Carnage at La Costa: Tiger Woods obliterates Stephen Ames
“Anything can happen,” Ames said, smiling. “Especially where he’s hitting the ball.”
Unfortunately those words worked their way back to Woods, and this is where the story becomes a chronicle of carnage.
Woods won every hole on the back nine, seven with birdies to close out Ames as early as he could mathematically, 9 and 8.
When later asked about his thoughts on Ames comments, Tiger said only “Nine and eight.”
No word on whether Elin Nordegren went down and gave Ames a slap, as well. Or if Tiger’s dog attacked him. For the children’s sake, however, we just hope other PGA ham-and-eggers take note of what can happen when you poke Tiger with a stick before playing him.
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However, like the previous incidents with Vijay or Phil, Tiger takes it to another level, a crime of lese-majesty. Nobody is allowed to comment on his game or make harmless jokes about it.
Ames was deeply humiliated by the score. No need to rub it in, drive a stake through his heart and come back with "nine and eight". That's childish.
Tiger is always perfect. Don't ever doubt it. But a little sense of humor and self-mockery could help. After all, his opponents didn't draw cartoons.
This is coming from a guy who lied to US immigration authorities about where he lives so that he can play in the US full time and when the lie became known, he was only allowed limited access to the US.
I don't think Tiger's ever forgotten about that article. Give Steven Ames a chance to speak and his golf shoes seem to be get lodged in his mouth every time.
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