Sunday in the Park with Woods


Even baseball was trying to copy golf over the weekend. Well, they played 18 innings in Houston Sunday, didnt they, before the Astros eliminated the Braves?
In San Francisco, golf went two better at the WGC-AmEx where Tiger Woods needed 20 holes Sunday to eliminate John Daly.
Talk about bonus coverage. Daly vs. Woods in overtime. Who says golf cant compel and compete during football season?
Sure Daly missed a short putt on the second playoff hole after which you could immediately see the look in Woods eyes: He didnt want it to end that way. Neither did we.
When you get Daly and Woods in a playoff on Sunday, you want it to go on forever. Instead, the Astros and the Braves went on, almost forever. And by the way, was anybody watching the NFL Sunday?
This just in: Alex Smith got sacked again.
Meanwhile back on the tour, one of the temptations is to say maybe Woods outlasted Daly late Sunday because he is more fit. Well, yes, Woods is in better physical shape than Daly. But actually it was Dalys putter, inimical to him all year long, that stopped Long John in the end.
Terrific roles in supporting casts were played by Sergio Garcia, who seemed to be scaring eagles all day; Colin Montgomerie, who couldnt quite get over the hump in a serious effort to finally win a PGA Tour event; and Henrik Stenson.
Stenson is an interesting Euro. You will be hearing more from him very soon. He drives the ball longer AND straighter than just about anybody in the world at the moment.
Monty, Sergio and Stenson tied for third.
Not that Woods needs annuities, but hes got one in the WGC events. He has won close to $13 million in 19 WGC tries. He has also won six times now this year including two majors. He is 8-1 in playoffs and has now won 46 times on the PGA Tour.
And he doesnt turn 30 until December.
Finally, kudos to the tour for going to a public golf course'Harding Park'in one of the best golf cities in America'San Francisco'for a big event. The winning score'10 under par'wasnt outrageously low or high. Be certain that the USGA was watching closely.
A U.S. Open at Harding Park suddenly sounds like an even better idea than it did a week ago. And this is not all bad.
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