Just listened to the Arnold Palmer presser at Bay Hill. I say “listened” because for the life of me I can’t get these live video feeds on PGATOUR.com to work. They only play audio. I’ve upgraded my Flash player a million times, and even recited Shakespear backwards in Latin with a lampshade on my head, but still no video… A rant for another day (probably tomorrow).
Arnie answers questions about Tiger Woods, Tiger Woods, Tiger, Mr. Woods, The Masters, Tiger Woods, TW, Bay Hill, Eldrick and of course Tiger Woods
You just have to love the press right? Well, no. 24/27ths of the questions they asked Arnie were about Tiger Woods. Arnie did his best to politically correctly (huh?) dance around the personal stuff to basically say that you can never count Tiger out of the tournament. Translation: Tiger is playing poorly, but may find it.
Wisely, Arnie didn’t bite on any of the Tiger swing change questions.
Bites from Arnie not about Tiger
Of course, Arnie had to get in a Sam Saunders comment or two. Saunders is his grandson who he is doing the best he can to help out with his pro golf career.
Arnie’s comments on the course, Bay Hill, were probably the most useful of the bunch. He mentioned that the greens would be very hard and fast. Putting will be tough. Hitting greens without the ball running off into collection areas or roll-offs will be difficult. Arnie also mentioned that they’ll be penalizing errant drives as well as equally rewarding good drives with the size of the fairways and the depth of the rough. Translation: Arnie doesn’t want it to be just a bomber’s festival.
The Transitions Championship is this week. There has been a lot of press about Sergio Garcia’s return and how exciting that is. Unless he’s undergone a complete brain transplant, I’m not sure the prospect of Sergio’s return is all that great to me. Time will tell if he does come into the game with a better attitude and actually enjoys it. He was tough to watch last year, dragging his wrists on the fairways and all slumped over. Very depressing.
Garcia is already playing his 2nd round, and has gotten himself to -6 which is one shot behind the current leaders.
Despite the fact that the Transitions Championship is this week, it seems that there’s been more coverage about the fact that Tiger Woods has committed to playing Bay Hill next week. News flash: Tiger playing the Arnold Palmer Invitational isn’t news. Tiger ALWAYS plays Bay Hill. You can set your clock by it. And more big news is that Tiger has officially committed to play the Masters. Oh really? I thought he was going to skip The Masters and rest up for playing the Texas Open the following week.
Phil Mickelson has confirmed Bay Hill and the Shell Houston Open on his schedule as a tune up for The Masters. Some golf scribes are already saying that Phil isn’t physically what he was due to the arthritis, and that we’ve seen the best of him come and go. They say he won’t win the Masters. I don’t think you can use the tournaments prior to the Masters as a gauge any more. Phil gets so geared up for Augusta and loves that tournament/course so much I think we won’t know the state of his real game until then. And I hope he wins another one.
It is cool to see the comments on Twitter by some of the players who are about to be playing their first Masters. I felt so happy for Jhonnatan Vegas when he Tweeted and shot a picture coming down Magnolia Lane. I doubt he’ll really tear up Augusta for his first time, but he does have the game to do it.
So I’m mentioning all these super big guns on the PGA Tour and the next highlight is Fred Funk? That’s because I just finished an interview with Fred. Stay tuned for that interview coming up soon.
Tiger Woods tees off at the 2011 Tavistock Cup
The two day Tavistock Cup is now over. Fun to watch some of the world’s best play competitive golf on a Monday and Tuesday.
Team Lake Nona has won with a score of -43, 16 shots ahead of 2nd place team Albany.
Team Lake Nona -43 (Ross Fisher, Retief Goosen, Peter Hanson, Graeme McDowell, Henrik Stenson, Oliver Wilson)
Team Albany -27 (Tim Clark, Ernie Els, Trevor Immelman, Ian Poulter, Justin Rose, Tiger Woods)
Team Isleworth -25 (Robert Allenby, Stuart Appleby, Brian Davis, J.B. Holmes, Sean O’Hair, Lee Janzen)
Team Queenwood -18 (Thomas Bjorn, Darren Clarke, David Howell, Soren Kjeldsen, Paul McGinley Adam Scott)
Individual “Payne Stewart Salver Award”
Oliver Wilson wins the individual event within the event, called the Payne Stewart Salver Award with a score of -7. Wilson’s scorecard makes it look like he was playing an executive course with eight 3’s and a 2. He finished with four 3’s in a row.
Helicopter delivers players to 2011 Tavistock Cup
Here are the results after today’s first round of the Tavistock Cup. The second round is tomorrow. To see who is on what team, see my first 2011 Tavistock Cup post.
Team Albany -28
Team Isleworth -30
Team Lake Nona -25
Team Queenwood -16
The Tavistock Cup is on today. Set your DVR before you head out to work!
12:00-5:00pm ET Golf Channel
7:00-9:00pm ET Golf Channel
Tim Clark, Ernie Els, Trevor Immelman, Ian Poulter, Justin Rose and Tiger Woods
Robert Allenby, Stuart Appleby, Brian Davis, J.B. Holmes, Sean O’Hair and Lee Janzen
Team Lake Nona
Ross Fisher, Retief Goosen, Peter Hanson, Graeme McDowell, Henrik Stenson and Oliver Wilson
Thomas Bjorn, Darren Clarke, David Howell, Soren Kjeldsen, Paul McGinley and Adam Scott