This week’s PGA Tour event, they Hyundai Tournament of Champions, is an invitational for players who won in the 2010 season. There are no alternates and there’s no Monday qualifying or anything like that.
A stitch in time saves $70,000
Geoff Ogilvy cut his hand in an accident on the beach in Hawaii. He had to get 12 stitches. He’ll likely withdraw after hitting one shot from the tournament, so he can collect the guaranteed $70,000 money.
Geoff Ogilvy’s agent, Pro-Sport Managment’s Paul Galli:
“It’s not so much a big cut, it’s just in an awkward position. It was fairly deep, and when you’re on the reef, you’ve got to be careful with an infection. They cleaned it out and put in some stitches. He hasn’t hit any shots. He was practicing swinging his room and it was giving him discomfort. It’s not ideal.”
How many of you would cut your hand so you could get 12 stitches in Hawaii and then make one golf swing to guarantee 70 grand? Tough gig. How do I volunteer for that?
Geoff Ogilvy suggests that before Tiger Woods returns to golf, that he address the media away from the golf course. This would be to keep the tabloid media circus away from the other players.
“I think he should come out away from the golf course. I think that would be the best thing for him and for every other player and for the tournament. I don’t believe a lot of tournaments want all the tabloid media floating around.”
“The first press conference he does is going to be the crazy one, isn’t it? A lot people who have been afraid to ask questions for the past 10 or 12 years won’t be quite as hesitant to ask questions as they used to be. And he’s going to have to answer questions.”
Sergio Garcia has a mathematical shot at gaining golf’s #1 world ranking this week. Mr. “Spit In The Hole” (see video below) would have to win at Doral and Tiger Woods would have to finish 27th or worse. They might as well anoint me #1. It makes as much sense.
I can think of several golfers who are obviously (at least in my walnut sized brain) better at this point, Geoff Ogilvy (two wins this year), Padraig Harrington (two majors last year), Anthony Kim, Phil Mickelson (one win so far this year), even Camilo Villegas.
Perhaps too much weighting has gone into 2nd place finishes? Perhaps not enough for major victories (Harrington)? But then again, too much weighting on majors might skew the slide toward players like Zach Johnson and Trevor Immelman.
And also, this whole discussion can raise the question: How can a player sit out for eight months and still be ranked #1 (Tiger)?
.44 points behind Sergio is Phil Mickelson. Why not any pundits discussing the possibility of Phil becoming #1?