Tiger’s Improbable Math

Let’s do some math. One-hundred fifty-six golfers, 156 golf balls bouncing over the humps and hollows of Torrey Pines. Infinite storylines and possibilities. And yet, somehow, it all comes down to one man. Tiger Woods. Again. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen anything like this. I’ve heard a lot of comparisons over the last 24 hours: Willis Reed and Kirk Gibson. Ken Venturi and Ben Hogan. To me, they all fit. Here are the thoughts of some others on the eve of the final round of the 108th U.S. Open. Hank Gola, New York Daily News:"If he can pull off his 14th victory in a major championship Sunday, it would be the most amazing display of guts since Ken Venturi fought off heat exhaustion to win the 1964 U.S. Open and fall just short of rivaling Ben Hogan’s 1950 U.S. Open win 16 months after a near-fatal car wreck." Chris Dufresne, Los Angeles Times:"Tiger Woods, playing like Walter Hagen as he limped like Walter Brennan, added more time capsule moments to an already remarkable career Saturday when he hobbled down the back nine to incredibly seize the 54-hole lead at the 108th U.S. Open." Rich Lerner, Golf Channel:"There is no end to his ability to utterly blow your mind." Brandel Chamblee, Golf Channel:"He is beating the best golfers in the world on one leg." Steve Elling, CBS Sportsline:"With another major at stake, it would take amputation to stop this guy. And like that…Monty Python skit, they’d have to hack off both arms, too. And the right leg. Maybe his head, too."