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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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