Originally written on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 11/17/14

Rocco Mediate recently shared a story about Tiger Woods that gives us an interesting glimpse at the golf legend’s personality. Mediate sat down with Golf Channel’s David Feherty for an interview on “Feherty” (Mondays 10:00 p.m. ET on Golf Channel) last week and said he still hasn’t had a chance to chat with Tiger about their dramatic playoff at the 2008 US Open. Woods, playing on a bad knee that would require season-ending surgery, sunk a birdie putt on the 72nd hole to tie him with Mediate, who was in the clubhouse at -1. The two played an 18-hole playoff on Monday to determine the winner. Tiger again made birdie on the last hole of the playoff round to tie Mediate. Woods then beat Mediate in a sudden-death playoff hole to win the tournament. Battling Woods head-to-head for the entire day is Mediate’s biggest claim to fame. So when he saw Tiger the next year at the 2009 Players Championship, he was hoping his competitor could give him a nice personalized autograph. Mediate told Feherty that he placed a manila envelope containing a pin sheet and great photo of the two of them on the course together that day. He said he included a note asking Tiger to sign the pin sheet and write a personalized message on the photo. Mediate returned from his round at TPC and saw the envelope sitting in his locker. He was eager to read what it said. When he opened it up, he saw there was nothing written on the pin sheet, and that Tiger only signed his name on the photo without leaving a message. He was disappointed to learn that Woods ignored his request. “Why wouldn’t he just go, ‘Roc, you suck, you got lucky for six days. I had a broken leg’ … just mess with me, and then sign my pin sheet so I could put the damn thing on the wall and say, ‘Almost got the guy that day,’” Mediate said to Feherty. Mediate says he threw the picture away. “I could go buy one of those pictures if I want one,” he told Feherty. As bad as the story sounds, Mediate said he wasn’t sharing the story to bash Tiger, but to “tell you how this guy’s programmed.” Mediate also says he’s still one of Tiger’s biggest fans. “I love the way he does his job.” If you want to give Tiger a break here, you can say he was in the middle of a tournament and was too busy to worry about jumping through all of Mediate’s hoops. Or maybe Mediate should have asked him personally to sign it so that he got it right. Or maybe this story shows just what Rocco thinks: Tiger is just wired that way. What do you think? H/T Devil Ball Golf

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10 Comments:
  • Oh boo hoo. Shoulda tried that "do you know who I am?" deal. Now this must be the first time in your sheltered life that you've been stiffed. Welcome to earth, where the rest of us live. Wanna hear my "been stiffed" stories? I didn't think so.
  • I might have my timing wrong on this but wasn't this around the time frame when Tiger was thinking with the "wrong brain"? I am also a bit curious as to what prompted the revelation at this point in time; people that share their "life altering" stories several years after an event occurred are always suspect in my mind. Roco, you lost, he signed the picture, get over yourself.
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  • C,mon Rocco, he's NOT wired like "us". He's a punk, and always will be. He was not parented to have RESPECT for others. The only reason he even shakes your hand is so he won't seem like an outsider to the other golfers. He hates your guts. It's the $$$ and the power he derives from being so narcissistic. Why do you suppose he abandoned his family for trashy women? A real Dkhd.
  • Arnold Palmer was sometimes referred to, uncharitably, as "automatic autograph". I saw a man approach Mr. Palmer after a pro-am tournament and ask for his autograph. Mr. Palmer complied and the man asked if Mr. Palmer would make it out to his two sons' names. Mr. Palmer was in a suit and had some place else he had to be and declined simply because he was expected elsewhere. The man understood and I got to see what it is like to be a celebrity that everyone thinks he or she knows because of the public persona. Celebrities are people also and have private lives to lead too.
  • Rocco, great expectations lead to great disappointments & resulting frustrations. From "ALL" that I've read & observed, it would be very wise for people to dramatically lower their expectations when dealing with Tiger on a personal level. Yours is simply another of many examples of that fact. And, I have no desire to psycho-analyze why that's the case. I keep it simple & think his parents didn't raise him with humility or to respect others. "I suspect he simply tolerates others" !
  • I also personally witnessed Tiger's antics at the U.S. Open at Bethpage. It was the Saturday round wher the 9th hole was his 18th since he played the back nine first. As he came off the green and passed the gallery there were quite a few young fans just trying to get him to acknowledge them and he and Steve Williams just walked by without even a tip of the cap. I turned to my youngest son who was in college at that time and said this is one of the reasons that alot of fans have bailed on Tiger. Hopefully Tiger will learn from his mistakes and grow as a person.
  • Tiger's an a-hole...like someone above said he has no respect for anyone but himself, that is why he ruined his marriage. I really don't get the whole autograph thing. I would never put any one of these num-nuts on a pedestal and ask for an autograph; it would be a total waste of my time.
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