Monday Morning Quarterback… Quick Six Points

by Jeff Skinner

The delayed finish of the BMW Championship may be good news for Tiger Woods.  The two Monday finishes on the tour this year, The Farmers and the Arnold Palmer, were both won by Tiger.

This Monday finish at the BMW does put a damper on the third leg of the FedEx Cup Playoffs.  But it does give the Tour just what it wanted when they designed this finish.  They won’t have to worry about going against the NFL.  Coverage starts at 10:00est on The Golf Channel.

Cheers to Joost Luiten for his “hometown” win at the KLM Open.  The Dutchman beat Miguel Angel Jimenez on the first hole of a playoff.  But the real story here is Miguel, the Coolest Guy in Golf.  The 49 year old continues to defy the hands of time and is able to compete with the young, flatbellies… simply amazing.

Is there anything more astonishing than the season Lydia Ko is having?  Her second place finish at The Evian Championship may be her last as an amateur.  The 16 year old phenom is now fifth in the Rolex World Rankings. In 14 LPGA events this year she hasn’t missed a cut and has three world wide wins.  Now, she is leaning towards turning pro and finally cashing those checks (close to $1 mil) that she has been leaving on the table.

Suzann Pettersen’s victory at The Evian begs the question “Why hasn’t she won more out here?”  The 32 year old Norwegian has been one of the strongest and most competitive LPGA players for years.  She’s known for her fiery temper and that may have cost her some leads in the past.  A new, more laid back attitude may have freed her up and got her to her third win this season.  Her head and her putter have held her back, if I can say that about a 13 time LPGA winner.  But her new attitude and a revamped putting routine have given her a new confidence and that’s bad news for the rest of the LPGA players.  She has plenty more wins in her.

I have two words for Lexi Thompson: Dave Stockton, Stan Utley, Dave Pelz, Steve Stricker…pick any two.  Her game is monstrous.  She and Suzann Pettersen hit it like PGA Tour players not LPGA players.  But her putting is holding her back.  For her third place finish at the Evian she used 94 putts where second place finisher Ko used 82 and winner Pettersen took 80.  Lexi’s coach, Jim Mclean is world class but sometimes another set of eyes is all it takes.  Make a call Lexi and watch as more putts drop and more victories come your way.


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