by Jeff Skinner
1. Fiery Suzann Pettersen opened with an 80 in Australia. I can’t imagine how many F-bombs she let loose during that round.
2. Pebble Beached looked idyllic on Thursday bathed in sunshine. But it looks just as beautiful to me in that gray, windy mist.
3. Lexi Thompson was supposed to make noise down under but it was another young American, eighteen year old Jessica Korda that won for the red, white and blue. The future of American ladies golf never looked better.
4. Did I hear that there were no trees on that course at The Dubai Desert Classic when it was built and that all those trees and plants were brought in? That is wild… and expensive.
5. For all the hype that the PGA Tour gives us about the young studs, the new generation and that damn FedEx Cup, there is still nothing more intriguing than the Tiger and Phil Show, oops, the Phil and Tiger Show.
6. Two words of advice to Charlie Wi: Sports Psychologist.
7. Bill Belichick is still winless in February but he and Ricky Barnes lit it up on Sunday with a 61 to finish in third place at Pebble. Nice way to bounce back coach.
8. It’s great to see Tommy Two Gloves Gainey getting some love from Callaway. He had a great commercial where he is playing golf from rooftop to rooftop in Vegas as he is helicoptered from shot to shot. Not bad for a good ol’ boy. Click here for the video.
9. As poor as Tiger’s final round was, a 75 that Phil bested by 11 strokes, this week Woods hit the ball better than he has in two years. Like Phil says, he may be close too.
10. Clint Eastwood goes from having the best commercial at The Super Bowl to sitting uncomfortably next to Nantz and Faldo. Not the best minutes of the broadcast.
11. Phil Mickelson is still the golfer that is the most fun to watch. You know he is willing to try any shot and is always having fun when he does it.
12. If Phil ever needed any further proof that the long putter isn’t the way to go it was Sunday’s final round. His putting was flawless and it looked like Phil the Thrill in his prime.
13. With all Phil and Amy have been through that scene at the 18th with the two of them hugging never, ever gets old.