Monday, January 28, 2008

Tiger Tiger Woods Y'all

Nineteen under par. I don't know which to find more unbelievable, his final score or his final round. Woods entered the final round at 18-under and the fact that he only shot 1-under on Sunday is almost as insurmisable as his margin of victory. The best part of Woods' fourth consecutive Buick Open title is the fact that the guy didn't even hit 50 percent of the fairways ... and still beat the field by eight. He led by as many as 11 strokes early on and I was fully expecting Tiger to be somwhere in the neighborhood of 23-, 24-under. He only finished 19-under. Regardless, I've got my seatbelt fastened. This guy is good. No, seriously, this guy is good. One of my closest friends and I were just talking about it en route to Chapel Hill from Wilmingon during the weekend. Russell, who is the assistant golf pro at the Governors Club in Chapel Hill says your best golf comes between the ages of 30 and 40. Woods just turned 30, if I'm not mistaken, and he's far and away the best golfer in the world.

Despite Woods' prowess on the course. I don't think many of us, myself included, realize what we really are watching. In the years to come, we are in for something that no one has ever seen. Just ask Fred Couples.

"He's just that much better," Couples was quoted as saying by "It's not surprising. As a player, it's fun to see. I've been out here 25 years, and I've never seen this."

I'm currently listening to the Dan Patrick Show on 99.9 and even Patrick concurs that Woods is getting better. Better? Seriously? You've already got some of the best golfers in the world admitting that they play for second place and this guy is getting better. During yesterday's coverage of the Open, Tiger's pal Stewart Cink was on camera recalling a tournament that he played when he was 17 and Woods was 14. To paraphrase Cink, he said something to the effect of getting his first glimpse of what the rest of his life was going to be like when Woods won that tournament.

Usually pretty humble, Tiger admitted at the beginning of the season that he felt confident that he could win the Grand Slam. With Torrey Pines hosting the 2008 U.S. Open, at least one major looks to be in the bag already. So, if you're ever wondering how good Tiger Woods really is at golf, please, play a round of golf and see if you can get anywhere within 30 strokes of his handicap without cheating. Hell, try it with cheating. And when you walk away, think of what 19 majors will really mean.

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