I’m running a little late on my commentary. I’m sure there are millions of HOG readers losing sleep about that. Round three of the PGA Championship is underway but I’m still pondering all the bizarreness of round two.
Tiger Woods ended his PGA Tour season yesterday, despite the TNT and CBS Tiger highlights and commentary. His season ended because he won’t qualify for the playoffs, and his next tournament will be the Australian Open in November.
Tiger’s game is a complete train wreck right now. He isn’t even missing shots consistently. One shot is a hook and the next is a push slice. After shooting a round of +3 yesterday he limped home after missing the cut at +10 total.
What does Tiger need to do? He says he is 100% physically. Does that mean the problems are all 100% mental? I’d look at it like a business. I’d sit down with a piece of paper and write down what is working and what isn’t, then start throwing out what isn’t working and focusing on what is.
The leaders from round one are gone. Stricker couldn’t follow up the 63 with much, dropping from 1st to a tie for 7th with a round of 74 (+4).
The other two players at the top of the leader board, Jerry Kelly and Shaun Micheel, dropped with rounds of 73 and 78.
Meanwhile Jason Dufner (great golf name) and Keegan Bradley (winner of of the HP Byron Nelson Championship) shot up into a tie for 1st with rounds of 65 and 64 respectively. Can one of these two hold on?
I was surprised that many big players like my pick Jason Day, Ryo Ishikawa, Dustin Johnson, Brandt Snedeker, Martin Kaymer, Anthony Kim, Ernie Els and Graeme McDowell missed the cut.
Is this PGA entertaining or is it a bit on the psycho side? Is Atlanta Athletic Club producing a true major championship level of play? I’m not so sure.
Many players and media are being very critical of the course. A player who will remain unnamed said (paraphrasing), “18 is a shitty hole.” A media member said, “The press room is rooting for Jim Furyk to save a golf tournament.” A popular golf blogger (not me) said, “PGA is usually exciting! Not this year,” and “this doesn’t feel like a major.” A twitter follower wrote to me, “MAJOR letdown.” Ouch.