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Golf Australia Express : Issue 16
By Damian Shutie Editor-in-Chief VIEW THE GOLF IS a mental game—in more ways than one. And like any sport, there are different ways to throw a man off his game. One of the more classics is an old-fashioned sledge—a personal jibe to get one’s mind focusing on a superfluous thought rather than the job at hand. Problem is, personal attacks such as this can just as often have the opposite effect—they can fuel the fire needed to spur the fight in a man. You know, the old fight or flight stuff. It got me wondering whether the latest ‘speak- before-you-think’ sledge by Steve Williams about his former boss—Tiger Woods—would in fact reignite a fire inside the beast, or further push the former world No.1 into the golf wilderness. (He’s now down to No.58 in case you’re wondering.) If history has shown us anything, it’s rule out Tiger at your own risk. Of course, that book was written back when the man was an invincible force—or so we all believed. There’s little doubt that Tiger is currently a shadow of his former self. But like all champion sportsmen and women, a personal jibe from a former friend and employee is sure to get those uber-competitive juices that made Tiger such a force flowing. Whether Williams knew what he said at the caddie awards night in Shanghai would get out is beside the point—although he’s either incredibly naive or stupid to think it wouldn’t; perhaps cunning if it thought it would. There’s no doubt in my mind the latest controversy will work counter-intuitively to Williams intentions—it’ll send a host of borderline Williams-sympathisers back into Tiger’s court. After all, don’t we all love to see a fallen star pick himself back up? Hollywood has survived thanks to the popularity of comeback stories. In the end only time will tell whether the Striped One will hit back at his former employee with renewed success on course. But I have a sneaking suspicion Williams might have ignited a fire in Tiger that could well end up burning the caddie down the track. Or to use a phrase he’s more used to, biting him in his (white) arse. OTG TELL US YOUR THOUGHTS: firstname.lastname@example.org A POINT TO BE MADE Will Steve Williams’ Tiger-jibe spur his former boss’ return to form? BIG THE HAVE YOUR SAY ON THE STATE OF THE GAME... Q *SEEBIGQINISSUE15FORTHE LAST POLL RESULTS.