Monday, August 17, 2009
It's still hard to believe, isn't it? Tiger Woods led the PGA tournament for almost the entire weekend in Minnesota, then got beaten by some guy with a rooster on the back of his shirt.
Congrats to Y.E. Yang of South Korea, who crowed his way to a 3-stroke win over Tiger in the PGA Championship.
But let's not let Woods' undeniable and usually unbelievable greatness cloud the issue here -- Woods choked in the final round.
A 75? In his traditional red shirt, on a Sunday, with a 2-stroke lead going in?!
That let Yang win by 3 strokes.
If you don't think it was a choke job by El Tigre, just ask yourself this: If Woods had been 2 shots down going into Sunday, and Yang then shot a 75, and Tiger had shot a 70 and won by 3 strokes, would you have said Yang choked?
Of course you would.
Look, everyone chokes occasionally in sports. That's part of why it takes more courage to play than to sit on the sidelines.
I don't think Tiger Woods is a bad golfer because of this -- I think he's the best ever. But on Sunday, he wasn't. He showed he was human.
And incidentally, Yang's performance Sunday was only the second-best on Sunday. Usain Bolt's 9.58-second run in the 100 meters -- shattering his own world record -- was the best.
To get a gauge of how fast that is, if that time is translated into the 40-yard dash that football players are always running, it would be roughly 3.5 seconds.
Posted by Scott Fowler at 10:53 AM