“Hooks and Slices” will bring you our view on whats happening in the golf world.
While everyone was waiting to crown Tiger Woods the PGA Champion a day early, something strange happened. A golf tournament broke out. Contrary to Woods’s normal mode of operation he actually backed up to the field on Saturday. Woods started with a four stroke lead and instead of pulling away from the rest of the field, he lost ground and finished with a two stroke lead over Y.E. Yang. It was a strange sight to watch golfers pick up strokes on Woods. Paddy Harrington actually tied him at -7 until Tiger used his sand wedge as a putter to birdie fourteen. It was an exciting day of golf and if Harrington doesn’t bogey eighteen, he’s in the final pairing again with Tiger. He’ll have to try to take him down from the penultimate group on Sunday. Tiger and Y.E. Yang will make up the final pairing on Sunday. There is a chance of poor weather for the final round, so if the elect to send of threesomes, Harrington will be paired with Tiger and Yang and it could be Déjà vu all over again.
Here’s what I saw while watching the DirecTV feed with multiple screens and CBS on another TV. CBS continues to show shots that happened minutes ago without stating that there were taped awhile ago. I think they need to show the shot live, or say it is taped each time they do it.
Tiger Woods played cautious golf. He was not firing at the flags and looked to be struggling with his distance control.
Paddy Harrington was playing aggressive golf. He took a page from Tiger’s book and was hitting shots tight to the pins.
Y.E.Yang has a 2009 win at the Honda Classic and already has beaten a good international field at the 2006 HSBC Champions Tournament which included Woods. He’ll need to pull on that experience as he plays with Tiger in the three ring circus known as Tiger’s World.
Forget Sergio Garcia. The hottest, young stud from Spain is Alvaro Quiros. He hits it a ton and he makes Sergio look like an old man. He bounced back from a 76 on Friday with a 69 and did it with flash and style.
Lucas Glover was having trouble reading the greens. He looked confused as he misread green after green.
Ernie Els looked like the Ernie of old as he had it to five under for the day after the fifteenth. Then he finished with three straight bogeys. You can’t do that and expect to catch Tiger.
Vijay Singh has never looked so lost on the greens. The new short putter wasn’t working and his 75 dropped him to even par and out of the tournament.
You have got to feel for Phil Mickelson. He wasn’t ready to play. He never putted so poorly in his life.
According to Golf World, The St. Paul Pioneer Press asked their readers who they would like to spend a week with: Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, John Daly, Anthony Kim or Sergio Garcia. Guess who won? John Daly. You have got to be kidding me!