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When Will They Learn?

Posted by Matt on August 6, 2007

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Elderick “Tiger” Woods won the Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone by eight strokes at 8-under par and was the ONLY player in negative numbers for the tournament. Woods started his final round yesterday in the last pairing with then leader Rory Sabbatini who took a one stroke lead over Woods in to Sunday’s play. However, when will these hacks learn to not wake a sleeping giant?

During the 2007 Wachovia Championships this year, Sabbatini lost a one stroke lead to Tiger Woods in the final round of play but went on to say:

“…he looked as beatable as ever.” –Rory Sabbatini, on how Tiger Woods ‘looked’ during play despite Tiger’s victory

It was only fitting that Tiger was paired with Rory for the final round in which Sabbatini sported an oh-so-ironic one stroke lead going in to the final round of play. What ensued was nothing short of abuse; Tiger could arguably be charged with ‘Misdemeanor Assault.’ One nine-stroke-swing later and Sabbatini is mopping his tears up with Tiger Woods’ sweat socks.

You’d think they’d learn. I mean you just don’t open your mouth up against Tiger Woods or he will smite you like the hand of God. Just ask Phil Mickelson when he came out and spoke poorly about Tiger’s “inferior equipment.” Needless to say, Phil and family won’t be receiving a Christmas card from The Woods Family.

You’d think the entire tour would have learn this lesson after Steven Ames spoke ill about his pairing with Tiger Woods in the opening round of the 2006 Accenture Matchplay Championships:

“Anything can happen,” Ames said with a smile, “especially where he is hitting the ball.” –Steven Ames, when asked about his chances of defeating Tiger in the first round

This time, it was ‘Felonious Assault’ as Tiger went on to beat Ames in the quickest possible fashion in matchplay format: 9 and 8 (up 9 holes with 8 holes to go). Tiger missed a perfect matchplay performance by tying one of the holes with Ames and had he won that hole, it would’ve been 10 and 8 as opposed to 9 and 8. Regardless, the earliest you can win a match is after completing the 10th hole and that is just what Tiger accomplished.

Of course, not a peep out Ames after the match, or since, but rest assured that at least Steven has learned his lesson; now when will everybody else?

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2 Responses to “When Will They Learn?”

  1. dallas flott said

    Tiger was 9 HOLES up with 8 to play not 9 strokes up. 9 strokes could be made up over 8 holes. I would suspect anyone reading the article would know but mostly you should have this right next time.

  2. Matt said

    Same difference. It is matchplay: holes, strokes, points, whatever. Don’t be picky, I have another life and I only do this on the side.

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