Rival duffer flicks lit cigarette of rhetoric to rattle once potent putter.  

The once mighty Tiger, who was taken to the mat by his ex ELIN NORDEGREN, is no easy prey for tough guys looking to make a name for themselves on the 18 hole circuit.

Newest heir to the throne challenger Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano is unimpressed about Wood’s 14 championships and cares even less about his rep as a man.

“I have nothing to lose,” Fernandez-Castano, Woods’s first-round match opponent in the WGC-Accenture Match Play told assembled journos in Arizonza. “I’m the underdog.

 “At the same time I don't think (Tiger is) at his best. So it's a good opportunity. If I play well, I can beat him.”

Yet, Woods remained unflappable.

“Everyone has a hole and that's kind of how I look at it,” Woods responded to the bye bye birdie smack talk as Woods is 32-8 with no less than three Match Play trophies on his mantle.

Will these two duffers take nine irons to each other before the end of play or merely sip slugs in the clubhouse afterward?

“It's hard to make up ground when you're playing 18 holes,” Tiger said.