Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Remember on Feb. 7th when I said the following:
"My own conspiracy-laden opinion: Just how hard did Finchem work to save the International if he was working on the replacement at the same time? After reading Greg Norman's book and reading other anecdotes about Finchem, I don't know if I trust him."
I think my cynicism is justified. That poor old man in Denver was sold out by the Tour who continues to milk Tiger for all he's worth.
Lucky for me that Wimbledon is contested during the July 4th week. I'll be watching that unless Sergio and Jose Maria are both playing this new golf tournament. And even then, I might not watch.
Sunday, February 25, 2007
And the weaseling has begun. Jimmy Roberts spent who knows how long trying to convince us that even when Tiger loses, he still wins. Blah, blah, blah. It seems as if NBC may be feeling the self imposed heat from a Tigerless weekend and couldn't go an hour without mentioning him. They really do need to stop doing that and start building up the rest of the players. Tiger won't be there forever.
I think the most important observation to make with regards to the Matchplay is that lack of American presence at the end. Americans play matchplay every year, either Presidents Cup or Ryder Cup, and still they seem weak. Paul Azinger really has his work cut out for him in 2008.
Saturday, February 24, 2007
Personally, I think people are focusing on the ball mark a little too much. Bottom line is, if it all came down to just that one putt, then Tiger messed up somewhere along the way in getting to that point. He shouldn't have had to rely on that one putt to win and the fact that he did means that he had already lost the match.
Friday, February 23, 2007
And I just want to say that I've been watching the Matchplay this week and I've been very, very happy to see Justin Rose doing so well. He is such a nice guy and he deserves his success. And I'm glad to see Paul Casey doing well. He might win this thing.
Sad to see Sergio, Jose Maria and Miguel lose out early. But Sergio did have a 6th place finish last week so he's still playing better than he has all year.
Sergio's new Michelob Ultra commercial is so funny. I love the tranquilizer tees.
I was watching the LPGA coverage and I got to thinking: Why is it they can find T-shirts with real sleeves, but when I got to walmart, I can only find T-shirts with virtually no sleeves. I have flabby skin that I want to hide, dang it! The golfers can wear tank tops, they're in great shape. Give me the real T-shirts.
Now, an update on my tragedy - I still miss Phoebe. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday were really hard for me. I'm still hugging a stuffed animal at night while I'm sleeping. And I'm spending much more time paying attention to Steffi and Fritz, my other two dogs. I'm glad I don't let the dogs sleep with me or it would be even more unbearable. I guess you could say something positive came out of this. My parents have been more supportive and more emotional to me than they have ever been before. I've never had this kind of attention from them. We are not a close, huggy family. I have written a want ad and I'm putting it in the buy/sell/trade publications in my area and on the local radio show. I found an ad for a female chihuahua puppy for sale, but when mom called she found out it had already been sold. But the seller has another chihuahua who will be having puppies in about 6 weeks so I'm on a list for those puppies if there are any females in the litter. So, at the least I could be getting a puppy by about the first week of June.
Back to Golf for a second: Who is Grant Boone? He's covering the Fields Open and I've never heard of him.
And finally, A BIG, BIG, BIG THANK YOU to everyone who expressed their sympathies to me about the loss of Phoebe. I really am fortunate to have so many wonderful friends supporting me at this time. You guys are terrific!
Sunday, February 18, 2007
Friday, February 16, 2007
I heard on the Post Game show I think that Phil has won 16 times in California. He's only won what - 30 tournaments? That's comparable to the stat that Tiger wins something like 40% of his tournaments on the same courses. There's something wrong with the world ranking system when players can be this restrictive in their presence within the professional golfing world and still be ranked so high.
Thursday, February 15, 2007
What was that Jim Carrey movie where he lived in the tv world and there was product placement going on all around him?
Sunday, February 11, 2007
Sunday, February 11, 2007
By Paul Ferguson
He's one of Northern Ireland's most eligible bachelors.
At 27, Portrush golfer Graeme McDowell seems to have it all.
A blossoming professional career, bulging million dollar bank balance, two luxury homes either side of the Atlantic and a family who love him dearly.
But as St Valentine's Day approaches there's no sign of a girl on his arm.
That's what BBC Northern Ireland sports presenter Stephen Watson found out while filming a special up close and personal documentary about the likeable Co Antrim man.
Click HERE for the Whole Article
Oh, Phil Mickelson won. I normally don't comment on the families, but his little boy needs a haircut. He's a cute little boy, but I had to be told that this was his little boy. It must be that 'first haircut' thing that parents go through.
Saturday, February 10, 2007
I can't report on things like round of the day because they are still playing. So, here are a few scores for you: Corey Pavin shot -5 today. John Mallinger and Kevin Sutherland are chasing Phil Mickelson and are currently just one shot back. Tom Watson is still playing well and is currently tied for 12th. Brett Quigley, Dean Wilson, Camillo Villegas are all playing well this week.
Friday, February 09, 2007
And what's with the seating arrangement? In Hawaii, Nick and Kelly seemed to be seated evenly. This time, Kelly looks like she's sitting at the kiddie table. Can't they raise her chair up an inch or two? That's going to bug me if they don't fix it.
And I got to see Jose Maria Olazabal again today. That made me happy.
This is good news for me. I get another week of enjoyable golf watching. The only downside is that Sergio's not been playing well and that will probably continue next week. But who knows, maybe he will be inspired by his first tournament in the US this year and do well.
Thursday, February 08, 2007
Check out Nolan's website HERE.
Wednesday, February 07, 2007
A new version of golf has been launched with the hope of making the same impact as Twenty20 cricket and rugby sevens.
In PowerPlay Golf, each green has two holes instead of one, with a black flag denoting a more difficult pin placing and a white flag the easier one.
Over nine holes, players have to make three powerplays where they have to go for the harder option.
Click HERE for the rest of the article
My View: The only thing shorter is only playing 9 holes. If I played this I would take hours trying to decide which pin to go for. Keep in mind, I did take about 4 months to decide whether or not to buy a $7.00 purse.
My own conspiracy-laden opinion: Just how hard did Finchem work to save the International if he was working on the replacement at the same time? After reading Greg Norman's book and reading other anecdotes about Finchem, I don't know if I trust him.
What I will miss most: Castle Pines is one of the most beautiful courses I've ever seen. I doubt there are more than 3 or 4 courses out there that could top it.
Monday, February 05, 2007
Just in case Renton Laidlaw and Warren Humphreys read this: I do not want to see Tiger Woods. I do not want to see his wayward drives, his ball hitting spectators, his missed putts, his expletive-laden tantrums when his multi-million dollar golfing technique only results in a birdie and not an eagle. I am completely and utterly sick of seeing the media suck up to him even to the point of promoting this faux winning streak. I could care less about records being broken. I wasn't around when the 11 straight was set. I wasn't around for the 18 majors record. Records don't mean anything to me. A tournament is more than just one player and all the players should be shown.
Sunday, February 04, 2007
On the European PGA Tour: The Maybank Malaysian Open. Players who may be participating include: Lee Westwood, Michael Campbell, Darren Clarke, Andres Romero, Jeev Milkha Singh, Jyoti Randhawa, and Prom Meesawat who did so well at the Dubai Desert Classic.
On the Champions Tour: The Allianz Championship. Looks like all the top guys will be there. I didn't see Hale Irwin's name on the list however. But Alejandro's daddy, Jose Maria Canizares is playing.
Looks like a good golf watching week. If you can ignore the celebrities at the Pro-Am.
"The most glaring difference, however, is the duration.
Starting the first week of March, Nelson won his first five tournaments in five weeks, and there wasn't another tournament on the schedule until the Montreal Open the second week in June. The only tournament he skipped during the streak was the St. Paul Open a week after the PGA Championship. He missed that week because of a back injury. Small wonder.
The 11th and final victory in Nelson's streak came Aug. 4 at the Canadian Open.
"As you can imagine,'' Nelson wrote, "though I was playing very well, I was also getting very tired.''
Nelson won 18 times that year, a record Woods might never break because he might not even play 18 times in a year.
When he skipped the Tour Championship last year, Woods said he was exhausted playing seven tournaments in nine weeks."
You know when the Nationwide Tour players made the comment that theirs was the Second Best Tour in the world? Well, maybe they were thinking second to the European Tour. Since it's the European Tour that seems to have the competition and the courses that succeed in beating Woods like the US Tour can't.
Saturday, February 03, 2007
Off Topic: with the wind chill tonight, they are expecting temperatures to feel like -15 degrees. There's a good possibility that my water will freeze. This concerns me a bit. Have I mentioned how much I hate the Winter Season? I would bring in my cats, but they won't want to stay in the house. I had them in this morning and after a little while they wanted out. There are all kinds of snuggle spots all over the farm the cats can crawl into to keep warm.
Thursday, February 01, 2007
I wondered when I looked at the list of the field why Alejandro Canizares was playing there this week. Now I know. He attended college in Arizona.
Jose Maria Olazabal is even par so far. George McNeill is -1, Fred Couples and Lucas Glover are also even par, and Phil Mickelson, John Daly, Brad Faxon, and Lee Janzen are +1.
There are a lot of really good players in the field this week. Everyone should watch this rather than the thing over in Dubai.