“Hooks and Slices” will bring you our view on whats happening in the golf world.
For a week in the middle of November there is still plenty of meaningful golf taking place. Each tournament going on this week offers a different brand of excitement.
At the “Last Dash for Cash” on The PGA Tour, otherwise known as The Children’s Miracle Network Classic, Justin Rose has a one stroke lead over three golfers. One of those golfers is Rickie Fowler and he is the real story here. There are many big name professionals trying to earn enough money to earn or keep their PGA Tour card this week, players like: David Duval, Rocco Mediate, Rich Beem, Ricky Barnes, Chris Riley, Jeff Maggert and Todd Hamilton. These guys have had all season to play and win enough money to make their 2010 season. Rickie Fowler has had three tournaments.
Since leaving Oklahoma State after his sophomore year he has had three chances to play on the PGA Tour as a pro. He tied for seventh at The Justin Timberlake and placed second at The Frys.com Open after he lost in a playoff. If the Viking Classic wasn’t cancelled the twenty year old may already have earned enough to get his card. As it is, it all comes down to this week, with one more chance for Fowler to win enough to get into the top 125 on the money list and avoid Q-School. Think about it: This kid will do in three tournaments what many of these seasoned veterans couldn’t do in an entire season. If he does it he’ll join an elite class of golfers who avoided Q-School right out of college, like a couple of golfers named Woods and Mickelson. It’s scary how good this kid is playing right now.
The LPGA is back in action at The Lorena Ochoa Invitational in Guadalajara, Mexico. Lorena is playing host to a select group of the best women golfers in the world. You’ll have to understand if she isn’t the most accommodating host. She is in a heated battle with Jiyai Shin for Player of the Year. Shin leads her by three points and is trying to break Ochoa’s string of three straight Player of the Year awards. Song-Hee Kim leads and Shin is tied for second with Paula Creamer and Mariajo Uribe while Lorena is tied for thirteenth.
Meanwhile in that tournament down under that so many people are making a fuss about, Tiger Woods looks to be earning his $3 million appearance fee at The JBWere Masters. The course is sold out and Tiger is on top of the leader board. Earlier in the week Tiger mentioned how interested he was in seeing the bunkering at the Kingston Heath Golf Club and I can understand why. These bunkers look like a combination of Bethpage Black and The Old Course at St. Andrews. They are big, deep and have very steep sidewalls and there is plenty of tall grass around their edges. Needless to say they present much trouble. Woods is negotiating his way around the sun drenched course in fine shape. He sits at -10 and leads James “Big Break” Nitties, Jason Dufner and Greg Chalmers by three strokes.
Set the DVR, The Golf Channel has all the action on Friday: Children’s Miracle Network Classic live from 1:00pm-4:00pm, The Lorena Ochoa Invitational live from 4:00pm to 6:30pm and Tiger and the boys at The JBWere Masters live from 10:00pm-1:00am. Enjoy.