Yesterday Tiger Woods’s agent Mark Steinberg announced that Tiger would be playing in the 2011 PGA Championship. As expected, the golf media went nuts and is still going nuts about this “news.”
Use your brains folks. It stands to reason that if Tiger is healthy and ready enough to play the lesser WGC Bridgestone Invitational next week he’d certainly be playing in the PGA Championship.
That being said, following Tiger’s performance this coming week at the Bridgestone I can definitely see some pontificating in the media about Tiger’s state of readiness for the PGA Champ and I’m sure I’ll do the same.
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.
Play has now resumed after a fog delay on day two of the 2010 PGA Championship.
Round two players’ times have been pushed back four hours and ten minutes to allow for the completion of round one.