First it was Michael Bamberger’s caustic comments and then it was Jaime’s fellow Golf Digest contributor, Sam Weinman who wrote of Steve’s autobiography, “It’s an easy narrative, one that for many places the book beneath contempt and not to be read.”
To which Jaime responds, “That assessment is simplistic, unfair and wrongheaded. I read the book and was immediately surprised at the amount of interesting detail. I devoured large chunks, only occasionally losing focus.”
The fallout from the famous fire hydrant incident and the subsequent disclosures created a difficult situation for Steve Williams and his wife Kirsty who were subject to gossip and hate mail suggesting they must have known of Tiger’s infidelity.
Keeping in mind that a lot of criticism of Steve’s books hinges on this unfortunate part of his life Jaime presents his honest interpretation and writes, “For all his fair-minded attempts to explain Woods, there’s no question that toward the end of the book, Willliams exacts revenge for not being absolved by the Woods’ team from any connection to his extra-marital affairs, and for the impersonal way he was fired.
This coarse path might undermine Williams’ credibility for many readers, but I would argue it was a genuine response true to Williams’ uncompromising personality. His is not the high road, but rather the old school, eye-for-an-eye road. It’s a memoir, and knowing Williams a little, this is who he is.
Phil Mickelson looking for a new coach
Before coming upon Jaime’s review I read of how Phil had dropped his eight-year swing coach Butch Harmon and has hired Andrew Getson. Then moving on to Jaime’s review read, “Of Phil Mickelson, who Williams says he admires as a player: “My problem is that he thinks he knows everything. He lords over people – he once tried to tell me the rules of cricket for crying out loud!”
For crying out loud, hopefully someone will remind Phil that it's just not cricket to criticise your coach regardless of the fact that you may already know everything.
Here’s the link to Jaime Diaz
Quote of the Day
“I hate to play a tournament in which I'm not contending. It's just not any fun for me.” - Phil Mickelson