In what should've been his finest hour, Lefty went on TV at the Deutsche Bank
and whined about an unexplained slight he had suffered at the hands of Tim
Loaded with stars like Ernie Els, this team was supposed to be better than any
of the European Ryder Cup sides that've been beating up on the U.S. Instead,
the Internationals were a presidential flop.
Almost everyone who teed it up agreed that the system doesn't need to be
tweaked. It needs to be blown up. The biggest problem: There wasn't enough
volatility in the standings during the playoffs, leading several players to
take a week off and making the race for the $10 million annuity (another sore
point) a snooze, with only the top two on the seasonlong points list and the
guys who won the playoff events having a realistic shot.
What self-respecting superhero would want to see his name hijacked by a
squinty-eyed, 43-year-old golf pro who stumbles in water hazards?
The Less Than Full
In the year after the icon's death, his tournament went from must-play
status—who could say no after receiving one of the great man's handwritten
notes?—to must-miss. The 64-year-old event was done in by a reassignment to an
unattractive date in April and unsightly greens at the Cottonwood Valley
Tiger and Phil launched the first torpedoes by skipping the winners-only
Mercedes-Benz Championship and had fans wondering if the first team was ever
going to come out to play.
This Cinderella fella turned into a bumpkin pumpkin, losing his card and living
on sponsors' exemptions, returning the favor by WD'ing six times (page
Imagine how much bigger Woods's season would've been had he caught Zach Johnson
at Augusta and Angel Cabrera in the U.S. Open. It was almost a colossal year
for Woods. Instead, he gave us a merely gargantuan one.
See Gary Van
Sickle's Inside Golf at GOLF.com