Sunday, August 12, 2007

Ho Hum...Another Major

Except there wasn't anything easy about this one. For once, Tiger's competitors managed to make things interesting, though Ernie Els sure could have made it a lot more interesting if he'd managed to make some very short birdie putts at 9 and 11.

For me it was very reminiscent of Tiger's first PGA Championship, 10 years ago this August. At that tournament, it looked as if he had things well in hand, and then faltered on the back nine while a hard-charging teenager by the name of Sergio Garcia started playing as if he were the second coming of Arnold Palmer. I'll never forget the look of relief on Tiger's face after hitting a tough par putt on 17 and then sinking a slightly shorter one on the final hole.

Ten years later, Garcia has yet to win a major, and on top of the shattering defeat at Carnoustie his PGA ended in disaster, DQ for signing an incorrect scorecard.

And Tiger? Just one more step on the way to the mountaintop, to becoming the greatest golfer of all time. The only obstacle that remains? Jack Nicklaus' 18 majors. At this rate, I'd say it will happen 5 years from now, in August, at the PGA Championship.

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