Woods winsweek for W’s

Jul 8, 2003 7:10 AM

Woods, Wie, Wimbledon. In a week W dominated, Tiger Woods put the S word to bed.

Slumps are not part of Tiger’s resume. At 5-2, bettors received the highest odds they’ll ever crave for in a golf event featuring the world’s No. 1. All Tiger did was run away with the Western and re-establish himself as the overwhelming favorite for next week’s British Open.

Green Valley Ranch had Woods listed as an incredible 3-1 favorite for the 72-hole event being held this year at Royal St. George’s Golf Club. It won’t surprise me if Tiger is dropped down quickly to 2-1 or maybe 8-5 at this time next week.

A European golfer to keep an eye on for the British is Fredrik Jacobsen, who played well in the U.S. Open and was battling for second at the Western. Jacobsen, at present, would be part of the field at 7-1.

Uneasy about Wiesie

Michelle Wie is a freak of nature. At 13, she is incredibly talented but also very much out of place. Her game is certainly worth watching, but she is way out of her league psychologically.

This is a junior high school girl playing with adults and being pushed by an overzealous father, who has no business being anywhere near a golf course. It was nice to see Wie dump dad for a regular caddy with golfing knowledge. We’ll track her progress, cause she’s not going away.

Our pick to click in future events is Grace Park. She’s elegant, well-spoken and good.

Williams vs Williams

Serena Williams, a 3-5 favorite, retained her Wimbledon singles title by beating her older sister Venus for the fifth straight time. Venus was the 7-2 second choice by Las Vegas Sports Consultants.

Spare me the excuse about Venus being hurt. She was up a set and fought back to within 4-5 in the second on Serena’s serve after being down 5-1. Athletes play hurt and Venus played well. Unfortunately, Serena is clearly the better play physically and emotionally.

What Venus needs is a coach. Andy Roddick hired Brad Gilbert, who formerly coach Andre Agassi, and his play improved. If Venus heals and really wants to beat her sister, the U.S. Open could be interesting.