Friday, February 20, 2009

Are You Happy Now?

Everyone who was waiting for the magic words can now legitimately pucker up (IB18 editors included) as Tiger Woods made his announcement to return to golf at the WGC-Match Play event next week.

IB18 recently received criticism as we complained about Woods’ absence making for brown-nosing writers constantly pondering about when his return would be. Our complaint, if any, was the fact there are/were good stories out on the Tour waiting to be found and written about, but the story remained about a person who was not yet playing.

Now that we’ll get to see him next week at The Gallery, we can actually have reason to kiss Eldrick’s golden tush, as we get to see where he stands amongst a worldwide field of talent. Woods is also the last year’s champion at WGC-Match Play and it goes without saying that he will be primed to defend his title, trick knee and all.

And speaking of defending champions, Phil Mickelson was smoking at Riviera yesterday, firing an 8-under 63 at the Northern Trust Open (Mickelson won this tournament in 2008). He carded 8 birdies and 10 pars for some top notch mistake-free golf.

IB18 can only surmise that once he learned of Tiger’s return, the “oh s**t” light turned on and he upped his game.

1 Comentário:

Vince Spence said...

Goods, I'm far from being a Lefty fan, but where do people get off questioning his preparation, determination and motivation? Peter Kostis? Barry Blogger? Give me a break.

If not for a birth on December 30, 1975, Phil and Vijay would be the premier names on the tour and no doubt have many more wins and possibly a few more majors between them. Not everybody has the work ethic and need to succeed mentality that both Tiger & Vijay have. I think Phil is very comfortable inside HIS skin and is a good father and spouse.

If there is a downside to Tiger's incredible presence on the tour, whether playing or not, it is the lack of attention paid to very, very good golfers. An entire generation of fabulous golfers suffered the same fate with Jack Nicklaus. It doesn't happen often, but I, for one, am grateful Tiger happened in my generation...

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