“Hooks and Slices” will bring you our view on whats happening in the golf world.
Lost in the media mess of Tiger-Gate is the fact that there is some great and important golf waiting to be played this week. The “Tigerless” Chevron World Challenge starts Thursday with 18 of the best golfers in the world competing for a $1.35 million winners share. The field boasts five of the top ten players in the World Golf Rankings, led by #3 Steve Stricker who is playing for the first time since The Presidents Cup.
Red hot Lee Westwood (#4) leads a strong English contingent along with (#14) Ian Poulter and Paul Casey (#6) who his coming back from a rib injury that sidelined him at the end of the season. Three of this year’s major champions are in the field: Lucas Glover (#19), Stewart Cink (#15) and Y.E. Yang (#31). With such a select field of great golfers this should be an interesting tournament.
In what is the most nerve wracking tournament of the year, 132 PGA Tour hopefuls will start The Final Stage of the 2009 PGA Tour Q-School tomorrow at Bear Lakes Country Club in West Palm Beach Florida. The top 25 finishers get full exempt status on The PGA Tour with the rest earning various degrees of status on The Nationwide Tour. Talk about a marathon, 108 holes over six days, with every round more pressure filled than the last. This tournament can set a player up for life, not only next year.
The field is a mixture of young talent, former PGA Tour cardholders, perennial Q-Schoolers and past major champions. Former world number one, David Duval and fellow Open Championship winner, Todd Hamilton are two of the biggest names in the field. Rickie Fowler comes into Q-School after a great start on The PGA Tour but falling just short of earning his card. PGA stalwarts Jeff Maggert, Jesper Parnevik, Tim Herron and Jason Gore are some of the very familiar names in the field. The last three rounds will be on The Golf Channel, Saturday, Sunday and Monday so you can watch all the players sweat coming down the stretch.