Woods’ Open win a classic for all time

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, June 28, 2000

Tiger Woods’ recent victory at the PGA U.S. Open is something that ESPN, if they haven’t already, should name as an &uot;Instant Classic.&uot;

Just about everything Woods did at the U.S. Open Tournament was flawless.

There were a few shots that he misfired on, but the vast majority of the shots he made were absolutely unbelievable.

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Woods set every kind of record that one can imagine.

He was the first player in the 106-year history of the U.S. Open to finish under par in double digits (12-under par), he finished 15 strokes ahead of Miguel Angel Jimenez and Ernie Els, the largest such margin of victory in any major ever.

Finally, his 272 total at the U.S. Open broke the record set by Jack Nicklaus, and tied by Lee Janzen.

Despite all the records he set, Woods’ performance was beyond comparison to any other feat in the history of the game of golf.

The one thing that would have made it better, in my estimation, is a hole-in-one, but nobody’s perfect.

The only things that I can think of that Woods’ masterpiece can be compared to is the &uot;Great Homerun Race&uot; between Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa in 1998, and Michael Jordan’s mastery in the 1996 NBA&160;Finals, where he did not score under 22 points for the entire six games.

Now, after the U.S. Open victory, Woods has the opportunity to become the youngest golfer to win all four major championships.

Woods can complete his lifetime grand slam with a British Open win in July.

The Open is played on the Old Course at St. Andrews this year, and with its history of big-hitting winners – John Daly won the last Open at St. Andrews -all seems right for an Open Triumph for Woods.

I&160;don’t follow golf very close, but ever since Tiger has burst onto the scene, it’s hard not to.

4The rumor mill with regards to Major League Baseball is steadily churning.

Some of the biggest names in the game are on the trade block even though Juan Gonzalez of Detroit nixed a possible trade to the New York Yankees this past week.

Names such as Sammy Sosa, Mike Mussina and Curt Schilling might very well be wearing different uniforms by August.

The Mets, Red Sox and just about every other team in the free world are interested in Sammy Sosa. Sosa has reportedly been made available and the Chicago Cubs are currently listening to offers.

The teams that are in the forefront of the race for Sammy are the Mets, Red Sox, and of course, the Yankees.

Sammy, however, remains indifferent to the trade rumors. He has been quoted as saying he wouldn’t mind being traded, but all he cares about is playing good baseball right now.

As a 10-and-5 player (10 years in the majors, five years with the same team), Sosa has the right to veto any trade.

Mike Mussina has been put on the block, mainly because his team isn’t winning, and he is a free agent after this season, and the Orioles might not be able to afford him.

Schilling has something Mussina has, and most other teams in the majors do not have, and that is innings.

Innings that a pitcher can give to a team, which gives the bullpen a rest for at least one night, are one of the most valuable commodities right now.

Schilling will end up a Diamondback, Mussina will end up with one of the New York teams or the Atlanta Braves, and Sammy will finish the season in Boston.

Jason Munz is a intern with The Natchez Democrat.