This time, Tiger's prowl will fall short

April 14, 2003|by MARK KELLER

Is Tiger Woods really that good or is there simply nobody else who can close the deal on the PGA Tour?

OK ... yes, Woods is that good. We know that already. But I'm still not buying that these other professional players in the field at the Masters are constantly looking over their shoulders to see what he is doing.

I'm not buying that Mike Weir was worried about Woods when he started going backwards after leading by as many as six strokes Saturday.


I'm sure he was trying to figure out where his swing went, not whether or not Woods had found his.

Jeff Maggert certainly didn't seem bothered by Woods Saturday as he charged from 1-over to wrest the lead from Weir.

Maggert, however, doesn't have a history of closing well, either. He's only won twice on the tour.

Weir has been playing well of late, his 75 Saturday notwithstanding, and has won twice this year.

David Toms and Vijay Singh have hovered right around even all weekend, while former champ Jose Maria Olazabal will be paired with Woods in today's final round.

I'd say you can't count Phil Mickelson out yet either, but you know the track record there, too. He might be even with Woods on the leaderboard now, but he has a way of ... ahem.

So can anyone besides Woods close out this Masters? Is there anyone in the field that can stare down the vaunted Tiger in the final round of a major championship?

I say yes, and I say today it will be Singh who will take the green jacket and keep Woods from his third straight Masters win.

Has anyone figured out why the Washington Redskins signed quarterback Rob Johnson?

I can't figure out why any team would want this guy. Here's what he's proven since he's been in the league:

  • He knows how to get sacked;

  • He knows how to stir up controversy;

  • He knows how to whine.

    Just the kind of player you want in the locker room, right?

    By the middle of the 2003 season, he'll be complaining he's not being properly utilized by Steve Spurrier and wondering aloud why he's not the starting quarterback.

    Of course, the way Spurrier uses his quarterbacks, Johnson may have already won and lost the job twice by that time.

    Mark Keller is sports editor of The Herald-Mail. His column appears every Sunday. He can be reached at 301-733-5131, ext. 2332, or by e-mail at

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