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post #31 of 49
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Originally Posted by Philpug View Post
These guys play a different game than us. When Tiger is one, he is playing a different game than the rest of them. His 2000 years was that kind of year, winning Pebble at -15, when Els was second at +3, was a shear massacre, winning a pro tourney against the best in the world by 18 strokes???? Uneffingbelievable.

Thats the sheer beauty of Tiger, everytime you watch him, if he's in a situation where he has to hit and unbelievable shot to pull out a victory, you seriously expect him to do it, simply because he has so many times. I honestly feel priviledged to have such respect and enjoyment for the game and the to able to watch Tiger do what he does, just a superior athlete functioning at the absolute highest level of performance.

To this date, his 2 biggest "wow" moments I remember watching were his victory in the 2000 Canadian Open where he hit his 2nd shot from basically 200 yards out of a fairway bunker with a 6 iron to a pin tucked behind and pond and infront of a bunker and stuck it and made birdie to win, and then his chip in at 16 in the 2005 masters where that swoosh just hung on the lip for a second before dropping
post #32 of 49
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Originally Posted by jasdmd0 View Post
To this date, his 2 biggest "wow" moments I remember watching were his victory in the 2000 Canadian Open where he hit his 2nd shot from basically 200 yards out of a fairway bunker with a 6 iron to a pin tucked behind and pond and infront of a bunker and stuck it and made birdie to win, and then his chip in at 16 in the 2005 masters where that swoosh just hung on the lip for a second before dropping
I still replay that shot Canadian Open shot in my mind, is was magnificent!!!!!! I agree on both shots.

The other one gets back to that old Stevie Wonder joke about betting Tiger on golf then saying they had to play at night. Ha ha ha. Then Tiger goes and beats Sergio at Madina...basicly in the dark. Took all the fun out of the joke.
post #33 of 49
Funny.........The running joke between me and my girlfriend Beth(whose husband is addicted to golf. Playing, watching, PS2, you name it....if its golf he's got it on his mind)any way, our standing joke is..........Watching golf is like watching Jello set.

Now that I'm actually understanding the dynamics and terminology of the game, I'm finding myself watching it from time to time, and NOW that you guys are reminiscing about these amazing shots, I feel like I've missed out on something.

Who likes jello anyway?
post #34 of 49
I remember playing with a mate 17 years ago; he was off +1 in league competition in Perth, while I was struggling to play to -28. He took me around a Par 72 one day, talking me through the right shots to play, and got me around in 22 over, no problems. He walked around with me carrying a five, a seven and a putter, and shot 73.

I asked him if he had ever considered turning pro, and he basically said: "Don't display your ignorance (I was a sports journo at the time, so that hurt a bit). The difference between you and me is less than the difference between me and Greg Norman. Never make the mistake of thinking those guys play golf. We play golf. They play something else entirely."

A Feherty story on Tiger, told to the Daily Telegraph in London. After first admitting that some people think he's so far up Tiger's backside that the poor boy can't make a full swing, he gave a small idea why.

He's walking with Tiger and Els at a regular event. Els is in the fairway, about 30 yards ahead of Eldrick, who has put it in deep rough, behind a tree, with 158 yards to the green over trees, to a pin behind a bunker. The two look at Tiger's lie and walk on, shaking their heads.

Feherty makes his comment for TV: "I've just seen Tiger's lie, and with dynamite and a sand wedge I could just about move it 50 yards. He's dead, and Steve Williams has just signalled Tiger's using a pitching wedge, so he's going to lay up ..."

Tiger hits the ball over the trees, over the bunker, to six feet from the pin. Feherty's microphone is still open as Els turns to him and says: "F*** me!"

Feherty in the article: "You want to know how good Tiger is? Ask Ernie. He knows."

By the way, Rapid, your boy can obviously play - a mate of mine who is a golf correspondent over here and plays off seven at a tough links course (and once won a Lambo Diablo for a hole in one - took the prize and went pro for four years, paid the mortgage!) reckoned he would struggle to break 100, let alone a normal 10-handicapper.
post #35 of 49
The thing that so many golfers could really benefit and learn from is listening to a pro "think" his/her way around a golf course. With just a little "coaching" in the mental aspect, you could easily shave half a dozen shots of the average weekend warrior who shoots a mulligan aided 99 at the local muni each weekend, and they just wouldn't believe it.

One of my favorite shows on the golf channel is their playing lessons series where they take an "average" golfer and they play 9 holes with a tour pro, with the tour pro acting as their coach(and schooling them with some great shot making). Its just the pro telling the AM to look at the hole their playing not just as a "375 yard par 4", but in terms of "if you hit 3 wood instead of driver off the tee, you'll eliminate that nasty fairway bunker which you might fly 1 out of 10 times with your driver and then aim 20 feet right of the flag away from that trap thats guarding it because the slope of the green will takethe ball towards the flag anyway" kind of instruction.

I would just love to once hear Tiger do a 18 hole realtime talking narative of how he breaks a course down and what he's thinking before, during and after each shot
post #36 of 49
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Originally Posted by trekchick View Post
Funny.........The running joke between me and my girlfriend Beth(whose husband is addicted to golf. Playing, watching, PS2, you name it....if its golf he's got it on his mind)any way, our standing joke is..........Watching golf is like watching Jello set.

Who likes jello anyway?
TC, I really like jello !!! You obviously don't have children that are swimmers -- swim meet -- watching grass grow I think most golfers would rather play than watch..

The British Open is coming up in a few weeks -- different type of course --- but fun to watch. Only problem is early telecasts.
post #37 of 49
The Open's at Carnoustie, this year - remember Jean van der Velde in the water at the 18th, taking a triple bogey to lose?

Money on Tiger to give Sam Alexis a nice, Claret Jug-shaped Christening present ...
post #38 of 49
Buick Open this weekend, and I'm actually thinking for the first time in my life.............I wonder if I can go watch it, if not this year, maybe next year.

Hmmmm. Which flavor jello shall I take?
post #39 of 49
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We had the PGA here. Went to it. You actually see very little. I would personally not go to another tourney.
post #40 of 49
Watching golf tournaments as a punter is a quite strange thing. You need to have a plan. Choose to follow a pairing, or choose a place to sit and watch every pair come through.

Best value, often, is to go to the practice ground and watch them do their stuff - it's astonishing.
post #41 of 49
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The Open's at Carnoustie, this year - remember Jean van der Velde in the water at the 18th, taking a triple bogey to lose?...
Sg,
Very painful to watch -- sort of like Mickelson at Winged Foot last year -- in golf every shot makes someone happy --
post #42 of 49
Mickelson and Monty - I really hoped the big grumpy Scot would finally do it, but it's not to be, I guess. Middle of the fairway, easy 6 ... takes a 7 to counter the adrenalin and chunks it short. He'll never get that close again!

But the JvdV thing was gruesome. What was his caddie thinking? "Jean. You have three shots to spare to win the Open Championship. This is a seven iron. It is your friend. You will hit it. Then you will hit it again. Then you will hit it again. Then you will three-putt, if necessary, and win by one shot. Comprenez-vous, imbecile?"
post #43 of 49
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US Open this week...again.
post #44 of 49
Hmm, Tiger is off a knee surgery, it might be tricky to call. It would be great if Trevor Immelman could ride the momentum and win again, but Tiger is the safe pick for sure.
post #45 of 49
Looks like Mick had a bad day..

Doh!

Doh!

Doh!
post #46 of 49
Does Tiger cease to amaze?
He was under 5, 6 holes back and pulled out with his amazing putting!!!
post #47 of 49
8:51 pm Eastern Time
Get your room key back Rocco, you're not done yet

Any bets on tomorrow?:
post #48 of 49
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Any bets on tomorrow?:
TIGER!!!
post #49 of 49
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I really like Rocco, but watching him watch Tiger is awe..he has little chance tomorrow other than a Tonya Harding.:
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