Hooks Cuts from Southern Hills


  • If Tiger wins two majors each of the next three years, its possible he could break Jacks record at, fittingly, the home of golf, St. Andrews, in 2010.
  • 200 sportswriters and broadcasters from around the world agree on two things: Tigers the best and the Twix Ice Cream bar is ridiculously good.
  • Woody Austin was impressive on the course and entertaining in the press center. But saying he outplayed Tiger on Friday? Austin compared his 70 to Tiger's 63, saying, 'Does that mean he played better than me or he's better than me? I don't agree with that.' Uh, yeah, Woody, that's exactly what it means.
  • Comic/caddie/broadcaster Michael Collins quipped that he sweated in Tulsa like Mike Tyson at a spelling bee.
  • Add Tigers right cross after the bomb at eight to the montage of memorable Tiger video clips that includes the finger point at Valhalla and the uppercut after the Masters chip-in at 16.
  • Tiger wins majors so many times on Friday and Saturday.
  • I said Saturday night with Tiger leading by three that he might lose the lead'when Tulsa freezes over. Late on the backside I was nervously looking for a parka and a beanie.
  • Ernie appears closer to winning a major than at any time in the past four years. It is critical that he gets it done so hed at least matches Raymond Floyd with four and elevates his stature historically. Threes no small feat, but one more erases, to some degree, the notion that Ernie was a guy who never could really beat Tiger.
  • Tigers the best coach in sports; better than Phil Jackson or Bill Belichick. Why? He formulates and executes game plans brilliantly. He knows when to push, when to pull back, how to improvise, when to go deep and especially how to dig deep.
  • Good for Lucas Glover and Hunter Mahan in being selected by captain Jack Nicklaus for the U.S. Presidents Cup team. And good for Paul Azinger. The U.S. Ryder Cup captain may need the services of Glover and/or Mahan in 2008, and it will be of benefit to all for them to have some team experience.
  • Good for Gary Player picking Mike Weir, as well. With no one really standing out between Nos. 11-25 on the International list, Player made the sensible choice. His squad will now have a clear home-turf advantage, which might not have been the case had no Canadians been competing at Royal Montreal.
  • I still believe Tiger will someday win the single season slam. Next year offers a chance beginning with Augusta National and Torrey Pines, where hes won five times.
  • I told Tiger that we know him as the best golfer in the world, and then asked how hed like daughter, Sam, to brag to her friends about her father when shes old enough. Competitive to the core, he joked that first of all shell never beat him in any games! He then turned serious and explained that hed like her to say that her dads always there for her, just as his parents were there for him.
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