Welcome to The List, where the Golf Guy offers golf-related topics and useless items. Feel free to add your own 'list' in the comments section; just refrain from comments like, 'This guy gets paid for this crap?' I'm a sensitive guy. Anyway, this week's Fourth of July edition includes my top Tiger Woods firework moments as well as the my favorite things to grill:
All-time Tiger firework moments:
1. Sinking that insanely ticklish putt on the 72nd hole to force a playoff with Rocco Mediate en route to his 2008 U.S. Open victory at Torrey Pines. One of the greatest moments in golf history. Pure Tiger. And his double-barreled fist pump was one for the ages.
2. Chipping in on the par-3 16th in the 2005 Masters. While the high-five with former caddie Stevie Williams was weak, the real-time, slo-mo of the ball falling into the cup will stand the test of time as one of the greatest highlights in sports history. The fact that he was looking at bogey and ends up making birdie en route to the title takes it over the top.
3. Bob May may have already drifted from our consciousness, but the duel that played out at the 2000 PGA Championship at Valhalla was preposterous. Back and forth they went coming down the stretch and then into a playoff. When Woods walked his 20-foot putt into the cup on the first extra hole – pointing at it the last few feet – goose bumps grew on my arms ... as did the legend of Tiger (not on my arm).
4. 2008 Arnold Palmer Invitational: The 72nd hole. Facing a 24-foot putt for the victory. At Arnie's place. Bam! Then the hat slam! Seeing Tiger get that fired up after big wins never gets old.
5. Granted, the 2000 edition of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone CC was already in the books – Tiger won the event by an eye-popping 11 strokes – but it was another case of Tiger closing the deal with fireworks. Almost literally. In drowning darkness, Woods' stuffed his final approach shot of the day to within a foot of the hole ... while fans still at the course held up their Bic lighters as if at a rock concert.
All-time favorites to throw on the grill:
Burgers: Is there anything better than a burger from the grill at a picnic, tailgating party or just with friends and family on the porch? And I like the three different burger combos – straight cheeseburger, the BBQ burger, and the burger with lettuce, tomato and Miracle Whip. Throw in a side of potato salad and you have yourself a party.
Sweet Italian sausages: I know most people are 'brat' fans, but I prefer the Italian sausage. Why? I have no idea. Well OK, maybe I do – the word 'bratwurst' sounds bad, and not as inviting as 'sweet Italian sausage.' With a little brown mustard and honey.
Filet mignon: A special treat for someone as poor as the Golf Guy. Rubbed lightly with sea salt and fresh cracked pepper and served with some grilled onions, this is the equivalent of making back-to-back-to-back birdies. And yes, medium rare, please.
Chicken kabobs: Lathered in Italian dressing, and mixed with green, red and yellow peppers, the visual alone is scrumptious. Plus, the word 'kabobs' is fun to say.
Hot dogs: I have not had a hot dog in four years. I read the back of a package and was freaked out by the words 'mechanically separated meat from the bone.' That said, I loved hot dogs. And I love seeing people eat hot dogs. Whether at a baseball game, at the turn or even my dad as as he motors through an entire package – raw. I miss you, hot dogs.