Thursday, August 16, 2007
Have to watch when Tiger is on prowl
The historical waves, which were sent throughout sportsland by Barry Bonds matching and passing the greatest record in major league baseball, have died down to ripples and fans await the next great coming.
However, there are still more records and historical marks to be sought and chased. One of those which will take a little more time, like a couple more years, probably, is the one owned by Jack Nicklaus in the pro golf venue. Big Jack has won a record five PGA Championships and a whopping total of 18 majors.
And one does not have to be an avid golf fan to realize that the man who everyone has ordained to top Nicklaus is Tiger Woods. Woods had entered the last major of the year last Thursday with not a single major win this year. He had failed in the U.S. Open and the Masters. He never did recuperate from shallow play in the early rounds.
A win at the PGA Championship would give him a total of 13 majors and a third PGA Cup.
I can’t speak for the rest of you would-be duffers, but when the Tiger is on the prowl, yours truly has to tune in. In the final rounds he was chased relentlessly by Woody Austin and Ernie Els, the latter being no piker in these endeavors. At a point in rounds three and four, Tiger increased his lead to five. But each time, Els and Austin took turns at cutting it to three and then two.
The tournament had a couple of spectacular highlights; one came when Sergio Garcia was DQed for signing an incorrect scorecard, albeit a correctly signed one wouldn’t have affected the outcome.
The other came when Woods had a chance to shoot a record-setting 62 for a round. The gallery of thousands held their collective breaths as the ball went straight to the cup, caught the lip on the backside and spun out. No one could believe that it didn’t go in.
But I know why the ball didn’t go in. It was on steroids!
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