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I have tired of the Tiger Woods haters.

Look, I am not a fan of what he has done off the course, and even the way he has acted at times on it.

But I do respect what he has accomplished as a golfer.

It is amazing to me how there are so many people out there who actually root for him to hit a bad shot ó to fail.

My final straw was sitting with my brother-in-law Sunday afternoon while celebrating Motherís Day in Findlay.

Every time Tiger was shown on television, he was rooting for him to hit a bad shot or miss a putt.

And believe me, there are a lot of people just like him.

It reminded me of several years ago when I was playing with a buddy of mine who actually clapped and cheered when I knocked my drive underneath a tree.


Isnít golf a gentlemanís game?

Sportsmanship abounds?

I know Tiger has his detractors, but come on.

The pressure has been on him since he was on the Mike Douglas show at age 3.

He is expected to win every tournament he enters.

If you watch ESPN and their score tracker at the bottom of the screen, the headline is all about Tiger and where he stands in a tournament.

TV ratings soar when Tiger is in a PGA tournament and especially when he is doing well.

And he normally does well.

This is a golfer who has made the cut in 94 percent of the PGA tournaments he has entered.

Tiger is an incredible 53-4 when he is tied for the lead or has the lead after three rounds of a tournament.

He has won 78 of those tournaments, including 14 majors.

Tiger has won four of the seven tournaments he has played in already this year, including last weekendís Players Championship.

Yet, most of the talk from that tournament wasnít that Tiger won, rather people dwelling on the negatives that surrounded him when playing over the weekend.

Sergio Garcia started it, badmouthing Tiger, and later was upset about a sequence Saturday in which he says Woods pulled a club from his bag while Garcia was hitting a shot ó in a different area, but close enough that the crowd reacted and threw Garcia off his stroke.

Video replays clearly showed that Garcia was not in his backswing.

Woods denied accusations that he was trying to distract Garcia, saying he couldnít see Garcia and that course marshals told him Garcia had already hit.

Two course marshals were quoted as saying that Tiger had not talked to them during the Garcia incident, but then later two other course marshals disputed that story.

Thereís more.

NBC golf analyst Johnny Miller questioned Tigerís drop on 14, after he uncharacteristically knocked his tee shot into the water. (Tiger usually doesnít make a mistake like that when he has the lead on Sunday)

Again, the Tiger questioning was proved wrong.

No wonder Tiger Woods has an attitude.

It seems like the whole world is against him at times.

Tiger is the most polarizing figure in sports today.

Despite that, he still is able to play really good golf.

He is the best golfer in the world today.

Maybe ever.

Donít hate Tiger. Respect what he has accomplished.

And more accomplishments to follow, Iím sure.


* I have had more than a few people bring up an I-71 World Series thought with both the Reds and Indians doing well of late.

Remember this: The Indians have gotten off to good starts in each of the past two seasons and faded each year. Actually, collapse would be a better description in 2012.

I do believe the Indians are a better team in 2013 then either of those seasons, but there is a long way to go ó .500 is still a more reasonable goal, I think.

By the by, the Reds and Indians play four times next week, Monday and Tuesday in Cincinnati, Wednesday and Thursday in Cleveland.

It is the only interleague matchup I enjoy for both teams.

(You can comment to Koza: vincekoza@maverick-media.ws)

Vince Koza
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