Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Tiger Reality Check?

Since everyone has gone off the deep end (including me) about Tiger's prospects for the Grand Slam, breaking Nelson's streak, winning every '08 event, and never losing again, I thought I would bring in the perspective of someone who is telling everyone to quiet down. Interestingly enough, the writer is someone I normally target as having the wrong opinion - Carlos Monarrez in the Detroit Free Press. In this case, his call for everyone to settle down about Woods is warranted.

Unfortunately, how he got to that logic is flawed. He begins by pointing out something that is fact: Tiger Woods did not dominate any match in his path to the Accenture Match Play title except for the 36 hole finale.

But let's not get carried away, especially with a guy who sweated out a 1-up win in the first round over 53rd-ranked J. B. Holmes. In fact, Tiger didn't dominate in any of his matches until the final, which over 36 holes isn't quite the blowout it seems to be.
I hate to break it to Carlos, but 8 and 7 in a 36 hole match is borderline embarrassing for Cink. It also set the new record for margin of victory in the event finale.

Still, he is on point about Holmes...sort of. The interesting thing to me about Tiger's run this past weekend was that he is like the Duke basketball (which I hate, but I do not hate Tiger) of match play. Duke always gets the absolute best shot of their opponent because of their reputation. In this event, Tiger gets every player's best shot because they know they have no leaderboard to face if they wind up losing.

Carlos does get back on track, though, by pointing out that we have been through this win streak drill before - and that it didn't turn out so well.
Let's not forget something else that happened last year. Early in 2007, Tiger was on another big tear with seven straight wins on the PGA Tour. Just like they are this year, people were speaking of a Grand Slam for Tiger 12 months ago -- until he lost in the third round of Match Play. Then he didn't win a major until his last chance at the PGA Championship.
Considering that Woods finished top 5 in the first two majors and won the PGA Championship, I would say that the hype was met by Woods, but not to the extent that one would hope. Monarrez is correct. We should settle down the Tiger fawning - like this from Bob Ryan at the Boston Globe:
Tiger's performance in the Accenture Match Play Championship at the Gallery Club in Marana, Ariz., will go down as one of the greatest exhibitions of golf the world has ever known. During his six winning matches, he played 117 holes. He had 47 birdies and two eagles, lipping out a 35-foot eagle putt Sunday that would have enabled him to halve a hole with the bewildered Stewart Cink. OK, so maybe the Gallery Club isn't Royal Birkdale or Oakland Hills. It is a challenging enough layout to have been deemed worthy of staging a very prestigious tournament. I didn't notice anyone else ripping off birdies or eagles on 42 percent of the holes.
But, it appears that he missing the point that Tiger continues to find a way to win - even without his best stuff. He is probably the only player in the world that can win a loaded event without his A game. The question then becomes what will happen of the field if Tiger doesn't lose his A game between now and August?

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