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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 15, 2008
Posted on: February 21, 2012 5:00 pm
 

Tiger Woods' opponent says 'he's beatable'

That is probably the most POINTLESS article I have read on this website iin a LONG TIME!!  This Bacon is OVER-COOKED.



Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: February 21, 2012 4:58 pm
 

Tiger Woods' opponent says 'he's beatable'

So I must have missed it, what exactly was Tiger's response to this taunt?



Since: Dec 4, 2010
Posted on: February 21, 2012 4:24 pm
 

Tiger Woods' opponent says 'he's beatable'

Eldrick may be your main interest in golf, Ohiosportsnut, but not mine.  Just because 'all the posts were about Eldrick' after Phil won @ Pebble Beach..doesn't mean that Eldrick IS golf. Eldrick WAS golf.  My only interest in Eldrick is wacthing him lose and lose with the same look on his face when Phil punked him head-to-head at Pebble.




Since: Sep 2, 2008
Posted on: February 21, 2012 4:18 pm
 

Tiger Woods' opponent says 'he's beatable'

The headline on the CBSSPORTS homepage reads "Tiger responds to taunt" or something like that. Nowhere in this article is there any mention of a response by Tiger.



Since: Feb 18, 2008
Posted on: February 21, 2012 3:59 pm
 

Tiger Woods' opponent says 'he's beatable'

Yes, how dare this guy, the world's 48th highest ranked golfer, POSSIBLY allow himself to utter that he could actually beat the world's #20 in their 1 on 1 match? 

The guy was asked if he thinks he has a chance ... What should he have said?  "Probably not?"




Since: Jan 18, 2008
Posted on: February 21, 2012 3:58 pm
 

Tiger Woods' opponent says 'he's beatable'

Yet when they write stories about other golfers, there are very few posts about the article. Say what you want, Tiger is still the main interest in golf. Rory hasn't done anything yet to get the kind of interest Tiger get's. Phil won the torney 2 weeks ago and all the posts were about Tiger. JUST SAYING!!!!



Since: Sep 9, 2008
Posted on: February 21, 2012 3:57 pm
 

Tiger Woods' opponent says 'he's beatable'


It is the reason he lost the last 2 times out: he didn't have putts go in.

   He has lost his last 2 times out??

How was your 2.5 year vacation on Mars?

President's cup

  ????  He had a losing record.  If memory serves me correctly there were only 3 players with a worse record  The shyte people try and feed you on here is amazing.



Since: Apr 14, 2009
Posted on: February 21, 2012 3:40 pm
 

Tiger Woods' opponent says 'he's beatable'

This is such a non-story it's ridiculous.  He says "I think he’s beatable.  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."  In what world is this trash talk??????



Since: Mar 2, 2008
Posted on: February 21, 2012 3:22 pm
 

Tiger Woods' opponent says 'he's beatable'

Graeme McDowell already flamed out and Rory is a flash in the pan. Tiger IS golf. GO away Euro Trash.



Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: February 21, 2012 3:09 pm
 

Tiger Woods' opponent says 'he's beatable'

Baed on watching his last 12 - 16 rounds and the President's cup, I would say his golf game is NOT unpredictable.  He is hitting the ball great.  His swing is as good as it ever was.  The only issue is putting.  Eventually, the putts will drop and he will win, alot.  I don't see how one of the best putters in history will not be able to get the putts to drop.

It is the reason he lost the last 2 times out: he didn't have putts go in.


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