Nov
11
2011
Is Tiger Back in Fans’ Favor?
By Stephanie Wei under Tiger Woods

The Tiger fan tally: forgiving or fuming?

“I think there is significantly different sentiment in the media than the public,” said Mark Steinberg, Tiger Woods’ agent, referring to their feelings about Tiger in the post-hydrant era. “You come out here and there is true cheering for Tiger. They want to see him do well. At least what I see, there are a lot of people who want to see him play well.”

CBSSports.com’s Steve Elling tweeted the first part of the quote and asked his followers if they’d forgiven Tiger. What say you?

Maybe I’m wrong, but I think if you polled a group of women, 9 out of 10 would say they haven’t forgiven what Tiger did to his family. I’m just judging that based on conversations with other ladies and from the reactions of female fans I’ve seen at tournaments (thumbs-down, booing, name-calling, etc.).

As media, I’m thrilled to see him atop the (Australian Open) leaderboard again. I’ve said on multiple occasions that there’s nothing more I’d like than for Tiger to regain his form and win tournaments. He certainly hasn’t “changed” his attitude toward the media, but I don’t really care as long as he’s playing out-of-this-world golf — no question that greatness and trophies speak for themselves (we have short memories and want to forgive). Do I “forgive” him? Well, he didn’t personally hurt me, but would I recommend my friends date him? No.

I’m over Tiger’s betrayal to his sponsors, fans and family, but I doubt I’ll view him the way I did pre-hydrant era (how could you? — as a person, not the golfer). I just want to see him prove all the naysayers — who have said he’ll never win another major or won’t break Jack Nicklaus’ record — wrong. Who doesn’t love the story about a hero who falls from grace, comes back and then redeems himself?

Besides, with regards to scandals, the Penn St. mess has put things into a little perspective.

(AP Photo/Rob Griffith)