Chip Shots from the Rough

by Jeff Skinner

Excuse me for beating a dead horse but what Suzann Pettersen did during the final round of the Sybase Match Play was wrong then and it is wrong now.  She spent the entire round walking off the green long before Cristie Kerr had putted out.  I am not the only one that thinks so.  Annika Sorenstam said the same thing on Morning Drive yesterday.  She said whether it was calculated or not it was wrong and rude.  She did state that she is very close with Pettersen but still said she would have been disturbed by her actions.

At last year’s Byron Nelson Championship high schooler, Jordan Spieth, stole the show as he tied for 16th in front of his hometown crowd.  This year he is back at it again.  After a rocky start he settled down to card a one under 69 and is tied for 31st after day one.  The Texas High School Champion will be attending the University of Texas this fall but first he be trying to better last year’s finish at The Nelson.  Can you say Cinderella story?

All right, I don’t know Mark Steinberg and I have little insight into the lives of professional sports agents.  But let’s understand something here.  Is there any chance that Steinberg went all Jerry McGuire at IMG and left without an assurance from Tiger Woods that he would stick with him?  Steinberg knows how the game is played and I doubt he was caught by surprise.  Maybe it was a calculated move to get out on his own but if Woods stays at IMG without “Steiney” ( as Woods calls him), Steinberg will be the most shocked man in the world.

Ernie Els is a great golfer and a really gracious guy but I think he has been drinking the Kool-Aid that Chubby Chandler has been mixing.  First Westwood and McIlroy pass on The Players and now The Big Easy says that The European Tour’s BMW PGA Championship is a better tournament than The Players.  Ernie needs to recuse himself from that debate.  He designed the course and has a home there.  That qualifies as a conflict of interest, sorry Ernie.  The BMW is good tournament and boasts a field that is top heavy with players high in the Official World Golf Rankings but, and this is a big but.  John Daly is in the field at The BMW.  Are you kidding me?  That alone knocks it down below The Players.  Knock off the international pissing contest guys and play some championship golf please.

I agree with Luke Donald.  He said he’s the best player in the world right now based on his consistent play and he’s right.  Lee Westwood’s narrow lead is based on plenty of high finishes last year and  two wins this year, one of which had the same field as the club championship at Bushwood.  Donald had played the most consistent golf since the beginning of the year and if he keeps it up he’ll be number one soon enough.  Now, if he could just add a major win to that record.  “I think I’m the most consistent right now. I feel I’ve proven that over the last few months,” he said. ”I don’t know whether you choose someone who’s won Majors or go with someone who has chances every week, but naturally my view is consistency pays.  Does the way I’ve been playing make me best at the moment? Yes, I think so.”




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