I’ve seen stories on LPGA events where the headline is about Michelle Wie finishing 23rd and you have to look into the body of the story to see who won the tournament.

Why even play the tournaments? Tiger and Michelle are so charismatic, just declare them the champion golfers, shut down the tours and let them play exhibition rounds.

M&M's

April 9th, 2010
3:20 pm

Oldfart is so old even those little growth pills would not help him out, that thing has been dead for years.

ELVISINTHEHOUSE.

April 9th, 2010
3:36 pm

Jeff just like there’s a lot of players who play basketball but jordan is basketball is the same as there’s a lot of golf players but tiger woods is golf.Even if nothing would not have happened in tiger’s PERSONAL LIFE the topic of conversation ect…would and will still be tiger woods if you like it or not.

Kudzu

April 9th, 2010
3:45 pm

Does Tiger sleep alone in Augusta? Hehehe…gosh this is fun…

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