Sunday Showdown at Firestone CC

Rory Sabbatini has wanted to take down the World's top player with intensity over the past year. At the Wachovia Championship last May, Sabbatini got his first shot. The result: Tiger galloped past the young South African.

Still, Sabbatini was determined. On Wednesday at the 2007 U.S. Open at Oakmont CC, Rory signed up for his practice round with Tiger. Unfortunately for Sabbatini, Tiger didn't show and Trip Keuhne replaced the most dominant athlete on earth. Sabbatini remarked, "I was disappointed."

Tiger's Nike teammate will get another shot at him, but this time, he is on Tiger's turf. On Saturday, Tiger fired a strong 1-under-par round to move to 3-under through 54 holes, one back of Sabbatini.

Tonight, Rory should be scared. Firestone is one of Tiger's favorite courses, the Bridgestone Championship one of Tiger's favorite tournaments. In Tiger's entire career, he has never finished below a T-4 at Firestone.

Luckily, Sabbatini may just be arrogant enough to put on a show tomorrow in front of the thousands who will swarm Tiger's group in Akron, Ohio. Tiger and Sabbatini sit two strokes and three strokes ahead of Kenny Perry in third place respectively. Thus, it looks like Sunday will be a showdown, much like Tiger had in 2006 against Jim Furyk and Stewart Cink. The 2006 tournament ended on the third hole of a playoff between Tiger and Cink.

2 Response to "Sunday Showdown at Firestone CC"

  1. Anonymous says:

    Wasn't it Sabbatini who said that Tiger Woods is looking "beatable" .. time to back up the talk.

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