Wow there are some very surprising results during this year’s FedEx Cup Playoffs so far, with two more tournaments to go. Neither Tiger Woods or Phil Mickelson are even in the top ten in points.
FedEx Cup Top Five
1. Matt Kuchar
2. Charlie Hoffman
3. Steve Stricker
4. Jason Day
5. Luke Donald
Charlie Hoffman found the zone yesterday with a 62 to pull away from the field and win the Deutsche Bank, vaulting him from 59th 2nd in the FedEx Cup standings. Despite that, I doubt Corey Pavin will pick Charlie for the Ryder Cup unless perhaps he stays hot for the next two events.
The big question about Charlie, is if he and Rickie Fowler go to the same hair stylist?
I was going to write some golf blog posts today, but I slept in…
I like Jim Furyk. He’s a gritty player (#3 in the world) and seems like a nice cat. Apparently he made a little boo boo this week though. He uses his cell phone for his alarm in the morning, but his battery died. He missed his Wednesday morning pro-am tee time at the Barclays by five minutes. That made him NE (not eligible) for the tournament.
I did some quick math. Furyk has made $3,308,872 in 18 tournaments this year. That averages $183,826.22 per tournament. So he arguably missed out on $183,826.22 based on those numbers.
I can’t imagine being in a situation where I’d lose $183,826.22 if I slept in. The worst it is for me when I sleep in is that my automatic coffee has already shut off and I have cold coffee in the morning.
I had a family reunion this past Sunday afternoon, so I only watched the final group play the first hole live. Then I had to record the rest. I started watching the 7 hour recording (I always extend it an hour) at about 6:00pm. By the first few minutes it was obvious that Nick Watney didn’t have the mojo. He was doing the “major meltdown” which you see many players do when leading a major on Sunday, giving up a three shot lead on the first hole.
Players who made a run
Meanwhile many players made a run at it like Zach Johnson, Jim Furyk, Steve Elkington and my pick Rory McIlroy. Rory had a chance to go into the playoff if he capitalized on a great approach shot to 18, but the birdie put slid left. He will get his share though, perhaps sooner than later.
I’m turning into a big Bubba Watson fan. I’ve exchanged a few tweets with Bubba and from all I’ve seen he’s a genuine guy. This guy is contenting in majors and he’s never had a coach. Bubba did make it into the playoff with eventual winner Martin Kaymer (first image upper right). In fact, Bubba’s final round was by far the best of all the leaders at -4. Many are questioning Bubba’s choice on the 3rd playoff hole where he went for the green and came up quite a bit short in a water hazard, allowing Kaymer to play for bogey and win the PGA. Bubba stands behind his decision and even said he’d do it again. That has sparked much debate. The facts are that if he’d hit that shot good enough to get on the green, he would have won and we’d all be talking about how brilliant and gutsy of a shot it was. But perhaps Bubba might have been better off playing for bogey himself and extending the playoff? We’ll never know.
Dustin Johnson and the infamous bunker disaster
Are there more “get in the hole” guys in Wisconsin per capita than in any other state? Seriously you cheese heads.. what is up? Did you have to yell “get in the hole” on every damn shot today in the PGA Championship? Maybe you should wait to yell it and make sure the shot is going toward the green let alone the hole, right? Or perhaps you should make sure the player is even hitting at the green and isn’t simply hitting a layup 2nd shot on a par-5?
I have a better idea: SHUT THE HELL UP.
They’re just finishing the 2nd round of the PGA Championship. Round three will be starting shortly.
Matt Kuchar is in the lead at -8. Phil Mickelson is 5 shots back. Despite horrible driving Tiger Woods is 6 shots back at -2. John Daly withdrew with a torn “rotator cup.”
Weather conditions are much improved over yesterday’s wind and rain.