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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: Feb 14, 2008
Posted on: February 21, 2012 2:04 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.



Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: February 21, 2012 2:01 pm
 

Tiger Woods' opponent says 'he's beatable'

LannyH: How many times are we going to see these formulaic articles?
I suppose as many times as you're willing to provide your formulaic responses. For a player you obviously don't like, you sure expend a lot of energy talking about him. Trouble is, after a while it all sounds like bleating.



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: February 21, 2012 2:00 pm
 

Tiger Woods' opponent says 'he's beatable'

He didn't use loose wrong.  Read the sentence.  The writer said he could have a "loose" hole or two, meaning he could just let it rip and not worry about losing a hole or two. 



Since: Jan 7, 2009
Posted on: February 21, 2012 1:57 pm
 

Let's use some proper grammar, please!

Why do so many people write the term "loose" when the proper word is "lose"?  You "lose" a hole or two, not "loose" a hole or two.




Since: Feb 3, 2008
Posted on: February 21, 2012 1:54 pm
 

Tiger Woods' opponent says 'he's beatable'

That was meant for LannyH@1:02. 



Since: Feb 3, 2008
Posted on: February 21, 2012 1:45 pm
 

Tiger Woods' opponent says 'he's beatable'

Great post. It can't be said any better.



Since: Jun 22, 2009
Posted on: February 21, 2012 1:44 pm
 

Tiger Woods' opponent says 'he's beatable'

When I saw a golf story NOT written by Steve Elling, I was momentarily excited.  Maybe even elated, or ecstatic.  Imagine my disappointment when I realized that Elling had been cloned.  Please, Shane, go find us a golfer in the field that is willing to tell you that he is entering the tournament unconfident, with seemingly little chance of beating his opponent.  Now, that would be a story.  Until then, I guess we'll have to live on dribble. 



Since: Jun 11, 2010
Posted on: February 21, 2012 1:43 pm
 

Tiger Woods' opponent says 'he's beatable'

When are golfers going to figure out, its not Tiger or Phil, who is your opponent, its the golf course! even in match play, if you play the course well, everything else will take care of itself! if the last few weeks on the PGA tour have told us anything, its if you make mistakes you will lose! its more about you than anything else!    



Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: February 21, 2012 1:22 pm
 

Tiger Woods' opponent says 'he's beatable'

pirate, go to OWGR and look at Gonzalo's record.  He won the Barclays Singapore Open late last year.  The question I have is how Woods ranks a five-seed when he has not won an event on any tour in over two years, and 40 percent of his OWGR points come from the 18-man points-giveaway Chevron silly season event.



Since: Feb 22, 2008
Posted on: February 21, 2012 1:11 pm
 

Tiger Woods' opponent says 'he's beatable'

Well...he did win a European Tour event last year.  Usually any win will vault you into the top 64.

Secondly when they talk about majors they fail to mention that he has only played in seven.



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