It’s that time of year again and who really cares about the latest Google Maps announcements when there is a disgraced celebrity to ponder?

I am hearing from a lot of different sites that the whole Tiger Woods thing has been a like a big traffic Christmas gift, particularly for news sites and social networks that are generating a lot of articles and discussions on his night putting activities.  In my attempt to cash in on the craze I figured I’d see what sort of data Google is showing for “Tiger Woods”-related queries.

Google Suggest

If you read the list downwards in sequence it kind of tells the whole story doesn’t it?

Google Insights for Search – Regional Interest in “Tiger Woods”

Those Jamaicans just can’t get enough of Tiger.

I am guessing this Jamaican traffic is due to the stellar reporting of the Jamaica Observer.  Here’s an excerpt from a recent investigative piece:

“What has come to light is that the golfing phenom was hitting the birdies left right and centre and it was not on the links. The sad thing is that some of these birdies sing like canaries and the talk show hosts are now having a field day at the Tiger’s expense.”

And then there’s this gem:

“by Jamaican standards, Tiger would be playing in the minor leagues. So far, 10 women have admitted to having an extramarital affair with the with him. This would be cited as a sterling example of sexual moderation among many Jamaican sportsmen and entertainers.”

And this one:

“Research has shown that supporters of losing teams have relatively lower levels of testosterone than those of winning ones. There is a direct link between ones testosterone levels and ones libido. Maybe the Tiger could not help himself. He was suffering from testosterone overdose.”

Ok I have now bookmarked this site.

I think I mostly love that this story is probably screwing up the traffic for sites that optimize for “video game cheats” traffic.  See Tiger Woods Cheats.  Then again maybe they are getting an insane amount of traffic from these queries, which I would love too.

Ok, get back to work.

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  • Jim Rudnick  December 17, 2009 at 7:19 am

    What a hoot, Andrew! I too like Google suggests and have played at some length up here at….and the only diff is that at the bottom of our list this am, is “tiger woods 10 cheats” — which judging by the Jay Leno scoreboard is short by 3!

    goolge provides some chuckles….at least at Tiger’s expense!



  • Chris  December 17, 2009 at 8:26 am

    I was wondering who else, besides myself, is searching for Eldrick’s flatulations.

  • David Mihm  December 17, 2009 at 10:56 am

    To provide some insight on the fart, there was a fairly well known YouTube phenomenon in golfing circles where Tiger farted in the vicinity of a CBS fairway reporter, David Feherty, and started cracking up with his caddie (no pun intended).

  • don  December 17, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    Awesome piece Andrew. My favourite of the year thus far. The Jamaica Observer, has just replaced the Sydney Morning Herald…lol

  • Gab Goldenberg  December 20, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    Excellent parody of the ‘eats shoots n leaves’ classic :).

  • Alan  December 21, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    Great article! I know i will be following the Jamaican Observer for all my tiger woods news. That is a great point about the video game aspect. I think parents should be careful about that.

  • Dennis Yu  December 24, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    Andrew, hilarious piece! Makes you wonder if sometimes bad press is good press.

  •  July 11, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    Just came across this article about Tiger Woods and the search traffic. I realized this right after the incident broke out last year, and Tiger Woods was the number keyword search trend on Google in December of 2009. 7 months later and Tiger Woods is still big news. lol. Had no idea Tiger was such a star in Jamaica!