Talking trash to Tiger Woods is nothing new. But it rarely pays dividends. Some examples:
"I'm respectful of his game and his persona. But we're just two human beings trying to put a little ball in the hole."
-- Sergio Garcia after shooting 67 in third round at 2002 U.S. Open at Bethpage. The next day, Woods shot 72 to win. Garcia shot 74 and finished fourth.
"Anything can happen. Especially where he's hitting the ball."
-- Stephen Ames said it with a smile prior to 2006 Accenture Match Play Championship first-round meeting. Woods won every hole on the front nine and took a 9-and-8 victory.
-- Lettering on the back of a cap worn by Vijay Singh's caddie Paul Tesori during a 2000 Presidents Cup match, the day after Singh and Retief Goosen had beaten Woods and Notah Begay III. Woods defeated Singh 2 and 1 in a match marked by an absence of conceded putts.
"The funny thing is, after watching him play last Sunday, I think he's more beatable than ever. I think there's a few fortuitous occasions out there that really changed the round for him at Wachovia. And realizing that gives me even more confidence to go in and play with him on Sunday again."
-- Rory Sabbatini less than a week after Woods shot 69 to win at Wachovia Championship while Sabbatini shot 74. Paired with Woods again at the Bridgestone Invitational, Woods shot 65 to win; Sabbatini shot 74 to finish tied for second.