“Hooks and Slices” will bring you our view on whats happening in the golf world.
*** If you haven’t seen Phil Mickelson’s press conference at The St. Jude Classic, take a few minutes to watch it. Rarely will you see a celebrity bare his soul with such class. Phil does what few people in his situation could do. He talks about Amy, his family, their situation and the love and admiration he has for her. He does it with emotion and clarity and is able to control his emotions enough to get through it without breaking down. It was not easy for Phil and he said all the displays of support for Amy are greatly appreciated.
*** Can Phil hold himself together and compete this week? It would be a miracle. He needed to get in some real competition before the Open. His normal preparation before a major is to use these events to tweak his game for the major venue. He loves Bethpage and Bethpage loves him. Phil can play and try and catch his breath and hopefully be ready to go for his fourth major next week.
*** John Daly is back on tour and living a different life. Let’s see if he can stay out of Hooters and make the cut this week.
*** Who’s your pick this week at the St. Jude Classic? Justin Leonard is defending and playing well. David Toms has won twice here and has been close to a win all season. Retief Goosen like tough courses and is back to his old Open form. It’s about time Sergio snapped out of it and played like a world class golfer and not a world class whiner. Maybe Boo Weekley can come back after a month off and pull down his first win of the year. It’s about time Camilo or Paddy broke into the win column.
*** The ladies should be the main topic in golf this week. After all, they are playing a major at the McDonald’s LPGA Championship. The comeback of Phil and Big John has overshadowed this tournament. There is television coverage on The Golf Channel all four days. Defending champ Yani Tseng has a win already this year. This course may favor the long hitters and Tseng is leading the tour in driving distance. Brittany Lincicome and Michelle Wie are among the leaders in driving. Suzann Pettersen has been a puzzle all year. She has six top tens, including two seconds and has been playing well. (Ron Sirak article) Her Sunday rounds have been a problem and she can’t close the deal. She loves this course and has won here in 2007. This may be her week. One of the most popular players, Paula Creamer will be looking for her first major win. On the last two Sundays, Creamer has charged toward the lead with final round 65’s, but fell short each time. If she can start her Sunday charge a little earlier this week she could be taking home her first major trophy.