Golf Channel — “He did not talk to me the rest of the day,” LaCava explained. “I didn’t even get the old text, ‘Dinner is ready,’ because I stay across at the beach house. I didn’t even get that text that night. I had to get take-out. He didn’t announce he wasn’t (talking), he just did it. I’m telling you, nine games in a row. Like I said, he’s so competitive, even at something like that.”
No one’s ever been more back than Tiger. Shunning You Because You Beat Me In Something Tiger is the best Tiger. His back might’ve died but his fire didn’t. His knee might’ve died but his fire didn’t. Fucking guy just HATES to lose. HATES it. Can’t live with it. It’s Billy Beane’s “I hate losing even more than I like winning” times a million. Tiger loses? No talking. No texting. No dinner. No nothing. It’s not even a dickhead move it’s just an emotion-filled, fiercely competitive move. Guy literally cannot handle losing. Changes his whole life. Changes his whole day. You go from best friends to mortal enemies until Tiger has a substantial amount of time to get over it.
Reminds me of one of my favorite Tiger anecdotes from 2014, where he reveals that he crushes his kids in putting contests:
“I have my greens running about 13 on the Stimpmeter every day, so your feel has to be a little better. When we were in the Bahamas, the greens were much slower and he almost beat me. If Sam and Charlie beat me, they’re going to earn it. That’s how Pop was with me, and I think that’s how it should be.”
Fuck yeah! Crush ‘em, Tiger. Crush’ em! This is the difference. This is why we NEED Tiger back. Spieth, Rickie, JT are all out here high-fiving and congratulating each other on wins. Tiger’s shunning his own caddie when he loses and crushing his own kids when they take him on. It’s awesome.
I mean this look Tiger gives after canning a putt on the 16th hole to stay 15 (FIFTEEN) strokes ahead at Pebble in 2000 is one of my favorite sports moments of all time:
What an absolute savage. You’re telling me this guy’s all fused up, pumping the golf ball, and shunning his own inner circle of HORSE games?
2018 is going to be a great year.