Following Tiger Woods’s apology last Friday, SI surveyed Golf Magazine’s Top 100 Teachers for their take on the situation. The four following questions were asked and a sample of their best responses is below. 1. In the wake of Tiger Woods’s apology, has your opinion of him gone up, down or remained the same?SAME: 58% UP: 12% DOWN: 30%
Be a man, step up to the mike and take your well deserved lumps at a real press conference. — Mike Lopuszynski, Crystal Springs C.C. in Hamburg, N.J.
Big time down. It was a farce. — Tom Patri, Friar's Head Golf Club in Riverhead, N.Y. 2. When he rejoins the Tour, will Woods’s game be better, worse or the same?BETTER: 25% WORSE: 42% SAME: 33%
I hope worse. If he is really working at his problems, he shouldn't have as much time and energy to be on the course. — Todd Sones, White Deer GC in Vernon Hills, Ill.
I'm not sure we have ever seen Tiger play mad, but I have a feeling it is going to be scary good. — Jim Murphy Golf at Sugar Creek C.C. in Sugar Land, Texas
Better. How could 18 girlfriends and a wife not be a distraction? Deep down, Tiger is probably feeling a sense of relief. — Mike Lopuszynski, Crystal Springs C.C. in Hamburg, N.J.
He will return with a bigger chip on his shoulder then before. He will kick some serious ass. — Tom Patri, Friar's Head Golf Club in Riverhead, N.Y. 3. Will Woods, who has won 14 majors, break Jack Nicklaus’s record of 18?YES: 96% NO: 4%
He is still young and has the balls of a brass monkey. — Gerald McCullagh, University of Minnesota Les Bolstad Golf Course in Falcon Heights, Minn.
Time is on his side. — Steve Bosdosh, Members Club at Four Streams in Beallsville, Md. 4. Has the game taken a hit because of L’Affaire Tigre? YES: 74% NO: 26%
Tiger Woods does not control the economy, nor does he control golf. — Shawn Humphries, Cowboys Golf Club in Grapevine, Texas
Tangibly in dollars, intangibly in all the people - especially kids - who looked up to him. — Todd Sones, White Deer GC in Vernon Hills, Ill.
The truth is almost every sector of the American economy, including golf, has been in a serious downturn. — Jim Mclean, Jim McLean Golf Schoo in Miami, Fla.