Sometimes you have to be careful what you wish for and that is the case for the PGA Tour this week. The Farmers Insurance Open (we’ll call it Torrey Pines) was going to be the tournament that started people watching golf and talking about players other than the invisible man, Tiger Woods. With world number two Phil Mickelson leading the way and fan favorite John Daly pursuing his 129th comeback attempt, Torrey Pines was the place we could all concentrate on golf, real golf. Well so much for that idea.
Phil Mickelson, the Mr. Clean, All-American Hero and family man has been called a cheater by his fellow players for using a wedge older than Rickie Fowler. Scott McCarron has called Phil out and it looks like there could be a “Shootout at the PGA Corral.”
John Daly seems to have self destructed again. After missing the cut Friday at Torrey Pines, John said he is done with golf. “I can’t do it anymore…I’m tired of embarrassing myself.” He later said he simply needs time to work on his game,” Simply saying I need my time and am working through these bad times.” Maybe John is trying to make lemonade out of the lemon of a tournament he just played. After all his Golf Channel reality show, Being John Daily starts up in a few weeks and this could be a way of generating some buzz. Daly is always good for some buzz.
Back on the course, D.A. Points and Ryuji Imada share the lead at eleven under. Phil and his outlaw club are four back. Wouldn’t it be great if Phil won using a club that some say makes him a cheater (the club is legal by the PGA Tour). Talk about opening his season with a bang! Go Phil!
The resurgence of English golf continues at The Qatar Masters. Four of the top eight places are held by Englishmen including Paul Casey who is tied for the lead with Bradley Dredge. Lee Westwood has found the right clubs this week and is in third place.
We must not forget our daily dose of Tiger, and today it come from an unlikely source. Kenny Perry looks to be the polar opposite of Tiger Woods. Perry has been quite open about all his families’ medical problems over the past few years and he has tailored his playing schedule to accommodate more time with his family. Perry says, “Tiger needs to come back for himself rather than his golf and when he does I’m going to give him a hug and shake his hand and tell him if he needs to talk or if I can help in any way, I will,” Perry told reporters. (See story.)