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Tigers_eye
June 11, 2008, 12:54 PM
What are the chances that an American will lift the jug this year? In last 7 years only twice (Tiger '02 and Furyk '03) an American had won the US Open. Gooson (SA '01 and '04) won it twice, Michael Campbell (NZ '05), Ogilvy (Aus '06), Cabrerra (Arg '07).

Ernie Els (SA) won twice also.

The pretenders this year looks like are Garcia (SP), Adam Scott (Aus), Immelmen (SA) current master's champion.

The contenders are the usual suspects. Ernie, Gooson, Tiger, Furyk, Hefty.

I wish Tiger plays good and competes in Sunday. He hasn't played any competitive golf in last six weeks because of a knee operation. Last time he came back from a knee operation he won the tournament by 4 shots. Last time he played at Torrey Pines (Jan 2008) he won by 6 shots. :)

Lets go Tiger!! Early tee time should help. The wind picks up late I guess.

Tigers_eye
June 11, 2008, 12:55 PM
By the way, Tiger, Hefty and Scott are all grouped together. First time in a Major #1, #2 and #3 player in the world are grouped together.

Zunaid
June 11, 2008, 02:22 PM
Bah Humbug. My commute time is suffering this week. Going to be worse tomorrow when Tiger tees off at 8:00 am.

Beamer
June 11, 2008, 02:36 PM
I wish Tiger Wuss loses, specially after those comments about hockey.

Tigers_eye
June 11, 2008, 03:40 PM
I wish Tiger Wuss loses, specially after those comments about hockey.
lol, did you see is retraction. He said he tried to be funny. Apparently you folks (ice hockey fans) and some media people didn't get it. lol. The Canadians took those comment as "gali". I believe him. Had he not included Dodgers I would also hold the comment against him.

You can't hate the guy. The guy is just too good of a person on and off the field.

Tigers_eye
June 11, 2008, 03:43 PM
Bah Humbug. My commute time is suffering this week. Going to be worse tomorrow when Tiger tees off at 8:00 am.
What is the price of jet fuel nowadays? I thought that is how you roll!!

cricman
June 14, 2008, 09:27 PM
Your Favorite Athlete < Tiger Woods

Magic @ 13, 17 and 18 on 1 leg is Crazy

Zunaid
June 14, 2008, 09:48 PM
The 30-foot eagle on 18th. Enough said.

Miraz
June 15, 2008, 05:51 PM
After a relatively poor start, Woods is back in the lead after 10th hole.

cricman
June 15, 2008, 08:21 PM
Miracle Putt to force a Playoff Tiger Woods is not human

MohammedC
June 15, 2008, 08:23 PM
Why are they going to the fifth round.
Dont they have something like tie-breaker in golf

Sohel
June 16, 2008, 02:08 AM
I wish Tiger Wuss loses, specially after those comments about hockey.

[বাংলা]কি কইহিলো ?[/বাংলা]

Tiger's the reason why I even got into golf. He succeeded where my late father (RIP) failed miserably. So, no matter how clueless he may be about the greatest sport in the world, I can root for no other ... :)

It's nothing less than awe-inspiring to watch him do what he has been doing, especially so soon after surgery.

Seriously bro, can't possibly say anything else after that putt to force the issue.

Tigers_eye
June 16, 2008, 09:10 AM
Unbelievable. Simply unbelievable!! Was there any more pressure putt? 72nd hole must birdie to force a playoff. As Rocco mentioned you can never bet against that guy. His reaction says it all. All this on one leg. Amazing!! Can't put enough adjectives. Still 13-0 in Majors when sharing or having a lead after 54 holes. We have to wait to see if Rocco can do the magic one more time.

That 2nd shot at 13 was horrendous. He went for eagle??? Why?? Cost him a bogie. With the lead with one shot he needed to be conservative. An easy birdie would have had iced it then and there. he would have moved to -3 with a clear 2 shot from Rocco. Rocco had to force his shots had the situation continued.

Nevertheless, I couldnot move from my sofa. Not even a bathroom break. That speech by his father is still ringing in my ears. "You can never be mentally tough as I am in your entire life." Most of the Army Brats know that is so true.

Tigers_eye
June 16, 2008, 09:15 AM
Why are they going to the fifth round.
Dont they have something like tie-breaker in golf
Most of the tournaments have Sudden death, 3 holes or combinations of those. US Open Championship courses are the most brutal courses and drains everything from players. That is why they want to give a fair chance to everyone and have a 18 hole playoffs. Some may have advantages on certain holes long or short. Since the playoffs is on all 18 holes that is out of the equation.

Tigers_eye
June 16, 2008, 09:16 AM
The 30-foot eagle on 18th. Enough said.
Fortune favors the bold.

Tigers_eye
June 16, 2008, 09:26 AM
Not trying to diminish the sport but comparing Hockey with Golf is like:

Players giving 70+ times a breakaway penalty shots each day say about from 15 yards out. Each and every shot is too important and tensed. You have continue this for four days in a row.

Even if that is a comparison. That is the closest I can do. (The hole is so tiny comparing to the goal) The goalie can be considered as the hazards (water, rough etc.). May be if someone misses two shots in a row then he has to shoot 20 yards out.

Sohel
June 16, 2008, 09:54 AM
Not trying to diminish the sport but comparing Hockey with Golf is like:

Players giving 70+ times a breakaway penalty shots each day say about from 15 yards out. Each and every shot is too important and tensed. You have continue this for four days in a row.

Even if that is a comparison. That is the closest I can do. (The hole is so tiny comparing to the goal) The goalie can be considered as the hazards (water, rough etc.). May be if someone misses two shots in a row then he has to shoot 20 yards out.

To each his own but interesting take anyway Mijan.

Now consider this: -

Try and make the putt after warping your relationship with gravity and putting on skates, then try and deliver the deftest of touches to put one past a huge goalie past a small goal while 6'4" burly and aggressive Canadian guys are trying to take your head off at about 30 to 40 mph.

The zen-like ability to slow in down in your head while the world around you moves at top speed, so that you can make the right play as required by the unique stuation dictating the always changing role you're improvising, makes hockey what it is.

The First Nations settled their disputes this way before European settlers in Canada introduced skates, and replaced the long racket with modified hockey sticks as Lacrosse became a summer sport. It is integral to the very best the New World has to offer in terms of sport as a traditional test of manhood and character.

Put on some skates or rollerblades and put your stick down in the passing or shooting lanes and you'll see bro. Or better yet, go and see the Stars, Preds, Canes or the Thrashers live with your family, have an incredible time rinkside, and get hooked permanently.

TV just doesn't do the sport justice ... :)

Sohel
June 16, 2008, 10:25 AM
Just 30 minutes away now, can't wait ... :)

Beamer
June 16, 2008, 10:27 AM
To each his own but interesting take anyway Mijan.

Now consider this: -

Try and make the putt after warping your relationship with gravity and putting on skates, then try and deliver the deftest of touches to put one past a huge goalie past a small goal while 6'4" burly and aggressive Canadian guys are trying to take your head off at about 30 to 40 mph.

The zen-like ability to slow in down in your head while the world around you moves at top speed, so that you can make the right play as required by the unique stuation dictating the always changing role you're playing, makes hockey what it is.

The First Nations settled their disputes this way before European settlers in Canada introduced skates, and replaced the long racket with modified hockey sticks as Lacrosse became a summer sport. It is integral to the very best the New World has to offer.

Put on some skates or rollerblades and put your stick down in the passing or shooting lanes and you'll see bro. Or better yet, go and see the Stars, Preds, Canes or the Thrashers live with your family, have an icredible time rinkside, and get hooked permanently.

TV just doesn't do the game justice ... :)

Nicely put Sohel.

I am a fan of Woods. Just not a fan of his words. He rarely does anything that doesn't involve money. I thought his comments were ignorant and elitist. But, yes, he is what golf is all about..

Tigers_eye
June 16, 2008, 10:38 AM
Thanks Sohel Bhai. I know how addictive Ice Hockey is. For once if someone watches any professional game in the ring the blood thurst comes out (even as a fan) naturally. That is how I felt 15+ years back. Wayne's retirement, labor lock, and other interests had moved me away from that sports. I had tried to skate years back when I was in Iowa. My rear was sore for several days. That was after I had wrapped a sweater around. :)

There is no comparison in physical skills required in Ice Hockey and Golf. but the Mental aspect of the game can not be compared also where Golf comes out way on top. Barring Olympics or Boxing may be, no other sports have more pressure and needs more determination and focus. In almost all sports one plays against other opponents. In Golf, one plays against the course first and then the opponent.

Sohel
June 16, 2008, 10:42 AM
Mental aspects of hockey are tough to gauge for anyone who hasn't played the sport or thought about it as deeply, say as cricket or golf from an insider's POV ... :)

Golf, IMHO is the greatest GAME by a mile, and hockey is the greatest SPORT. Just make the time to go and see the Stars with your family bro, you won't regret it.

The physical dimension just adds to the amazing skill required just to stay on your skates, and the speed challenges the mind only such speed can.

Tigers_eye
June 16, 2008, 11:01 AM
Mental aspects of hockey are tough to gauge for anyone who hasn't played the sport or thought about it as deeply, say as cricket or golf from an insider's POV ... :)...
My experience in the game itself (Ice Hockey) is nil. However, I did play Hockey (Field and floor hockey) alot. Floor hockey had all the same rules (with a puck and stick) as ice hockey but on a wooden floor. :) All these forms of hockey requires similar mental toughness as any team sports would require. Football, American Football, Rugby etc. Any individual sport faces more challenges than any team sport. Be it Tennis, Boxing or sprint. A three foot putt is not always a gimme. :) Golf makes a person humble and can bring him down to his knees. I am not sure any other sports can do that.

Sohel
June 16, 2008, 11:01 AM
Bismillah, here we go.

GO GET 'EM TIGER !

Tigers_eye
June 16, 2008, 11:04 AM
Sohel bhai,
Office'a asi can't watch. Time to time ektu commentary diyen.

Sohel
June 16, 2008, 11:05 AM
My experience in the game itself (Ice Hockey) is nil. However, I did play Hockey (Field and floor hockey) alot. Floor hockey had all the same rules (with a puck and stick) as ice hockey but on a wooden floor. :) All these forms of hockey requires similar mental toughness as any team sports would require. Football, American Football, Rugby etc. Any individual sport faces more challenges than any team sport. Be it Tennis, Boxing or sprint. A three foot putt is not always a gimme. :) Golf makes a person humble and can bring him down to his knees. I am not sure any other sports can do that.

The skating, subsequent speed, and full body contact changes everything. I compare hockey to a martial art like Kendo, 3 on 1 combat for example. The skating makes it 1000% more difficult ... :)

By the phrase "insider's POV", I simply meant that one always has a deeper appreciation of anything one has done him/herself.

If you play cricket and golf, you're more than likely to have a deeper understanding of the sport.

Sohel
June 16, 2008, 11:07 AM
Sohel bhai,
Office'a asi can't watch. Time to time ektu commentary diyen.

With pleasure my brother. It's 10:06 in Dhaka with a storm brewing outside.

Sohel
June 16, 2008, 11:08 AM
Tiger's in good shape to birdie the 1st hole, Rocco's in the bunker.

Sohel
June 16, 2008, 11:14 AM
Tiger fails to birdie, should be an easy putt for him to save par.

Great shot out of the bunker for Rocco, but he blows the "easy" putt to save par and bogeys. The pressure's on already ... :)

Tiger saves par and takes the lead after playing the first hole.

Tigers_eye
June 16, 2008, 11:15 AM
Tiger's in good shape to birdie the 1st hole, Rocco's in the bunker.
Great to hear that. After the double bogie starts in the weekend a welcome change. How far was it? Approx?

Sohel
June 16, 2008, 11:19 AM
Not sure, but maybe a 30-35 footer that never broke right.

Not a good T shot from Tiger @ the 2nd, but lands in the rough short of the dreaded bunker.

Tigers_eye
June 16, 2008, 11:20 AM
Nothing is final as of yet. Strange things have happened in Sports and Golf. Appallecian State took out Mighty Michigan at Ann Arbor, Sharks (Greg Norman) collapse at US soils in Majors.

But then again this is El-Tigre. (with a bad knee)

Sohel
June 16, 2008, 11:22 AM
2nd shot from Tiger, lands in the rough but not too bad.

Bad 2nd shot from Rocco with a short iron, lands well right of target.

Sohel
June 16, 2008, 11:25 AM
Rocco chips his way into contention with his 3rd shot @ 2nd, looks like the nerves are beginning to settle a bit.

Good, safe shot from Tiger.

Sohel
June 16, 2008, 11:27 AM
Perfectly executed stroke from Tiger at perfect speed, he saves par to maintain his lead.

Rocco downs it also.

On to the 3rd, wacky hole.

Tigers_eye
June 16, 2008, 11:28 AM
Tar maney duijon'i par marbey?

Sohel
June 16, 2008, 11:31 AM
High T shot from Tiger using a 7 iron, gets buried in the incline of the bunker.

Rocco's T shot lands about 3 feet from the hole.

cricman
June 16, 2008, 11:35 AM
Tiger Bogeys 3

Looks like Rocco Birdies 3

Rocco up 1

Sohel
June 16, 2008, 11:35 AM
188 yards par 3.

Looks like Rocco will birdie this one, and Tiger has to do some work to save par. He's not happy with the chipshot out of the bunker.

He bogey's from about 8 feet, back to +1.

Sohel
June 16, 2008, 11:37 AM
Rocco birdies and takes the lead @ E after 3.

4th hole: 488 yards par 4.

cricman
June 16, 2008, 11:38 AM
Rocco in the rough on # 4

Eldrick in the rough as well

Sohel
June 16, 2008, 11:38 AM
Rocco's T shot lands in the rough but not a bad angle.

Tiger lands his just behind Rocco's.

Tigers_eye
June 16, 2008, 11:41 AM
Asto bod.

cricman
June 16, 2008, 11:43 AM
Rocco in the green

Eldrick in the rough

:(

Sohel
June 16, 2008, 11:44 AM
Unfortunate 2nd shot from Tiger veers off to the roughs well right of the hole, better shot from Rocco finds the green.

Sohel
June 16, 2008, 11:46 AM
Tough shot for Tiger but the line is decent enough, he lands 1 foot from the hole.

Just beautiful !

cricman
June 16, 2008, 11:47 AM
Eldrick makes par

Sohel
June 16, 2008, 11:47 AM
Tough putt for Rocco up the hill a little bit before it breaks left.

He stops 3 feet from the hole.

cricman
June 16, 2008, 11:51 AM
Rocco in rough

Tiger right down the middle

Tigers_eye
June 16, 2008, 11:54 AM
Rocco in rough

Tiger right down the middle
:up: Finish the buira now!!

cricman
June 16, 2008, 11:56 AM
Rocco Hits the ball to LA

Tiger on the Green

:)

Tigers_eye
June 16, 2008, 12:08 PM
So did the ball come back from LA? Whats up with Tiger? did he birdie?

cricman
June 16, 2008, 12:10 PM
So did the ball come back from LA? Whats up with Tiger? did he birdie?

your @ work?

USopen.com free stream

Rocco Bogeyed, Tiger Par

Both @ +1

Tiger right down the middle

cricman
June 16, 2008, 12:14 PM
Tiger hits it 7ft to the pin

Rocco in the rough 60 ft out

Tiger Birdies

Rocco Pars

Tiger up 1

Tigers_eye
June 16, 2008, 12:39 PM
What had gone on the 7th hole?

Tigers_eye
June 16, 2008, 01:34 PM
Bhai'era amar!! Koi galen shobai? Tiger tho abar bogie khaisey. 11 holes done. Still lead by 2. 7 more holes to go. He is +3 in par 3. grrr!!

Tigers_eye
June 16, 2008, 01:47 PM
Looks like Tiger wants to make things interesting. Another bogie at 12. Now the lead is down to one.

SS
June 16, 2008, 02:10 PM
Mediate makes the up and down for birdie after a stellar chip. Woods hits a bad chip, has 10 feet or so for par. Tiger misses, lips out on the left side! He's human! MATCH IS ALL TIED UP!

Tigers_eye
June 16, 2008, 02:55 PM
So what happened on the 17? Is Tiger still down by 1?

Tigers_eye
June 16, 2008, 02:59 PM
So final hole Rocco leading by one!! De jaVu!!

Tigers_eye
June 16, 2008, 03:04 PM
I think Tiger just lost it.

Tigers_eye
June 16, 2008, 03:10 PM
Tiger makes a birdie and ties it in the 18. Geez!!! Sudden death.

Tigers_eye
June 16, 2008, 03:13 PM
Hats of to Rocco for playing his game. Tiger couldn't get lose. Even when 3 up with 7 holes to play.

Tigers_eye
June 16, 2008, 03:16 PM
First sudden death hole would be #7. I do not know how they came up with which hole to play.

Tigers_eye
June 16, 2008, 03:18 PM
Off the Tee, Rocco finds bunker. Tiger on the first cut.

Tigers_eye
June 16, 2008, 03:29 PM
Tiger makes his Par.

Rocco is left with a 15 footer to force another hole.

Tigers_eye
June 16, 2008, 03:31 PM
And he wins his 14th Major. This one was really hard.

Tigers_eye
June 16, 2008, 03:32 PM
Rocco was no push over. Well played.

Sohel
June 17, 2008, 02:31 AM
Simply incredible, although I never doubted the eventual outcome as I never do with Tiger.

On a personal note, just when I was settling down to wonderful late night of golf with Mijan and cricman here in BC, my ISP let me down, AGAIN.

Then to make matters worse, Star Sports stopped broadcasting the game to bring us the most pointless of Euro 2008 matches -- Croatia V. Poland ... :hairpull:

So many of us here in Dhaka misssed one of the most dramatic games of golf ever! Now the wait begins for ESPN/Star Sports to show us what happened perhaps days later.

Anyway, here's a good report from CNN: -

http://img2.freeimagehosting.net/uploads/3fa3b8b238.jpg (http://www.freeimagehosting.net/)

Woods said it may have been his 'greatest tournament,' and it's hard to disagree
By Cameron Morfit
Senior Writer, GOLF Magazine
Published: June 16, 2008

SAN DIEGO — Women ran from hole-to-hole in flip-flops. Men scurried around in bare feet. Children climbed trees, and the hotels bordering the 18th hole opened the hatchways to their roofs. There was confusion: What happens if they're still tied? And there was panic. For those who were too slow or too proud to wade into the scrum, or just not tall enough to see, fans with tiny TV sets gave a running blow-by-blow.

The official attendance was 21,558 Monday, but at three gates no one was scanning tickets. According to a USGA official, the fan count was closer to 25,000, the most ever for a Monday playoff, shattering the mark of 11,000 from the 2001 playoff between Mark Brooks and Retief Goosen. For the fans at Torrey Pines and everyone who watched on TV, it will be hard to top the 108th U.S. Open, and even Tiger Woods, not a man given to overstatement, admitted it.

"This has probably been the greatest tournament I've ever had," he said.

"He's remarkable," Rocco Mediate said.

Agreed, and agreed.

Woods has gone overtime to win other majors, at the 2000 PGA (against Bob May) and the 2005 Masters (Chris DiMarco), but never under the dire circumstances he faced before finally prevailing with a par on the 19th hole Monday.

To watch his dazzling career — 14 majors and 65 PGA Tour wins and counting — is to be reminded of big-budget Hollywood. You know where the story is going, but the ride there is no less exhilarating.

"All things considered," Woods said, "I don't know how I ended up in this position."

Here's how.

Woods outlasted his surgically repaired left knee. Until the first round Thursday, he had not walked 18 holes since the final round of the Masters on April 13. He said he was taking painkillers for it by Sunday but was still wincing after swings and limping at times throughout his fourth and fifth rounds. (He looks almost certain to withdraw from next week's Buick Open in Grand Blanc, Mich.)

Woods outlasted another punishing U.S. Open golf course. Yes, he's won six times as a pro at Torrey Pines. But forget about that. This was a different course. Aside from Monday, when the Torrey Pines Gliderport reopened, not even the air traffic was the same. He was wild off the tee all week, but when Woods needed an eagle to stop the bleeding, he made one. Three times. When he had to make birdie to stay alive, he made one — twice. Sunday he did it by making an absolute mess of the 18th hole before a terrific wedge shot and bulls-eye 14-foot putt. And Monday, on the same hole, he laced a 300-yard drive down the fairway, reached the green in two, and two-putted.

Woods outlasted a composed, resilient and sly Rocco Mediate, who deliberately wore red to remind everyone that he, too, could be a closer, then retired the idea that he didn't have a prayer of winning by reeling off three straight back-nine birdies.

"I threw everything I had," said Mediate, the 45-year-old who smiled and laughed his way into the galleries' good graces.

Woods won by closing fast and furiously, as if his otherworldly sense of the moment was heightened further by the knowledge that he would soon be packing his left leg in ice.

He rocketed onto the leaderboard with a five-under 30 on his second nine on Friday, then made two eagles and a birdie in his last six holes on Saturday, going four under in that span.

At times Woods looked fated to win yet again on the bluffs overlooking the Pacific, because a series of improbable events helped to fuel his runs. First came the wide-right tee shot on the par-4 first hole Friday, which came to rest just off the cart path, a clean lie from which Woods made birdie. It was a small break, but it was all he needed. "I started running them in there from everywhere," he said.

And he kept going.

Saturday's fireworks were far more improbable. Woods blasted his drive way right of the 13th fairway, but the shot was so bad it was good; he caught a clean lie where spectators had trampled the grass, hit a 5-iron to nearly 70 feet behind the flag, and made the downhill, severely right-to-left eagle putt to send a tremor rippling across the course.

He caught another break with a wild-right drive on 17, hit his approach in the rough and rattled his chip off the flagstick and in. After admittedly just trying to avoid 6, he had made a lucky 3, and he bowed his head and began to laugh. It was one of those days.

But Woods was also at his inventive best. Knowing his leg was preventing him from making his normal swing as dusk approached Saturday, he stood for a long time on the tee of the par-5 18th hole. As NBC's Johnny Miller observed, you could see the gears in his head working to find a swing that might work on one and a half legs.

That he so quickly found that swing — a cut action that took some of the torque off his injured leg and got him first well down the fairway and then 30 feet behind the pin in two (cue: eagle number two) — illustrated peerless powers of imagination and visualization.

Plenty of athletes play hurt. Happens all the time. But as Davis Love III pointed out early in the week, the layoff, not the injury, would hamper Woods most at this U.S. Open. Concentration is like a muscle: Use it or it goes away.

The injury, the layoff, the golf course, the wily opponent — Woods was not at his best this week for many reasons. But it's a better show that way. He's at his best (most mesmerizing) when he's not at his best (somehow compromised).

Woods won by eight the last time the game's best players gathered on these cliffs above the Pacific. No one was running then, except for the exits, but this was no Buick Invitational. This time he took us for the greatest thrill ride yet, in a career full of them. Maybe it was inevitable, but it was no less incredible. It was pure Tiger.

LINK (http://www.golf.com/golf/tours_news/article/0,28136,1815204,00.html?bcnn=yes)

He also remembered his dad and said about playing through pain, "you just play and don't make excuses". Looks like some of the hockey ethos have found their way into this army brat's psyche ... ;)

Pure Tiger INDEED ... :notworthy:

Tigers_eye
June 17, 2008, 01:06 PM
Thanks Sohel bhai for the link. Next stop getting healed and off to British open.