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An American Obsession

Despite Tiger Woods' injury, he is still the major talking point in America

Posted Jun 17, 2011 by Chris White

Tiger Woods has fans all over the world

We all know the Americans rate themselves very, very highly, but even with the news that Tiger Woods has pulled out of the US Open through injury, they can’t get over their apparent obsession with the former world number one.

Wherever you go for your golf news, you’ll get different views on the US Open depending on which side of the pond you’re on. Nothing new there I hear you say, and you’d be right, but the American media cannot get over the fact that Woods is out of the competition, and, believe it or not, there are other people taking part guys!

The Americans seem to have chosen to overlook that the top three players in the world are all European – Luke Donald, Lee Westwood, and Martin Kaymer – and that Woods isn’t even the highest ranked American player. That honour goes to Phil Mickelson, who I expect to be pushing for victory come Sunday at the Congressional Country Club.

European Tour golfers currently hold all of the four major titles. South African Charl Schwartzel won the Masters this year in Augusta, and his fellow countryman Louis Oosthuizen won the Open Championship in 2010. Graeme McDowell, from Northern Ireland, currently holds the US Open title, and Martin Kaymer holds the PGA Championship title.

So why are the Americans focussing on Tiger and the fact that he won’t be taking part? That’s just the American way. Look out for themselves and claim they’re the world champions at events that only feature Americans. But they need to get over it in golf. They don’t have the world number one, and American golfers hold none of the major titles. Woods is injured, look at someone else who could challenge for the win. The fact is, Woods is no longer the player he was ten years ago when he was winning tournament after tournament with his eyes shut.

They’re so obsessed with Woods that his caddie was even featured on television and media campaigns leading up to the US Open, talking about who he would be working for with Woods injured! There’s plenty of content around guys, you’ve just got to look for it – outside the world of Tiger Woods.

Why can they not just give credit where credit is due? Admittedly, Westwood and Donald are both yet to win majors, but the American media don’t need to label them as ‘falsely ranked’ because of it. They’ve got there through hard work, determination and success.

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