Originally written on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 4/11/12
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When Tiger Woods kicked his club on the 16th hole during the second round of The Masters last week, a lot of people were outraged. With the way he had been playing, you can understand why Tiger was so frustrated. However, the Masters is one of the most prestigious golf tournaments in the world, and Augusta is one of the most highly-regarded courses. When pressed about the incident, Woods offered an apology. Former U.S. Ryder Cup captain Paul Azinger doesn’t sound like a guy who is ready to accept that apology.

“Tiger’s antics this week were an embarrassment to the game, to the membership at Augusta,” Zinger told Sirus XM’s Mad Dog radio channel Monday according to the NY Daily News. “I was really disappointed to see him carry on that way. He’s not trying to endear himself to anybody. And after he won Bay Hill I thought, ‘here we go again, this is going to be Tiger just kicking butt and taking names.’ I don’t know. I thought he acted like the south end of a northbound mule.”

As far as Tiger’s game is concerned, Azinger said he was never as lost during his 28 years of playing golf for a living as Tiger looks right now. The club kicking reflects that.

Tiger is thinking too much, and the downfall of his public image has made it so he can no longer be himself. The old Tiger was a jerk who spoke to no one and did his own thing during tournaments, and that was fine because he was the face of golf. Now that he has to juggle repairing his image and getting his swing back, it has been impossible for the former world No. 1 to find any consistency.

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