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Is Tiger Woods even more human than
Can bad karma be that cruel?
So many questions. And so many ways
to forget just how much a terrier named
Graeme McDowell has achieved on the
game's big stages this year.
Sunday in California, Tiger Woods
melted down early and collected himself
just in time to get in the way of an Irish
force of nature. McDowell, in order, made
an other-wordly bogey on the 71st hole;
a must-make 20-footer on the 72nd hole
to force a playoff; and a dagger to Woods'
heart, from 25 feet, on the first playoff hole
to win the Chevron World Challenge.
“2010 has been the stuff of dreams,”
said McDowell afterward. “It's kinda been
my year. I'm not sure why.”
What he is sure of is this: He is the
reigning U.S. Open champion; he is the guy
who made the winning putt at the Ryder
Cup; and he is the guy who bearded Tiger in
his own den.
What you can be sure of is this: Like
almost every Irishman you will ever meet,
Graeme McDowell is not stuck on himself.
And so ended the winless season of
Meanwhile, in South Africa, Englishman
Lee Westwood, the man who replaced Woods
at No. 1, won by a bunch. In Australia, home-grown Geoff Ogilvy took that country's Open.
And in Florida, Cristie Kerr's bid to become
the first American woman since 1994 to
capture the LPGA's Player of the Year award,
fell three shots short.