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Is Tiger Woods the new John McEnroe?

I watched the Masters last week and couldn't believe the outbursts by Tiger Woods.

Was I surprised? No.

He's been doing it for a while, but I thought Woods could have shown a little more restraint and decorum.

I don't recall a golfer who consistently gets upset and displays it as much as Woods does.

He expects every shot to be perfect, every putt to find the hole. The problem is, it's golf. You can't be perfect.

While I was rooting for Phil Mickelson (I expected a meltdown and got it) and was amazed by Bubba Watson's shot that set up his playoff win, I couldn't help but compare Woods to John McEnroe.

Mac was the best in tennis at one time. He wasn't as dominant for as long as Woods was, but his touch around the net and shotmaking was brilliant. Oh, there was that temper, too.

Woods has that same temper.

It seems that with each passing day, there could be a growing audience in golf to see if Woods explodes on the course.

That number might not approach those that tune in to see if Woods can recapture his lost form or those that simply want to see him fail, but I bet it's there and growing.

It's the same as those that watched McEnroe. There were viewers that just  wanted to see him blow up or argue a bad call.

That was part of McEnroe's legacy.

Woods could be on path to add something similar to his.


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