Big Dogs Woods, Els, Singh & Mickelson positioning for Majors
Now, the golf season really starts! Tiger is coming out of hibernation and, to hear him tell it at his first Q&A of the year, he’s loaded for bear. He said that, basically, he’s waaaaay ahead of where he was at the same time last year, so there is only fine tuning left to do to be ready for Augusta. These must be ominous words indeed for the rest of the golfing world. If memory serves, in 2005 Tiger had the 2nd best year of his already legendary career and he figures 2006 to be better …. as in much better.
But from the other side of the pond - to those who are paying attention - we’re hearing the rumblings of another creature awakening from a long slumber. Ernie Els is coming back from a half year off due to injury. He is focused and already playing very well, despite the knee not being 100% yet. After a warm-up event, The Big Easy finished 1st & 2nd in a couple of South African tournaments several weeks ago. Had Retief Goosen not finished birdie-birdie, it would’ve been 2 wins. Now, Els is taking on the Euro Tour and will head over to the PGA Tour in a few weeks.
Vijay is Vijay … the man never seems to take off so he’s never really “warming up.” I swear this guy never finishes outside the top ten no matter where or when he plays.
Phil Mickelson finally got back on the course last week after several months of inactivity, playing well to finish in 5th at the Hope. Lefty and Tiger will lock horns this week at Torrey Pines and it’s a fair bet that one if not both of them will be in the final pairing on Sunday. Yessssss!!
Welcome back, fellas, we missed ye.
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Paul McGinley and Phil Mickelson to be the winners.
The Buick is a bit lacking, when you think that Vijay and Ernie are not there.
Norman, you would be excited if Michelle Wie were playing against the Little Sisters of the Poor. So don't rain on our parade when the best golfers in the world are starting to converge, if slowly, one week at a time.
Perhaps you should check out Tim McDonald's thread about Bubba where I have showed his credentials.
Here is a summary:
Nationwide 62 played, no wins.
Don't get me wrong, I think the guy is a big draw for crowds with his long driving.
Also, he has been improving gradually, year on year, and getting better finishes on the nationwide tour.
I think he is a perfect example of how it takes time to get your game there, and in that respect, if he makes it big, he would be a massive inspiration for many of us.
But mentioning those other guys who are all multiple pga winners, and including Bubba who didn't win once on the Nationwide Tour in 3 full seasons is pushing up Bubba a bit much.
But, I do recognise that the fields are getting stronger, but I do have a bias of trying to push up the European Tour. Loyalty and all that.
Hey, Go Seahawks?
Funny how Tiger birdied each of the 4 par 5 holes yesterday. Just as well he did that or he'd be in serious trouble. Tiger to make the cut with 2 shots to spare.
Over in Qatar, Els is in decent shape heading into the weekend in 28th place but he needs to make a serious move on Saturday if he's going to have a chance to win. Some tough hombres are ahead of him, like the super-hot Stenson, Bjorn & McGinley (nice prediction, Norman).
All in all, it bodes well for an exciting weekend. Thank God for VCRs or I'd never get anything done!
First the pga event:
A couple of bogey's for Tiger, either side of his eagle have made a bit of a dent in his back 9. Still looking like a very good round though, with Tiger in the hunt for the weekend.
I'm glad too that Mickelson is up there. A Tiger/Phil showdown, would do the trick very nicely.
A mole in the European Tour told me that Els was feeling very poor today. He had to sit down quite a bit, because his knee was troubling him.
McGinley is doing pretty well alright, but needs to make a move on moving day.
Stenson is on a pretty hot streak after finishing a narrow 2nd to Di Marco last week.
Both events could be very exciting coming down the stretch.
But the last hole is a par 5.
Round 1: on par 5's, he had 4 birdies.
Round 2: par 5's: birdie, birdie, eagle, so the last hole of his round surely is a good birdie bet, with Tiger in contention for the weekend.
Ernie has moved up from T28 to T12.
Well done Ernie. I think Ernie could run away with the European Order of Merit this year, well clear of 2nd place.
I'm surprised you haven't posted your thoughts. I thought the 3rd round leaderboard would be enough to get you going.
The pga is probably going to win this weekends excitement award.
If Sergio were to close this tournament out confidently it could help him at the majors in a big way.
Here's to every dog that has his day!
Stenson won on Euro Tour.
For pga tour, midway through 4th round:
Henrik Bjornstad of Norway leads -10
Jesper Parnevik of Swedan in 5th, 2 shots back.
If a Scandanavian wins, that would be some feat, wins on both tours in the one weekend.
But what a great show!
Jose still has some punch left.
And major kudos to Nathan Green masterful performance for a (PGA Tour) rookie.
One definition of great play is not makeing mistakes; but the one I prefer is pulling it out despite mistakes. At that Tiger is truly the champion.
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