Some critics maintain that too many Tour pros are
scared of Tiger Woods, all but handing him the trophy
before a tournament even begins and focusing instead
on collecting a check.
Maybe but in the last two years a
handful of players have mustered the courage to
throw the gauntlet at Woods's feet, at least verbally.
None of these testaments of bravado have translated into
Tiger-taming, but take heart, rank and file: Those who
have dared to speak up may be stuck in neutral, but they
haven't been run off the Tour either.
1/30/08 "I haven't played to my full potential yet. And
when that happens, it will just be me and Tiger."
Rank Then: 22nd
Prospects: Looks like court jester, speaks like one too
2 of 6Stan Badz/PGA TOUR/WireImage.com
1/5/08 "I'm trying to work toward taking that
Number 1 spot from Tiger."
Rank Then: 176th
Prospects: He's got time; does he have game?
3 of 6Chris Condon/PGA TOUR/WireImage.com
Phil Mickelson/Butch Harmon
6/6/07 "Tiger's got a big lead as Number 1, so . . . it'll
take a couple of years, but I think (Phil) can and . . . will."
Rank Then: 2nd
Prospects: The window is closing
4 of 6Robert Beck/SI
5/10/07 "I think he's more beatable than ever."
Rank Then: 17th
Prospects: Been good, needs to be great
5 of 6Karim Sahib/AFP/Getty Images
4/6/07 "Tiger has such a big lead in the World
Rankings . . . . I'm giving myself three years to
approach him, and I really believe I can do it."
Rank Then: 5th
Prospects: Too much history
6 of 6Robert Beck/SI
2/26/06 "Anything can happen, especially (given)
where (Tiger's) hitting the ball."
Rank Then: 68th
Prospects: Not happening
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