“Hooks and Slices” will bring you our view on whats happening in the golf world.
Was that really Phil Mickelson I saw tearing it up at Doral yesterday? He shot an opening 65 and is tied for first place. His short game was dialed in; he chipped in on three holes and needed only eight putts on his back nine. That wasn’t what impressed Phil the most; he was most impressed with his driving (See interview). He hit seven fairways and the fringe twice. He feels he has never driven the ball this long. It is only one round, but if Mickelson can continue to improve on his driving there will not be anyone that can threaten him. He has all the short game anyone could want, but his driving has been killing him this year. He needs to put another round like this one on the board, and then he’ll have the confidence he needs for the final rounds (See story).
Tiger Woods was not thrilled with his play yesterday; a one under 71 is much too pedestrian for Woods. He was upset with his putting, actually with the fact that they did not fall (See interview). He thought he hit many good putts, but for some reason they stayed out of the hole. His driving was acceptable and his iron play superb. Once Tiger got on the greens his game seemed to leave him. He is currently tied for 40th. He his sure he’ll putt better today. He’ll need to if he hopes to contend on the weekend (See story).
Retief Goosen looked like the “old Retief” on the greens yesterday. He was putting like the Goose that has won two U.S. Opens by out putting the rest of the field. Goosen’s all-around game was fine, but his putter was excellent (See interview). Goosen went back to his old putter that he used when claiming the Open crowns. My question is: What took you so long? I watched him roll it better than anyone on those brutal Shinnecock greens when he won, and wondered how he could be so much better than the rest. Goose has struggled this year but his putting led to eight birdies yesterday and if that putter holds its magic Goose will be near the top on Sunday (See story).
The Shot of the Year goes to Henrik Stenson as he made like an underwear model on the third hole. You have got to love his effort!