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For Woods, three's a crowd

Posted on: July 13, 2009 7:24 am
Edited on: July 13, 2009 7:25 am
TURNBERRY, Scotland -- Caddie Steve Williams, golf's barking sergeant at arms of golf, might have a feisty field day.

If not days, plural.

Officials at the Royal & Ancient, which runs the British Open, issued the British Open pairings on Monday and seemingly didn't do any favors to world No. 1 and runaway tournament favorite Tiger Woods by pairing him in the first two rounds with two people who figure to draw plenty of cameras themselves, Englishman Lee Westwood and Japanese wunderkind Ryo Ishikawa.

Ishikawa, only 17, has already been anointed as the next Japanese player likely to make a global splash. Given his role as the golf-crazed country's chosen one, the media presence when he plays is suffocating, which ensures that dozens of additional cameramen will be stalking the trio over the first two days.

Westwood, mind you, is a huge star in his own right and played alongside Woods in the final round at the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines last year, missing the playoff by a stroke. 

It's hard to envision how the pairing will help the chances of any of the three, frankly. Woods has had several verbal run-ins with cameramen over the years at the British Open, repeatedly admonishing them for firing shutters during his downswing.

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Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 19, 2011 10:56 am

For Woods, three's a crowd

Allow us hope this just disappears completely. However, which will motivation the Vikings to start out attaining and I do not like that the two.

Since: Aug 5, 2008
Posted on: July 17, 2009 2:42 pm

For Woods, three's a crowd

If he doesn't win this one, you can bet he'll be re-thinking his pre-major routine. That'd be 3 wins, each followed by a week off, followed by a lost major. I really think he's been losing some "muscle memory" during that week off, I wish he'd play the week before. (And that way, we'd get to see him play more often against his ol' pal, Phyllis.)

So what will you do with your weekend now that your boyfriend is toast? Drive by his house at night? Leave more lovenotes on his door?


Since: Nov 6, 2006
Posted on: July 14, 2009 4:11 pm

For Woods, three's a crowd

Why is it reporters always try to make excuses for Tigger. Little tigger boy will lose on his own. If he does win then an ASTERICK will go by his name as the best player in the world over the past 4 years isn't there. Phil "THE MAN" Mickelson won't be there so any win will have an * by there name. Steroid boy tigger won't win and all his idiotic followers will start making excuses.

Since: Dec 30, 2007
Posted on: July 14, 2009 2:23 pm

For Woods, three's a crowd

An aside to , Kim is a wonderful young golfer who was featured with Mahan, another fine golfer, on this site
as posible successors to Tiger.  The W's came easily to Tiger in his early years.  I'm not seeing as many or as easy
victories now.  He's still a great golfer and indeed may surpass the Bear's record.  But there are plenty of players out
there from young to old that are prepared to give him a run for his money.  It is not wise to project the future based on
past results. Circumstances change, his health could suffer, but more likely the competition will catch up with him and
maybe even surpass him.  One thing is certain, winning a Major is never easy.  He's playing against the best golfers in the
world and only one of the has to finish ahead of him to spoil his quarterly effort.  In any event, it's just not the sure thing
you seem to like to think it is that TW will win a minimum of 5 more Majors. 

Since: Aug 27, 2007
Posted on: July 13, 2009 6:41 pm

For Woods, three's a crowd

Guys, don't get too confused and uptite!! Having read Mr. Elling"s ramblings several years now, I realize they are just ramblings and deserve their place lining my trash cans!!! Pairings affect Tiger?? Maybe Philly could distract Stavie, but not Tiger!!  ELLING  SUX!!!!!!

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: July 13, 2009 6:30 pm

For Woods, three's a crowd

You are all correct when you say that Tiger gets alot of attention when he plays, and as a spectator of the game on TV, he gets too much attention.  In the US Open when he wasn't even in contention he was still getting majority of the TV coverage.  It is disgusting to listen to Johnny Miller, with his head so far up Tiger's ass, try to make excuses for Tiger when he does not play well or hit a good shot.  Or say, oh look out, Tiger is within 10 shots now, look for the pressure to be on everyone else and expect them to fold up like a cheap tent in a wind storm.  The man is a great player, I give him his do, he is still 4 majors behind the greatest golfer Jack Nicklaus, a place personally I hope he stays, but if is was to pass Jack, then I would right behind Jack who would be first to congratulate him.  As for up and coming players who will challenge Tiger in upcoming majors, to perhaps prevent him from passing that magical number of 18, I really wouldn't know if there are any out there, as the TV stations never show anyone else besides Tiger, so how can I be the judge of any up and coming players, unless they start to spread the coverage around.  Perhaps TV should start to realize it needs to start to showcase the up and coming talent, because one day Tiger will not be playing anymore, and nobody will know who these other golfers are.

Since: Jan 28, 2009
Posted on: July 13, 2009 5:31 pm

For Woods, three's a crowd

GW read what you are writing.  Isn't Anthony Kim 1 of those younger guys that you may be talking about? What happened to him in the final pairing with Tiger?  The thing you need to realize is that you can have all the shrinks in the world working on you, but when it comes to mental toughness, either you got it or you don't.  And thats why Tiger will break Jacks record.  In 3 years from now you will only be wondering by how many.

Since: Jan 17, 2007
Posted on: July 13, 2009 4:41 pm

For Woods, three's a crowd

XSGame: I think you completely missed the point!  It didn't say Tiger's game would be affected by "who he is paired with".  It said that the pairing would produce an overwhelming gallery presence because of the Japanese kid, and a British favorite, and THAT might be a distraction.  That being said, I think you are right that Tiger's concentration will not be affected by the extra attention.  He gets a ton of attention on his own, and is certainly used to it.

Since: Mar 29, 2009
Posted on: July 13, 2009 3:55 pm
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Since: Apr 23, 2008
Posted on: July 13, 2009 3:18 pm

For Woods, three's a crowd

Who will start thinking about Jack's record in the Majors being safe?  Not me.  Tiger likes things nice and neat: 100 career PGA Tour wins and 20 majors sounds like numbers he can live with; that's not to say he will automatically stop there.

Yes, the WWoG was GREAT!  Some other observations in addition to yours gwbram: the gallary's attire; the raggedy condtion of the course overall; how good Gene Sarazen was as TV analyst; Jack bombing a drive 290 yds; Sarazen describing Jack as a hitter and not a swinger like snead.  And how about the dog on the course at the first tee?  

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