with long distance and directional mikes, any sportsman can have their private language recorded and replayed to the public.
I didn't read the article, but I suspect that Tiger, like any other golfer, is prone to a few expletives after he's made a particularly bad shot or had bad luck, and the charged emotions of the game simply 'let rip'.
It seems sad to me nowadays that no sportsman can afford to have a tiff or a tantrum, or a moment of bad manners or bad language whilst on the field of play, without some cameraman or sound recorder a mile away picking up every little detail of the event, and the plastering the result all over the media stating how petulant or bad-mouthed they are. I think we are expected to regard these people as failed supermen or women.
I don't agree with bad manners at all, but I feel that the media in today's world can intrude on these players even if they are far away.
I was not aware that Woods has a reputation of being loud and offensive when he is playing the game. I don't watch the matches on TV, nor would ever go out of my way to see one in real life. Still, I always assumed that golf was a relatively genteel sport. However, here is an article where an announcer takes Tiger to task, not so much for his past language but for the fact that Woods said he would clean up his language during matches, and seems to have forgot his pledge already.
Jim Nantz criticizes Tiger Woods' vocal tantrums
Before the Masters started, Tiger Woods told us that he had changed. His outbursts would be quieted, his club tossing would be softened and he was going to be a different guy on the golf course.
It wasn't something new with Tiger, but it is something he told us would be avoiding in the future. Jim Nantz, the voice of CBS at the Masters... let it be known that he wasn't happy with the way Woods acted.
Nantz then admitted that this isn't something that has disturbed him in the past, but the fact that Tiger promised us a change is why it rubbed him the wrong way
There was some controversy during the recent winter olympics about the language used by Shaun White while he was talking to his coach during his prep for his final run on the half pipe (having already cinched the gold for the event). Honestly, my feelings about language and sports is that as long as foul language and vulgar insults are not directed at other players or the audience, then how one talks on the field of play is less important than how one acts. Still, I guess that some sporting traditions call for a higher level of personal conduct.
One wonders though, why Tiger has not been held publicly accountable for his on-the-course language and conduct before now? Maybe he has, and I - not being a golf fan - just missed it.