Tiger Woods ticked off the 98th victory of his professional career on Sunday, as he duly completed his domination of the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral. Woods, a 14-time major champion, claimed the 17th World Golf Championship title of his career around the Blue Monster - eventually triumphing by two shots in a tournament he led from start to finish. Beginning the day with a four-shot advantage, the American was only fleetingly threatened on his way to the winner´s enclosure - as Graeme McDowell, Phil Mickelson and Steve Stricker all briefly alluded to a back nine challenge before eventually slipping away.
Comments: The 18 under par he posted after round 3 was enough to win the tourney. He’s now 2 of 4 this year on the PGA. The headline must be a reference to Tiger’s comments reported by the LA Times this morning in response to a question about his returning to his monstrous play of 10 years ago…he said: "I want it to be better."
In the heart of their prime periods players like Palmer, Nicklaus, Watson (Tom), and Tiger were the most electrifying putters in the game, a threat to make it from almost anywhere on the green. If Tiger with his great long game has a good year with the flat stick, he will soon again be looking at his competition in his rear view mirror, and will be back at #1 in the world rankings. I wouldn´t bet against him now.
It´s significant that his old friend Steve Stricker gave him the crucial putting lesson that propelled him to victory. Each player is trying to beat Old Man Par by as many strokes as possible. Yes, there are rivalries, and pride does matter (to a degree), but mostly the players just try to play their own games, and hope that their total score will be low enough to win. Most of the other guys should be your friends when the round is over. And that´s mostly how it is on Tour. Gamesmanship is something I pretty much abandoned after high school golf. In pro golf you need to concentrate on your own game and avoid warring with fellow competitors. It´s a matter of respect and of being a gentleman. Someday Captain Justice, the god of golf, will smile upon Mr. Stricker. And that could come at Tiger´s expense. We´ll see.
#1...Some of us have always been drawn to the skill he brings to the attainment of his professional goals in a rarified sport, and, yes, many of us have been drawn to the game and Tiger because he’s a fellow Black who learned to set high professional standards with his father’s active participation. The other players have stepped up their games because of him and the competition is great to watch. What he wears, what he drives, where he lives, who he marries, who he sleeps with etc. never was and still isn’t of consequence. See how the rest of the world, the European Tour, views his career, by the numbers...
With This Win – Tiger Woods: http://www.europeantour.com/europeantour/season=2013/tournamentid=2013019/news/newsid=186547.html
Tiger ruined his reputation and his marriage. Secondary to Tiger Woods´ outrageous self-destruction his two children have not lived with their father for the past 3 + years. So, his bad behavior is of consequence.
To quote an aging politician: "Integrity --- if you have it, nothing else matters. If you don´t have it, nothing else matters."
The good news - Tiger seems to have worked hard to correct his game and become competitive again (perhaps more than competitive!). The bad news - now I will have to see unending Tiger headlines and endless babble from Golf Channel and ESPN talking heads that can´t go a paragraph without injecting his name, again and again. Thank God I have the ability to turn it off when I want to!
Apropos of Mr. Woods´s lack of grace, class or manners; a fan got the ball out of the palm tree that TW stuck one in. The announcers on NBC yesterday showed the tape of said retrieval. Golf is the one game where the players are amongst the fans. One reason that golf autographs are worth less than other sports is the ability to ´reach out and touch´ one.
The announcers made light of the fact that, for the fan to get TW´s signature on said ball would be far far tougher than getting the ball out of the tree. It is common knowledge that TW does NOT emulate the class and dignity the game represented, and yet PC demands they cover for him. Even though he demanded, and got the blacklisting of a reporter who dared ask him a tough question.
#4, two comments:
a.) Vijay Singh, Jim Thorpe & Jim Dent wonder where you were when they were playing-years before TW. b.) MLK weeps at your skin tone comment.
Re: #12...VJ is my boy, along with a number of the players on tour I’ve enjoyed watching while tracking Tiger--Phil, Duval, Strick, Payne Stewart, Garcia, Rocco, Els, and others who have challenged him over the years---have to admit Thorpe and Dent were before my time, but did know Elders personally. Lee Trevino is the last player who caused me to put watching a golf tourney on my schedule. Tiger is the one who is master of the game.
Your comment about Dr. King is a cheap. I, like millions of Blacks, was glued to the TV when MLK was to appear on a Face the Nation or Meet the Press and learned to hold my breath for 30 minutes while hanging on the meaning of every statement and praying he wouldn’t split a verb or fail to answer a question. It was an easy choice to take a low paying job to run the Western region of his national organization instead of immediately going into a high paying job following college, a few months after his assassination. And it was an honor years later to engineer Congressional approval of the MLK holiday after Jimmy Carter failed to even attempt it, as one of my many duties as a senior member in President Reagan’s political operation.
I don’t need lectures about what would cause Dr. King to weep today. He challenged all of us to work hard and achieve, regardless of our chosen profession.
#15, you made me laugh till it hurt! Although I have homes in two golfing communities, I can only remember touching a ball twice in life...both times as a kid spending an eternity trying to cut open the skin to figure out how the bounce was achieved. I do my 5 mile daily walk AROUND the courses, but never on them as a courtesy to the golfers. As to your fighters reference, a hundred years ago I used to jog AROUND the golf course next to Dodger Stadium on the the horse bridal path with a real American we had part interest in, Ken Norton. So, if it´s golf, you win!
President Obama on Thursday nominated John Koskinen to head the embattled Internal Revenue Service. Koskinen oversaw the government’s preparations for the year 2000 and helped lead Freddie Mac out of its financial crisis. If confirmed by the Senate, part of Koskinen’s task will be to restore confidence in the IRS, which is recovering from recent scandals involving inappropriate behavior toward tax-exemption applicants and lavish spending on a conference in Anaheim, Calif. “John is an expert at turning around institutions in need of reform,” Obama said Thursday. “I am confident that John will do whatever it takes to restore
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House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), a proponent of tenets of the “Dream Act” for young illegal immigrants spoke before attendees at the Jewish Center of Jackson Heights in Queens, New York on Saturday. Cantor and Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) were the only two Republicans at the event, which was organized by the Faith & Politics Institute. The stop at the temple was part of a bipartisan tour of New York City over the weekend in which members of Congress supporting comprehensive immigration reform participated. Other lawmakers at the Jewish Center in Jackson Heights were Reps. Joe Crowley (D-NY), Carolyn
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Five Russians and a Ukrainian face federal criminal charges of hacking into the computers of major payment processors, retailers and financial institutions, stealing more than 160 million credit card numbers and causing hundreds of millions of dollars in losses. It is the largest such scheme ever prosecuted in the United States, federal authorities said in unsealing indictments Thursday in Newark, N.J., and Manhattan. Victimized firms ranged from 7-Eleven, Wet Seal and JetBlue to Visa Jordan, Diners Singapore and the Nasdaq stock market, authorities said. Three corporate victims alone lost more than $300 million, and the alleged scheme caused
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[Video] Ouch. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie turned down an offer by Sen. Rand Paul to join him for a beer and bury the hatchet in their ongoing -- and very public -- feud. "I´m running for re-election in New Jersey. I don´t really have time for that at the moment," Christie said in an interview on a local radio station. The New Jersey governor said if he finds himself in Washington, "I´ll certainly look him up." But he added: "I don´t suspect I´ll be there anytime soon. I´ve got work to do here."