Wednesday, January 07, 2009

In my short time covering sports for a living, I've noticed an amusing trend: fans and the media sometimes know more about a sport than the athletes who compete in them. A recent example was Philadelphia quarterback Donovan McNabb, who admitted that he didn't know NFL games could end in a tie until the Eagles and Bengals played to a 13-13 draw.
Anthony Kim provided a jaw-dropper during his press conference on Tuesday at the Mercedes. He was doing a clinic recently with Tiger Woods, he said, when his knowledge of recent history was proved lacking.
"I'm not a huge golf fan, so I don't know all the stats," Kim said. "I really thought he had won about eight majors, and he told me he won 14. I didn't know that." Fortunately for Kim, we have a nice reference tool for him to consult, so he can catch up on how Tiger got to 14.
Kim also learned that he has yet to finish ahead of Tiger in a tournament. To be fair, Kim has only played two full seasons, and Woods only played six events in 2008. That leads to an interesting stat you might not know about Kim: He will be making his Masters debut in April.

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