NEW YORK – For the second time in 72 hours, Tiger Woods came up short with a golf club in the city that never sleeps.
As tour buses rattled by filled with stunned tourists, NBC funnyman and host of the Late Show Jimmy Fallon took down the world's No. 1 player at Bethpage Black, sort of. The two squared off in Times Square on the newest version of Woods’ video game, “Tiger Woods PGA Tour ’10” by EA Sports on a virtual Bethpage Black that was no kinder to Woods than last week’s waterlogged version.
The three-hole match was decided early: Woods double-bogeyed the first hole, Fallon birdied the second and the virtual rout was on.
“Nerds everywhere rejoice,” Fallon deadpanned after his victory. “This competition was not about winning or losing, it was about me winning.”
Dubbed the “Throwdown in Midtown” by Fallon, the 30-minute exhibition to launch the new game shut down half of Broadway at rush hour. The other half was done in by a city crew painting the street red. Seemed about right.
Red is Woods’ color of choice on Sunday, and was his mood when he bolted Bethpage Black on Monday. It had nothing to do with horrid traffic or weather delays or U.S. Golf Association dogma. For the second consecutive major Woods’ putter let him down at last week’s U.S. Open. He needed 120 putts to cover 72 sloppy holes and finish tied for sixth, compared to winner Lucas Glover’s 116 putts. The margin between the two? Four strokes.
Woods was in much better spirits after his loss to Fallon than he was when he frowned his way out of Long Island.
“It’s about how I played in the (U.S. Open),” he smiled. “I got schooled at my own game.”
Woods will get a rematch. He’s scheduled to be a guest on the Late Show Thursday and a “Throwdown II” was assured, but Fallon wasn’t worried.
“He needs to change his attitude,” Fallon said. “He walks around like he’s the best player in the world.”