Monday, June 18, 2007
This is my favorite time of year. The sun is shinning high, the pools are packed with bikinis and sportscasters have nothing better to do than start talking about Tiger’s “slump.”
It really makes sense if you think about it. He’s only won three of the nine tournaments he has entered, finishing second in two others (both majors), and in the top-15 in two others. What does that mean? S-L-U-M-P! In related news, Vince Chase only got to third base this afternoon with a Playboy model – somebody get G.L.A.D. on the phone!
I blame all of this on Rory Sabbatini. If he hadn’t started the whole “more beatable than ever” nonsense then nobody in the media would have come up with this notion on their own.
Tiger has had one year when he “slumped” and that was in 1998, when he was revamping his swing so that he could knock out the Tiger Slam two years later. Winning a third of the events you enter and finishing second in two others isn’t slumping. If that still doesn't do it for you, think about it like this - since 2001 Tiger has yet to win more than three events through the U.S. Open. Actually, three events is pretty much par for Tiger, doing the same in '02, '03, '05 and now '07.
I just thought this needed to be clarified. If over the next few days people are bringing this up around the water cooler, either walk away or punch the person in the face. The choice is up to you.