Sabbatini vs. Tiger conflict makes return at Target

It's been a long year of bickering between Tiger Woods and Rory Sabbatini. Interestingly, it seems Rory is one of the only men to get Tiger to really come out of his shell, despite years of coaching for Tiger to become a marketing gold mine.

Of course, Rory doesn't have much to lose in attacking Tiger in any way he can. Sabbatini, a young South African who has found moderate success on Tour after several seasons, told golf fans early this season that he, "Likes the new Tiger." Rory, who has not always used his best judgment (he once walked off the course playing alone because of Ben Crane's slow golf), has called out Tiger on numerous occasions, including signing up to play with Tiger on a Wednesday practice round at the US Open at Oakmont Country Club.

In the latest saga, Rory entered Sunday in dead last place in the 30 man Target Word Challenge field. The event, which is hosted by Tiger Woods each year in California, bring together some of the world's most talented and popular golfers. However, Rory chose not to appear on Sunday, which many believe to be a shot at Tiger himself.

According to, "A locker-room attendant, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to release information, said Sabbatini cleaned out his locker Saturday afternoon and gave away sweaters and shoes. He told them he was headed to Maui, where he spends his Christmas vacation."

Sabbatini still took home his $170,000 check for playing, but has lost his dignity in the eyes of many PGA Tour players. As Fred Couples said, "He's messing with the wrong guy."

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