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PGA Recap – USA Golfers Blow Another Chance at Major

I feel terrible for Dustin Johnson.

The ruling of grounding his club in a sand trap penalized him 2 strokes and cost him a chance to compete in the playoff with eventual winner Martin Kaymer and Bubba Watson. I thought it was a horrible situation. The “sand trap” in question was outside the ropes; had been trampled on by the crowds; and quite frankly didn’t even look like a sand trap! Even Sir Nick Faldo in the booth said he wouldn’t have thought it was if he was playing it. Unfortunately, the local rules which were clearly disseminated (or not so clearly for Johnson) stated that anything that even looked like sand in this unique course with over 1,200 sand traps, was to be considered sand. I’m only thankful Johnson didn’t make the 5-footer for par that would have won him his first major for about 7 seconds before even worse tragedy.

In the end though, Johnson can only blame himself. He needed a par to win and to make par on the brutal 18th hole, you need to put it in the fairway. He didn’t. Not only that, he was way right outside the ropes. This was his opportunity. He didn’t have to be long (which for him he could have gone with a 3-wood); just straight. Opportunity lost.

The other American in the fray, Bubba Watson, is a great story. Known as an erratic, long-hitter, he reminds me of the Kevin Costner character in “Tin Cup,” a little. He played a tremendous final round and found himself in a 3-hole playoff with Kaymer. After taking a 0ne-stroke lead after the first hole, he watched Kaymer make a terrific birdie on 17 to square the match. Watson held an advantage after the drives as aymer had a poor lie. All Watson has to do is work the ball up the right side (his lie wasn’t great either) and put the pressure on the German. Instead, he goes for the oin, comes up 30 yards short, and plops it in the water. Kaymer plays smart in and wins the tournament. Opportunity lost for Watson.

Martin Kaymer from Germany takes the PGA. Loius Oosthuizen from South Africa took the British Open. Graheme McDowell from Ireland is the US Open champ. Only Phil Mickelson can raise the USA banner in majors this year with his dramatic win in the Masters. Americans were all over the leader boards but made terrible gaffes when the pressure was on in most. A learning experience for many of them. This is now truly an international game with golfers from China, South Korea, and all over the globe competing as the best in the world.

Next up – the Fed Ex Cup finish (led by South African Ernie Els) and the Ryder Cup. Should be a fun end of the season. Let’s hope the American can find a way to keep their composure under pressure.

P.S. Tiger Woods was bad over the weekend again, but not as bad as the previous week. Expect hi to be named to the Ryder Cup team by captain Corey Pavin. He’s too good in match play where spectacular once in a while is rewarded more than in medal play.

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PGA Championship – Moving Day

Saturday is “moving day” in the Majors. They are out early finishing the 2nd round due to fog delay yesterday.

  • I’m watching Ernie Els park his Mercedes and walk out with his cadie. Funny that his caddie is Dan Quinn, who is a former NHL player and a tremendous golfer who competes on the celebrity tour.
  • My picks will probably make the cut, but I’m liking how Matt Kuchar is playing. He has had a fine year – currently #7 on the Ryder Cup list. I also like Dustin Johnson. This guy has been solid at the other Major championships. He might be due. Brendon De Jonge just shot a -6 for the 2nd round catapulting him into contention.
  • Tiger has rebounded and stands at -3 for the tourney. This could e an interesting weekend if Tiger goes low today.
  • Whistling Straights appears to be just a brutal course. The 18th hole is a treacherous 500-yard Par 4. If it comes down to 4-5 players in the last 3 groups on Sunday, that hole will play huge factor.

I love the majors. Looking forward to a lot of great golf…

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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U.S. Open

Looks like I was WAY off on Anthony Kim, bit not n the fact that th champ might be a first-time major winner. Two first-timers are in first and second with Tiger Woods prowling after a 66 on moving day – Saturday. Tiger’s 5 back and he would need another 66. I’m giving Dustin Johnson the edge at this point. Watch for updates on Sunday as I watch the round for Father’s Day!

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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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My favorite major golf championship is the Masters. There’s something magical about Augusta, azaleas, and Amen Corner. It seems every year, something special happens.

Strange that you may find it difficult to name the last 3 Masters champs. No Tiger, Phil, or Ernie (who has never won by the way). Steve Stricker is #2 in the world and hasn’t worn the green jacket. No Vijay, Boom Boom (Fred Couples) or Kenny Perry.

Nope. The last three winners are Zach Johnson, Trevor Immelman, and Angel Cabrera.  The Masters has become the major of choice for first time major winners.  Could that be the same again?

My early favorites out of the non-major winners are Ian Poulter, Stricker, and Anthony Kim. Kim, who won last week, played at Gold Mountain several years ago and came in second at the PNGA event. Kim is certainly an up-and-comer and a fun personality. Stricker has been nails on the tour the past three years, but hasn’t been able to crack the big one.

How about Tiger? Well, the odds are his game isn’t in shape yet to win. That being said, whenever he is counted out (not many by the way), he seems to do something special. Woods hasn’t won at Augusta since 2005. Something tells me his name will be on the first page of the leaderboard the last day.Personally, I’d like to see Tiger and Kim play in the final group. That would make for great drama.

OK…prediction time. I’m 1-1 on picks this year (and a bank shot away from 2-0). I’m going to go with Anthony Kim to win the green jacket ahead of Steve Stricker and Ian Poulter. Woods will play well in his return, but finish 5th. You heard it here first.

What do you think?

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Wild Monday

1 – I was THIS close! Had Gordon Hayward’s 45-footer at the buzzer banked in instead of out, my prediction of a Butler 1-point win would have come true and we would have witnessed one of the most improbable championships ever. As it was, it was a tremendous game that capped off a scintillating tournament. Let’s hope the powers to be at the NCAA take note and leave the tournament alone!

2 – Mike Krzyzewski stand in second place along with Adolph Rupp for most national championships with 4, behind the legendary John Wooden. When you consider the era, the incredible parity, and the increased competition, Coach K may be the best ever. He has now won championships in three different decades – the only coach to accomplish this feat.

3 – I know it’s only one game, but Casey Kotchman and Chone Figgins look like pretty good deals for the Mariners. Figgins had 3 base on balls, 3 steals, and his speed forced ar errant throw by the third baseman to keep things alive in the 9th inning for the M’s. Kotchman, hitting third in the lineup, had 2 hits (robbed the umps of a third), 4 RBI’s, including the game winner, and was flawless in the field. He has a great stroke and reminds me a bit of John Olerud. I know, I know…161 games to go.  But, that’s why this game is so fun.

4 – It’s Masters week and Tiger held his press conference. The fans aren’t as wildly exuberant over him at least at the start. This will be an interesting week in Augusta. Why do I get a strange feeling that Tiger will be in the last group on Sunday?

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Tiger’s Tale Continues…

I just watched the replay of Tiger Woods’ apology.  A few thoughts…

1 – It seemed sincere.  I felt like it was Arthur Fonzirelli trying to spit out, “I’m sooooorry…” all over again.  However, it appears genuine.

2 – We are still playing by Tiger’s rules. No questions, no questions in the future, he calls the shots.  That won’t change.

3 – Finally, we see his face.  It’s a good step.  Now he needs to get his life in order and get back to work.

4 – I really don’t care about his personal life. I do hope he and his wife work it out. I wouldn’t wish what they are going through on anyone.  I’m rooting for him to make it work.

5 – The PGA needs him desperately. No sport has ever needed an athlete more…not even Jordan and the NBA. He’d better hurry.

What are your thoughts?

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