Sergio Garcia Issues Ryder Cup Challenge to Tiger Woods
The war of words has begun.
Most of the golfing world is familiar with Tiger Woods’ reaction to slights, either real or perceived. Ask Vijay Singh, whose caddy wore a hat that said “Tiger Who?” during their singles match in the 2000 Presidents Cup – a systematic 2 & 1 loss for Singh. (I had the good fortune to personally witness that one.) Ask Stephen Ames, who referred to Woods’ poor driving prior to their match in the WGC Match Play – an 9 & 8 spanking. There have been other instances. And afterwards, Woods always lets it be known that those sort of things help him get greater focus.
This time it’s the petulant Sergio Garcia who has thrown down the gauntlet, inviting a monster performance from El Tigre. Garcia had this to say about Woods in an interview prior to the Omega Masters, “Fortunately for us, he doesn’t have a great Ryder Cup record so I’m looking forward to hopefully going out there and meeting him two or three times.”
I’m guessing that Woods already has that article posted on his refrigerator door, so he’ll have to read it every day. Be prepared, Sergio, be very prepared.
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Maybe he should talk more about Tiger getting all the breaks, anything to keep Tiger fired up.
Is Sergio jealous? NAH...
Sergio has 6 wins and 46 top tens in his career and this year has a 70.52 strokes per round average and has won almost $1.5 million...ranked 39th in the world.
Tiger has 53 wins and 131 top tens in his career and is averaging 68.30 or TWO shots per round better than Sergio...8 shots over any given tournament. Tiger is closing in on $9 million.
As they say, "shut up Sergio and let your game do the talking." What a putz.
Im not saying Sergio hasnt completely made a name for himself in the RC, or that he isnt superior to Tiger in group settings, but I AM saying that if he's going to start throwing around challenges, then he should do the same on Sundays the Open.
I mean, you cant rejoice in being master of one domain & then pretend you dont have the yips in the other. If he's speaking the truth for the RC, then I WISH he would speak it for EVERYTHING. add a scissor kick in there for exclamation.
Tiger has had to grow up under the most intense spotlight in the history of the game (although Michelle Wie may be getting it worse now). And he's handling it very well, if you ask me. In addition to all he does to popularize the game, Tiger has put a lot of effort and his own fortune into helping disadvantaged youths. I don't know what else you expect from a young man.
I would love to see the media have an in-depth discussion as to why Tiger performs so poorly in the Ryder Cup. Will it happen? Nope! Why? Because he is a media darling. Also, his arrogant attitude wouldn't stand for it.
I just wish a young player cloned out of the mold of Tom Watson would come along and kick Tiger's behind. Right now Tiger has no equal and golf is starting to become boring unless of course it's the Ryder's or President's Cup.
I would like to make a distinction between the Jack Nicklaus the golfer, the family man and the public figure. No doubt he was a great golfer, for at least a couple more years the greatest ever. By all accounts he is indeed a great family man as well, my heart broke for him when I heard about his grandson drowning a couple of years ago, but from what I have seen of him as a man he is a pompous jerk, arrogant and condescending, rude to people he deems beneath him and generally a grumpy old man.
Fine, but while he's at it he REALLY needs to be as honest about his own play in the majors. If Serg can afford to be so brutally honest & be applauded for it, then he should also do the same when they're asking "So Sergio, what happened on Sunday?".
Just give that cocky little smile & let 'er rip. not give inane answers about 'it wasnt my day' or "tiger gets all the breaks".
Lee makes a nice point about Sergio. A while back I wrote that Sergio will never be any better than he is right now. So what I think he's doing is trying to cut out a little niche for himself in this era of Tiger - The Greatest Golfer Ever. Wants to be able to say he beat him at something.
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