A Quick 9…

by Jeff Skinner

David Toms must have been in a hurry to get his final round at Kapalua out of the way so he could catch all the pre-game for his beloved LSU Tigers against Alabama.  Toms made it around the Plantation Course, by himself in two hours and thirty one minutes.  Too bad his Tigers were rolled over by the Crimson Tide.

On the contrary, the Jonathan Byrd/Steve Stricker pairing seemed to be taking forever to move over the hills of Kapalua.  Halfway through their round they were a hole and a half out of position.  Maybe Byrd’s lengthy conversations with his caddie over each shot had a bit to do with it.  Combine that with his habit of walking to the green on his chips, after he had the caddie chat and you get slow play.  How does the tour live with this?

It’s only the first tournament of the year and I am sick of The FedEx Cup already.  Do we really need to know the FedEx Cup standings after one tournament.  The Golf Channel makes the FedEx Cup to be the most dramatic event in golf.  Give me a break, it’s contrived and hardly important to golfers until September.

Tiger has announced that he’ll open his season at The A.T.&T. Pebble Beach Pro-Am.  That’s good news for the tour, the fans and Tiger.  But let’s not think Tiger is doing this for anyone but himself.  A.T.&T. sponsor’s Tiger’s tournament in July and there is still a connection there even though they dropped off his bag endorsement.  Tiger is all about the “Benjamins” that is the cash the deal, the dollars.

First Greg Norman and now Phil Mickelson have committed to the Humana Challenge, formerly the Bob Hope Classic.  President Clinton’s Foundation is a partner of the tournament and he still has some juice as he has called in some of his buddies to pump up the struggling tournament.

So Lucas Glover gets hurt paddle boarding and Paul Casey is injured while taking a snowboarding class.  That’s a tough break for both golfers but it does show that these guys are human and do occasionally act like everyday people.

Hawaii, whether you’re there in person or just watching it on TV, never gets old.

True to form, Steve Stricker shed a few tears on the eighteenth at The Tournament of Champions.  That never gets old either.

Stricker earned 38 World Golf Ranking Points for winning The Tournament of Champions.  Tiger Woods received 44 points for beating the 18 man field at The Chevron.  I am the only one that thinks there is something wrong with that?  Come on guys get this points thing right.



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