Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Attention to All Pros Other Than Tiger, Don't Show Up To Any of the Majors, Apparently
I'm all for projections, predictions and prophesizing about the future of sports, but I think at times we take it a little too far.
Sure, Tiger Woods is playing exceptional golf right now, but is it really the time to be giving him the Grand Slam?
I agree, Tiger is playing three venues that set up excellent for him. Augusta National (for obvious reasons), Torrey Pines (ditto) and Royal Birkdale, where he finished one shot back of Mark O'Meara in the 1998 British Open.
The thing about the Grand Slam talk that is a huge snag is the fact that Tiger hasn't even played in a major yet this year.
If Hunter Mahan or Retief Goosen head into the Masters playing lights out, this conversation is a waste. Obviously Tiger handles pressure better than anyone, but I think we deserve to let the coals of this fire burn a little before tossing on all the pine needles.
Say Tiger takes home the green jacket, dominates the U.S. Open like most believe he will and heads across the pond the front-runner, then it might be ok to print these columns. As for now, why don't we leave the end of the year to our crazy, golf imagination.
I guess you could say it's a compliment to his dominance that this even comes off our tongues. Some would say a career is made by winning one major - a lot think Tiger could notch four before Halloween.