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Short Shots From The Players Championship

by Jeff Skinner

Well we got to see Tiger Woods for a bit as he kept up his tradition of withdrawing from The Players.

How about Rory Sabbatini staying in the mix with the specter of a suspension coming down from the PGA Tour?  Even better, if Sabo hangs on to win Tim Finchem will be handing him the trophy on Sunday and suspending him on Monday.  It reminds me of Pete Rozelle handing the Lombardi Trophy to Raiders owner, Al Davis (alias The Crypt Keeper) after Davis sued his own league.  That would be great stuff.

54 year old Mark O’Meara must have confused The Players with a Champions Tour event.  The old timer shoots a 66 and is T3. Can he keep it up? Stranger things have happened, like Tiger hittin’ the Benz before the tenth tee.

Nick Watney goes out early and sizzles with a 64 and he had a double bogey on 14.  If he pars that hole he breaks the course record. So close.

“Fear the Beard” as Lucas Glover keeps up the great play from last week’s win at Quail Hollow.

Graeme McDowell looks to have found his stroke.  After six weeks of “not being able to find the center of the clubface” he had a good week of practice with his coach and thinks he may have found his game.  He holed out from a bunker on the sixth hole for a birdie.

Phil Mickelson finally gets it going after an eagle on eleven puts him to three under.  Then on the par three thirteenth he hits an eight iron that hits on and shoots across the green and rolls into the water.  He takes double bogey on what he thought was an acceptable shot.  To put it mildly, Phil was a bit upset.  “I hit an eight-iron middle of the green. I don’t know what to say. I don’t know if it’s the set-up or the design, but I just don’t agree with that,” said Mickelson.  “I thought the question was would it stay up on top and be by the hole or was it going to roll down in the low area? I didn’t know it could possibly go in the water.”  “When I design golf courses, I try not to screw the player like that. I try to keep it a little bit fair.” Take that Pete Dye.  Come on Phil, tell us how you really feel.

 

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