Arron Oberholser at Pebble Beach: no sympathy for the underdog
This is what happens when no-names win tournaments. A lopsided amount of media coverage of Sunday’s Pebble Beach Nationals Pro-Am centered on Mike Weir’s collapse rather than Arron Oberholser’s win. Oberholser knows how Weir feels. He had a chance to win this event two years ago, but skied to a 76, allowing Vijay Singh to win.
On Sunday, he was six strokes better than Weir’s 78, matching the second-best score ever at the tourney. Oberholser compares himself to Tom Brady, in that neither was considered much of a prospect by the experts. He’s got a long way to go, obviously, before that comparison plays out. Brady, as a sidebar, proved himself to be an excellent player in the pro-am.
It isn’t as if Oberholser’s first win came in a weak field. Four of the world’s current top-10 players fell by the wayside: Singh, Phil Mickelson, Jim Furyk, and Chris Dimarco. Mickelson in particular had a lousy day, finishing with a double bogey, four bogeys and a birdie, his worst score this year in a tournament. Is Lefty primed for a bad year?
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They should feel lucky they are not a sixteen year old with the first name of Michelle when they blew it along with Mike Weir. Their poor performances will be overlooked by the next event, while Miss Wie will continue to be vilified by some in forums, the media and by others on the peripheral of professional golf for a poor performance.
They won’t be asked to quit and stay home based on their lackluster performance or their sponsors’ decision to back them called into question by the press. No, even some of the best golfers in the world choke at one time or another and they simply put it behind them and rebound to play another day. That is the game of golf.
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