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  • Tiger Woods: Example of dedication to the cause.

    IMO, the bolded part of this article tells me all I need to know about this man. If every athlete. heck every person were to appoach each task with this attitude, we'd all be better off.


    http://sports.yahoo.com/golf/pga/new...v=ap&type=lgns



    With another world title, Woods keeps winning
    By DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer

    AP - Feb 23, 11:44 am EST
    1 of 97 Golf Gallery MARANA, Ariz. (AP)—Even in another landslide victory, Tiger Woods conceded nothing.

    He already was 8 up with nine holes to play and headed for the record books at the Accenture Match Play Championship when Stewart Cink finally got his moment in the high desert, holing a 36-foot eagle putt, pumping his fist in mock celebration.

    Then he stood to the side of the green as Woods faced an eagle putt from the same line, about a foot closer.

    “I told my caddie before he hit it that it was going in,” Cink said. “He doesn’t like to be upstaged in any way.”

    Alas, this putt spun around the lip and stayed out. Having raised his putter over his head, Woods cringed and let the club fall through his finger, and both players laughed and tapped fists.

    It was that moment Sunday at Dove Mountain that illustrated where Woods is on the world stage of golf.


    His expectations have never been higher.

    His game has never been stronger.

    Woods closed out Cink on the next hole with a wedge that climbed over a bunker and spun back to 2 feet, his 14th birdie in 29 holes in his 8-and-7 victory, the largest margin in the 10-year history of the tournament.

    It was his 63rd career victory, moving him past Arnold Palmer into fourth place alone on the PGA Tour’s career list.

    He won for the 15th time in these World Golf Championships, earning more money in 26 starts than Tom Lehman has earned in 438 starts in his PGA Tour career.

    “It says about the same thing that just about any other stat you can pull up of him says,” Cink said. “It says he’s the best that’s ever played. I don’t know what else to say about that.”

    Each victory moves him closer to the game’s greatest players. Ben Hogan is next on the list with 64 victories, then Jack Nicklaus at 73 and Sam Snead at the top with 82.

    Snead is safe. Woods plays no more than 17 times a year, so even if he runs the tables, he can’t catch him this year. The thought of a perfect season is laughable, of course, except that Woods didn’t smile when someone asked him if he could win them all.

    “That’s my intent,” he said. “That’s why you play. It you don’t believe you can win an event, don’t show up.”

    Woods has thrived on the world stage, and his 15-for-26 mark in these events is hard to fathom. Fred Couples has won 15 times in his entire PGA Tour career.

    As a professional, Woods is 13-for-44 in the majors, but those fields are deeper, the pressure stronger. At least that’s the only explanation he could find.

    “All I know is that I just love playing against the best players in the world,” Woods said.

    And beating them. But he does that just about everywhere right now.

    This was his fourth straight PGA Tour victory, fifth worldwide. When he arrives at the Arnold Palmer Invitational for his next start, it will have been six months he last entered a tournament without winning.


    Tiger Woods holds the Walter H…

    Match Play might have been the biggest hurdle.

    Woods considers it the toughest tournament to win this side of a major, which might explain why his record (3-for-9) is nowhere near his mark in the other World Golf Championships. He is 6-for-9 at the Bridgestone Invitational, 6-for-8 in the CA Championship.

    And while he pummeled Cink in the 36-hole final, even Woods knows he was lucky to get this far.

    Remember, he was 3 down with five holes to play against J.B. Holmes in the opening round Wednesday, on a course that favors power against a player who hit the ball farther, when Woods won four straight holes with three birdies and a 35-foot eagle, the signature putt over five days at Dove Mountain.

    Two days later, Aaron Baddeley had him on the ropes. The Australian had a 10-foot birdie to win on the 18th hole, a 12-foot eagle to win on the 19th hole, and he missed them both. Woods won on the 20th hole with a birdie.



    “I played 117 holes this week,” Woods said. “I could have easily played 16 and then been home. That’s the fickleness of match play.”

    But in those 117 holes, he managed 47 birdies and two eagles.

    The hard part was getting to the finals. Once the round began Sunday morning in the crisp air north of Tucson, Woods settled into his role as a world-beater. He won five of the first 11 holes and took a 4-up lead into the afternoon round.

    Then he ran off three straight birdies, and the rout was on.

    “I’m a little disappointed I didn’t throw a little more at Tiger, put some pressure on him,” Cink said. “It wasn’t that close a match. I think that needs no further explanation.”

    The consolation for Cink was a runner-up finish for the second time to Woods in these WGCs (Cink won at Firestone in 2004), $800,000 toward the money list, and a strong week in which he mowed down two major champions (Angel Cabrera and Padraig Harrington), the best player to never win a major (Colin Montgomerie), former British Open champion Justin Leonard and Ryder Cup player Miguel Angel Jimenez.

    It was that last match that was next to impossible.

    “He just has such a strong sense of believe in himself that he’s just never out of it,” Cink said. “He’s always in control. He never loses his composure. And he doesn’t very often throw away a shot. If your opponent is not ever really opening the door, then you’ve got to do something spectacular. And I didn’t.”

    Cink made Woods sound like a machine.

    “I think maybe we ought to slice him open to see what’s inside,” Cink said. “Maybe nuts and bolts.”
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    Boring - Boring - Boring

    Call me when he wins every tournament -

    He won by 8 shots and his opponent holed not only an eagle but a 20 foot put to half a hole.


    That Tiger guy just isn't very good.
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    • #3
      The thought of a perfect season is laughable, of course, except that Woods didn’t smile when someone asked him if he could win them all.

      “That’s my intent,” he said. “That’s why you play. It you don’t believe you can win an event, don’t show up.”
      Perhaps that's why he plays less tournaments than anyone else on tour.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by BringBackZezel View Post
        Perhaps that's why he plays less tournaments than anyone else on tour.
        Gotta give the other guys a fair chance to win a few.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Bleacher Creature View Post
          Gotta give the other guys a fair chance to win a few.

          Nah, he just understands that his body wouldn't hold up to playing a full tour schedule.

          He doesn't care about tour wins anyway. He wants majors.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by BringBackZezel View Post
            Nah, he just understands that his body wouldn't hold up to playing a full tour schedule.

            He doesn't care about tour wins anyway. He wants majors.
            Agreed -

            He has looked at the schedule - looked at his bank account - looked at his wife and decided

            I have enough money for most of my life.

            While I could have more sex - it probably won't be much better.

            I'm only playing for immortality.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by BringBackZezel View Post
              Nah, he just understands that his body wouldn't hold up to playing a full tour schedule.

              He doesn't care about tour wins anyway. He wants majors.
              Yep, he plays close to the minimum required by the PGA(15 or 16?). Yet still tops the money list every year.

              Another reason his victory total is so remarkable. How many starts did Arnold Palmer take to get to 62? He was 43 and Tiger is only 32 and surely was playing more than 16 times a year.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by Schwahalala View Post
                Agreed -

                He has looked at the schedule - looked at his bank account - looked at his wife and decided

                I have enough money for most of my life.

                While I could have more sex - it probably won't be much better.

                I'm only playing for immortality.

                He plays for 2 reasons: money and to be called "the best".

                He doesn't care about fans or good will. He plays in the tournaments he's paid to show up for, and the ones where he can claim that he's the best.

                If people would stop slobbering all over him manhood, he would show up at many, many more tournaments.


                I completely understand what he's trying to do...but there's a reason why Arnie will always be more liked than Jack. Tiger Woods will probably be the best ever at some point, and people will still like Els, Mickelson, and others more.
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                • #9
                  I like Tiger a lot, but to suggest he's got some monopoly on the desire to win the tourneys he plays is pretty weak.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by BringBackZezel View Post
                    He plays for 2 reasons: money and to be called "the best".

                    He doesn't care about fans or good will. He plays in the tournaments he's paid to show up for, and the ones where he can claim that he's the best.

                    If people would stop slobbering all over him manhood, he would show up at many, many more tournaments.


                    I completely understand what he's trying to do...but there's a reason why Arnie will always be more liked than Jack. Tiger Woods will probably be the best ever at some point, and people will still like Els, Mickelson, and others more.

                    You're drunk.

                    What fans like Phil and Ernie more (other than you)? If you took a poll of all PGA fans....I bet 75% would say Tiger is their favorite player. It wouldn't even be close. Heck...I am not sure who would be second....maybe Phil (but certainly not among tour professionals).

                    He plays for money? Umm, he is going to be worth a billion dollars by summer next year? I don't think that is his motivation.

                    His goal is the same as all the greats....to win, to be the best at their sport. You make that seem like it's a bad thing? Phil is trying to be the best, too, but his flabby tits get in the way.

                    Why does Phil play in more tourneys? Why do everyone play in more tourneys? I will give you a hint....it rhymes with "money".

                    Also, why do you say he doesn't care about the fans? What does he do that is different than anyone else?

                    Is your suggestion that he only plays in tourneys where he is likely to win? If so, that is absurd.

                    Just interested in your thoughts on him....on how he is different than any other athlete.
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                    • #11
                      Already the best golfer ever. Very likely to be the most accomplished athlete ever (at least at one particular sport). I don't even think I'm being hyperbolic. The focus and drive that he displays with every move on and off the course is what impresses me the most.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by tallahassee blues fan View Post
                        I like Tiger a lot, but to suggest he's got some monopoly on the desire to win the tourneys he plays is pretty weak.
                        I didn't say he's the only one, but he's only one of a handful of professional athletes who despite the money they've already earned, play the game full tilt at every chance, like they're doing this in order to earn enough money to feed their family for the next week.
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                        • #13
                          I think this was last year sometime, Tiger had an incredible round and was asked afterwards if he thought he could ever do better. Tiger said something along the lines of "If I didn't think I could do better, then what's the point in playing."
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                          • #14
                            so this thread is just about tiger wanting to win even though he's already the best?

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by El Birdo 1 View Post
                              You're drunk.

                              What fans like Phil and Ernie more (other than you)? If you took a poll of all PGA fans....I bet 75% would say Tiger is their favorite player. It wouldn't even be close. Heck...I am not sure who would be second....maybe Phil (but certainly not among tour professionals).
                              If you took a poll of PGA fans, you would not get anywhere close to 75% saying that Tiger was their favorite. In fact, I guarantee that he wouldn't even be #1. Now if you took a poll of Tiger Woods fans, then you'd get different results...but you have to realize that most true golf and PGA fans realize what Tiger is. He's not in it for the game, or the fans. He in it because he wants to be better than anyone else who's ever played the game.

                              Originally posted by El Birdo 1 View Post
                              He plays for money? Umm, he is going to be worth a billion dollars by summer next year? I don't think that is his motivation.
                              Really? Look at his annual schedule. Any tournament that is not a major or FedEx cup/WGC event that he shows up at is either sponsored by one of his sponsors (Am-ex, Buick, Accenture, etc..) or he's being paid an outrageous appearance fee (last I heard, it was $4m to show up to the Dubai Desert Classic). He's out for money.

                              Originally posted by El Birdo 1 View Post
                              His goal is the same as all the greats....to win, to be the best at their sport. You make that seem like it's a bad thing? Phil is trying to be the best, too, but his flabby tits get in the way.
                              And with Tiger, there's no humility what-so-ever. That's why many, many people don't like him.

                              Originally posted by El Birdo 1 View Post
                              Why does Phil play in more tourneys? Why do everyone play in more tourneys? I will give you a hint....it rhymes with "money".
                              So your case is that Tiger doesn't need the money, but Phil does? Phil is rich beyond any of our wildest dreams. So are guys like Els and Singh....yet they play much larger schedules. Why is that? I'll give you a hint...it rhymes with "respect for the game and the fans".

                              Originally posted by El Birdo 1 View Post
                              Also, why do you say he doesn't care about the fans? What does he do that is different than anyone else?
                              When's the last time you've seen Tiger sign an autograph during a round? This one's easy...the answer is between -1 and 1.

                              Originally posted by El Birdo 1 View Post
                              Is your suggestion that he only plays in tourneys where he is likely to win? If so, that is absurd.
                              He's likely to win more than 50% of the tournaments he enters. He only enters the ones that he's either getting paid a ton to be in, or that he can make the claim afterwards of beating everyone worth beating. In other words, if people won't call him the best for winning the Shell Houston Open...and they're not willing to pony up $4m for troubling him to fly to Houston...there's no chance he'll play there.

                              Originally posted by El Birdo 1 View Post
                              Just interested in your thoughts on him....on how he is different than any other athlete.
                              He's most similar to Jack in that he's likely the best ever...certainly on pace to be there...but he's also a cold asshole who's never thankful for where he is, and is never grateful to the fans. Guys like Arnie and Mick interact with the fans, and appreciate them. PGA fans appreciate that. Tiger fans (the ones who cheer him on after reading the headline that he won again, but hardly ever watch a tournament especially when he's not playing) don't care.
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