Charles Barkley Calls Tiger Woods ‘Not Fun To Be Around’

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Anyone who has ever seen a March Madness Capital One commercial or watched even five minutes of Inside the NBA knows that former NBA All-Star Charles Barkley likes to have a good time.

But according to Sir Charles, legendary golfer Tiger Woods does not.

Per the New York Post, in his latest book about Phil Mickelson, Phil: The Rip-Roaring (and Unauthorized!) Biography of Golf’s Most Colorful Superstar, author Arthur Shipnuck quotes Barkley keepin’ it real about Tiger:

“Sure, Tiger is a better golfer [than Mickelson]. You’re just in awe of his talent. But it’s not fun to be around him. Everyone in his world is uptight and sh-t, afraid to say or do the wrong thing.

“Tiger himself has always acted like he’s under siege,” Barkley continues. “Gimme a f–kin’ break — you’re just a golfer, dude. When you’re with Phil, you’re guaranteed to have fun. He makes people feel good. Everyone around him is always smiling. That’s a huge difference, man.”

Now, I’ve never met Tiger Woods, Charles Barkley, Phil Mickelson, or Arthur Shipnuck, but I have read a lot of sports articles here at OutKick, and Barkley’s assessment seems to jive with something John Daly said recently.

Per OutKick’s Sam Amico, at the Target World Challenge fifteen years or so ago, “Daly and a few others were throwing back some Crown Royal when Woods walked nearby. Daly told Woods to join the fun. Woods declined, saying he preferred to hit some balls.”

Then later that same tournament, “Woods suggested to Daly that perhaps it wasn’t such a good idea to be ‘wasted,’ given that Daly’s sponsors were nearby to watch him play,” per Amico.

Daly went on to beat Tiger by six strokes that day, despite a killer hangover that would have threatened the performance of lesser men.

Again, I wasn’t there, so I don’t know. But could genuine fun phenoms Barkley and Daly BOTH be wrong? I doubt it.

Written by Cortney Weil

Cortney Weil has a PhD in Shakespearean drama but now spends her days reading and writing about her first passion: sports. She loves God, her husband, and all things Michigan State.


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  1. Nothing wrong with being a fun-loving, media-friendly, highly quotable sports celebrity. Charles Barkley has made a very successful 2nd career being just that. Shaq and others have as well.
    I’ve always been ambivalent as re: Tiger Woods. His on-course career achievements speak for themselves. His off-course issues are well-documented. Assuming what Barkley says is true … does not affect my ambivalence towards Tiger Woods at all. Ben Hogan and Sam Snead were very different personalities … as were Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus. … Joe Namath and Roger Staubach likewise …

  2. Tiger did what he thought he needed to do to be the best.

    Joe Morgan spoke about being straight edge and serious about being ready to play. He seemed to envy the guys that were screwing off and having a good time while he was in his room getting rest.

    Maybe all that stress is why tiger chased ungly whores.

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