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Early Start For Tiger & Kim

by Jeff Skinner

It’s a marquee pairing at The Bridgestone Invitational, two of the world’s best and most popular golfers going head to head in the final round of a significant tournament.  Tiger Woods and Anthony Kim playing together in the final round is enough to make golf fans giddy with anticipation.  There’s only one problem: they’ll be teeing off as the second pairing of the day at 7:45 am.  They will be done with their round long before the leaders tee off and you’ll only get to see some taped highlights.  Tiger will probably be on his jet getting out of there before leaders Sean O’Hair and Ryan Palmer have laced up their Footjoys.

Woods is at 11 over and Kim is at 10 over and they were out of it after day one.  At least Anthony Kim has a legitimate excuse.  He is playing in his first tournament since his thumb surgery three months ago.  He’ll need a few outings to get his game back in shape but his partner is running out of tournaments to find his.  If Kim has a legit excuse then maybe we could say that Tiger has an illegitimate excuse (cheap shot, I know).  Tiger’s game is long gone and is nowhere in sight.  He has no solid part of his game right now.  He is spraying his driver, iron shots are nowhere near as accurate as they should be and his short game looks like a 14 handicapper.  At least Kim shot a 69 on Saturday to show there is light at the end of the tunnel.  The light at the end of Tiger’s tunnel is a freight train full of mediocrity and early tee times and Tiger is standing in the middle of the tracks.

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