Will no one step up to challenge Tiger Woods?
Jose Maria Olazabal misses a four-footer in the sudden death playof. Rookie Nathan Green looks like a deer in headlights and stubs a chip shot. Phil Mickelson is mired in a three-putt derby. Sergio Garcia implodes.
It’s as if no one feels they have a right to win with Woods in the field. This isn’t the first time it’s happened. Woods seems to win quite a few tournaments, not due to thrilling heroics on his own, but because of nervous breakdowns by his competitors.
This isn’t to diminish Woods’ formidable talent. It’s more of a testimony to his overwhelming presence. Still, I would like to see someone step up to Woods and say, I don’t care who you are, I’m going to win this one.
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Though, I have a strong hunch things will work out a little better for Tiger than they ended up for Iron Mike.
But it is good to see that Wie is not the only golfer that folds under pressure.
To all the Wie bashers most golfers fold under pressure. Once Wie learns to control her nerves she will win many events. Fortunately for her time is on her side.
That being said, I feel for Nathan. Poor bugger, you know he must be sick to his stomach for missing the opportunity.
Tiger was the first one to admit he did not have his "A" game with him and felt bad for Ollie in the end. But a W is a W anyway you pull it off.
For Fred: Tiger is the topic in this post not Wie. Don't worry you will get your chance in a couple weeks.
I think there are 2 players who could stand up to Tiger well at the majors:
1. David Howell. He stood up to Tiger very well at the HSBC, only a couple of months ago. Tiger was chasing him for the full of the 4th round, but Howell held on very well and with confidence.
Also there was some stat, like Howell has scored better rounds than Tiger in 5 of the 6 rounds they played together.
NOTE: I am not saying that Hwowell is better than Tiger. I am merely saying that it is obvious that the media frenzy of playing with Tiger doesn't put him off.
2. Padraig Harrington. He had a difficult year, last year for obvious reasons, but his two pga wins were very significant.
Over the last few years, he had many 2nd places, but it was the way he won the tournaments that impressed me most, particularly the 2nd one, where he had to practically wrestle it from Jim Furyk, being behind most of the round.
These are the two guys to challenge Tiger, if they can get in contention on the back nine of a major.
I think there are a few guys ahead of him, in that unsaught-after list.
Very convienient to pick a sport, where the winner has to be from the USA.
How about Pele. There is a footballer.
Yes Tiger will EASILY pass Jack Nicklaus's Major record. Tiger already has 13 Majors, including 10 professional majors. Jack had 20, which included 18 professional majors.
Jack has 18 majors. Tiger has 10.
There is no point in quoting other silly statistics to confuse the issue.
All right, let's just dismiss that one at the outset. Absolute bollocks. There is no man on earth who can beat Tiger more often than he can beat them, so why should Michelle Wie, a FEMALE no less, be any different to the best MALE golfers? Men are better than women; we've been over this, and it is generally true the vast majority of the time.
Also, Gary Player and Tom Watson were better players than Arnie. Just because they didn't run up the green and throw their hats into the crowd when they sunk a major-winning putt, doesn't mean they weren't better players. Arnie was more well-known and liked, but Player and Watson were more solid players who folded less often than Palmer.
Tiger is actually good at other sports. But when somebody stated that Tiger is perhaps the best athlete of all time, he/she did not mean he also dominates other sports. The meaning was that Tiger dominates golf as no other sportsman or woman has ever dominated any other sport. That statement is perfectly reasonable, and probably true. Tiger is in excellent shape and is likely is the most dominant sportsperson in history. Winning that 19th major is purely academic; Tiger now is better than Jack ever was.
I agree with some things you said, and disagree with others. Can't really be bothered arguing today.
As for the Watson-Palmer-Player thing, well, just look at the 'numbers' and you'll see that Watson and Player were better than Palmer.
I've never heard of Player cheating, but I certainly believe Palmer was not entitled to that drop in the 1958 Masters. One can, under the Rules of Golf, only take a free drop from a plugged lie on a 'closely mown area,' i.e. the fairway. Palmer was in the rough.
RE: My Wie comment. I toss them about like salad, knowing that someone will bite.
From a fellow Demon Deacon, the sad thing about Palmer is, after 1966 and Billy Casper, he was never the same. He didn't age well, with only one quasi-major (a USGA Senior Open) to follow.
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