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Tiger Woods' opponent says 'he's beatable'

Posted on: February 21, 2012 11:35 am
Edited on: February 21, 2012 3:18 pm
 
Tiger Woods sighs after missing a putt at Pebble Beach. (Getty Images)

By Shane Bacon

There are a few rules in sports trash talking that everyone should know. Don’t predict a big victory unless your name is Joe. Don’t say anything you don’t have to say if you’re a superstar, just go do it.

And don’t push Tiger Woods’ buttons the week of a match-play event. 

Stephen Ames knows this. Back in 2006 at at this same event, a smile crept across his face when he mentioned, “Anything can happen when [Tiger’s] hitting the golf ball.” Woods went on to beat the man 9 & 8, the biggest defeat in the history of the tournament.

This week, Tiger is no No. 1 seed, but he is still playing a rather unknown in Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, who broke our third rule of trash talking already.

When asked about his first-round match this week with Tiger, Fernandez-Castano said he thinks he could take him. 

"I think he’s beatable,” Fernandez-Castano said. "Of course, I need to play good. That’s all I can think about and that’s all I’m going to try on Wednesday, just try playing my best game and hope that he doesn’t play his best."

Now, it isn’t the smartest thing to get Tiger riled up at his best format. Sure, Woods isn’t the same golfer as he was when he treated Ames like a pro-am partner, but I think match play is something that could really work for Tiger. It allows him to have a loose hole or two, and he could still make a bunch of birdies and advance far in this tournament. 

That said, would anyone be totally surprised if this Spaniard, who has never finished in the top-30 of a major, beat him? Is that something that would floor the golf community? I say no. 

Tiger’s golf game is unpredictable, and if anything, those words Ames spoke six years ago ring true even more today. Anything could happen when Tiger is swinging the club, good or bad. 

At this event, it’s more about the actions of Woods than the words of his opponent.

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Category: Golf
Comments

Since: Jan 19, 2009
Posted on: February 21, 2012 9:02 pm
 

Tiger Woods' opponent says 'he's beatable'

nokogirl, you are still an idiot. Tiger won his singles match at the President's Cup. He also won his singles match at the Ryder Cup. He can only control what he can control, so you losers are left  acting like asses!



Since: Apr 4, 2010
Posted on: February 21, 2012 8:20 pm
 

Tiger Woods' opponent says 'he's beatable'

Better keep your day job, Shane.  Yikes.



Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: February 21, 2012 7:59 pm
 

Tiger Woods' opponent says 'he's beatable'

What a pile of garbage . This is journalism ????  Where was the response ? For that matter where was the taunt.
Dreadful article .



Since: Oct 24, 2007
Posted on: February 21, 2012 6:50 pm
 

Tiger Woods' opponent says 'he's beatable'

This doesn't even sound like a taunt.  But I guess no one should even dare to think that Tiger can be beat.  Well, maybe his wifey might think he could be beat with a golf club. 



Since: Oct 24, 2007
Posted on: February 21, 2012 6:48 pm
 

Tiger Woods' opponent says 'he's beatable'

Castano should just concede I guess according to Shane Bacon.  Just lie down and don't even bother to even try to beat the great Tiger Woods.  What a stupid premise!!!



Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: February 21, 2012 6:48 pm
 

Tiger Woods' opponent says 'he's beatable'

"This Bacon is OVER-COOKED."

The skillet was too hot -- by seven degrees.

But maybe he's been told to continue the Tiger pandering -- or CBS will cut him Footloose.

(These puns sound like something from Comic Book Man's blog.)






Since: Mar 10, 2008
Posted on: February 21, 2012 6:44 pm
 

Tiger Woods' opponent says 'he's beatable'

???? news no you expect him to say he loses before it starts???? give me a break.



Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: February 21, 2012 6:36 pm
 

Tiger Woods' opponent says 'he's beatable'

I don't know who to blame -- Shane Bacon for the lame non-article about some no-name trash talking about Tiger Woods or the jackass who decided to headline this article on the front page of CBS Sports as "Tiger responds to Match Play foe's beatable taunt" when there isn't a quote from Tiger anywhere in the brief column.

Shane, if you gave the world that as your headline -- don't be a knucklehead.  Only when you have a quote from Tiger, which you don't, can you come back and post articles with the big boys.  If this is the fault of the lame editors at CBS Sports, Shane you have my humble apologies.  Your bosses are idiots.



Since: Jun 2, 2008
Posted on: February 21, 2012 6:20 pm
 

Tiger Woods' opponent says 'he's beatable'

Really?  If you were playing Tiger and was asked if he's beatable are you going to say 'no'?  Come on.  He even said he will need a good day and Tiger a bad one....give this guy a break.  Lame article....just lame.



Since: Feb 25, 2010
Posted on: February 21, 2012 5:15 pm
 

Tiger Woods' opponent says 'he's beatable'

I couldn't find it either. 


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