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Michael Bamberger
September 24, 2012
Where is the hype for the game's greatest rivalry? Whom are you taking—Tiger or Rory—and would the powers that be dare to arrange a singles showdown? What makes Chicago such a great golf town? And who's going to take home Sam's trophy?
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September 24, 2012

Pga Tour Confidential

Where is the hype for the game's greatest rivalry? Whom are you taking—Tiger or Rory—and would the powers that be dare to arrange a singles showdown? What makes Chicago such a great golf town? And who's going to take home Sam's trophy?

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BAMBERGER: When Tiger missed the 2008 event at Valhalla, no one cared.

SHIPNUCK: Not having Tiger might have helped that team win. The Ryder Cup is like a party, and Tiger is the hottest girl in the room, staring at his fingernails and twirling his hair. He's not dancing on the bar. He sets the tone for the whole thing, and he's kind of a buzzkill. It's no fault of Tiger's. The Ryder Cup was never a priority for him. It doesn't suit his lone-wolf mentality. It's not in his DNA.

BAMBERGER: I think team play means more to Tiger now. Everything said about Tiger was true prior to the Hydrant. Now that he's trying a little harder to be a citizen of the golfing world, we have to look at him in a new way.

TIGER VERSUS RORY

VAN SICKLE: Ever since Rory made that joke at the PGA Championship about kicking Tiger's ass in the Ryder Cup, we've been imagining a Tiger-versus-Rory match. If they meet in singles, who wins?

GARRITY: Rory is the ascendant player now. He has outplayed Tiger most of the year. Medinah is the kind of long, soft track that Rory thrives on. I say that while recognizing that Tiger has won two PGA Championships there, but Tiger isn't devouring the par-5s as he used to.

BAMBERGER: It's Rory because he's a better golfer right now. It's close. If they play 100 times, Rory wins 56.

SHIPNUCK: After all the talk about Tiger's budding friendship and mutual respect for Rory, I can see Tiger going to the 1st tee and totally freezing him out and using every bit of gamesmanship he has learned over the years to take Rory out of his comfort zone. I wonder if all this backslapping and yukking it up with Rory isn't some kind of rope-a-dope.

VAN SICKLE: That's brilliant. That would be so cool if the Buddy Boy Tiger was part of Davis Love III's master plan to position Tiger versus Rory in every match.

ANONYMOUS PRO: Maybe Tiger is actually recruiting Rory for Nike because Tiger has Phil Knight in his ear telling him to make nice. I wouldn't be surprised. Nike always wants the No. 1 guy in a sport. That's Rory now.

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