It was an entertaining weekend of golf, though I’d say that this week was probably the least exciting of this short PGA Tour year so far. The winds kicked the asses of the pros, making us hacks feel a little better about dumping shots into water hazards. Not sure I can remember seeing more balls go in the drink during a PGA Tour event than this weekend, except perhaps some windy rounds at the TPC Sawgrass.
Rory Sabbatini surprised me by following up a mega low 64 in 30mph winds with a 66 the next day. Those mega low rounds and hot putting with his custom TaylorMade Ghost Putter, gave him enough of a margin to shoot an even par 70 and end up winning by one shot on Sunday.
As each week passes by I become a bigger and bigger fan of Y.E. Yang. I thought perhaps we’d never see Yang again, after he beat Tiger in the PGA a couple of years ago. But he is having a great year, and this week’s solo 2nd just adds to it. He will be a big factor in the majors in 2011. Mark it down.
Perhaps the most entertaining part of the Honda was watching Jerry Kelly. His emotions and body language on every shot are fun to watch. He’s having a great time out there, most of the time. The episode on Saturday where he had to identify his ball in the top of a palm tree via a 600mm lens of a media photographer was classic. That photographer helped Kelly to a solo 3rd place and saved him from losing a pile of cash.
Nice to see Ricky Barnes notching a top five finish, with a solo 4th as well as the ever entertaining Tommy Gainey in 5th. “Two Gloves” is having a great year, but it sounds like he’s not going to play in the Puerto Rico Open this coming week. Tommy Two Gloves is one of the funnest players on tour to watch.
It is troubling to see the struggles of my neighbor Mike Weir. He shot an 85 in the 2nd round, missing the cut badly. Is this another case of the stack and tilt doing more harm than good for a PGA Tour player’s career?
Top 10 update, or not
Despite the fact that there were top 10 players in action, there were no changes in the official world golf rankings this week. No movement. Lee Westwood had the chance to regain the #1 world ranking with a win, but ended up in a tie for 29th place.