Tiger Woods at Bridgestone Invitational: Is he getting bored?
Tiger Woods is taking this “aura of invincibility” thing to a new high. It’s like the guy has a force field around him. Rivals bounce off it like bugs off a windshield.
Woods should have lost yesterday to Stewart Cink at the Bridgestone Invitational. Of course, he didn’t, winning his fourth straight tournament and 52nd career. Woods looked almost bored out there, and definitely didn’t have his “A” game. In a fairly prestigious, World Golf Championship tournament, Woods again cowed his competitors with his aura.
“I was just trying to get it around somehow and keep myself in the ballgame,” Woods told the media after he beat Cink on the fourth playoff hole.
And did you notice his intimidation tactics, the way he marched right up to stroke his putt at the end, never bothering to discuss who should putt first? Or the way caddie Stevie Williams took his bib off before the thing was officially over?
For some reason, this aura doesn’t extend to Ryder Cup competition, though. That’s why I look forward to it. It seems to be the only time his rivals aren’t totally intimidated by him.
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As far as Steve Williams taking his bib off at the 18th, he always does that and has for some time now, which IM surprised as a golf blogger you didn't know.
NOW that we get the playoff, thats not good enough because Cink lost? Cink did NOT look cowed to me, he was aggressive, he was on his game while Tiger seemed to be clinging for dear life. Cink finally made a costly mistake & Tiger finally hit a good shot, that was it.
The tournament itself had drama. The result -- another Woods win -- is the same old, same old.
I am not sure that the guy looked bored. Clearly, given his record he is not bored by winning. I think the subtext of what you are writing, "same old, same old," is that it bores you. Truth be told it bores a lot of us.
That however does not make Tiger's latest streak any less fantastic. The Tiger D- game on Saturday and Sunday was bizarre in that it followed what in my mind has been his most impressive streak yet. This week is the first one of the recent four consecutive wins that I would charecterize the opponents as having capitulated without much resistance. Of course, Stewart Cink and Jim Furyk earn a gold star for effort (and large checks).
One man's trash is anothers treasure I suppose, because if he starts losing THEN it gets boring for me. I want to watch greatness, I'm not particularly interested in seeing 6 different players win 6 different events. At least when I could have the alternative of witnessing real life history.
As for the Ryder Cup...I think this year will change quite a bit. His dinner with the Ryder Cup rookies on Friday night in Akron showed his passion for making the Ryder Cup his event.
Does his aura beat his competitors? Only they can answer that. But, he still doesn't get enough credit for the quality of player he faces. Els, Mickelson, and Singh all have multiple majors. They aren't scrubs.
I get a little frustrated because nobody else seems to have the guts to challenge him.
I'd like to see somebody try to rattle his cage, pull some business on him. Everybody seems scared of him, like they'll make him mad. Well, how much worse can they get beaten?
Those longing for Phil to dominate a couple years, then have Chris Dimarco win a couple majors, then get to the Wetterich era. All the while chuckling about the overhyped Tiger Woods.
Almost no one ever justifies the hype anymore, from Wie to LeBRon(in a small sense), from Kanye West to BJ Upton. However, we are lucky enough to have someone DESERVING of the hype, and he's faulted for...winning.
Ah, but if it was Mickleson, Casey, Toms, Furyk, or ANY of them, their dominance would be unchallenged. Lefty wins in a playoff against Cink? aww, that Lefty trying to be suspenseful. Furyk wins 2 of 4 majors? gotta love the era we're in.
Tiger Woods? nah, Im bored. PLEASE someone else beat him so I can have someone I'm more comfortable rooting for.
note-Im not the original Lee that saw your subtext. someone left the computer on this page & I poured in my 2.
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