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Tiger Woods rocks the game of golf

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11295955Question: What happens when a unstoppable force meets an immovable object? Well before the 1999 Phoenix Open, you probably would have figured the immovable object would have won the battle. After all, the object obviously can’t move.

But throw Tiger Woods into the equation as the all powerful unstoppable force and you have a new question on your hands. Woods, who was playing in the Phoenix Open at the TPC at Scottsdale, sprayed his tee shot on the par-five 13th hole well left of the fairway into the desert. The cameras caught the ball descending down to the earth, only to watch it take a bounce and ricochet off a large boulder.

It wasn’t until Woods came upon the ball that he noticed he was caught between a “rock and a hard place” (sorry, I couldn’t help myself). After much discussion with Rules Official Orlando Pope about the loose impediment ruling, it was brought to Woods’ attention that, yes, the boulder — which probably weighed a ton — was considered a loose impediment.

Roughly 10-12 gallery members banded together to pull the boulder out of Tiger’s sightline, which in turn gave him a clear shot to the green.

The shot of Tiger grinning as the gallery did his dirty work was definitely a sight to see. Plus, it reaffirmed that Tiger Woods’ throng of followers will do anything to give their favorite player any advantage possible (not that he needs any).

So let’s celebrate today’s historic occasion by going outside and moving a boulder in Tiger’s honor. I’m sure Tiger won’t be joining in, what with the whole knee issue and everything.

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Written by Jonathan Wall

01/31/2009 at 8:00 am

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  2. [...] impediments that are between your ball and the hole.                    Remember Tiger Woods in the 1999 Phoenix [...]


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