by Jeff Skinner
Welcome to Bizarro World. Up is down, left is right, day is night and black is white. Billy Mayfair leads the Quail Hollow Championship, Michelle Wie has the lead at the Tres Marias Championship and Tiger Woods has missed the cut. How crazy is this?
Congrats to Billy but the news of the day was Tiger self-destructing on the course and shooting a 79. It’s tough to score at Quail Hollow if you’re not in the fairway and Woods only visited two of them all day. It was only his sixth missed cut in his career and no part of his game looked as sharp as his Masters outing when he finished fourth. The good news is he gets a few extra days to work on his game before The Players. Could Tiger finally be showing the signs of cracking under all the pressure of the last five months? We’ll see next week at The Players, a real poor showing there and it may be time to push the panic button. At least he answered some questions afterward. “Every day I do media, I get asked it, so it doesn’t go away,” he said. “Even when I’m at home paparazzi still follow us, helicopters still hover around. Does it test you? Yes, of course it does. Is that any excuse? No, because I’m out there and I have the same opportunity as everybody else here in this field to shoot a good number. And I didn’t do it.”
The LPGA has to be kicking itself with no television coverage this week. Since Tiger won’t be around for the weekend this would have been a great ratings week for the LPGA. Lorena Ochoa’s farewell tournament in her home country would have offered a good alternative for golf fans and look who happens to be leading it: Michelle Wie. Michelle Wie is the only other golfer that can move the needle like Tiger can. If Wie hangs on the rest of the weekend The LPGA would have missed a huge ratings weekend. It’s too bad for Lorena, Michelle and the LPGA that we won’t get a look at a great tournament.