Saturday, June 16, 2007

On the Verge


Uh oh…I hear that noise again. It’s that intimidating, anticipated poetic jingle that Tiger Woods brings when he makes his way up the leader board.

I know that it is easy to root for Tiger Woods when he approaches what could be his 13th major championship, but the guy is everything good in athletics. Tiger NEVER does anything wrong. He never fakes it, he never answers incorrectly, he never does the wrong thing and he is everything right with the new age role model. Maybe my favorite part about Tiger – he is always Tiger. He swears when he hits bad golf shots. He says he’s “pissed” when he finishes with a bad hole or when he finds Elin with another man misses the cut. Tiger is probably everything right with golf. I can’t think of someone else that represents his sport with more integrity than Mr. Woods.

With that said, it will be hard to root against a guy like Aaron Baddeley. Besides those horrendous MacGregor ads (BADDDDDS!), the guy appears to be a solid individual and from around the town, have heard he really walks how he talks.

No matter what happens tomorrow, Baddeley has proved himself to be a golfer no one should take lightly. Rounds of 70-70 on Friday and Saturday at Oakmont Mortuary show that the kid has a lot more than just a catchy nickname. My bottom line about this – you can never hold it against a person that goes against a legend. Paired with the best golfer to ever hold a cord grip, nobody expects Aaron to win this thing. It’s at the toughest course in America (sorry Bethpage Black, you’re old news at this point), with the toughest competitor of all time nipping at your heels and guys like Jim Furyk and David Toms just hoping for a solid round. It is under the most excruciating conditions that a golfer can stand, with the most pressure anyone will ever feel. Plus, you had to hang out all night, the next morning and all afternoon thinking about leading the U.S. Open. If Badds can pull things thing off, it would be more than just a trophy.

What to think? I guess we will soon find out.

Credit: Robert Beck/SI

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