Tiger, Rory and The Boys

by Jeff Skinner

Six rounds is a lot of golf and you can’t win Q-School after the first two rounds but you sure can lose it.  Will Claxton leads at ten under par and those golfers that are bringing up the rear at -10 and -14 are probably not going to achieve their dream of playing on The PGA Tour next year.  After two even par rounds David Duval is back in the pack tied for 81st.  He’ll have to get it going if he is to move up into the top 25 and secure his card for next season.

Tiger and his boys had to break out the windshirts at The Chevron World Challenge as 30 mph winds played havoc with their shots.  K.J. Choi managed his way to a six under 66 and leads host Woods and his pal Steve Stricker by three shots.  Woods said an under par was the goal in winds like this, “Anything under par is a good day today with the wind up.”  Choi relished the windy conditions as he thinks it gave him an advantage, “I was used to playing in the windy conditions, not only playing in Melbourne, but also living in Dallas, where there’s 20- to 30-mile wind every other day,” Choi said. “I’m used to practicing in those conditions. I’ve become very comfortable in those windy conditions.”

At the other silly season cash grab, The Ned Bank Golf Challenge,  Graeme McDowell is doing his Tiger Woods imitation.  Woods is trying to revive his career with a win in California and McDowell would welcome a victory as 2011 has been a disappointment.  The 2010 U.S. Open Champion has only managed a pair of T3 finishes as his best on both the PGA and European Tours.  McDowell last won at the 2010 Chevron World Challenge when he overtook Tiger in the final round.  It would be ironic if both Woods and McDowell claimed victories this weekend.

It doesn’t matter where Rory McIlroy plays golf.  Wherever he tees it up he is a fan favorite and the fans in Hong Kong are being treated to some vintage Rory at The UBS Hong Kong Open. The U.S. Open Champion is tied for the lead with long hitting Alvaro Quiros at seven under after two rounds.  Two stroke backs is Miguel Angel Jimenez, the coolest guy in golf, who continues to amaze as he hangs with golfers half his age.




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