Tiger – So who is the “real” Tiger at this point? Is it the guy who won 5 times last year and is #1 in the world or is it the guy who hasn’t done shit in his first three tournaments played this year and walked off the course on Sunday with a back injury? Honestly, I have no idea and wouldn’t be surprised by anything. How can you be really? If he wins next week and follows it up with a Masters win nobody will be shocked, but the same thing can be said if he sits out the rest of the year. My prediction, he wins 3 tournaments this year, but no major…
Russell Henley – Congrats to Russell Henley for picking up his second victory on Tour..blah blah blah. Now while there is nothing inherently wrong with Russell Henley, let’s be honest, this was very disappointing. For starters, Rory completely blew this one by going 5 over par through 17 holes. Then, after he lost the lead and was trailing by one stroke to the leaders, he hits an AMAZING approach shot that left him in a position to eagle 18 and win the tourney, but missed the putt. Then in the playoff with the power group of Knox, Henley and Palmer, he AGAIN goes into a bunker and can’t get up and down, allowing Henley to win with the sole birdie on the hole. So again, good for him, but I’ll look forward to next week where I’ll more than likely be able to provide positive identification of the the winner if he’s put in a police lineup.
Sergio! – I love what I “saw” out of Sergio this weekend. I use quotation marks for the simple fact that I did not “see” him swing the club once despite going -7 after round 1 (Rory went -1 after round 1 for comparative purposes). Of course I would have seen more if he had actually been in contention. Classic Serdio, he shoots +2 in conditions where many were going low, but really battled in tough conditions over the weekend and played well enough to finish T8. Normally I would say this is a good sign for next week’s WGC event and the majors, but this is just Serge being Serge. Playing well enough to keep a good ranking, but doing so when the chips aren’t on the table.
*Matthew McConaughey! – Sorry, it’s late and I switched over to the Oscars after the Bruins solid win over the Rangers.
WGC – Speaking of the WGC-Cadillac, why do they play it just two weeks after the WGC-Accenture? I love these events as they bring the world’s best together, but they just seem too close together. There aren’t any new story lines (save Tiger’s back) and it still feels like it’s too early in the season to load up on important events. These events exist to increase interest and excitement, so burying them in February and March seems like it misses the point.
McIlroy, Reed, English and Russell Henley – These are the four players who are under 25 and have multiple victories on the PGA Tour. Three of the four exist in relative obscurity, but they also serve as a reminder of just how competitive the game has become. There are so many talented players these days that each week’s winner has become harder and harder to predict. As a fan of the game, I love this, but it certainly poses a challenge to sponsors trying to identify the next big thing. In the past there were a handful of players who made sense to hitch your wagon to, but as parity continues to take over, it becomes more and more difficult to identify guys who can not only play, but also sell.