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Ogilvy Wins WGC ; Lorena Starts Again

“Hooks and Slices” will bring you our view on whats happening in the golf world.

Here are some thoughts on the WGC Match Play Championship:

  • Geoff Ogilvy has got major game. It’s hard to determine what his weakness is. Driver, long irons, short game and putter were all working for him. His biggest strength may be his temperament. He used to be his own worst enemy on the course. He kept his cool and stayed focused all tournament.
  • Phil Mickelson is still searching for it. At times he looked solid, but he would lose his game and hit shots so far off line he looked liked Wile E. Coyote standing out there in the desert. Phil has more shots then anyone in the game. The problem is he has to use them all to recover from his tee shots.

  • Despite reports to the contrary, golf tournaments still go on even after Tiger Woods is eliminated. Tiger left after the second round and there was plenty of great golf played the rest of the week.

  • Tim Clark is the best player on the PGA Tour without a win. He is a real scrapper and always plays well against Woods.

  • Rory McIlroy is the real deal. The “Celtic Tiger” missed a faceoff with Tiger in the third round due to Tiger’s early exit. Ogilvy and others gushed about Rory and his skills. The kid kept making shot after shot and looked mature beyond his years.

  • The big winner, besides Ogilvy, was the Ritz-Carlton Golf Course at Dove Mountain. That course proved very challenging and entertaining. The Jack Nicklaus designed course was a great test for the golfers and made for very interesting golf watching. The drivable par fours and strategically placed fairway bunkers forced the players to use all aspects of their games.

  • The Match Play trophy is named the Walter Hagen Cup. Hagen was the pioneer that led the way for modern day golfers to play on the most lucrative tour in the world. Every pro owes Hagen a huge thank you.

Lorena Tops Paula:

  • Lorena Ochoa starts her season off with a victory again. Ochoa shoots a six under 66 for a come from behind victory in the Honda LPGA Thailand Tournament. Paula Creamer had led after the third round but let another victory slip through her hands on the final day.
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