“Hooks and Slices” will bring you our view on whats happening in the golf world.
This week gives us a bounty of great golf and exciting stories. Tiger is back and so is John Daly, Tom Watson and the boys are at The US Senior Open and the ladies are in England for the Women’s British Open. Get your clickers and the DVR’s ready; you’ll need them to catch all the action.
***** Tiger Woods was a late entry into the Buick Open and there is speculation as to why Tiger decided to play this week. After his dismal missed cut at The Open Championship he probably wants to get some tournament rounds under his belt. If Tiger had won or played well at Turnberry he’d still be home in Florida. He knows this course well, having won in 2002 and 2006 and eats this course up. He holds the course record of 61. Some even speculate that Tiger is giving a little bit back to Buick and General Motors by playing this week. That may be the case and both Tiger and Buick should get something out of this. Woods can tweak his swing to include hitting some fairways and Buick can count on some extra cash from all the extra Tiger watchers. Anytime Woods plays well it’s exciting and leading into the World Golf Championships and The PGA Championship Woods will be looking to get his game razor sharp.
***** You remember Crooked Stick Golf Club in Indiana; it was the scene of John Daly’s amazing win at the 1991 PGA Championship. JD, mullet and all, crashed the party as an alternate and “Grip it and Rip it “was born. Well Daly won’t be here this week and hopefully we’ve seen our last mullet, but there will be some great golf this week at Crooked Stick. The best senior golfers in the world will be teeing it up for the third major of the Senior season at The US Senior Open. Watson, Norman, Roberts and defending champ Eduardo Romero will be looking to add another major trophy to their collection. Some of these players, like Watson and Norman are competing in their third consecutive major championship. They started with Watson’s heartbreak at The Open Championship and were there for Roberts win at The Senior Open Championship. Now just a few days after a flight across the pond they face one of the toughest setups of the year. Isn’t it a little strange to have two Senior majors on consecutive weeks? I have to wonder what is going on here. The USGA and the R & A need to work out a better schedule than this. Consecutive majors are a tough enough task, but consecutive majors on two different continents is torture. There has to be a better way to showcase these legends.
***** The Women’s British Open takes on a little extra significance this week as it is the last chance for players to earn points for The Solheim Cup. The ladies will be trying for a career changing win and many will be working to get enough points to make their respective squads. Forty-seven of the top fifty in the Rolex Rankings will be playing this week at Royal Lytham & St. Annes. Michelle Wie will be trying for her first win as a pro and at the same time hoping to impress Captain Beth Daniel enough to make her a captain’s pick if she falls short. This should be an exciting tournament with great golfers on an historic course that could give women’s some much needed positive publicity. Women’s golf is in a tenuous state of affairs right now and needs some positive juice. Devil Ball Golf has a slant on how golf hottie Anna Rawson would revolutionize women’s golf.
Here’s the television lineup for tomorrow. The Women’s British Open is first at 10:00am on TNT. The US Senior Open starts at 1:00pm on ESPN and The Buick Open is on The Golf Channel at 3:00pm. Happy Viewing!