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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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Since: Jan 16, 2010
Posted on: February 21, 2012 1:03 pm

Tiger Woods' opponent says 'he's beatable'

I think the real question is if Fernandez-Castano has never finished in the top 30 of a major how in the world did he qualify to play in this event. Secondly how did he draw a guy who should be no more than a middle seed. The thing about match play is that you can shoot 75 and still win just as you could shoot 62 and loose. It takes a little bit of luck to win a match play event.

Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: February 21, 2012 1:02 pm

Tiger Woods' opponent says 'he's beatable'

How many times are we going to see these formulaic articles?

A golfer makes a comment about Tiger Woods.

The media pretends it was an insult and labels it "trash talking."

We are told the Stephen Ames story.

I follow golf pretty closely, yet I don't know who Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano is.  What a great opportunity to introduce him to the public.  Maybe mention that the last time the two played together, Tiger bested him by five shots at Abu Dhabi, but that on the day of Woods' best round there, a 66, Gonzalo shot a 65.  Or that Woods shot lower the first two rounds, Gonzalo the last two.  Or maybe this factoid:  Gonza never finished out of the top 30 last year -- if he made the cut!  ( He missed six cuts.)  Also, where was he between week 6 and week 31?

Oh, well, too bad the final phrase of the piece wasn't the first.

If we are talking history, why not a little history from 2010?  The year Woods undermined this tournament by scheduling his "Buddhist roots" dog-and-pony show during it?  By the way, Tiger, how's that Buddhist roots thing working out for you?  Feeling tranquility on the golf course now?  Got that temper under control?

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: February 21, 2012 12:50 pm

Tiger Woods' opponent says 'he's beatable'

Tiger hasn't won anything in ages.  And "he's beatable" is a news story? Come on.

Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: February 21, 2012 12:43 pm

Tiger Woods' opponent says 'he's beatable'

More media nonsense...Tiger is "beatable"? Newsflash, it's been that way for awhile now...Next story, please...

Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: February 21, 2012 12:39 pm

Tiger Woods' opponent says 'he's beatable'

How is this trash talking, and more importantly a story?

Is the guy supposed to say "i suck and can't beat tiger"?  He said nothing wrong at all.  Who on earth would think Tiger is not beatable anyway?!

Seriously CBS, get a life.

Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: February 21, 2012 12:32 pm

Tiger Woods' opponent says 'he's beatable'

Additionally, Tiger's opponent said that "grass is green."  There is no story here...move on.

Since: Jan 11, 2009
Posted on: February 21, 2012 12:30 pm

Tiger Woods' opponent says 'he's beatable'

Shane Bacon.....come on man! There is no story here, and certainly nothing the merits this inflammatory headline. 

Since: Jan 18, 2012
Posted on: February 21, 2012 12:23 pm

Tiger Woods' opponent says 'he's beatable'

So this is trash talking?  He said " just try playing my best" the key word try... "hope he doesn't play his best"  the key word hope.  Give me a break what was he suppose to say..."I have no chance"!  "I wont play my best"....Shane Bacon go get a real job.  This little piece you wrote is beyond pathetic.  You disgust me.  

Since: Jun 17, 2007
Posted on: February 21, 2012 12:20 pm

Tiger Woods' opponent says 'he's beatable'

"I think he's beatable" is breaking the third rule of trash-talk?  Huh?

What is he supposed to say?  Is he supposed to say:  "Gee, Wally, that Tiger there is totally unbeatable, and even if I play my best round of golf, I can't beat him, even if he plays his absolute worst. I don't even know why I call myself a professional golfer...I view my opponent as un-beatable."

I can't believe that this quote even made news. I mean, it's not like Tiger Woods is god...and that's the only way this would be considered trash-talk. Does CBS really have to try this hard to make a Tiger Woods story? Wow.

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