Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Just When you Think you Got Him
Yeah, everyone in the world is Jerry and Tiger Woods is Tom, watching us from a distance try to tippy-toe that last little inch before he snatches us in his palm and stomps away.
J.B. Holmes probably knows this really well. The 16th seed played Tiger today and had him all but on the ropes, three-down after 13 holes and cruising to an enormous upset. The next sequence is only unbelievable if you've never heard of Tiger Woods.
Starting on 14, Woods went birdie-birdie-birdie-eagle to land at one-up with one to play, needing only a par on 18 to notch the first round victory.
In golf, you can't always play your best. Unlike an NCAA game or a basketball game, when you don't bring your A-game in golf you usually can lose to just about any opponent. Tiger does this, but then figures out what the hell went wrong mid-round changing it in the nick of time so he can still pull out the W.
The guy is a machine, if only machines performed as well as he. I can't gush about him enough - it isn't even fair.