August 27, 2006

Hidden: Woods keeps rolling with successful title defense at Firestone : Not Tigers best round but still it was enough to win...again. This makes 4 in a row, 52nd in his career, and on the 10th anniversary of him turning pro. Is it possible he could win 100 tournaments before he calls it quits?

posted by dbt302 to golf at 10:12 PM - 19 comments

There's a Tiger story just 3 FPPs down from this...

posted by jerseygirl at 05:59 AM on August 28

Yes, we need more stories about Lions and Bears, OH MY! If I only had a brain....

posted by mjkredliner at 06:47 AM on August 28

There, I fixed that!

posted by mjkredliner at 07:10 AM on August 28

Tiger wasn't even playing well. Are there no challengers? Mickelson, +9???

posted by Bill Lumbergh at 08:09 AM on August 28

This Tiger fella, I don't want to sound like a fanatic or somethin', but I think he sounds like a pretty decent golfer.

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 08:12 AM on August 28

Phil hasn't been the same since he blew up on the 18th hole at the US Open.

posted by dbt302 at 08:12 AM on August 28

Tiger plays mediocre (for him) and still wins. Where are his contemporary rivals? Oh yeah, he really doesn't have any.

posted by whitedog65 at 08:49 AM on August 28

It seems like every week there is someone out there who keeps up for the first three rounds, and then all of a sudden they forget how to win. I think that shows the mental impact Tiger has on everyone's game. I saw Cink smiling and laughing before the first playoff hole. That is not the demeanor you should have going up against the worlds best.

posted by sublime4390116 at 09:05 AM on August 28

This goes back to the dominance discussion we had on SpoFi several days ago. Tiger goes into a tournament, it turns out his game is "off", and he's still a serious threat to beat the rest of the "best". If he goes into a tournament and turns out to be in the zone, he crushes the competition. If this isn't dominance, then someone please tell me what is.

posted by ctal1999 at 09:06 AM on August 28

At what point do you think S. Cink was saying "What the F@#*". When Tiger's playing like that, they should just change the name of the programming for Sunday to "The Tiger Woods Show!" When he's leading or close, he does'nt choke.

posted by rukidng at 09:06 AM on August 28

I like my golf threads as much as anyone, and I'm more than occasionally guilty of rambling off-topic and turning the whole thing into some discussion of the game in general (which these days means talking Tiger) rather than about the post in particular, but I have to say jerseygirl has a point. There's no story or wonderful piece of sportswriting here - there's just the posting of a result and the hope for a bit of SpoFi chat about it. The fact that there are already too many non-stories-posted-for-the-sake-of-inspiring-a-discussion on the front page is not a reason to post (or defend) another one just because it's something you want to talk about. Surely someone out there in the press wrote something insightful and worth reading about Tiger's win that we could have posted, rather than the post victory soundbites. I didn't even read them, but I'm going to guess the great white tooth came out with something banal along the lines of "it was tough out there, but it's a lot of fun to win again" for a change.

posted by JJ at 10:17 AM on August 28

I have to agree with JJ. this is becoming the tiger-fi blog.

posted by commander cody at 11:59 AM on August 28

tiger woods is a robot.

posted by jakeamo15 at 12:16 PM on August 28

Enough with the lame-ass robot thing. Not half as cool as Andre the Giant having a posse, as far as mantras go.

posted by yerfatma at 01:06 PM on August 28

jakeamo15 is a Tiger-is-a-robot-bot. Hey, buddy: 001010001010100010101000 Yeah, I told him to fuck off. In binary. (swish!)

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 01:10 PM on August 28

Tiger showed us what he could do with his "B" game. Scary. I don't think we should dis the rest of the field for folding when Tiger's on the prowl. Some do, and did Sunday, but Cink came back from 3 strokes down on the last three holes to force a playoff and then hung with Tiger until he birdied the fourth playoff hole. I don't think that qualifies as choking or being intimidated. Cink's demeanor was fine, he just wasn't quite good enough to beat Tiger Sunday.

posted by Most_Voluble_Poster at 01:21 PM on August 28

Is Tiger's wife a robot? Where can I get one?

posted by Bill Lumbergh at 02:32 PM on August 28

Yeah, Cink played very well, and has no reason to hang his head. Tiger shot 33 coming in despite his bogey at 16, and did try to take command of the tournament with birdies at 10, 12, and 13. After his long bomb at 12 went in to go two up on Furyk, Cink, and Casey, David Feherty remarked "He forces the field to do more than they are capable of." Firestone is no pushover, and the field was pretty tough. Lehman's pick of Cink for the Ryder Cup team may be a pretty good hunch.

posted by mjkredliner at 02:32 PM on August 28

worshiping a robot is not cool.

posted by jakeamo15 at 03:19 PM on August 28

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