by Jeff Skinner
With all due respect to Peter King, here are 10 Things I Think.
1. If anyone thought that Bill Clinton was going to host the Humana Challenge in name only think again. Clinton was the absolute star of the show all week.
2. As Mark Wilson stood on the 18th tee with the pressure of the tournament sitting on his shoulders he laughed, joked and talked with his fellow players as they waited to tee off. That’s the way to play golf: relax and have fun and then knock the heck out of it.
3. Even with the dangerous desert winds postponing play on Saturday the tour was still able to finish on Sunday. It was dark and a playoff would have been played by candlelight but they got it done on a great sports Sunday.
4. The ratings for The Humana won’t be great but that happens when you are up against the NFL Championship games. Especially when you have two great games but the Humana is back on the right path.
5. Once again my case for multiple televisions was reinforced this Sunday. Two amazing NFL Championship games may have stolen the show from the Humana but with two TV’s side by side in my living room that problem is solved.
6. Right now Eli Manning is the most clutch player in the NFL. He has had a better post season than anyone, including Tom Brady. Manning and Tom Coughlin are two of the most underappreciated people in the game. And that’s coming from a lifelong Jets fan.
7. Branden Grace may have won his second straight tournament on The European Tour but it was great to see Ernie Els and Retief Goosen back on their games and push him to a playoff.
8. Mark Wilson now has won three tournaments in 13 months and he gets to defend his title in two weeks at The Waste Management Open. That’s pretty impressive.
9. There were some players sporting new long putters at The Humana. Camilo Villegas, Charley Hoffman and Robert Garrigus are some that made the change. Is it nearing an epidemic yet?
10. It was good to see Phil Mickelson back in the desert. He looked a bit rusty but he’s off the long putter and back to his regular blade and his putting looked good. That’s the way it should be. Watching Phil use that belly putter was painful.