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PGA – Round Almost 1 Done

Fog made the start of the PGA a problem so the first round isn’t quite in the books. My picks – Bo Van Pelt and Jeff Overton – didn’t necessarily burn things up and both finished +1, which is 5 shots off the lead. Still in contention. Tiger and Phil were better at -1. Bubba Watson and a guy I’ve never heard from are tie for first. Watson is decent, but I don’t see it. If Tiger and/or Phil play well tomorrow, they may be the favorites going into the weekend. Should be fun…

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Woods and Mickelson Not Ready for PGA Next Week

Who would have thunk it?

The WGC – Bridgestone Invitational is a minor major. It brings in the top 80 golfers in the world the week prior to the final major championship, the PGA Championship at Whistling Straights. This tournament in Akron is a huge event and Woods has dominated this course, finishing first 7 out of 10 total events; and in the top 10 in all of them. This weekend, he finished an untidy 78th place after a 77. A 77!

Actually, he wasn’t the only major player to be lousy. Woods is the world #1 and closely behind him is Phil Mickelson. Mickelson was in the hunt to win this tournament yesterday and then the sky fell in as he shot a 78 on Sunday to finish tied for 46th.

Woods and Mickelson carding a 77 and 78 respectively in a major golf tournament the week before a major. Crazy. Makes you think one of them might win it next week. My money is NOT on Tiger. He was lousy, horrible, find all the bad adjectives you want. I know there are people out there who are tired of Woods and thinks he gets too much press. Here’s the deal. Without him the PGA is nothing. He makes the whole thing go for non-golfers. I would watc anyway…most others don’t. He’s what Lance Armstrong is to cycling and Michael Phelps to swimming, only bigger. Mickelson for his part was set to overtake him as the #1 golfer in the world with a good showing. Phil started falling apart late in Round 3 and it continued on today.

These guys need to get their act together. Golf needs them, especially Tiger. Phil will rebound, maybe this week. Tiger will too, but maybe not until next year.

My early pick for the PGA? Two names – Jeff Overton and Bo Van Pelt. Overton has been really solid all year and is a long hitter. Van Pelt has also been good and finished tied for 3rd this week after a final round 67. Neither has won a major and this is becoming a trend. If I were to pick a big name to win the PGA, I will go with Phil. Lefty has won this championship before and knows how to get it done.

More on the championship later this week…

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Observations from the United States Open

Since 1965, the United States Golf Association has been holding the U.S. Open on Father’s Day weekend. For as long as I can remember, I’ve been watching the entire Sunday round with my daughters, Mindy and Kelli. If you think they dread this, you are wrong. They actually love it and look forward to watching every year. In fact, we are planning on being at the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay in University Place, WA 945 minutes away from home) in 2015 regardless of where we all live. But, I digress…

The U.S. Open always holds great drama. Here are my observations on what I witnessed from yesterday’s final round:

  1. Graeme McDowell became the first European since Tony Jacklin in 1940 to win this event. He did it by being the only player amongst the leaders to stay focused on task, even in the face of adversity. He played his game, never forced the action, and made the right decisions at the right time. The prime example came as he stood on the 18th fairway as he watched his nearest competitor, Gregory Havret from France, miss his birdie putt that would have tied them. McDowell now knew that all he had to do was par the hole. Instead of going for the Par-5 in two (a daring risk-reward play), he made the “smart” play by laying up, hitting the green in regulation, and giving himself a pretty simple two-putt to win. Had he dared to go all out, his chances to error increase and he could have thrown away the title. He knew his position and made the right call at the right time.
  2. The 54-hole leader, Dustin Johnson, gave up his 4-stroke lead within the first three holes. His round turned disastrous with a triple-bogey on #2; a double-bogey on #3; and a bogey on #4. He never recovered. This is a highly skilled and talented young man who basically cracked under immense pressure. Talent is important, but it can’t make up for having nerves of steel and confidence to bounce back when adversity strikes. Had he recovered right after his triple-bogey, he would still have had an excellent chance to win based on where his competitors finished.
  3. Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, and Ernie Els choked. These three golfers own 21 major championships between them and you would have thought that any one of them would have taken advantage of the leaders backing up. Instead, they forced the action on a brutally difficult course and paid the price. Instead of playing their game, they tried too hard and it cost them dearly. The young Frenchman, Havret, is ranked 391st in the world and only made the field because he made a 50-foot putt in England the week before to get him in a playoff. Experience doesn’t always trump youth. Sometimes, ignorance is bliss.
  4. Graciousness in adversity. There is a stark difference between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson behind a microphone after a heart-breaking loss. Tiger is surly, curt, and uninviting. Phil is gracious, speaks at length, and offers a positive demeanor regardless of the outcome. Mickelson has that quality of great leadership. He hates to lose as much as Tiger, yet he won’t carry that through to the media or fans. 

Congratulations to a deserving new champion, Graeme McDowell. I’m sure a few pints of Guiness were poured in Northern Ireland last night. Whether you are a golfer or not, I hope you can take a few lessons I observed from this great game yesterday. Golf is a microcosm of society and business. We need to learn from each other.

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Monday Morning QB

1 – Lefty wins the Masters. Phil Mickelson hung on and actually pulled away at the end for a poignant win at Augusta. It was an entertaining weekend with plenty of twists, turns, and drama. Tiger Woods being in the mix on the last day adds tremendous relevance to the event. I picked Anthony Kim to win and he had a splendid last day to vault into 3rd place. In all the talk of Tiger and his family issues, the scene with Mickelson and his family at the 18th hole was wonderful. Hard not to root for this guy.

2 – The Mariners in trouble?  Not the start the M’s were looking for on the road after 7 games. A 2-5 start shouldn’t be cause for panic, though. They won both of Felix’s starts. They should have won Ian Snell’s first one. Without Cliff Lee, the best I was hoping for 4-3. They are basically two games off that pace and certainly have plenty of time to catch up. That being said, the bats need to wake up or they need to go get Jermaine Dye.

3 – The NFL Draft is nearing. The more I hear about him, the more intrigued I am with OT Trent Williams for the Hawks 6th pick. It sounds like Russel Okung will be gone by that point, and Williams makes the best sense. We could be surprised and see a trade down to stockpile early picks, though. Should be interesting to see the Pete Carroll-John Schneider draft unfold.

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