Sabbatini snubs winning Tiger at Target
BY Bruce Young | US PGA Tour | 2007 Target World Challenge | Round Four | 17 Dec 2007
Tiger Woods has taken up where he left off at the Tour Championship in late September and the Presidents Cup soon after, with a massive seven shot win in his own event, Target World Challenge, in Thousand Oaks, California.
Woods dominated the high class field from the moment he signed for his second round 62, his amazing form, despite a lack of tournament play, hardly a surprise to many of those competing against him this week and not all that much of a surprise to the great man.
“Well, it was a pretty interesting week. It’s a week – I shot 62 on Friday, felt pretty good about my game, then yesterday I was just a little off and today I was a little bit more off. I just managed my game real well and made some putts this week, which was nice.”
“But I felt really good about my preparation coming into the event. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to hit the ball consistently like I wanted to for all four days, but I putted well for all four days, and as we all know, that also makes up for a lot of sins.”
For those behind including third placed Jim Furyk, who has also had a few weeks off prior to this week’s event it was more of the same.
“It’s not like he (Woods) was sitting on the couch eating Cheetos or anything (laughter). I know that he’s – in order for his game and to hit the ball as well as he is, he’s obviously the best in the world and has more talent and also a harder work ethic than most people, but he and the great players, Nicklaus, have the ability to take that time off and come back.”
“But I would be surprised if he walked in here and said he didn’t do much preparation or didn’t work hard to get to that spot. I’m sure he prepared at home and he wanted to show up at his own event and play well.”
“I took time off also but I worked hard starting about three weeks ago, kind of a little light for the first week, but the last two weeks I actually played quite a bit of golf and prepared pretty well for the event. I think you get more preparation in one week of tournament than I did three at home. He did the same. I’m sure he prepared well and his game was pretty darn sharp.”
Woods made a two shot lead at the turn into a seven shot victory, the key moment coming at the 10th when Woods’ birdie and Furyk’s bogey saw a two shot swing and the margin was four after Furyk had been his greatest challenger early in the day.
It was Zach Johnson, who emerged as the man most likely to finish second when he rallied home over the closing stages for a final round of 68 and the runner up prize of $US840,000 while Furyk finished two shots further back in third.
The talk of the final day was the withdrawal of Rory Sabbatini who was in last place at the completion of round three. Woods, who hosts this event, was understandably reluctant to commit to a statement regarding the South African’s prompt departure without so much as a good bye and a ‘thanks for the chance to play’.
“I just don’t really understand – I’ve had conflicting reports, said Woods. “I’ve heard he had shin splints, I heard he pulled out for personal reasons. He packed his locker up at 3:00 o’clock yesterday and I think headed to Hawaii. A lot of different things going on and I’d like to try and get to the bottom of it when I’m done here and we’ll see what happens.”