Sunday, July 17, 2005

Tiger Woods wins a yawner

So Tiger Woods wins at the Old Course again. Don't hate me just because I found today's round so dull. So dull, in fact, that I went out and hit some balls at a nearby range.
I like watching Tiger, and I love the Old Course, but can't someone -- anyone really -- set up and challenge him? He wasn't even playing that well and this championship became a cakewalk. Colin Montgomerie played very well, but let's admit it -- Monty ain't major championship material. He's a very good player who is in over his head when it comes to the majors. Jose Maria Olazabal was pathetic -- now he's someone I expected more from. Despite all the talk from the TV commentators about his "world class short game," Ollie is a streaky putter at best and fumbled around all of Sunday with his erratic driving putting even more pressure on his fabled chipping ability.
So who is going to step up? An aging Fred Couples with his gimpy back? Where was all of the other so-called "Big Four?" Way down the leaderboard, that's where. And Retief Goosen is quickly becoming unable to put together even a marginal final round.
On the plus side, Michael Campbell and Ian Poulter had fine final rounds. But they were so far back, it hardly mattered.
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