Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Tiger Woods Will Be Great This Week
Stop shaking your head. Stop it! I don't care what you say right now, because I know one thing and one thing only.
Tiger Woods is going to kick some ass this week at the Ryder Cup. He is. He is due for so many reasons it's unbelievable.
He is due because he's never done much at this event. He is due because his match play records sans this event is incredible. He is due because he's going to be paired with a man in Steve Stricker that seems to be the only true compliment to his game that Tiger has ever played with. He's due because he's too good of a golfer to go an entire year with a solid showing at an event. He's due because no matter what we think of his character, he's Tiger freaking Woods.
Tiger is going to play well because he holds a chip on his shoulder that he hasn't been able to shake all season. He is mad at the media and his golf game and, who knows, maybe his ex-wife. He is as competitive a human as there is on this Earth, and we all know what happens when he gets the fire in match play (Confused? Just ask Stephen Ames).
I think that this is the breakout for Tiger; his chance to go kick ass at an event before he fades away in the offseason. We will see him again in Australia, and possibly in some silly season stuff, but this is Tiger's last chance at showing us that his 34th year on this planet wasn't a complete waste.
He's Tiger, and if there is ever a place to doubt him, it's when he gets to stalk greens and actually play someone, not something. This is man-on-man (avoid obvious Villegas body-issue joke), and Tiger is still the best at making people feel uncomfortable in his group.
I think he has a big week. Maybe I'm crazy, but I believe.