Tiger Woods and Annika Sorenstam can't win them all...or can they?
I’m a little confused. Was that the Deutsche Bank or the State Farm tournament on T.V.? If I didn’t know which golf tournament I was watching I could have easily superimposed Tiger Woods’ face on Annika Sorenstam’s body.
In similar come-from-behind fashion, Annika rallied from five back to win by two strokes and Tiger, who seemed to mimic Sorenstam’s performance, took the lead away from poor Vijay Singh, who really thought he had it in the bag this time. Now we all know that it’s a no-no to go one-on-one against the great T.W., don’t we? I would rather be in the next-to-last group so I don’t have to watch the eagles drop. That way it’s easier to play my own game and not get too distracted by both Woods’ focused performance and a megaload of screaming fans.
By the third hole Tiger was giving Vijay a golf lesson.
As Woods said, “I just had to run him down as fast as possible, try to at least get him by the time the front nine was over…but I was able to do it within three holes. Woods on the Sunday prowl is like a hungry animal savoring a catch. Stay out of his way and you won’t get hurt.
Annika Sorenstam garnered similar momentum, with birdies on the first three holes, a par and then a chip-in birdie to get within two strokes of the leader. When Annika said these post-round words, you could almost hear the snicker under her breath, “Just letting them know that I am here and I’m playing well. It’s always fun to be able to put a little pressure on the leaders.”
I can now, officially, eat my own words. In neglecting to place Annika Sorenstam’s name in the title of my recent State Farm blog I actually believed that she had little chance of scoring enough points to defeat Lorena Ochoa with the Mexican sensation so far along in the standings.
Sorenstam earned triple points allowing her to finish out a sliver ahead of second place finalists Ochoa and Cristie Kerr. Not only did Annika grab the title but this year State Farm gave the entire $250,000 bounty to the winner instead of a fair division of the booty.
I’d say, all in all, this was a great weekend for Sorenstam. She not only came away with the $195K first place check, but also $250k for the State Farm Bonus Pool and her third stay at Canyon Ranch Resort. Luck has nothing to do with it.
As for Tiger Woods, thank goodness he’s taking a breather next week. It will allow another PGA golfer a chance to win a tournament. But I’d say that if you’re considering betting on the Ryder Cup, Team U.S.A. with Tiger Woods on our side is a sure thing.
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