June 19, 2007
The Tiger and the Angel
By JODY VANCE -- Sun Media
Marking the end of my ultra lazy two-week vacation, Sunday afternoon I milked my final few hours of nothingness by way of curling up on the couch and napping along with the final round of the U.S. Open.
Not sure how many of you are with me on this, but is golf not the greatest televised sport to sleep to, especially in HD?
Whenever I opened one eye to see what was happening, I was surprised. Could that be right? Stephen Ames?
I must be dreaming.
When next I rolled over, I would see that an Ames victory was highly unlikely -- almost as unlikely as Aaron Baddeley, who was in the final pairing with none other than Tiger Woods -- can you say implosion? Poor guy.
I would, however, like to thank Baddeley for doing much Sunday to make me feel better about my golf game.
The cobwebs were completely gone as Angel Cabrerra made miraculous shot after incredible shot, between deep drags of his smokes.
There would be no more napping for this vacationer.
Whether you watched for five minutes or five days you'd have to admit this was an exciting finish to the Open Championship, and it was, once again, all about Tiger.
Woods pulled out vintage form in this final round and seemed in the zone right down to that final putt for birdie on 18 to force a playoff.
But what impressed me most was when this young man, obviously wise and seasoned far beyond his years, conducted the post round press conference like a master.
The media tent, packed to the rafters, went silent as Tiger calmly stepped in front of the microphones. There were no excuses for Woods; he'd rather praise the victor - a sign of a true champion.
With scribes' pens poised, awaiting the debrief from the man himself on his final round, Tiger launched into a shot-by-shot account of how Angel Cabrerra won.
"Angel made some great golf shots -- how he spun it on 15 -- that was incredible: He deserved to win." Rare for one to share praise of the winner so soon after accepting defeat. I can't think of many who would do that in this way.
Mind you, that's not saying much. I'm still rather sleepy; this working for a living is tough. Too bad I'm not a better golfer.
Jody Vance is a longtime sportscaster and personality with Leafs TV. Her column appears Tuesdays and Thursdays in 24 hours. email@example.com