World Golf Championship: Tiger's Opponent Could Enjoy Eating His Own Words

Immer Chriswell@@immerrangeCorrespondent IFebruary 21, 2012

PEBBLE BEACH, CA - FEBRUARY 12:  Tiger Woods reacts to his shot from a greenside bunker on the 12th hole during the final round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am at Pebble Beach Golf Links on February 12, 2012 in Pebble Beach, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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This is one of the more fun weeks in golf to watch in my opinion. Instead of plodding through four rounds of golf from Thursday to Sunday, the tour will play a match play championship, the only of its kind.

This year, Tiger Woods has a No. 5 seed, and will face the Spaniard Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano.

So what did the Spaniard have to say?

"I think he's beatable (via"

Hold on, since when is Tiger Woods beatable? Oh right...for the past two years. And even before that Tiger was "beatable", though less people believed it so strongly.

He could have just stopped at "it's a great opportunity." He didn't.

The next portion of his statement, however, leaves Fernandez-Castano looking the fool. 

"Of course, I need to play good. That’s all I can think about and that’s all I’m going to try on Wednesday, just try playing my best game and hope that he doesn’t play his best (via" think Tiger is beatable, but only if he doesn't play his best? Somebody get this genius a medal.

Even if he didn't mean it exactly that way, there's no way to interpret his answer other than that he's hoping Tiger won't play well.

Let's be realistic. Castano got caught in a candid moment, and probably chose his words less than carefully.

He had better hope we don't have another Stephen Ames-like humiliation, because if we do Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano will be gone by Wednesday from Dove Hill in the wake of a dominating performance from Tiger Woods.