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March 09, 2011

Truth and Rumors: Els says 'We Took a Beating' From Tiger

Posted at 12:30 PM by Steve Beslow | Categories: Ernie Els, Hank Haney, Tiger Woods, Truth & Rumors

Over Easy
Ernie Els was both direct and incredibly honest at his Tuesday press conference at the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral, when he was asked about Tiger Woods' (potentially former) ability to intimidate and overwhelm the rest of the Tour.

I don't know, man. I played for ten years when that guy dominated, so it's tough to get a different mind-set on things. Tiger was the dominant player. He won 14 majors. Think about it, 14 majors, in such a short period of time. Who is ever going to do that again? Who knows? That is pretty dominating.

So for us, myself, Phil, Vijay, Davis, Fred Couples, guys like that to have played under a guy who was that good, we took a beating, not only from him, but from you guys, too. It's been a tough -- it was a tough ten, 12 years for us. So to see kind of the new world out there, you know, with these young players coming through, Martin No. 1, Lee Westwood was No. 1 for a while. Lee has been around for a while, too, but the youngsters, they have got something going for them.

Els, who will be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in two months, has 64 career wins on the worldwide circuit, has been stellar on the PGA Tour and is one of the best players in the history of the European Tour. And yet so dominant was the (first?) Tiger Woods era that it feels like Els' career (and his three major wins) is somehow a disappointment considering his talent. Maybe that's why there's something shockingly refreshing about the honesty of this quote, something that just makes you want to reach out, hug Ernie Good Will Hunting-style and tell him "It's not your fault!"

Moving Day
Speaking of El Tigre, Woods announced earlier this week that he'd soon be moving into his new $60 million Jupiter Island, Fla., home, so the UK's Daily Mail decided to do a rundown of the complex's absurdly sweet amenities:

The mansion, which overlooks the Atlantic Ocean, boasts huge windows for incredible sea views and has a glass-fronted lift for anyone too tired to take the stairs. As well as a gigantic master bedroom - with, a little ironically, his-and-hers bathrooms - there are three further bedroom suites.

Outside, there is a tennis court, gym, diving pool, lap lane, 100-foot running track and small golf course. A pair of boat docks will provide a berth for Woods' 155 ft yacht, aptly named Privacy.

Writing on his blog, Woods said he was particularly excited about using his new 3.5-acre back yard golf course. 'Working with my team, I designed the short-game facility and oversaw its construction,' he revealed. 'It features four greens, six bunkers with different depths and kinds of sand, a video center and a putting studio.

Tiger may be struggling with his clubs and his course design business, but one thing's for sure: Dude can build a house. I can't wait for Extreme Home Makeover Tiger Woods Edition.

Tweet of the Day

Amazing TOTD from the sensitive soul of Hank Haney:

Haney @HankDHaney: If you want to be entertained go to Golf.com and read Sean Foley's latest version of ripping Hank Haney, all I can say is wow.

Let me help you out by giving you the link to that Golf Magazine Sean Foley interview. It's not very hard to see what Haney's upset about...the only real question is, does someone else write Haney's Tweets for him, or does he suffer from Bob Dole Syndrome?


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