Like the motorist who has to slow down for a car crash, I decided to sit in on Rory Sabbatini's meet and
fight greet with the scribblers at Wednesday's Deutsche Bank press conference. And he didn't disappoint.
After a pretty rigid, uninspired effort (the course is "fair" and in "great shape"), a question about an incident last week got him going before this question delivered some good old fashioned tension in the room.
Q. Outspokenness has been a double-edged sword for you, hasn't it?
RORY SABBATINI: No, actually the media has been the double-edged sword in the fact that I'll make a statement and they tend to paraphrase it to their liking and change it. You know, if anybody actually had bothered going back and reading transcripts from previous interviews, they would understand what I said instead of just going with the paraphrasing and following that lead.
You know, I'll say that the media has really put a very bitter taste in my mouth.
Q. Do you suppose that's because of the fact that you speak up or that you speak out on certain topics and no one else really takes a stance publicly on anything, so therefore -- because I haven't disagreed with anything you've said all year. I think you've been right.
RORY SABBATINI: Understand, I'm generalizing. I'm not saying every member of the media.
Q. I know, I don't feel that way.
RORY SABBATINI: The situation is I speak my mind. People always say they want something different; you get me, you get something different, and then they burn you for it. So what do you want, do you want different or do you want the usual fraternal player out here? You guys need to pick and choose what you want. If you want your generic standard answer, hey, I can spend all day long here and talk generic answer with you. But that's not the person I am.
You know, if the situation continues where people continue to burn me and manipulate what I say into what they want to turn it into, I'm just not going to bother talking. That's why, you guys have got to pick and choose what you want.
It's called copy and paste my friend.
Q. Fair enough.
RORY SABBATINI: You make me out to look like the bad guy when I've done nothing but ever actually, in a sense, praised Tiger because I've seen Tiger at his best. I'm the first one to admit, when Tiger is on his game, there's hardly -- I don't know if there is a person that plays on the PGA TOUR or anywhere in the world that can beat him, and I've said that repeatedly.
Q. When you said what you said, he had just blown a three-shot lead with six holes to go at Wachovia. I thought, you know what, he's making a valid point.
RORY SABBATINI: But the thing is people don't see that as a valid point. Apparently he's a celestial being that you can't touch. That's the way I see it.
Well that ought to put things to rest!
Q. If you were Gary Player, who would you pick to take on Tiger at the Presidents Cup in the singles?
RORY SABBATINI: Why not pick me?
Q. I think that's what he's asking you.
RORY SABBATINI: Why not pick me? I would pick myself.
There's a newsflash.