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Tiger and Rory Not Making Eye Contact As Valentine's Day Approaches

Bob Harig at has all the juicy details:

Tiger Woods made his 2008 debut at Torrey Pines, predictably shooting up the leaderboard at a place where he has won the Buick Invitational five times, including three in a row.

And there alongside him in third place, two shots behind tournament leader Troy Matteson, is Tiger's 2007 punching bag, Rory Sabbatini. Safe to say, they didn't exchange New Year's greetings when they passed each other in the Buick media center.

In fact, they didn't even acknowledge one another.

Their relationship is as frosty as the temperature, which caused a run on scarves, mittens and sweaters. It didn't keep Woods from picking up where he left off 130 days ago, when he put the finishing touches on an outstanding 2007 season by winning the Tour Championship and the inaugural FedEx Cup.

Sounds like I left San Diego a day too early: 
Players such as Fred Couples and Mark Calcavecchia were not kind, with Couples saying, "It's just not right," and Calcavecchia adding, "Rory is Rory." Woods was none too pleased, either. "I'd like to try and get to the bottom of it when we're done here," Woods said on Dec. 16. "And we'll see what happens."

Apparently, Woods never got to the bottom of it.

"I haven't talked to him about any of it," Woods said Thursday, just minutes after walking past Sabbatini without saying a word, without making eye contact. "It is what it is."

Couples was among those who suggested that Sabbatini donate his $170,000 to the Tiger Woods Foundation, but on Wednesday Sabbatini visited a nearby naval base, where he gave the money to the United Through Reading Foundation. The organization provides a video program for military personnel to keep in touch with their families.

"It's unfortunately one of those things that we seem to forget about and we take for granted out here on the tour," Sabbatini said. "And we were just fortunate that we were able to contribute to it."

When asked if he donated the winnings from Woods' event, Sabbatini said: "That is what the situation was. Unfortunately, the media took a lot of criticism towards me after the event, and in that situation I was there, I was tired, and we thought about it and we thought we'd put it to some good use."

So does this mean if the media hadn't ragged all over Rory, that he wouldn't have made the donation? 

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Reader Comments (7)

01.25.2008 | Unregistered CommenterTruthteller
Color me confused here, Rory can miss the last round due to shin splints, forget to notify the Target World challenge tournament director and Tiger won't look him??

But, if your Kelly Tilghman you can say over national tv "lynch him in a back alley" and your still buddy - buddy with Tiger and hanging out shooting hoops and going to sushi together is still kosher??

It really has the appearance that when it comes to $$$$, Tiger's $$$$$$, he's extremly guarded and calculating.

My advise to you Rory, don't take it personal Tiger is a poor shooter in hoops and sushi is over rated.
01.25.2008 | Unregistered CommenterDeranged Response
Get back to Torrey, Geoff, this one's shaping up.
01.25.2008 | Unregistered CommenterIggy
I don't think it's a money issue with Tiger. He takes his event very seriously and wants things to go well, and expects players to give their best for $170,000. I really do think it's as simple as that.
01.25.2008 | Registered CommenterGeoff
who gives an F?
01.25.2008 | Unregistered CommenterCMA
"If the media hadn't ragged all over Rory ..." Does that apply to the $40,000 he gave to Australian soldiers late last year and the $750,000 he's donated or helped raise for the Intrepid Wounded Heroes fund?
01.25.2008 | Unregistered CommenterRick
**and going to sushi together is still kosher??**

Well, the California Rolls aren't.
01.25.2008 | Unregistered CommenterSeitz

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