June 15, 2008


A Real Masterstroke (Thomas Boswell, June 15, 2008, Washington Post)

This time, it is the month of June that gets to see Tiger Woods, the quintessential swashbuckling kind of champion who prospers at the Masters, turn the often staid par-par-par Open into raw melodrama that will be retold for years.

Get Hootie and the boys a blindfold. Don't let 'em see Tiger -- the long-belting, chance-taking, Snead-Palmer-Ballesteros style of player that the Masters has always helped define -- as he etches his name into another page of U.S. Open history.

Limping, at times badly, in his first tournament after knee surgery, Woods scorched the back nine with two eagles, at the 13th and 18th holes, and holed a one-hop chip for birdie at the 17th hole to take a one-shot lead over Lee Westwood and a two-shot margin over Rocco Mediate after three rounds of this 108th Open.

However, this was no normal Woods charge, and Sunday will probably not be the familiar foregone conclusion for Tiger. On Thursday, he favored his left knee and flinched visibly on a 360-yard drive. On Friday, he tweaked the knee multiple times and was limping, or at least favoring the leg occasionally. But by the final nine Saturday, every heart went out to Woods, for his courage, his amazing gifts, but also for the risks he might be taking by playing hurt so soon after surgery.

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Posted by Orrin Judd at June 15, 2008 11:20 AM

As a very bad golfer, I recognize that it is a very difficult sport. Tiger combines athleticism with skill to be the best golfer ever. With that said, it isn't like golf is a contact sport like football or even basketball, so the limping stuff doesn't impress me that much.

Posted by: pchuck at June 15, 2008 1:08 PM

With determination, creativity and the discipline not to be unwisely creative.

Posted by: oj at June 15, 2008 5:08 PM