PGA Tour Bound
Wow this is cool news. World ranked #3 Lee Westwood will join the PGA Tour for 2012. Any time the USA tour can snag a top ranked player from the European Tour is good with me. That just means I get to see him play more.
The news though, doesn’t mean that Westwood won’t play on the Euro Tour, or for the 2012 European Ryder Cup team. In fact, the Ryder Cup seems to be one small contributing reason why he’s playing in the USA in 2012.
“It just feels right to me in a Ryder Cup year to commit to a full programme in the United States.”
Lee, if you are playing here in the USA, you’ll need to change the way you spell words like “program.”
2012 Shaping Up
So let’s check this for a second. Westwood joins Rory McIlroy for 2012 on the PGA Tour, and there are hints that Graeme McDowell will be playing more in the states as well. Looks like 2012 is going to be a good year in the USA, and even tougher for Tiger Woods to come back and win with more top 10 ranked players in action here.
Bring it on!
Bubba has 3 wins in 10 months, leads FedEx Cup
If you are a pro golfer on tour and your last name starts with a “W,” you had a great chance of winning this past weekend. Both Bubba Watson and Lee Westwood won this week. You may also have had a great chance if you play Ping golf clubs.
No secret that I’m a big fan of Bubba Watson. This self taught, coach free player with the unorthodox swing has notched three wins on Tour in less than a year.
Following the two hole playoff yesterday at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, Bubba has moved to #10 in the world and #1 in the 2011 FedEx Cup standings.
I know Lee Westwood is ranked #1 again, but it may be time to start the “best current player without a major” discussion with Bubba as the subject. No doubt Watson is at least the best player from the USA right now.
The conditions at the Honda classic have been brutal. There was a steady 25-30mph wind on Thursday and winds Friday were gusting up to 25. Watching the best players in the world hit shots into lakes can at least make some of us hacks feel a little better. Some players really blow up in the wind, so to speak, while others shine. Who shined and who blew up?
Rookie Kyle Stanley leads at -6 with rounds of 68-66. Having never been in this position before how will Kyle’s nerves hold up on the weekend?
Rory Sabbatini shot an unbelievable 64 in high winds yesterday, a whopping 8 strokes ahead of the field average. He’s in 2nd place at -5. Players almost never follow up a super low round with another one, so lets see what he does today.
Y.E. Yang is continuing his consistently good year, T8. Ricky Barnes had some very cool pants yesterday which must have helped, 68 to reach T4.
A total of 12 players out of the field are under par, including world #2 Lee Westwood. Lee can regain the #1 ranking with a win this week.
Tiger & O'Meara in Dubai - Click for larger version
I have a very fun Twitter list to follow called TigerPoulterWestwood. The Twitter hash for it is @TigerPoulterWestwood. There are only three people on there, Lee Westwood, Tiger Woods and Ian Poulter. 99% of the time Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter are harassing Tiger. It is very fun to follow.
Yesterday Westwood caught a picture of Tiger Woods and Mark O’Meara hanging out in Dubai (right) and dished out a little dig following Tiger’s and O’Meara’s win in the Dubai Desert Classic Challenge Match. The Challenge is a nine hole, par-3 event which pitted Woods/O’Meara against Lee Westwood/Miguel Angel Jiménez and Jeev Milkha Singh and Noh Seung-yul. Woods and O’Meara won the event by two shots at -4.
Westwood’s congratulatory dig
“Breaking news! Omeara/woods win in Dubai . 1 win in 18 months!”
Tiger on playing golf with his pal Mark O’Meara
“It’s always fun to play with Mark. We don’t play as much as we used to. Obviously he’s on the Senior Tour now and it’s nice to catch up and play and we’ll have dinner this week. It’s always fun. He’s like my big brother and it’s always fun to get out there and play with him. I hit some good shots and he made all the putts!”
I’m actually jealous of Tiger. Not because of his dough and all that, but because he has such a good pal in O’Meara. Having met Mark and talked to him for a while, he is one of the most genuine and coolest golf pros ever.
It should be a great week to watch golf. The top four players in the world are in action this week.
#4 Phil Mickelson is at Pebble Beach. The top three, Tiger Woods, Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer are in Dubai.
AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am
Thursday 2/10 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM ET GOLF
Friday 2/11 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM ET GOLF
Saturday 2/12 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM ET GOLF
Saturday 2/12 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM ET CBS
Sunday 2/13 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM ET GOLF
Sunday 2/13 3:00 PM – 6:30 PM ET CBS
Omega Dubai Desert Classic
Thursday 2/10 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM ET GOLF
Friday 2/11 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM ET GOLF
Saturday 2/12 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM ET GOLF
Sunday 2/13 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM ET GOLF
Friday 2/11 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM ET GOLF
Saturday 2/12 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM ET GOLF
Sunday 2/13 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM ET GOLF
Honda LPGA Thailand
Friday 2/18 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM ET GOLF
Saturday 2/19 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM ET GOLF
Sunday 2/20 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM ET GOLF