Sunday, May 31, 2009

Comeback Player of the Year

Steve Stricker last won on the PGA Tour back in 2007 at the Barclay's. He's been in a slump ever since (his Ryder Cup appearance must have been luck). Until today when he won the Crowne Plaza Colonial in a playoff with Tim Clark and Steve Marino. I think Stricker now qualifies for Comeback Player of the Year consideration. Yes, there's an inside joke there and I'm well aware of it :)

Tim Clark was very unlucky to have his approach on the second playoff hole bounce off the flagstick and roll far, far away from the pin. He led most of the final round and could have earned his first US PGA tour win if not for that unlucky break.

Steve Marino reminds me of Raymond Floyd. I know the announcers today said Mark Calcavecchia, but I think Floyd.

Jason Day finished in 4th and could have found his way into the playoff with just one more birdie. It's good to see him doing well.

Vijay Singh had a lesson in karma this week. He was absent from the Colonial for several years as he disagreed with the Annika Sorenstam invite some years ago and chose not to play the event until this year. Well, it looks like the course decided to show him what he's been missing. And apparently it had a lot to do with putting. He missed several putts that the announcers said were kick-ins and such. I personally thought this was pretty funny.

Paul Casey could have won this tournament and that would have been an impressive feat considering he won last week on the European Tour. Casey was within one or two shots of the lead with just two or three holes to play, but couldn't get any closer.

It was wonderful to have yet another weekend of non-Tiger talk. I haven't enjoyed golf this much since 1993-1994.

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