Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Woods Shrugs off Castano Challenge

Madrid-born golfer, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, has issued a challenge (of sorts) to former world number one, Tiger Woods. Fernandez-Castano intimated that he was more than capable of besting Woods at the WGC Match Play Championship in Arizona, a PGA Tour event that begins today.

"He's probably not at his best", Fernandez-Castano said, of Woods. "Maybe I can beat him. He's won this tournament three times [but] I think he's beatable."

Woods, who, once upon a time, would have reacted strongly to such comments, was unfazed by the Spaniard's boasting. "I feel exactly the same way as he does", Woods said. "I feel he's beatable too." The American's comments were a marked turnaround in temperament for the famously competitive golfer. Those who bet on golf should remember this.

The Californian made Canadian veteran, Stephen Ames, eat his own words at the Match Play in 2006. Ames criticised Woods' driving in the first round of the tournament, a comment that galvanised Woods to a 9 and 8 win over his opponent. The score is widely recognised as the largest victory margin in the competition's history.

Fernandez-Castano and Woods will compete with Rory McIlroy, Australia's Jason Day, and Charl Schwartzel, of South Africa, at the Ritz-Carlton golf club this week. The knock-out contest is made up of the world's top 64 golfers, each arranged into one of four 'brackets'. Competitors play an opponent over 18 holes, with the loser being eliminated. People placing golf major bets should bear this in mind.

Also making an appearance in Arizona is England's Lee Westwood, German golfer, Martin Kaymer, and world number one, Luke Donald, who is defending his title at the Match Play Championship. The field is playing for a combined prize kitty of $8.5m (£5.4m), with $1.4m (£893k) reserved for the overall winner.

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