Tiger Woods, who had tabloid-style scandals of his own, says that it is unlikely widespread cheating can happen in professional golf.
Woods is in Malaysia this week playing at CIMB Classic at the MINES Resort and Golf Club in Kuala Lumpur. However, he did have time to talk to the media about the cheating and doping scandal regarding Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong.
Strong evidence points to Armstrong using banned performance-enhancement methods and other forms of cheating. He has been banned from cycling and stripped of Tour de France and other cycling titles. He also lost sponsorship from Nike and other companies.
Regarding golf, Woods told USA Today, “This is a sport where we turn ourselves in on mistakes. A ball moves in the trees, the guys call penalties on themselves. I think that’s one of the neat things about our game.”
Woods also talked about anti-doping. He said, “I think with the testing, it’s only enhanced that respectability throughout all of sport.”
Some of the rumors floating around this week is that Nike offered a $250 million, 10-year deal to Rory McIlroy because they dropped Armstrong and had more money to give the top-ranked golf in the world. Incidentally, Nike kept their sponsorship with Woods after his personal-made-public scandal.
Is golf too honest to have such a scandal? As long as those people involved (from players to officials to governing sports bodies), treat the sport with respect.
Hopefully Woods is correct. Honesty is already incorporated into the rules of golf.