Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Friday the 13th

It had to happen on Friday the 13th if it was going to happen. Tiger missed the cut at last weeks Byron Nelson for the first time in 142 events or 7 years. Its hard to put this in perspective. In 1998, when Tiger last missed a cut, I was still in college and so where current PGA Tour stars such as Charles Howell, Luke Donald, Hank Kuehne, Zach Johnson and Matt Kuchar. At that time, neither Howell or Donald had won an NCAA Championship and the world had not heard the story of Hank and his battle with alcoholism (which was chronicled with his US Amateur Championship). In 1998, the Big Four had exactly 1 Masters (Tiger) and 2 US Opens (Els). Adam Scott and Sergio Garcia were both still 18. And lastly, in 1998, the budding golf rivalry was Tiger and Duval, who seemed to be winning every other week. Tiger has already done some amazing things in his career, like winning four consecutive majors, winning six straight starts, setting the scoring record in every major, but to me this is the most impressive accomplishment of his career. You have to remember that most of those 142 starts were majors, WGC and marquee events like the Players, Memorial and Pebble. Granted there were a few events without a cut, but there were very few of the lesser quality field tournaments. I can confidently say that this is a record that will never be broke, unless Tiger does it himself.

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