You Niggas are sorry#1 — All golfers NOT named Tiger Woods

June 7, 2009

I am in the middle of watching my beloved Lakers right now holding onto a slim one point lead against the hated (at least now that they are playing the Lakers) Orlando Magic, and an interesting statement crawled along the screen.  (This is also something that I would rail out against, because if I am not watching that game, I might be taping it…but that is for another time)

Tiger Woods wins the Memorial Golf Tournament.  Now, that is not shocking onto itself, as we all know that we are witnessing one of the greats when we watch (or read about) Tiger. ESPN talks about what happened in Ohio, which happens to be one of my Dad’s favorite local course.  He usually goes back to Ohio for the Memorial, but skipped it this year, after being burned last year with Tiger not playing.

DUBLIN, Ohio — Two holes, two towering shots, two clutch birdies.

Just like that, Tiger Woods broke out of a four-way tie and won the Memorial on Sunday with a 7-under 65 to cap off a high-charged comeback. And just as suddenly, he silenced the skeptics who wondered if he was ready to defend his title in the U.S. Open in two weeks at Bethpage Black.

“I knew I could do this,” Woods said after birdies on the final two holes gave him a one-shot victory. “I was close to winning, but the game wasn’t quite there when I really needed it on Sunday. I rectified that.”

No, Tiger, you were just telling the truth.  You are transcendent at the sport of golf.  You are the new industry standard bearer, iconic in the sport.

The master/mentor passing the torch to the next standard bearer

The master/mentor passing the torch to the next standard bearer

Then came a bold observation by tournament host Jack Nicklaus. He had said earlier in the week that Woods, with 14 career majors, would probably break his record of 18 majors in a couple of years.

“I suspect No. 15 will come for Tiger Woods in about two weeks,” Nicklaus said at the trophy presentation. “If he drives the ball this way, and plays this way, I’m sure it will. And if not, it will surprise me greatly.”

There were no surprises Sunday for Woods, the best sign of all.

He hit the ball where he was aiming and found every fairway in the final round, the first time he had done that on the PGA Tour in more than five years. He missed only five fairways all week, his best performance off the tee since the 1998 Masters.

“It was nice to play this well going into the U.S. Open,” Woods said. “This is how you have to hit it in order to win U.S. Opens.”

Now you have the previous icon in the sport, the Golden Bear, predicting that Tiger Woods is going to win the the Open in two weeks.  Who would doubt him?  Even without this win, how could you go against him.  If you wanted to bet Tiger against the field, you might end up disappointed if you ahve the rest of the field.  The players themselves are constantly amazed at what Tiger can do.

“I don’t even know how to describe it,” said Michael Letzig, who played with Woods. “It was the best golf I’d ever seen.”

Jim Furyk, part of the four-way tie on the back nine, made a 20-foot birdie putt on the final hole that gave him a 69 and allowed him to finish alone in second. Furyk is close friends in Woods, and had been hearing the speculation that Woods was not the same.

“I just wish you all would just quick (ticking) him off … so he has to come back and keep proving stuff,” Furyk said. “I think he answered a lot of questions today.”

The question that needs to be answered is Why are the other players so sorry?  How do you pull a Jackie Smith to lose? (Jackie Smith was a great TE who made an unfortunate drop to cost the Cowboys a Super Bowl against the Steelers.

You had a four stoke lead.  You lost a four stroke lead.  You choked…CBS provides the autopsy.

Back to performing like a golfing deity, Woods birdied the last two holes and finished with one of the best closing shots of his career to win his fourth Memorial Tournament title on Sunday, dispatching a group of heavyweights that included Davis Love III, Jim Furyk and Geoff Ogilvy in the process.

During a season of recovery in which inconsistency has been the only hallmark, Woods put together one of the most impressive, compressive ball-striking days of his career, hitting all 14 fairways during his 7-under 65, the first time he had accomplished that feat since 2002.

Damn… I know he is great but, WOW.. get it together…

One Response to “You Niggas are sorry#1 — All golfers NOT named Tiger Woods”

  1. bobbygee said

    Tiger won.The lakers won. Check out my blog Bobby Gee

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