Ed­i­tor’s Let­ter

The world must re­mem­ber not to pass judge­ment to quickly on one of the game’s great­est.

Golf Digest (Malaysia) - - Contents - BY PA­TRICK HO

In­stead of stomp­ing on Tiger Woods, the world must help him now.

At 2.30am in Jupiter Florida, a pa­trol car spot­ted one Eldrick Tiger Woods asleep at the wheel of his US$220,000 MercedesBenz SUV.

He had his seat­belt on, the en­gine was run­ning, his brake and haz­ard lights were on too.

Po­lice later re­leased images that pur­port­edly showed mi­nor dam­ages on the front and rear parts of the ve­hi­cle that had two flat tires.

So what was he do­ing there at that time?

Tiger cer­tainly didn’t know as he replied to the of­fi­cer’s ques­tion and said he just “likes to drive”.

The dam­ag­ing video re­leased by the po­lice hours later showed a drowsy look­ing Woods who at the be­gin­ning of the video couldn’t even tie his shoe laces prop­erly.

Then he had to un­dergo a so­bri­ety test.

He told the of­fi­cer that he did not drink but was on pre­scribed med­i­ca­tion.

An­other po­lice video re­leased showed Woods at the po­lice sta­tion un­dergo a breathal­yser test.

It would proof that he wasn’t drink­ing.

But one of the great­est, if not the great­est ever golfer’s per­sonal life was in the spot­light again.

So­cial me­dia en­sured it went be­yond the glare of the me­dia spot­light.

Nat­u­rally, the key­board war­riors were un­re­lent­ing in their per­se­cu­tion and judge­ment of Tiger.

They were crush­ing the very same per­son that had brought the game to life.

They sud­denly for­got that this man had done the im­pos­si­ble... he had 79 vic­to­ries on the PGA Tour and is four short of Jack Nick­laus’ ma­jor record of 18 vic­to­ries.

Sud­denly every­body was an ex­pert in pre­scribed med­i­ca­tions for painful back in­juries.

But no one looked in the mir­ror and dared ad­mit that they too are hu­man just like Tiger.

No one ad­mit­ted that they had a dark side, or had their own se­crets.

His col­leagues came for­ward de­fend­ing the man that they re­spected so much.

None more res­o­nant than Martin Kaymer’s heart­felt selfie-video.

Tiger’s al­leged DUI ar­rest re­minds me of one Princess Diana’s life.

She was the dar­ling, even the vic­tim of the tabloid press in the UK and the rest of the world.

Not a week or month goes by with­out some big or small story on Diana and her life.

These pub­li­ca­tions sold more copies be­cause the pub­lic wanted more, and more, of her.

Pho­tos sold for the hun­dreds of thou­sands if Diana was pho­tographed with one of her lovers.

This cre­ated a me­dia frenzy and it gave new mean­ing to the word pa­parazzi. It is the same with Tiger. Great peo­ple are of­ten in the spot­light. Whether for the right or wrong rea­sons.

But what golf fans must do more than ever, is to give Tiger their sup­port.

We must never for­get and re­spect those that have given their lives to make the game for what it is. We need that fist pump back. On an­other note, you will find the list of top 10 golf cour­ses ranked spe­cially to cel­e­brate our 10th An­niver­sary is­sue this month.

The rank­ing was con­ducted by an in­de­pen­dent five-man panel based on 20 nom­i­nees.

On be­half of the team and Blu Inc Me­dia Sdn Bhd, I would like to thank all our read­ers and ad­ver­tis­ers for their con­tin­ued sup­port and be­lief in us.

Happy golf­ing!

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