April 20, 2010, - 1:41 pm

Think Tiger Woods Would Do This?: Meet the World’s Most Honest Athlete

By Debbie Schlussel

Three cheers to pro golfer Brian Davis.  His extreme honesty and self-imposed penalty cost him victory and several hundred thousand dollars in the Verizon Heritage golf tournament on Sunday.


Golfer Brian Davis: The Anti-Tiger Woods

The Brit penalized himself two strokes on a playoff hole, and as I read this, I thought, Tiger Woods would never do this.  The man simply doesn’t have the integrity of Davis.  Never had it, never will.

Brian Davis of Great Britain might have cost himself a chance for a PGA Tour victory when he called a penalty on himself during a playoff hole in the Verizon Heritage on Sunday. The two-stroke penalty, for nicking a loose reed during his backswing, locked up the win for Jim Furyk.

Golf is a game of honor and honesty, even if it might cost you around $400,000, the difference between first place ($1,026,000) and second place ($615,000). . . .

Brian Dryfhout, writing at mouthpiecesports.com, seems to think honor might be ingrained in players from the other side of the Atlantic Ocean.

“Davis’ decision has earned him a lot of respect in the golf world. Who in their right mind would call a two-shot penalty, during a playoff, upon himself? I guess golf is still a gentleman’s game of honor … especially for the English.”

“… It is great to see a man choose honesty over money.”

Jay Busbee at Yahoo Sports hopes Davis’ honesty will pay off in the long run:

“The guy gave away a chance at winning his first-ever PGA Tour event because he knew that in golf, honesty is more important than victory. It’s a tough lesson to learn, but here’s hoping he gets accolades — and, perhaps, some sponsorship deals — that more than make up for the victory he surrendered.”

So, when does Tiger Woods learn that lesson? Why would he, when this story about Davis’ honesty and integrity is getting little play, while Himbo Woods and his harem of hoochiemamas gets all the publicity.

Oh, and BTW, last week, I showed you the ridiculous USA Today Sports Section cover when Phil Mickelson won the Masters. The photo sizes made it look like Woods won for certain, even though he barely tied for fourth place. Well, People Magazine did the same boneheaded BS in its latest issue. Check out the photos, below:


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I thought you might enjoy this story about Phil.

Phil Mickelson helps Conrad Dobler’s Family:

“Whenever Phil Mickelson is out there doing his job, the Dobler family is watching closely, from a distance. “Never even met Phil, never even talked to him, although I would like to, for obvious reasons,” said Dobler, who at one time assumed Mickelson’s job was merely to hit a little white ball into a hole with a stick, then jump onto his private jet and count his money. But that changed the day the phone rang at Dobler’s home in Leawood, Kan. It was Mickelson’s lawyer, Glenn Cohen. “He told me Phil had become aware of our situation,” Dobler said. “Phil wanted to pay for our daughter Holli’s college education. A random act of kindness is the only way to describe it. Holli’s a sophomore at Miami of Ohio, the school of her choice, because of one person: Phil Mickelson.”
The Doblers were enjoying a Fourth of July in 2001 when life changed for Conrad, wife Joy and their six children. Friends were coming over to the house, and he was cooking when Joy fell out of a hammock. “She said she couldn’t feel anything,” Conrad said. “We phoned 911. She’s been a quadriplegic ever since. We’ve had to downsize. The business we have, providing temporary medical help to hospitals, used to be a lot larger than it is now. I’ve had to sell a lot of assets, [it’s] everything I can possibly do to make it financially. Holli’s tuition would have been a big ticket.” Because the NFL treats former players like pieces of furniture, Dobler’s benefits from the country’s richest league are meager. “Judging by our disability payments, we’re America’s safest industry,” he said. “The greeters at Wal-Mart are taken better care of. Pretty ironic that a guy from another sport does more for us than the sport I played 10 years.”
Mickelson has gone public with his contributions of $100 per birdie and $500 per eagle to Birdies for the Brave, which funnels money to Homes for Our Troops and Special Operations Warrior Foundation — organizations that support wounded soldiers and families who lose a member in combat. The more he promotes those causes, the more corporate cash comes in. But the Dobler case is different, and when asked about it last week in Scottsdale, Ariz., where he was playing in the FBR Open, Mickelson politely declined comment. He does communicate with Holli, who waits tables at school when she isn’t cracking the books. She has a 3.8 GPA with a heavy course load. And she isn’t studying sportswriting.
“Our daughter is forever grateful to Phil,” Joy said. “I’ll tell you how involved he is. Since he made his first donation of $20,000, he’s made sure to include a cost-of-living increase each year. This year, his check was for $22,000. Next year, he’s promised $24,000. If there’s anything he’s missing in his life, it’s a set of wings. He’s an angel. And if I can when I see him for the first time, I’m going to go up and give him a big hug. I have therapy five hours a day, seven days a week. I’m getting there. Parts of me that didn’t move after the accident are moving again, sensations I didn’t feel, I feel. I don’t plan on being in this wheelchair forever.”
Quietly, Mickelson has invited the Doblers to the Memorial tournament in late May. At last, Conrad and Joy will be able to give thanks in person. “I’d do anything for Phil,” he said. “If I could get up and down a ladder, I’d paint his house.”
Bob Verdi is a senior writer for Golf World magazine.

Ike on April 20, 2010 at 2:05 pm

Tiger is a very hollow man and self-centered. This image will persist, and he has done nothing to change it.

Worry01 on April 20, 2010 at 3:01 pm

His honesty will pay back in dividends…in the long run. Bully for him.

Heard about this yesterday when listening to Michael Graham…and otherwise Conservative talk show host. He thought the guy was stoopid and was cheating his family out of their future. I disagreed. Character is what happens when no one is looking. It’s hard to do and the struggle is part of the integrity of building character!

Skunky on April 20, 2010 at 3:01 pm

Tiger may have been a cheater outside of golf, but I really think he would’ve done the same thing as Davis. If he was a cheater at golf, he would’ve been caught before now. It’s much easier to get caught cheating with tens of thousands of people watching your every move on the course.
As for Tiger’s honor and integrity, I believe we all deserve a second chance. His wife seems to think so, and I think we should too.

Ted Johns on April 20, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    Teddy, as in Kennedy, what planet are you from? second chance? What you smoking? Oh, I see, you’re a sexist or hates women. What sources are you “claiming” no divorce is imminent from the Woods’ family when others claim there IS one coming. What sources proof do you possess that others do not?

    How about, waiting till the results are in. Second chance? For one whos fornicated for YEARS. With Porn stars, hookers, and other scum. Right, his wife should just ignore all that and stay married.

    She should leave. NOW. And sue him for half, HALF his fortune.

    I get it, I get it. You are saying that adultery over numerous years is no big deal whatsoever at all. That he shouldn’t have to reap what he sowed. I get it now. Thanks for clearing it up. Dog.

    What an assclown.

    mark on April 20, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    Tiger’s wife is divorcing him.

    Stephen on April 20, 2010 at 11:29 pm

Skunky, Graham really isn’t a true conservative…in other words, perfect for globalist Boston…HE IS A NEOCON!

Bob Porrazzo on April 20, 2010 at 3:26 pm

Think about what would have happened if Davis hadn’t penalized himself.

Rocky Lore on April 20, 2010 at 3:36 pm

Debbie Schussel- Professional vs. Personal on Tiger Woods


(Debbie Schlussel’s is always an interesting read and I really like tuning into her blog to catch the latest movie review or political jab, but as a golfer I just had to weigh in on the other side of the balance as I read her blog entitled ironically ” Think Tiger Woods Would Do This?”, instead of “Look What Davis Did”.
Debbie trumped golfer Brian Davis’s two stroke penalty on himself for nicking a loose reed on his backswing and costing himself the difference in first and second place roughly $400,000, however that’s not what lost him the tournament. I beg to differ, it cost Brian Davis nothing.

Brian Davis lost when his second shot from the fairway went into the hazard at Calibogie Sound. After a birdie on the 18th first time around to tie Jim Furyk he hit an errant fairway shot. This is where he lost the tournament. Calling the two shot penalty was just a slap on the left side of the face after getting slapped on the right side and took everyone’s mind off the shots that did cost him the tournament.
She remarked, “The Brit penalized himself two strokes on a playoff hole, and as I read this, I thought, Tiger Woods would never do this. The man simply doesn’t have the integrity of Davis. Never had it, never will,” and then includes a remark slamming all American Golfers by Brian Dryfhout, writing at mouthpiecesports.com, seems to think honor might be ingrained in players from the other side of the Atlantic Ocean.

There are just a few things Debbie either doesn’t know, failed to state, or just plainly is not considering that are very important.)


Cody Judy on April 20, 2010 at 4:26 pm

Tiger and Brian Davis are more similar than different. They both broke the “rules” and fessed up. Fessing up cost both people tremendous amounts of money.

The ONLY difference between the two is Tiger made a choice to break the rules and Davis’ was an accident.

Rocky Lore is correct, Davis HAD to admit to breaking the rules. If he didn’t he would be labeled a cheater for the rest of his life. There was video of his violation. Tiger would have done the same thing in the same situation. You HAVE to in that situation.

And it wasn’t like Davis was going to win the tournament anyway. He more than likely was going to lose that hole even if he didn’t call himself out.

Tiger deserves criticism, but to think he wouldn’t have done the same thing in Davis’ situation is ignorant.

John on April 20, 2010 at 4:46 pm

Tiger would just be following in Bill Clinton’s footsteps.

Little Al on April 20, 2010 at 5:00 pm

Debbie you officially can no longer complain about the media’s continuous coverage of Tiger.
This story is not about Tiger and yet you dragged him into it.
Last week you made the point that Tiger didn’t win the Masters and yet he was the big picture in the USA today. So how is this different?

You don’t get to complain about the overexposure of Tiger when you are always bringing him up.

Breath and let it go.

Pete Bone on April 20, 2010 at 11:06 pm

Integrity in one’s private life versus integrity on the golf course. Sorry, Debbie, but this doesn’t fly. Stop being like one of the half a zillion others in the media by incorporating what some one does in their private life and what they do on the playing field.

And be careful to build up people a little too much, you don’t want to come crashing down again do you when someone else’s dark secrets come to public. Best to root for athletes because they are extremely good at something and not try and worship them as people. Even big fuzzy Phil. Just be careful, hon.

Larry on April 20, 2010 at 11:49 pm

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