Sunday, April 14, 2002


I can't imagine that Tiger imagined that they'd just give him the tournament. Retief Goosen folded his hand on the first hole, Mickelsen, with back-to-back bogeys on 3 and 4, shortly thereafter. Garcia shortly after that. Then Els on 13 (the dreaded snowman), then Vijay on 15 (the dreaded quad). Jose Maria Olazabel was too far back to make a run.

So Tiger played it safe after the brilliant chip on 6, with two great shots (the approaches at 15 and 18) thrown in just to remind everyone how he got there. The collapse of the others in no way diminishes his accomplishment. He's the greatest player in the game and the greatest player to ever play the game. On to Bethpage Black, site of the US Open in June.