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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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Comments

Since: Sep 17, 2008
Posted on: February 21, 2012 3:06 pm
 

Tiger Woods' opponent says 'he's beatable'

His actual response was short and accurate when Tiger Woods said at the presser this morning "For Shizzle"



Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: February 21, 2012 3:05 pm
 

Tiger Woods' opponent says 'he's beatable'

Can you please point me to the Rory McIlroy article?  How about the Matteo Manassero article?  The Graeme McDowell article?

We true golf fans want Mozart and Bach, and you celebrity reality show "golf fans" want Lady Gaga playing a kazoo.



Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: February 21, 2012 2:59 pm
 

Tiger Woods' opponent says 'he's beatable'

Sadly, another made up story, this one truly moronic. Saying that "If I play my best and he doesn't I could beat him" is FAR, FAR from trash talk.



Since: Dec 31, 2011
Posted on: February 21, 2012 2:53 pm
 

Tiger Woods' opponent says 'he's beatable'

I agree, don't read about Tiger and then complain. Read about someone you like then comment and give us a break from your bleating. Find something contructive to do!



Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: February 21, 2012 2:45 pm
 

Tiger Woods' opponent says 'he's beatable'

King, you are fighting a losing battle.  Very few people continue to respect or admire Woods.  My bleatings (I am using noko's definition of the word) about Woods are in direct response to articles concerning Woods.

The problem is that we DO have to read these articles if we wish to read about golf at all.  That's the problem in a nutshell.  We want to read about OTHER golf topics than All Tiger All The Time leftovers.  Why have we not seen more on Rory or Matteo or Mr. Westwood?

Mickelson beats Charlie Wi by two shots, Woods by nine, and the headlines read "Mickelson Outlasts Woods."  Until the golf media gets a grip, I'll have to continue my bleatings.



Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: February 21, 2012 2:30 pm
 

Tiger Woods' opponent says 'he's beatable'

Great post. It can't be said any better.
I'm guessing you're a big comic book fan.



Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: February 21, 2012 2:24 pm
 

Tiger Woods' opponent says 'he's beatable'

If you thought that was "thought-provoking", then I have over-estimated your intelligence. To me it was the same old whining about "all-Tiger-all-the-time" we've heard countless times before. They don't have to read these stories, but they always do, and then feel compelled to tell us what they think about it every single time. That would be the bleating I'm referring to. Why not: Make your point once, maybe twice, and now go find a new, interesting hobby to occupy all that spare time you seem to have? It only makes a person look undignified and foolish to keep on about something that is never going to change.



Since: Feb 26, 2008
Posted on: February 21, 2012 2:12 pm
 

Tiger Woods' opponent says 'he's beatable'

Eldrick Tont is a loser, get him off my sports news



Since: Jul 28, 2008
Posted on: February 21, 2012 2:08 pm
 

Tiger Woods' opponent says 'he's beatable'

This isnt 2006 and what Tiger did 6 years ago isnt relevant in today's world of golf.


But it's all just a little bit of history repeating.



Since: Sep 9, 2008
Posted on: February 21, 2012 2:08 pm
 

Tiger Woods' opponent says 'he's beatable'

If 'bleating' is a well constructed , thoughtful and thought provking post I suggest Lanny continues to bleat.

   Makes for much more interesting reading  than the constant slobbering that come directly from the lower region of Wood's colon.


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