Sunday, June 07, 2009

Tiger Woods and Roger Federer

Tiger Woods won his fourth Memorial Tournament by a shot over Jim Furyk. Woods entered the day at -5 and was four shots out of the lead which was shared by Matt Bettencourt and Mark Wilson. Not exactly two really big household names on the PGA Tour but Wilson has a couple wins in his career and Bettencourt was an excellent player on the Nationwide Tour before gaining his PGA Tour card. I'm sure after Geoff Ogilvy's record-setting 63 in the third round Tiger knew the number he needed to win and that the conditions were there to be able to overcome that deficit. That number was 65 and by closing with birdies in the final two holes he posted 65 and finished as champion at -12. Just another day at the office for Mr. Woods.

Here's an interesting little Tiger stat I heard during the week:
Tiger's never won a U.S. Open when arriving at the championship with less than two previous wins that year. Ever. Prior to today, he had won once at Arnold Palmer's tournament. Tiger did miss a portion of this year recovering from knee surgery. He's defending U.S. Open champion and he just won a tournament with one of the best fields ever by shooting 68-65 on the weekend. I'd say he's the favorite for another major championship in a couple weeks.

Speaking of major championships, today Roger Federer completed the tennis career grand slam by winning the only major that has eluded him, the French Open. He now has tied Pete Sampras with 14 major tournament wins. Sampras, as great as he was, never won the French Open and did not complete the tennis career Grand Slam.

As with Woods, it doesn't look like Federer's done winning anytime soon. After losing the 2008 Wimbledon final to Rafael Nadal, conceding the top ranking, Federer has won two of the last three Grand Slams and may well regain the No. 1 spot with this win today.

So kick back and appreciate these two as all they do is raise trophies.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

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