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Tiger: Let Me Stand Next to Your Fire

What is the bigger accolade for Tiger Woods on Sunday August 5th, 2007? Was it being crowned ESPN’s Who’s Now champion, or was it winning his 6th championship at the Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club. The Who’s Now segment was dumb, even though I saw every episode and they should have just crowned el Tigre when they intorduced the sompetition, so the later wins in my opinion. What makes it extra special for Tiger was his five under, 65, performance toasting “rival” Rory Sabbatini. Sabbatini shot a 74 after being only one behind the best golfer in the world going into Sunday.

Sabbatini earlier this year stated, “I think he’s more beatable than ever”. He ran his mouth after his tournament leading 67 after the first round of the Players Championship at Sawgrass. Ironically, Sabbatini made his comments after losing to Woods in the Wachovia Championship, finishing third after Tiger passed him on Sunday. His explanation was as such, “I think there’s a few fortuitous occasions out there that really changed the round for him at Wachovia. And realising that gives me even more confidence to go in and play with him on Sunday again”. He also spewed, “I want Tiger”.

This Sunday, he got his wish, on Tiger’s best course. There was no better time to make his point than at a World Golf Championship Event at one of the most storied courses in the world. What happened to poor Rory, he got his ass kicked, and then vented his anger on a spectator who called out Sabbatini for his comments. What do you have to say for yourself Rory, what that I hear… silence.

A similar occurence happened last year when Tiger was called out by 64 seed Stephen Ames. Ames who routinely makes an early exit in the Accenture Matchplay Tournament criticized Woods’ driving. Tiger then thoroughly pounded Ames in their match winning 9 out of 10 holes they played. His dominance is nearly unmatched in modern sports and anytime somebody lights a fire under him he readily lights them up on the course. Idiots like Skip Bayliss like to malign Tiger, saying he does not have any real rivals, which lessens his significance. Maybe he is just so much better than everybody else.


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