After a nice long break (uh.....two months), the 2005 PGA season is back. Props to Stuart Appleby for making it back to back jacks at the Mercedes to start off the season.
Predictions for 2005....
* The four major title winners are Vijay, Tiger, a well-known but kind of midcard guy (maybe someone like an Appleby), and someone from the Todd Hamilton/Rich Beem/Ben Curtis school of random winners.
* Michelle Wie makes the cut next week at the Hawaiian Open and kicks some ass along the way.
* Phil Mickelson wins one tournament, no more.
* Paul Azinger will royally piss me off as ABC's new analyst. I much, much, much prefer Nick Faldo's dry wit.
* Tiger's overall season will be an improvement, capturing another major and winning 1-2 more tournaments. He still might not recapture the #1 world ranking, but he'll be closer to his glory days than last year's uneven performance.
* Adam Scott and Sergio Garcia will be dark horses for player of the year honours.
* The International team will win the President's Cup, just because.
I'm interested in selling my youngest daughter into slavery as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. She's a Georgetown sophomore, speaks fluent Italian, always cleared the table when it was her turn. What would a good price for her be? While thinking about that, can I ask another? My Chief of Staff Leo McGarry insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2 clearly says he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself or is it okay to call the police? Here's one that's really important because we've got a lot of sports fans in this town: touching the skin of a dead pig makes one unclean. Leviticus 11:7. If they promise to wear gloves, can the Washington Redskins still play football? Can Notre Dame? Can West Point? Does the whole town really have to be together to stone my brother John for planting different crops side by side? Can I burn my mother in a small family gathering for wearing garments made from two different threads? Think about those questions, would you? One last thing: while you may be mistaking this for your monthly meeting of the Ignorant Tight-Ass Club, in this building, when the President stands, nobody sits." --- President Jed Bartlett, The West Wing
Kapula looks like a sweet course did you see the size of those fairways and how far they were bombing it on the 12th I thought that Vijay was going to do it again but that triple cost him dearly Tiger couldn't putt for crap, Johnathan Byrd was solid the whole week. It was great that Applebey came back after that opening 74.
Predictions for majors this year.
Us open: Tiger
British open: Mickelson
Pga: Mike weir
I love golf I play most days it's the greatest sport out there and the most fun everyone should take it up.
And so begins the first tourney for the "Rank & File" PGA players with the Sony Open this weekend. Tiger may not be playing but Michelle Wie will be there and that will guarantee an enormous amount of press. She stands a real good chance at making the cut this year and I would not be surprised at all if she did.
As for the rest of the Tour, Sergio has inherited the mantel of "Best player to never have won a Major". He may still be young but he is a veteran of the international golf scene. There really aren't any other players that could fit this title so I guess he gets it by default. I don't think he has shown enough in his play of the past two years for him to win a Major this year. Adam Scott has come a long way in the past two years and should be a weekly Top 10 player. Never count out Retief Goosen when it comes to a Major. I don't expect a lot out of Phil this year. He may win a minor tour stop or two but I don't see him contending on Day 4 at any of the big tourneys. Ernie Els needs a little fire to go with his game but he is just too good to not watch or ignore. Vijay is just a freaking machine. Everyone on Tour will be gunning for him and he won't care. He will win his 5 to 7 tourneys and probably a Major.
And then there is Tiger. He couldn't putt to save his life at Kapalua and he was still near the top of the leaderboard the whole weekend. I read recently that with the alterations to his swing that he made last year, he actually expected an "off" year. That may just be spin to cover a "bad" year but it looks like he is striking the ball well and now that he is married that may help to calm him somewhat. The Major "drought" will definitely end for him this year, I just can't tell you which tourney. Best chances are the Masters and the PGA.
The PGA and the British Open also offer the best chance for a longshot to come out of the field and walk off with the winner's check and trophy. It should be a good year and it will be interesting to see which mid-level player steps up his game this year and which veteran player starts to set his sights on the Senior Tour.
It's going to be 62 degrees here in my part of NJ today, I should be playing.......
"I bought batteries yesterday. They weren't included. So I had to buy them again." -Steven Wright
Originally posted by The ThrillOf course, I miss golf weather right now. -10 lows predicted for Fri/Sat...*sigh*
On my way home from work yesterday, there were golfers out enjoying the 40 degrees and no snow on one of our local courses. Of course, that was just a brief aberration since our forecast calls for lows below zero and lots of snow by the weekend. All that is made even more annoying by the fact that one of our local courses is trumpeting that they were named one of the 10 best pro shops and making me want to go golfing even more.
Vocatus atque non vocatus, Deus aderit. -- Erasmus
Thanks for a great season, Pick of the Week fans...see you next year at Planet Magic in Denmark, WI!
Even worse...had the Pack beaten the Viqueens and gone on to face the Falcons in the divisional round, I would've left on Thursday for Atlanta to cover the game...and probably could've snuck in a round somewhere, even though I'm a very infrequent (and therefore horrible) golfer.
So much for that plan...*gnashes teeth*
Star wipe, and...we're out. Thrillin' ain't easy.
THE THRILL ACW-NWA Wisconsin Home Video Technical Director...& A2NWO 4 Life! (Click the big G to hear the Packers Fight Song in RealAudio...or try .MP3, .AU, or .WAV!)
Race chase #2 winner: Jimmie Johnson (The earliest he has won in the chase). I also posted the Logano crash in case you did not see. Just goes to show how much safer those cars have gotten. Stats courtesy NASCAR.