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Golf in Godzone: Steve Williams You’ve Been Warned

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Well you’ve gotta laugh. Suffering from an overdose of reading about Tiger’s return I was relieved to see that one reporter has managed to keep his sanity and sense of humour.

Tim Korun at ABC Action News writes, “Woods caddie, Steve Williams, will likely be joined by undercover paparazzi on his plane ride from New Zealand.

Steve, just a hint - the paparazzi will be the one's reading MAD Magazine.  The TMZ reporter will be wearing a polo shirt and going by the alias Bobby Jones.”

In case there’s Kiwis reading this who are saying to themselves, “Who’s TMZ?” is a kind of Yankee online version of the News of the World.” And word has it that TMZ have spent mega bucks chasing Tiger’s tail.

Regular readers will be well aware that I’ve stayed well away from ‘The Tale of Two Tiger’s’ drama. But now that it’s more or less resolved, I’m more interested in questions like, “Who would you pair with Tiger Woods?”

A question asked by Randall Mell at the Golf Channel

Randall writes, “Unlike on the PGA Tour, computers don’t spit out the pairings at the Masters. Augusta National Golf Club officials will decide which two players tee it up with Woods over the first two rounds. You wonder if they’ll hand out blindfolds and cigarettes to the two players they select to go off with him. You wonder because their chances of winning the Masters will seem doomed by the extraordinary nature of the circumstances.”

A question the punters will be asking themselves is, “4 – 1 good odds for the chances of Tiger taking out the Masters?”

According to an AFP report, “British bookmakers William Hill installed Tiger Woods as a 4-1 favorite Tuesday to win the Masters and gave him 25-1 odds of completing a 2010 Grand Slam by winning all four major golf titles.”

Geez, 4-1 and 25-1 doesn’t look like generous odds to me. The bookie’s parsimonious attitude most likely caused by the fact that they lost heaps on giving good odds on he couldn’t win with his bad knee.

And finally the question I’m asking myself. Has Alan Shipnuck got it right when he says, “It's no accident Woods is choosing locked-down Augusta National for his re-entry into the game. The muckrakers won't even get a sniff of the azaleas during tournament week.

Like they say in NZ, “Yeah right!” and Alan I think you’re wrong. You underestimate the power of the underground press and TMZ.

Here’s a link to Alan’s All-Tiger Edition

Thought for the Day:
Good on you Tiger for making my day



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