I believe there is a lot of factors that play into the "crickets" he gets.
The major one being the media, although why this is the case i'm unsure of. He just doesn't get the "glamour" coverage that other players get. Part of this my be his approach at the game. A lot of people feel he is boring to watch, little emotion, ect.. I actually like to watch him, great poise and seems like a nice guy.
Another part of it is, he doesn't really have huge ups and downs like some of the other players. He is just a solid golfer who is always finding himself toward the top of the leader board. What i'm trying to say here is people aren't really surprised when he wins because he is a great golfer.
Whether i'm right or wrong who knows, but it sounds good in my head. Hahaha.
The media plays such a major role in anything these days, whether they are trying to make president obama seem like he is doing a great job, or not promoting and giving due credit the the number 1 golfer in the world. Its all about what they want people to hear and not hear. Not trying to be the debbie downer here, but its easy to see one news story on 4 different stations and hear how they are all different.. Golf, along with other sports are no different.
Rebel makes some valid correlations on LD getting respect...I think character traits of typical Englishmen play a factor.
"Self-effacing: The British do not like boasting in any form. They prefer instead to denigrate themselves and their country. Healthy self-mockery and cynicism is highly regarded in British culture. Just consider Shakespeare's humour."
"However, take note: They will still be offended if you join in with the joking about themselves or their country. If you boast about your country, your academic achievements, or whatever, they will smile and nod politely but inwardly they will think you are a buffoon."
"The British prefer people who keep quiet about their praise points and laugh about their faults. If
you must praise a Briton, make it heartfelt, true, and short."
"Independent. The British favour individualism rather than group orientation. A modern trend of thought is, ‘If it feels good to me, I will do it’ - without consideration for others."
LD studied art theory and practice in college and enjoys painting and drawing when not on tour....He is really just a mellow fellow without alot of flash and penuche. I question whether media hype actually classifes as respect. Here's great look at LD...To me he's a class act !