“Hooks and Slices” will bring you our view on whats happening in the golf world.
If it is possible to steal the spotlight from Tiger Woods, his good buddy Anthony Kim may have found the formula. Break the course scoring record at Tiger’s own tournament. Kim spent the morning bringing Congressional Country Club to its knees with an 8 under 62. Woods did his best to try and catch his young rival with a round of 64 in the afternoon. The boys at CBS Television are probably wishing that that the two of them saved their birdie barrage for the weekend, but they’ll have to hope they can provide new fireworks for the Fourth of July Weekend finish. AK versus TW in a final round head to head pairing on Sunday would be a ratings bonanza for CBS. Kim looks to have put his early year funk behind him. He tied for 16th at The Open and tied for 11th at The Travelers. Last we saw Tiger, he was sloshing around Bethpage to a tie for sixth. Tiger has said he really wants to win this tournament and it would be an interesting Sunday if Woods and Kim could go at each other on Sunday. Kim won twice in 2008 while Tiger was out last season and he was marked as one of the young guns that could compete with Woods. We’ll see if Kim can stay at the top when Woods starts to put the pressure on him.
John Daly has withdrawn from the Open de France citing a rib injury. This may sound odd, but I truly hope it is a physical injury that has sidelined Daly and not something else. He was eight over par at the time. Daly has had a history of withdrawing from tournaments due to other issues. If it is an injury, get well soon John. If there is more to it and Daly is regressing to his old ways, this could be a mess all over again.
America’s LPGA sweetheart, Paula Creamer withdrew from The Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic with the same thumb injury that caused her to exit from The Wegmans. She hopes to rest it and be able to compete in next week’s US Women’s Open.
Congratulations to one of the most interesting players in golf, Miguel Angel Jimenez. At The Open de France he was honored for his 500th European Tour start. He was presented with a silver ice bucket after his round of 67 that left him five back of leader Martin Kaymer. Considering how much he loves his red wine, that ice bucket will get plenty of use.