Doral Open: Tiger, Mickelson, and last two Nationwide kings together Saturday
The marquee pairing for Saturday at Doral will be Tiger and Phil, no doubt. Both posted -13 before Verplank and Villegas, so the brothers V should play in the penultimate pairing, while the brothers “me” should be the final twosome. Keep your eyes two guys tied for 9th, however, as it should provide an interesting matchup. Zach Johnson, 2004 Nationwide money winner, and Troy Matteson, 2005 cash king, are tied at -9, four shots back of the leaders. With Phil and Tiger atop the pride, it’s too much to hope for anything less than a 1-2 shootout. If they’re not careful, either Troy or Zach might sneak up. Johnson wants Ryder Cup, while Matteson wants to make a name, as Johnson did last year. Some kind of weekend!
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It is a privilege to play a tour course, and I am glad that you had the chance. I had an 80 from the tips at the new Turning Stone Casino course near Syracuse-Albany in New York, with a 75 rating, last Summer.
What chops like us don't realize is that pros nail it IN THE CENTER of the clubface every time. We miss left and right, and are glad to avoid the shank/socket. Pros take absolute advantage of the expanded sweet spot and kill it long. In addition, their shafts are absolutely pured to their personal specs, and they repeat their swings like you and I repeat walking and breathing (perhaps better!)
There is golf, there is tournament golf, and there is weekend golf, and the three are in no way related.