Tiger, Seniors and a Strange Year on Tour

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

The Seniors (or Champions if you like) keep it going this week at the US Senior Open. What a wild ride these experienced golfers have given us. Tom Watson, Loren Roberts, Fred Funk, Mark McNulty and Greg Norman are all in the field again this week at Crooked Stick in Indiana. Let’s hope they can keep the excitement coming. These guys have given us two amazing weeks of golf.
Nathan Green finally won the excruciatingly long, rain delayed Canadian Open. The week at Glen Abbey was another weird week in a strange season. John Maginnes asks, “Has there ever been a stranger season on Tour?” It gets even stranger as Tiger Woods tees it up at The Buick Open this week. Woods is scheduled to play this week at the Buick, he always plays in the World Golf Championships at Firestone next week (he has until Friday to commit) and the following week is The PGA Championship. That is two consecutive tournaments right before a major and three weeks in a row of playing, a rarity for Tiger. That sound you hear is the executives at CBS television jumping for joy. If Woods does play for three straight weeks it would just add to the peculiarity of this season. Woods may be changing it up a little to try and shake off his missed cut at The Open. The PGA is his last chance to claim a major this year. Tiger hasn’t been shut out of the majors since 2004. It would indeed be an even stranger year if Woods were to end the major season with no major wins.
This is a huge week for women’s golf. They move to Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club in England for The Women’s British Open. It’s a historic venue having hosted ten Open Championships and two Ryder Cups. This is the fourth time the Women’s Open has been held there. This major championship is the last chance for the players to collect Solheim Cup points, as the teams will be announced on Sunday evening. Let’s try and figure this one out: Michelle Wie and Natalie Gulbis qualified for the British Open but failed to qualify for the US Women’s Open. Something strange going on there that the USGA needs to fix. Congratulations to Jill McGill and Reilley Rankin for Monday qualifying for the Open. After the Open, McGill will be leaving on a trip to visit the troops in Iraq, that’s just another instance of how these players keep giving back. If you watched any of the Golf Channel’s coverage of the Evian Masters you got to see a beautiful course but the coverage was terrible. The golf Channel was using the French television feed and it looked like a bunch of amateurs were running the show. Poor coverage, missed shots and a general substandard feel plagued the telecast. However, we did get to see one of the better commercials I’ve seen in a long time. The Evian Roller Babies are hysterical every time you watch them. Check them out.


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