U.S. Open

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  1. Don Wassall

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    A golfing buddy and I attended the 3rd round of the Open today. It was a very enjoyable experience and I give Oakmont CC and the PGA tour an A for the way everything was coordinated and handled.


    After checking out a few holes and pairings, we eventually settled in at Number 8 for a while, the 288 yard Par 3. I'd say about 90 percent of the chatter all day was about The One. When he could be spotted off in the distance walking up the fairway on the second hole, the crowd became excited. Not having Mickelson, Els, Goosen, Singh or any of the big names in contention other than Pennsylvania native Jim Furyk didn't help, but there was no question that this was almost entirely a Tiger Woodscrowd today.


    But the most amazing sight was when Woods finished playing 7. Heretofore there had been only a tiny trickle of cameramen, reporters, and other media personnel at the 8th green as a number of pairings played through. As Woods arrived at the 8th tee, a veritable army of media crittersbegan trooping down the fairway, finally encircling the green by the time the great man arrived.Overall, about 90 percent of the media and about two-thirds of the gallery were following Tiger.


    We followed Woods for a few holes after 8, but spent most of the time in thecrush of humanity, rarely able to position ourselves for a good view of the proceedings. We decided to sit in the grandstand at 13, a par 3, where we also had a greatview of the nearby green at 12, a monster 667 yard par 5.


    It was there that I was truly blessed today.


    While sitting in the grandstands at 8, wemet and talked to the father and sister ofPablo Martin, the youngSpanish player who fell out of contention today, andalso the mother and grandmother of obscure American player Jason Duffner.


    Then in the grandstands at 13, we noticed some folks with tickets identifying them as a player's relatives sit down behind and in front of us as Justin Rose and Aaron Baddeley were playing toward the green at 12. After hearing Aussie accents I asked the couple behind me if they were Aaron's parents, which they proudly but modestly acknowledged. Besides his parents there was Aaron's beautiful girlfriend or wife, and another female sitting in front of us.


    Up to that point, Woods was 2 under for the round and it looked like another one of those days where the entire field fell back under his charge. But then Baddeley birdied 12 and then 13 to take the outright lead. I turned around and said the obvious to his parents, "The outright lead at the U.S. Open!" Their look of joy wasa privilegeto see.


    We thenfollowed Baddeleyto cheer him on for the rest of his round. Fortunately (or is it unfortunately?) it became very easy to get close to the tees and greens and watch Baddeley and Rose close up as Woods wasseveral groups ahead. The galleries were tepid at best in their support of the non-Tiger leader, so I made it a point to loudly yell encouragement to Aaron at every conceivable opportunity.


    Bads made a couple of bogies, but then made a brilliant birdie at 18, the hardest hole on a very difficult course. I haven't checked for sure yet but I think Woods is in the final grouping with Baddeley tomorrow. Guess who I'll be rooting for. [​IMG]Edited by: Don Wassall
     
  2. Solomon Kane

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    DW, I envy you--being at the Open at this classic course, and being able to see and cheer for rising white stars. It's great that you and are friends are supportive of this kid and his parents.

    Go Aaron!
     
  3. GWTJ

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    Don, don't you know that Woods shot a historic round yesterday. You should be proud that whenever this majestic round is mentioned in the future, you can proudly say that you were there. Just kidding of course. The best moment of yesterday's round was when Tiger's par putt on 18 missed, depriving him of a bogeyless round. See, I had the misfortune of having to watch the 3rd round on TV and the Tiger worshiping was, was, well I don't need to tell anyone here what it was like. Tiger was complimented on every shot, even the one that landed in the rough was the perfect shot. According to the announcers he had that look in his eye and was playing the perfect round.

    Woods ended up 1 under par for the day, but you would have thought he knocked 5 strokes off of Johnny Miller's 63.

    So Don, which is worse. Listening to the Tiger worship on TV or watching it at the Open.
     
  4. Don Wassall

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    It's a lot worse having to listen to the announcers and put up with the endless shots of Tiger on television. I had a personal streak going where about 20 times in a row when I turned on the television to see what was going on in a tournament in which Tiger was participating, the first shot I'd see would be of Tiger. Sometimes I would hit the daily double, as they would be showing that same super slo-mo shot of Woods' swing that they all regularly salivate over.


    Though it was indeed pathetic to see how little recognition and applause all the other golfers received that I watched, other than Furyk and Singh. It can't be ascribed to ignorance either, as in the lot where we parked to catch a bus to the course over half the license plates were out of state, many from the South in particular, so these were mostly avid golf fans.
     
  5. Solomon Kane

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    On ESPN this morning, 4/5 of golf segment dealt with Tiger. Finally they said in effect "oh, yes, Aaron Baddeley is the leader by two strokes, and will be paired with Woods." They did at least present an interview with him about his upcoming final round.

    Go Aaron!
     
  6. jaxvid

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    I just checked the leaderboard at 4:30 and Badderly must have started very badly, he was 3 over after 3, Woods started bad too but they are both tied for 2nd with a group. It looks like it will be a dogfight to the end with a lot of players in contention.
     
  7. bigunreal

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    I can't watch this nonsense any more. How many times can you have a huge group of white players clustered together at a major, only to see every one of them wilt and falter in the presence of the almighty Tiger Woods? I just watched for a few minutes, and was treated to a few more of Tiger's consistently miraculous bounces, and a few more of those white players missing very, very makeable birdie putts. I can see now why so many gamblers bet on Tiger vs. the field. The worst of all is watching whatever pathetic white player is matched with Tiger in the final round, exploding out of the leaderboard, his nerves shot at the terrifying prospect of playing with the most hyped media creation of them all. Tiger isn't playing great, and it is always possible for him to beat himself, but it is highly unlikely that any of the players are going to beat him.
     
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    Looks like Furyk is making a run.

    Appears to be down to

    Cabrera
    Furyk
    Woods

    I got the feeling that Furyk is gonna pull this one out.
     
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    Cabrerra wins a tight one. Congrats to him. The media was all over Tiger criticizing him, this was his 29th majors where he was trailing by a couple of strokes and did not come back to win.

    Still he was there at the end and it says a lot about him and how competitive he can be. Don't know much about Cabrerra but is this the beginning of a hispanic takeover of golf?[​IMG]
     
  10. Don Wassall

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    Woods didn't make a putt over 12 feet the entire tournament, though he is far and away the best at making par putts of 4 to 8 feet.


    That was a great tournament. I wanted Furyk to win but he made a bad strategic mistake on 17, trying to drive the green instead of hitting iron and wedge.


    Would have rather seen someone else win, but at least it's not Woods. That's one more major he hasn't won in his quest to surpass Jack Nicklaus' mark.
     
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    That is a remarkable statistic. He plays well when he is the front runner but apparently succumbs to the pressure when he needs to come from behind. In that department he lags far behind Jack Nicklaus.


    How often has Eldrick been beaten byobscure foreigners? Where the heck are the American golfers? I'm hoping the Russians or Eastern Europeans start taking up the game.
     
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    Yes, ABT!!! (Anybody But Tiger!)
     
  13. Don Wassall

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    The media always hypes Woods in a way that makes people think he regularly makes spectacular shots, but he doesn't. His biggest strength is that he's a great grinder who is extremely tough-minded and focused who makes fewer bogeys than his opponents when he's on top of his game.


    Among American golfers, Furyk has the mental makeup to beat Woods, and Mickelson has the talent. That would appear to be it. What's even more unfortunate is the lack of topnotch U.S. golfers in their 20s. You can't look at anyone right now and see developing greatness. American whites are too soft mentally.
     
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    Another thing I notice about the guys at the top lately is that they seem very young, even boyish. Where the hell are the men??? At least Cabrerra looks like a man, Furyk too and Mickelson, but after that it's always some young guy who looks like a caddy leading after 3 rounds. How hard can it be to beat children. C'mon guys step it up. Thinking about Jack Nicholson and Lee Trevino, Gary Player, etc. it embarassing what going on today.
     
  15. Solomon Kane

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    Yes, he definitely has an Achilles heel. Now it's up to the other golfers to make the most of it.

    It's also up to the other golfers to attack his strength---his ability to maintain a lead. It would be great one day to see Furyk or Mickelson take away a lead from him on Sunday.

    It was very worrisome when Baddely started to fade and Tiger kept grinding along. He kept making good recoveries and sinking the par putts.

    Oakmont was a tough-ass course! I take back what I said in ignorance about its decline as an Open course. They really did a great job making it difficult, especially by converting that par 5 to a par 4.

    Yes, Congrats to Cabrera. Personally, I always think of Argentines (and Chileans) as Europeans rather than "Hispanics" (in the Mestizo sense). Argentine is a great, civilized, predominantly white country.

    He's the first Argentine since Robert De Vincenzo to win a major.

    I'm all for more Argentines in golf if it lessens the chances of Tiger winning.
     
  16. PitBull

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    Don,

    You might not be aware of it, but a lot of golf scholarships at american
    universities are given to foreign students. This increases the number of
    opportunities for development of foreign golfers (opportunities at home and
    in the US) and decreases the number of opportunities for native golfers. The
    same is true in swimming and tennis. Luke Donald is a good example. I bet
    its true in track and field too. Just one more way the left is trying to
    undermine white americans.


    The PGA is also more competitive to get into now than it ever has been.
    There's lots of talent in Europe and Australia, as well as in other countries.
     
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    Those three were pretty good, but Jack Nicklaus was better. [​IMG]


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  18. Don Wassall

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    I wasn't aware of that, but it makes sense given the number of "international" players who played at U.S. universities.


    Australia produces a large number of pro players given its population. I don't care where white players are from in any sport as far as rooting for them; but it sure is a shame that the Washington/New York/Hollywood regime is so fanatical in its determination to degrade and replace whites in America except forthe ruling elite.
     
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    I am happy that Tiger didn't win, but Cabrera would hardly have been my choice. Apparently, the new U.S. Open winner doesn't even speak English. Lovely. When's the last time that happened? I was treated to one of the gayest displays of Tiger worship imaginable this morning, on the odious "Mike and Mike" radio show. "Greenie" especially was unbelievably over the top in his ooing and fawning over how "big" and "huge" Tiger looked in his shirt, which idiotic partner Golic agreed would become a best-seller now, because people would imagine it could make them look as good as Tiger. Even in defeat, we cannot stop this weird, gay worship of Tiger Woods. They interspersed their drooling over Woods with making fun of Cabrera, and how unathletic he looked. Funny, when Tiger wins, it's because he's in better shape than all those soft white guys. When he loses, golf is no longer a sport, but a mere activity. As Greenie stated, "in any sport, Tiger Woods beats Angel Cabrera." The only way to slow down the Tiger lovefest would be for some white American player to trounce Woods head-to-head, while playing with him in the final pairing, and after the 18th hole just walking up to him and punching him out. Although the player in question would summarily be arrested and banned from golf for life, at least it would very difficult for even the jock-sniffers in the mainstream media to make Tiger look good in such a situation.
     
  20. Don Wassall

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    Local talk radio here in Pittsburgh and nationally on ESPN has been about 95 percent focused on Tiger Woods today.


    To give the flavor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's sports page today, one of thetown'stwo nearly identical daily rags, here are a few snippets. Warning -- strong stomach required:


    The front page has a large picture of Cabrera kissing the U.S. Open trophy, with a smaller picture of Woods beside it. The lead story is headlined "Just Ducky," and mentions Woods almost as much as it does Cabrera. Jim Furyk, who tied Woods for second just a stroke back, is barely mentioned.


    The second story on the front page is "Woods Unable to Join List of Legendary Winners at Oakmont" by rabid anti-white columnist Ron Cook. Portions: "Second place is never good enough in [Tiger's] world. It certainly made for a bummer at the 107th U.S. Open. The throngs didn't come to Oakmont Country Club to see Angel Cabrera win. . . They came to see Woods join Bobby Jones, Ben Hogan and Jack Nicklaus as major winners on a legendary golf course. . .


    "Really, how cool would it have been if Woods had rolled in that 20-foot birdie try on No. 18 top force an 18-hole playoff today with Cabrera? They might not have wanted it in Argentina. . . or been rooting for it in the Nicklaus household for historical reasons, but it's hard to believe just about everyone else on the planet wouldn't have loved it if only because the easiest thing to appreciate in sports is sheer brilliance, once-in-a generation brilliance."


    On the second page here's Bob Smizik on Cabrera and Woods: "Cabrera is almost everything Tiger Woods isn't. And since Woods is considered pretty close to being the perfect man -- at least, the perfect golfer -- that might sound like a negative. It's not.. . What a striking difference between the athletic Woods, his bright red shirt pulled tightly across his powerful chest, and the pudgy Cabrera, his bright yellow shirt hanging loosely over his ample gut."


    On the third page we find "Loyal Followers Kept the Faith" by a "reporter" named Gary Rotstein, in which Woods is referred to exclusively as "The Man." Sampling: "The Man defined by his tight red, muscle-suppled, take-no-prisoners shirt let forth a mighty thwack down the right side of the fairway at 3 p.m., and we were off. . .


    "When some young Australian named Aaron or Erin or something triple-bogeyed the first hole and immediately lost his edge on The Man, a quietly sinister glee spread among us. It was as though we had just watched our fat chemistry teacher split his pants. If it had been The Man who put up that opening 7, we would have outdone Jonestown's mass suicide, right on the spot. . ."


    "It is anti-climactic. The Man does the same thing he has done seemingly on every hold, and aman from an entirely different continent wins. No one mocks or scorns The Man as we file toward exits and shuttle buses. Yes, he may have disappointed us. But lose us? Never."


    And on and on it goes. Tiger worship is so outrageous and omnipresentthat it would appear to go beyond mere white self-hatred andwhite guiltcombined withhomosexual yearnings, into an all-encompassing pathology of some kind. It may be a stretch, but as the unwanted, artificial, grotesqueAmerican Empire rots before our eyes like all empires before it, the system seems to latch onto Woods withanever increasingfervor as a symbol of the status quo and its ideal of what an "American" should look like and be.


    Black "superiority" in sports is clearly a farce and is beingchipped away atin basketball, football and sprinting and has been devastated in boxing, but the system still has Tiger Woods to worship.His Lordship comforts them and gives them sustenance. [​IMG]Edited by: Don Wassall
     
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    Holy crap. Are those real quotes?!
     
  22. Bart

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    The analysts are falling over themselves to see who comes up with the gayest stuff. I was at an outdoor graduation party yesterday and went inside to help carry out a few plates of goodies and heard just a bit of Johnny Miller or his sidekick speaking of Woods second shot at the eighteenth hole. After he made an okay shot, they made it sound like only he could have punched it out because of his strength. I'm sure that most pro golfers, men and women could easily have done the same. Then one of them said something about not having seen biceps like his since Jim Thorpe played. It was pathetic!
     
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    Tiger worship has gotten so out of hand that it has become a caricature of itself. Joke.
     
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    I root against the favorite in baseball as well. As long as the Yankees dont win, then I am satisfied.
     
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    I listened to a segment of a talk show program over the weekend featuring Mel Kiper. He was touting Barry Bonds and his assault on the home run record. He said baseball should honor his achievements even if his records were steroid induced.Someone called into challenge him and Mel got into a heated argument with him. Anyway, it caused me to think about Tiger Woods and the adulation he gets from the media. If Tiger's added muscle tissue was found to be artificially induced by Roids or HGH, how would Americans react? Would he be viewed as a cheater? I doubt it. I think the columnists would write article after article praising him for having the tenacityand courage to throw caution to the wind in doing whatever it takes to produce excellence inhis sport,altering the image that golfers have of not being athletic. The steroids question in sports will then be put to rest by all and he will be regarded as the pioneer who changed our antiquated beliefs.
     

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