Here’s the video of the Tiger Woods Press Conference of 19th February 2010
The Public’s confidence in their politicians, their businessmen, and even their priests has taken a battering recently. It have left people confused and disillusioned. The global recession has made the public even more cynical. Who is left to be placed on a pedestal? Our sports stars. When you were at your peak Tiger, your attitude toward the golf media and your perception inside the ropes was dodgy, at best. Because you are the best at a particular sport does not mean you get some kind of diplomatic immunity from societies rules. You behaved as if you were were no longer constrained by those rules.
There’s no need for an apology now, just a resolution to play by the rules of society like the greats who have gone before you in this sport we all love.
Tiger Woods will finally break his long silence and make a public statement about his future in Florida on Friday. What’s the bets he’s watching the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship in Tucson, and dying to get back out. Word is Tiger could release details of his plans for a comeback at this conference
"Tiger plans to discuss his past and his future and he intends to apologise for his behaviour”, his handlers at the zoo said.
With Tiger and Phil out its up Lee Westwood and Steve Stricker to star in this all-star cast at this week’s World Golf Championships – Accenture Match Play 2010.
Its Casey 20/1 versus Westwood 18/1 in one semi final and
and Poulter 28/1 versus McIlroy 16/1 in the other.
Its too close to call but if these guys each way are where my money is going.
Read on to see the logic
Lee Westwood, top seed in the Gary Player bracket, faces Chris Wood. Expect Westwood who has narrowly lost out twice recently, to come through, but not without a fight.
Also in this bracket is defending champion Geoff Ogilvy. The Australian is looking to become the first player to win the title three times, following his successes in 2006 and 2009. He was also runner-up in 2007 and has reached the final in three of the four times he has played.
This bracket looks like coming down to a head to head between Westwood and Ogilvy with possibly Henrik Stenson. Its Westwood for me to end Ogilvy’s involvement in the final of the bracket.
The winner of the player bracket will play the winner of the Snead bracket in the semi final. In the top half of this bracket Charl Schwartzel and Sean O’Hair look strong. However Paul Casey is lurking at the bottom of this bracket and I’ve been saying for weeks that he will go well here. He played better than anyone last year en route to the final but was out psyched there by Ogilvy. Its Casey to come through there.
For me that leaves Casey and Westwood in one semi final. Too close to call, so I wont, just yet.
This looks like boiling down to a battle between Martin Kaymer and Rory McIlroy, if McIlroy gets past Ollie Wilson in the second round. Wison’s a little scrapper who could give Rory a scare. If Rors ends up against Kaymer in the final of the bracket, it will be a case of long game expert versus short game expert. In the desert, I’m going with McIlroy to emerge here.
What about Ross McGowan to beat Steve Stricker in round One? Mark it down. But for me, whoever emerges from the bottom of this draw gets through. Its either Poulter or Cabrera, Cabrera is a hardened matchplayer, but Poulter has the form and a heart of steel. I’m going for Poulter here.
If all the pieces fall into place that leaves Poulter and McIlroy in the other semi final.
What the hell is happening to me? I learned Spanish in a day yesterday and am suddenly able to remember the names of all the number plates of passing cars. And I have come up trumps for the second time this season with my tip, Dustin Johnson obliging at 20/1. Okay he was the defending champion, but its proof positive that the “horses for courses” theory has some merit. I suddenly have the urge to book a Quantas flight to anywhere, their safety record is remarkable you know. Watch out for the Accenture tips tomorrow, I’m going to three-peat.
Dustin: Likes math, number plates and spitting.
Oh yeah, well done to Sky Sports for the half hour conversation on Dustin’s spitting habit Friday night. There’s no surer thing than if the Sky guys knock a man, he is pretty much guaranteed to win. Just ask Shane Lowry. Nice one again lads. I wonder what its going to be next week? Maybe jump on Pelle because of his headgear? Oh wait, ye did that already.
It was the turn of the European Tour to endure a bore-fest this week in the form of the Avantha Masters in New Delhi. Day four started with seven players tying for the lead, but the spark never came and the final round played out like a nil all draw in a game of rugby.
The highlight of the final round was a birdie at the last which saw Andrew Dodt claim the title by a stroke after the Australian posted a final round of 68 to finish on 14 under par.
Richard Finch's proved to be Dodt’s closest challenger, as he carded a six under 66. Also in the mix was England’s Richard Bland. His pained expression throughout belied his efforts, and he stepped on the birdieable 18th needing that birdie to force a playoff. He was dealt the cruellest of blows when his pulled tee shot ended up stuck to a tree, forcing Bland to hack away the ball and the chance of a first tour title.
Winner Dodt sank birdies at the 16th and 18th to claim his maiden European Tour victory. His previous best finish was a tie for ninth at last year's Barclays Singapore Open.
“It was a huge relief when I birdied the 18th,” said Dodt, who is The European Tour’s newest Member after taking affiliate membership last week and instantly finds himself in the top ten on The Race to Dubai.
Darren Clarke and Oliver Fisher finished in a group of six players on ten under following rounds of 71 and 70 respectively.
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