by Jeff Skinner
1. With Tiger Woods absent from the HP Byron Nelson Championship millions of golf fans missed the chance to see a great comeback from one of the new faces on the PGA Tour. Sang-Moon Bae had a four stroke lead on Keegan Bradley but let it slip away. But he battled back for a two stroke victory and his first PGA Tour win.
2. Bradley is still hard to watch with his constant stutter-stepping to the ball before he finally hits his shot.
3. Graeme McDowell probably celebrated his win at the Volvo Match Play Championship with a pint or two and he may not mind the streak he is on. It’s been feast or famine for GMac with alternating missed cuts and wins in his last four events.
4. Cheers to Jennifer Johnson for her win at the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic. It’s the third year LPGA pro’s first career win.
5. The USGA has scheduled an announcement for Tuesday morning at 8:00am to announce its decision on the proposed anchoring ban. I say ban the damn thing so we can put all this mess behind us. As Arnie says, “swing your swing.” There’s no “anchor” in a golf swing.
6. Speaking of the USGA, here’s a link to the Golf Magazine Interview with Executive Director Mike Davis. It covers a lot of topics and proves once again that Davis is a proactive, free thinker in a world where there aren’t many like that.
7. Nicolas Colsaerts is the latest hit on the internet with his “shot into the loo” at the Volvo Match Play. I was so hoping he would take the shot from the toilet.
8. Props to Peter Uihlein for his first professional win at the Euro Tour’s Madeira Islands Open. He earned a European Tour exemption through the 2014 season. Uihlein opted for Europe over the U.S. and the Web.com Tour and with his dad the head of Acushnet (Titleist & FootJoy) he certainly could have been awarded some sponsor’s exemptions. Good job by the kid.
9. Very nice tributes to Ken Venturi over the weekend by CBS. Venturi will be missed and I bet there were plenty of tears from those CBS staffers.
10. I found the perfect way to make those golf telecasts a bit more exciting. With my two TV’s sided by side, I turn the volume up on the hockey game and mute the golf. It almost made Keegan’s stutter steps bearable.