Tiger Dominates Firestone and Field at Bridgestone Invitational

In May, Rory Sabbatini told the media that he "likes the new Tiger." In response, Tiger told the media that he "likes the new Tiger, too." While golf hasn't exactly provided a great deal of animosity between rivals at any point, the relationship between Rory Sabbatini and Tiger Woods has provided drama throughout all of 2007.

Sabbatini has told the media that he has played in final rounds with Tiger twice, and is 1/2. The first was the NCAA Championship, where Tiger fired 80 and Sabbatini shot 75 in the final round. However, Tiger still won the tournament despite a terrible final round. The second was the Wachovia Championship, where Tiger was able to ace the frequently outspoken Rory Sabbatini.

If there is one way to make Tiger play at another level, it is to question his dominance. Stephen Ames, winner of the 2006 PLAYERS Championship, learned that the hard way. During the WGC Match Play, Ames said he felt he shouldn't be counted out of beating the heavily favored Tiger in the first round. In response, Tiger handed Ames the worst loss in professional match play of all-time.

From hole one, Tiger was ready to show Sabbatini who's boss. Looking as though the Bridgestone was the final day of a major championship, Tiger birdied 3 of the first 4 holes at Firestone. Sabbatini played those four holes in even par, relinquishing his one stroke lead from Saturday. From there, Sabbatini went on to shoot a 4-over-par final round, paling in comparison to Tiger's 5-under 65.

Anyway you slice it, Tiger is still number one.

Rory finished in second place by hanging on in the back nine. However, Justin Rose made a move to second place with a Sunday 68. Both players finished the tournament at even par, 8 strokes behind Tiger Woods.

After Sabbatini and Rose, Peter Lonard and Chris DiMarco finished at 1-over-par. DiMarco, who is ranked 118th in FedEx Cup points, has found his game once again, as displayed at this year's British Open.

The third member of the Tiger Woods/Rory Sabbatini group, Kenny Perry, dropped to 4-over for the tournament due to a Sunday 75.

1 Response to "Tiger Dominates Firestone and Field at Bridgestone Invitational"

  1. Anonymous says:

    Challenging Tiger at anything is officially a great way to get creamed...

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