Friday Afternoon Nine

by Jeff Skinner

No mattter where he goes he’s a star. The Coolest Guy in Golf, Miguel Angel Jimenez shares the lead at The Volvo Golf Champions and he does it with a flourish.  It seems the 46 year old was a little upset at his putter and slammed it enough to break the darn thing. He finished his last five holes putting with a lob wedge, and managed to birdie 3 of his last 4 holes.  What a character.  Stay thirsty my friends.

The US PGA and The European PGA have come up with a new, shared logo.  It looks pretty cool and will be used by both teams in addition to their own logos.  It’s a great idea that is long overdue.

You have to love the pairings at Torrey Pines.  Putting Tiger with Rocco was brilliant and throwing Tiger’s homeboy, Anthony Kim in with them made for a nice group.  Phil got the same treatment when they put his buddy Dustin Johnson alongside him and Justin Rose.  Great idea for all the fans!

Nothing like a youth movement on the PGA tour as 24 year old Sunghoon Kang leads at Torrey. The rookie from South Korea hopes to give Rickie Fowler and the other young studs a run for their money.

Speaking of Fowler, how about his deal with Golf Digest.  He signed on as a playing editor.  With Tiger’s departure Golf Digest must have needed another stud to fill out its lineup.

Ryan Ballangee of Pro Golf talk is walking the aisles of The PGA Merchandise show, and asking what we all want to see. Check it out and tell him, Natalie Gulbis of course.

John Daly’s pants, what can I say?

Golf Week has a great page on The PGA Merchandise Show. Click here and your in Orlando.

Saving the best for last, Amy Mickelson walked 18 holes with her hubby on Thursday. It was the first time since her diagnosis that she was able to follow Phil for the day. “This is huge for me,” she said. “It’s just so fun to be out here. Of course, I watched all of Phil’s rounds on TV, but it’s not the same as being here.”  It’s wonderful to see Amy back on the course.  All the best to her and all her family.


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