Anyone else other than me recall all the comments on Tiger Woods’s back before the surgery? It was a bulging disc which would NOT require surgery? Apparently they were wrong and Tiger is out next week following back surgery as announced yesterday.
Phil Mickelson pulled an “oblique” muscle at the Valero Texas Open. He’s already been practicing at Augusta so he will be there. How much that injury influences his swing is the question. I know, as most golfers do, that swinging in a manner as to avoid pain does not generally produce great shots.
Will Phil contend? Let’s talk about making the cut first.
Tiger is not the only one with back issues. Hunter Mahan withdrew from the Arnold Palmer invitational with a sore back. Will he be ready? I wouldn’t be putting any money on him.
Who has been in contention seemingly for the last several years coming down the stretch at the Masters? Jason Day. Personally I’ve had a feeling that this will be his year. But Day is fighting a thumb problem. I sure hope the thumb does not bother him. I plunked down $25 in Vegas on Day to win the Masters at 14/1 odds. The odds were 30/1 at one point but I missed out on that one.
No, Rory McIlory is not injured but I feel compelled to comment about him. He has been relatively quiet so far. Arguably nobody else in the world as the arsenal and is more equipped to win the Masters than Rory. Is this his year? Maybe, but that would really screw up my Jason Day bet!
I like the new fashions of these new guns on tour. For one, they’re bringing more attention to the sport and they’re also creating entire product niches and markets with the white belts, fancy belt buckles, pastel and neon colors, diva sunglasses etc.
I only wish I was the brilliant one who coined the descriptive phrase “metrosexuals on tour” in reference to the Phoenix Open. That came from a forum thread over on The Golf Space. I’d already come up with my own name for the tournament, which I thoroughly enjoyed by the way. “Battle of the white belts.”
We have Rickie Fowler in contention, wearing some very killer but slightly feminine Puma gear. Those amazing Puma Cell Fusion shoes he was wearing are the same ones I’m reviewing right now. Stay tuned. Winner Hunter Mahan was sporting a white belt and cool sunglasses which looked to be a combination diva/Elvis style. No sideburns though unfortunately. Camilo Villegas was completely decked out in what I’d call “tightie whitie.” His whole outfit was white and fit very tightly. Ya gotta have the body for that kind of getup, like me. Right.
Other quotes… Hmm. “Battle of the flat bellies” (except for Mark Calcavecchia) or the other good forum quote: “put on ice skates and they would have fit in with the Olympic Men’s Figure Skating competition.”
I think these guys are cool. I’m really looking forward to the next few years on tour to see how they develop.