Getting ready for the start of the WGC Match Play tournament on February 21, 2012, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano had plenty to say about Tiger Woods. It seems as if the Spaniard feels like Woods is "beatable."
While he was being respectful about the opportunity to play against Tiger, Castano was open about feeling optimistic about beating him. He said that Woods has not been golfing his best lately, which we all know is true.
But if there is anything we know about Tiger it's that he is one of the most competitive athletes the world has ever known. The guy is a born winner. If there is anything that could possibly pull him out of the slump he has been in it's probably going to be getting called out by a guy who is still trying to prove himself on tour.
Tiger doesn't have a whole lot left to prove in the world of golf. About the only thing he has left to do is break Jack Nicklaus' record for major championships. If he is able to do that, it will be tough to dispute the fact that he is the greatest golfer in history.
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano on the other hand still has yet to win a PGA Tour event. His current world ranking is around 50, compared to Tiger's 20. So it would be quite the upset to see him come out and defeat the much-favored Tiger Woods. With the way Tiger has been playing lately, he certainly could have done it if he hadn't come out talking trash before the match.
With that kind of fuel to motivate Tiger to show the world that he is still someone to be reckoned with, I have a feeling we are going to see the Tiger Woods of ten years ago. It wouldn't surprise me a bit to see Tiger show up playing the best golf of his life, just because of that internal competitive spirit that he has.
It has been painful for me to see Tiger unable to pull out of this slump he has been in, so I am really hoping that this was exactly what was needed to see him return to his prime.
Elias Bond grew up playing golf, and played religiously through high school and college. He still tries to find time to get out there for a round or two now and again, but seems to watch more than play these days.
- Tiger Woods