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Comment from: Livestrong [Visitor] Email
Padraig Harrington beats Tiger in a meaningless Asian Tour event and suddenly American golf, Tiger and the future of the world are in jeopardy???

Wake me up when a Euro wins something of not, like say a major. You are absolutely right about the state of youth golf in the states. One look at the world rankings is all it takes to see that there is a serious shortage of good young american players.

This slip-up by Tiger does nothing, however to change the world order at the top of the food chain.
11/20/06 @ 16:49
Comment from: Richie [Visitor] Email
Wait a minute, just because a tournament is not on the "almighty" pgatour tour does not mean its meaningless. The only reason the pgatour is seen by many as the best tour in the world is because of the prize money it boasts not because of its strength in depth. This is the americans problem, there were guys last year winning well over 600,000 and losing their cards, the americans clearly have less of an incentive to actually go out and win something if you are making that kinda money around the cut line. Another point, I heard Jason Gore and some other nationwide tour grad say that the nationwide tour is the second strongest tour in the world behind the pgatour. Ehhh, maybe im mistaken but who has won the last three ryder cups?? The americans need to stop living in their little bubble and realise that they cant hide behind one man. Just how many top class golfers under 30 have america produced?
11/20/06 @ 19:41
Comment from: MonRon [Visitor] Email
I'll agree with Gore that the N-Wide is the 2nd best tour...not the 2nd best team...who knows, maybe they could beat the PGA Tour and be the new Ryder Cup reps.

Furyk's shirts are great...I have nine of them and look sweet on the links.

Tiger Woods is truly the exception to the rule, and the alignment of the planets and the start for him to succeed was uncanny. Americans will again produce a champion, but never again dominate as they have, in both a golf and geopolitical forum.

That tournament in Japan was not meaningless to Tiger; now he is one step closer to knowing how NOT to lose a playoff. Didn't Paddy bonk one off a tree on the way to birdie, while the Tigger played it correctly down the middle? Nine times out of ten, Tigger's par beats Eeyore to win the playoff.
11/20/06 @ 19:52
Comment from: Dennis Stillings [Visitor] Email
When they put in John Daly & Freddy Couples along with Tiger & a few other characters we'll get the cup back. Right now the Americans play like their mothers were being held hostage & will be executed if they don't win their match.
11/20/06 @ 21:33
Comment from: Marvin Beatty [Visitor] Email
Couldn't agree more...especially with the last bit re: Garcia. He is so due.
11/21/06 @ 00:20
Comment from: Shanks [Member] Email
Tiger blowing a lead doesn't symbolize anything, other than the fact he's not God. Recent Ryder Cup results mean exactly this: the Euros are deeper at the top than are the Americans. And it's not the first time that has happened. You may have heard of a few guys named Ballesteros, Lyle, Faldo, Woosnam, Langer & Olazabal.
11/21/06 @ 07:44
Comment from: guest [Visitor] Email
As far as I remember Tiger would have won i thi this year's European order of merit with only a third of events of other europeans played. What do you say to that. The arguments of a
change of order are flawed. Moving from 0 wins
out of every 14 events to 1 win out of
every 15 hardly qualifies as change of
order. Bjorn, Westwood and Clarke have
beaten Woods in the past and it meant
nothing in the bigger scheme of things.
As for Garcia start talking when he
delivers the bacon. Same noises were
made from 99 and it was hot air.
11/21/06 @ 09:15
Comment from: Shanks [Member] Email
Sergio will never be any better than he is right now. The Ryder Cup team matches seem to provide him with a security blanket that eases his putting woes. But when he gets to singles, it's the same old story as in Major tournaments: the intense pressure gets to him.
11/21/06 @ 14:45
Comment from: Norman [Visitor] Email
It is difficult to describe how stupid it sounds when anyone tries to claim the Nationwide Tour as the 2nd best tour.

The pga tour is the best tour.
However the Nationwide Tour is of a lower quality than the Japanese Tour, not to mind the European Tour.

Anyone who makes such stupid claims about the Nationwide Tour is just letting it be known that they know absolutely nothing about golf.
11/21/06 @ 15:56
Comment from: Norman [Visitor] Email
What Shanks said about Sergio is correct.
Sergio is a very good golfer, but it is doubtful that he will correct his issues.
He has played so badly when in contention on so many occasions that it would be very difficult for him to change the cycle although there may be blips every so often.
11/21/06 @ 15:57
Comment from: Norman [Visitor] Email
On the main blog, Brandon has more of a point than many of the bloggers know. Basically those people commenting probably don't know that much about Padraig Harrington.

The fact of the matter is that Padraig was 3 shots behind Woods with 6 holes to play.
How many players would not give up at that stage? Harrington is one of those elite players who would not.
Harrington shot -4 on the back 9 to catch Tiger. The fact is that Padraig is not afraid of Tiger, unlike many of the American players.

Also, when Padraig hit it in the rough, what most people commenting arn't realising is that he is one of the very best scramblers in golf.

Also, when he played between the tree trunks, he was not lucky. He did not advance it that far. However in his next shot after that, he hit it out of the rough and nailed it 2 feet from the hole.
Padraig is a big time player and he is coming more and more into his groove.

Padraig would have probably already won a major were it not for unfortunate circumstances. He had been up to number 6 in the rankings, but when he had a bereavement he slipped right down to past number 30 and lost his game for a while.

He has very much, found his game and is playing better than ever, and the bad news for the Americans is that he isn't scared of anyone.

Harrington will probably be the next European to win a major, but once that is done, there is likely to be a number to follow his lead, including Stenson, Donald, Howell and more players.
11/21/06 @ 16:03
Comment from: Eurotrash [Visitor] Email
Norman are you suggesting that Tiger should be worried about Padraig? Americans in general should be concerned about the level of their play and the state of the youth movement, but worried about worldwide domination by Padraig--I don't think so.

"Padraig would have probably already won a major were it not for unfortunate circumstances"

...And pigs would probably fly if only they had wings. The classic woulda, coulda, shoulda argument used by fans of athletes who just can't get over the hump, so to speak. Norman you would make a great fan of Michelle Wie with that reasoning.
11/21/06 @ 16:35
Comment from: guest [Visitor] Email
Apart from Winged foot, when did Padraig
contend. There are a gazillion near men,

Els (Open 2004, Masters 2004, US 2004),
Phil (same as Ernie plus Winged Foot) and Vijay should have won 6 majors, each, Furyk 5,
Tiger should have won 14 (PGA 02, PGA05,
US open 05)
by now. How does 1 European having the
odd win against Tiger equate to a threat
for America. Based on track record and talent, Next few years, Tiger will leikely
be the dominant force in majors, with a
revolving door of global challengers
including Australian (Scott, Ogilvy), Europeans and yes Americans (Ryan Moore, Sean O Hair). Using the same logic,
Yang's win is equivalent to Asian threat
to America. Golf has evolved and the good
old days of European domination are gone.
They are golf also rans. The Australians, if
if anything have much more potential.
11/22/06 @ 05:50

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