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HIS CLOTHES CLASH -- Actually, Woods is one of the snazzier dressers on tour, thanks to a contract with Nike that guarantees him the latest in golf fashion. He's also lucky to be dominant in an era where checkered pants and pink tops are a thing of the past -- unless you're Ian Poulter. But another win on Sunday means watching Woods parade around in a red shirt and green jacket that would get him tossed from most decent nightclubs.
HE'S TOO SCRIPTED -- Everything about Woods seems like it was pulled from some Hollywood movie of old, like the drama of last year's U.S. Open, when he hobbled his way down the 18th hole on Sunday and then made a putt to force a playoff he eventually won. His comeback this year from knee surgery was true to form when he made an 18-footer in near darkness to cap a five-stroke comeback and win his last tournament. Nobody can possibly do those kind of things unless they're drawn up in advance. Unless, of course, the name is Tiger Woods.
YOUTH NEEDS TO BE SERVED -- Woods is now 33, a fact that drew a rueful smile from him at his Tuesday press conference. His newest would-be rivals are from another generation, and they grew up idolizing Woods the same way he did Nicklaus. Teenagers Rory McIlroy, Danny Lee and Ryo Ishikawa are in this Masters, and there will come a time that golf needs players like them as much as it needs Woods. Nothing wrong with that time beginning this week on Augusta National.
So, there, Tiger haters. That should be enough to get you through Sunday.
And for the 99 percent of the world that will be rooting for Woods, only one reason is necessary.
Because he is Tiger Woods.
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