Watson: Tiger Lacks ‘Stature’ Of Palmer, Nicklaus

Ah, here it comes. The lingering resentment and jealously harbored by a former golf great about Tiger Woods. Finally.

Tom Watson talks about Tiger Woods

Last week I brought you Tom Watson criticizing Woods for his alt-lifestyle and course behavior. Today in Dubai, Watson really opened up on Woods with this low-blow:

“I feel that he has not carried the same stature that other great players that have come along like Jack (Nicklaus), Arnold (Palmer), Byron Nelson, the Hogans, in the sense that there was language and club throwing on the golf course.”

Where was that before Woods went into hiding? And someone might consider apprising Watson of Palmer’s personal life before he drags Arnie into any comparison with Woods. (As if Watson doesn’t know.)

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PGA Champion Suggested Arnold Palmer Infidelity

If you believe former PGA Champion Bob Rosburg, it was rather ironic that Tiger Woods‘ image was recently scrubbed from a banner on a website for a tournament named after Arnold Palmer.

Bob Rosburg Story Exposed Alleged Arnold Palmer Infidelity

Rosburg, who died earlier this year, went on the record in 1988 about an alleged Palmer extramarital rendezvous that was recounted on Page 96 of the book Wicked Game: Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods and the Story of Modern Golf.

Bob Rosburg Story Exposed Alleged Arnold Palmer Infidelity

(Page 96-97)

If you’ve followed golf closely the past 30 years, that story probably won’t exactly be a stunning revelation. Palmer’s alleged extramarital dalliances have long been rumored, something he addressed in Ian O’Connor’s recent book Arnie & Jack, which examined Palmer’s rivalry with Jack Nicklaus. Read more…