When Tiger Woods accepted Jimmy Fallon’s
PR stunt challenge to take him on at the “Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10″ video game for the Wii, you can imagine that Woods was hardly sweating bullets. After all, it’s his game. And while I know that doesn’t mean that John Madden would be good at video game football or that Bill Laimbeer would excel at “Combat Basketball,” I feel pretty confident in Tiger Woods’ ability to play a video golf game. (Although I wouldn’t want to take on “QB Eagles“ in Tecmo Super Bowl.)
But it turns out that Fallon has more talents than being the only person in America who laughs at Horatio Sanz: he’s also pretty decent at video games. So when the two played a match in Times Square yesterday over three holes at a virtual Bethpage Black course (with commentary by Scott Van Pelt and Kelly Tilghman, who avoided any impulse to offer to “lynch Tiger” on behalf of Fallon), Tiger was in for a surprise as he was summarily throttled by the “comedian“.
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So there you have it: the greatest golfer of our generation losing a match in his own golf video game to a talk show host who comes off like the gayest frat boy in history (except for Lamar from “Revenge of the Nerds”). Which is awful: I can pretty much guarantee you that Lee Trevino never lost an exhibition match of “Lee Trevino’s Fighting Golf” to Pat Sajak back in the late 1980s.
But Tiger would have his revenge, as the two would have a one-hole rematch on Fallon’s show Thursday night. The only problem is that (as 411 MANIA notes) they were both awful during the televised game, with Tiger “beating” Fallon with a bogey vs. a double bogey. No wonder Lucas Glover won the U.S. Open: get this guy in New York anymore, and he stinks.
Still, it’s great promotion for the game. Unless the message you got was that it’s so difficult that even the best golfer in history can’t break par on it, so why should you even bother? On second thought, I think I’ll head out to the bar and get ripped on Miller Lites while playing some Golden Tee Golf. Oh, Peter Jacobson, why do you mock me so?