Tiger Woods turns baby man Rory Sabbatini into golf's Patrick Ewing - again
Rory Sabbatini is the funniest guy in golf. Just not intentionally.
The more Sabbatini opens his mouth, the more he plays the clown. Tiger Woods continues to make Sabbatini look like the Patrick Ewing of golf by destroying the South African whenever he makes one of his grandiose predictions about challenging Tiger.
For those too young to remember, Ewing is the Knicks center who “guaranteed” that the Knicks would win countless playoff series. The Knicks kept losing Ewing’s guarantees, but Ewing was undeterred. He only pronounced more impending victories.
That’s Sabbatini. He keeps baiting Tiger and then plays smaller than Mini Me. The latest Sabbatini salvos before the final round of Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone were his most hilarious - and desperate - yet. Sabbatini crowed about having “beat (Tiger) by five” in the final round of the 1996 NCAA Championship when they played head-to-head in the final group.
Only problem is Tiger won that NCAA title by four shots. He took a nine-stroke advantage into the final day over Sabbatini. His 80 and Sabbatini’s 75 with no pressure on were meaningless. Tiger had already wrapped up the tournament. Sabbatini’s boast would be the equivalent of Ewing bragging about outscoring Michael Jordan in the fourth quarter of a game the Bulls won by 20.
Of course, Tiger responded to the ridiculous diatribe by dropping a 65 on Sabbatini’s head Sunday. He didn’t just erase Sabbatini’s one-stroke final round lead. He obliterated it. In typical fashion, Sabbatini himself shot a 4-over 74.
And that wasn’t even Sabbatini’s worst moment of the day. No, that came when he whined enough that police officers ejected a fan who said, “Hey, Rory. Still think Tiger’s beatable?” according to the Associated Press.
Which just makes all golfers look even wimpier than they already do.
Sabbatini isn’t good for golf. He’s just good for a laugh.
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David Feherty got it right when he said Rory was absolutely correct when he said that Tiger was "as beatable as ever." Woods IS as beatable as he ever was.
Which is the same thing as saying Tiger is very difficult to beat.
David was being facetious, of course, but the conclusion was on the money
Anyway, Chris...right on.
I also have no idea what Rick's comment means.
He posts quite a few similarly incoherent comments. Maybe he'll have an explanation for this one.
OK. I'll bite. What's the punch line?
I'm sure Tiger likes it more than anyone.
Alex, there is no "punch line". It's a self explanatory comment. It refers to having your head up your ass.
Thanks. It may have been self-explanatory to a young fellow like you.
Jeff and I just don't get that type of humor.
boys ages 25 29 and 32. Not exactly ancient so they might have heard of it. Two of them live in Calgary, the heart of American commerce in Canada. So if it was an American thing, they'd have heard it there, I'm sure.
And I'm 36. I've lived all over the US.
I'm approaching 65, and I agree that it's not much to talk about.
In my firm, we have about 60 people working at any one time. Their ages range from 25 to me at the high end. None have ever heard that expression. Neither have my sons or sons-in-law who are ages 40 to 28.
This is the hip, cosmopolitan city of Chicago, so that if it isn't regional, it is virtually unknown.
Alex USMC 1967-71
At 65, you probably have heard of it but just forgot...... ;-) Couldn't resist.
Sorry to pile-on, dear fellow.
I run in medical circles as well. First time I ever heard of that one.
I was a Marine as well. And as Alex will attest, you hear just about everything, b/c you have every race, creed, color from across the country represented. Never heard it uttered before.
I would be willing to offer assistance in providing colorful retorts, should you need it. Marines have developed many inventive and humorous "off-color" phrases.
One popular phrase from my Marine Corps days...
"Wow, Rory really shot the brown-star cluster on Sunday, didn't he".
If you can figure that one out, you get a gold star for day. Alex, you aren't allowed to answer.
And I prefer the term "star crimper" over "brown-star cluster". It's more obsure but always makes me chuckle.
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