Sunday’s golf results have to go down in history as one of the greatest ever in golf history. The winners of Sunday’s events read like a roll call at the World Golf Hall of Fame: Nicklaus, Watson and Palmer. I doubt there ever was a day like this where these names all were on trophies at the same time. OK, so it’s not Arnie and Jack and Tom were a team in a made for TV match, but a guy can dream can’t he?
Ryan Palmer and Robert Allenby played excellent golf at The Sony Open, going head to head all the way down to their last shot. Palmer was able to birdie the eighteenth when his chip hit the pin and settled inches from the cup. Allenby could only manage a par on the last and that gave Palmer his one stroke victory. It was Palmer’s third career win, only 59 more to go to match Arnie’s total.
Meanwhile, over on another one of those gorgeous Hawaiian Islands, Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson were teaming up to win The Wendy’s Champions Skins Game at Kaanapali. Any chance to see Nicklaus play is magical but I couldn’t find it on the tube anywhere. Nicklaus and Watson won ten skins and $350,000 to beat second place finishers Ben Crenshaw and Fuzzy Zoeller. It is Jack’s 70th birthday on Thursday and he plans on spending it fishing. Happy Birthday Jack, you are the class of this game.
It was a tough weekend for the Sony Open. They lost two of their most popular attractions when John Daly and Rickie Fowler missed the cut. The final round was exciting, but without any “big” names in the hunt over the last few holes the ratings surely will suffer.
Cheers to Darren Clarke as he continues his march towards the 2010 Ryder Cup. Clarke finished second to Charl Schwartzel at the Joburg Open in South Africa. Clarke has expressed his desire to make the Ryder Cup team this year after missing it in 2008. He is playing events earlier than he ever has before to try and accumulate more points. Let’s hope Clarke is there at Celtic Manor.
Is Tiger at a treatment center in Mississippi? A local television station in Jackson, Mississippi thinks he is at The Pine Grove Behavioral Health and Addiction Services Center in Hattiesburg. Who would have thought that Woods could hide out for this long? If he is there, let’s hope he gets his act together.