“Hooks and Slices” will bring you our view on whats happening in the golf world.
This has been some week for golf. Tiger and Paddy were in a final round showdown that has evolved into a slow play debate. Tiger leveled some criticism at the call to put them on the clock and rumors flew that the PGA Tour was going to fine Tiger. Yea right! Tiger and Paddy are back at it this week at The PGA, so let’s hope the two of them can do battle again this time with no controversy.
Here are some of the players that will make this an interesting week. Some will have a chance to win and some are just fun to watch.
The Favorite. Tiger of course is the favorite again. I don’t care if he curses, slams clubs, plays barefoot or stands on his head when he putts. We can always count on a few jaw dropping shots in every major. I don’t care what he says to the press: if he doesn’t win this major he’ll feel his season is a disappointment.
Ready to take their first major. Lee Westwood has been so close recently it’s painful. Hunter Mahan has four top tens in his last five outings. He is one of the hottest Americans right now. Sean O’Hair has cooled off lately but still has the game to compete here. Steve Stricker has two wins this year and his playing great golf. He is second to Tiger in scoring average and money on the PGA Tour.
Looking for major number two. Jim Furyk is always a threat on tough courses. His accuracy will do him well at Hazeltine. Geoff Ogilvy flies under the radar, until Sunday afternoon that is. He can win on any course.
Overdue to win their first. Kenny Perry would love to win this one but he may have too many distractions on his mind right now. The perennial contender to win his first major is Sergio Garcia. He has been close lately and he has to win one sooner or later. Doesn’t he?
Old Reliables. We can never count Retief Goosen or Vijay Singh out of any major. They both have everything it takes to win on the biggest stage. Angel Cabrera is the most over looked major champion in today’s game.
Out of the blue. Could John Daly shock the world like he did in 1991? Oliver Wilson is one of the hottest Europeans right now. He finished T11 at Bridgestone, T24 at The Open Championship and T32 at the US Open. He can win here. Camilo Villegas is certainly long enough to contend but he’ll have to keep it straight if he is to beat this course.
Most fun to watch. Ian Poulter has played well under the spotlight and looks ready to break through. No one enjoys life or golf as much as Miguel Angel Jimenez. He’s fun to watch and the coolest guy out there. Phil Mickelson has more shots than any one on tour and is never afraid to try them. Phil doesn’t care if it’s a major or a practice round, he’ll try anything with that golf ball. Let’s hope that Phil and his family have a great week.