Rory Sabbatini may have won only once (Colonial) this
season, but he was the media's player of the year by a mile, creating headlines
for being voted the least popular playing partner on Tour in an SI poll of his
peers, dissing the state of Tiger Woods's game and suggesting that anyone who
skipped a FedEx Cup playoff event should be ineligible for the $10�million
first prize. Here are Sabbatini's greatest hits of 2007.
May 10 "Twenty-five percent of the guys on Tour say
the player they wouldn't want to play with is me. There's probably 25 percent I
wouldn't want to play golf with. You can pick your battles, but I'm not out
here to make friends. I'm out to win golf tournaments."
May 10 "When people play with Tiger, they stand and
watch the show and not participate. I'm not someone to watch the show. I'm
there to participate to win. I want to be paired with Tiger in the last
May 10 "I've seen Tiger when he hits the ball well,
and I've seen Tiger when there is not a facet of his game that you look at and
you're not amazed. But I think Sunday he struggled. He had to battle for that
win, and I think that made me realize, you know, he is as beatable as
May 10 "I've seen [ Tiger] when he figures it out.
It's scary. I don't want to see that anymore. I like the new Tiger. I'm waiting
for him to have kids to really test his patience."
May 11 "I never intended [previous comments] as a
dig at Tiger. I stated that I want to compete against him."
Aug. 4 "I'm saying what I think. I speak my mind,
and that's the way it is."
Aug. 23 "[ Tiger's missing the Barclays] is a
disappointment because the whole purpose of this new system was to try and
create an atmosphere that would draw everybody to the final four events of the
year. Obviously it's kind of backfired in that sense by Tiger skipping the
Aug. 23 "Change it so that you definitely have the
incentive to play all four. . . . [If] you play three, you only get 75 percent
of the $10�million, or you play two, you get 50 percent. Make it something
where you want the $10�million and have to play for it."
Aug. 23 "I started being confident when I was about
four. [Then I] was actually a lot worse. I've kind of toned it down."