Phil Mickelson won at the masters this week. This is his third Masters title. He was win less through the beginning of this year. In fact, he struggled mightily. He only had 1 top 10 coming into Augusta. He had one of the best 36 hole finishes of all time. On saturday, he went eagle,eagle, birde on holes 13-15. He was 5 under in 3 holes. On sunday he struggled off the tee missing 4 strait fairways but, he was able to hit some amazing punch outs like on the 13th hole. He had 205 yards to the hole, on pine straw, hitting through a gap about 3 feet wide, and had to get over a stream. He hit it to 3 feet. It was the best shot of his life and maybe the shot of the decade(2000-2010). What was the amazing part was that his wife and kids were there. His wife made her first appearance on the course since being diagnosed with breast cancer. After Phil made the winning putt ther was a long hug between Amy and Phil. If you couldn’t keep a dry eye when they embraced, you would have to be one cold fish.
Please come back Annika Sorenstam. She has been missing for 2 years now and th your needs her. She is arguably the best LPGA tour player ever, best golfers of all time, and one of the greatest sports figures of all time. She has won 90 overall events that includes LPGA tour, LPGA european tour, and other tours and events. She has also won 10 majors and is a world golf hall of fame member. The LPGA tour is in some tough economic times right now. Commissioner Whan has done a fantastic job raising awareness for this underrated tour. But the resume that I just gave you would help the LPGA tour so much I can’t even explain. It will be like Tiger’s return to golf. It will be colossal. Some say she won’t have the energy to play well and if she doesn’t play well then she won’t help the tour. personally, I think she has the game to play. Even if she is 50% of what she was she will be a good player. I recently saw her on The Golf Fix as a guest and she still had a perfect swing. The tempo is still the same and the smoothness of the swing is superb. It is just such a simple swing. No octopus falling out of a tree, reference to jim Furyk’s swing. My final point is that she is a great sports figure. She has the talent and determination to win. She is as focused as Ben Hogan with the kindness of Arnold Palmer. She has been a great player and person. She is no Tiger Woods. You can see that in the picture I added. see that smile. That is no fake smile like most of Tiger’s. That’s right Tiger I know your other secret In the movie Tin Cup the is a character who is a golfer who seems to be a great person and does lot of things for charity just to get his name in the paper and look like a good person. Annika is not like that. She doesn’t do it for the name and the look. She does all those charity events and donates to charity for the feeling of doing something good. Please come back Annika, the tour needs you, the sport needs you, the world needs you to be a part of sports itself. Sports need a role model and you are the perfect one to be that person.
Dear Callaway Golf,
I have previously written to you about the Ben Hogan situation. I still have my doubts about stopping the manufacturing of Hogan clubs. I may sound like I am complaining, but I am trying to help you. Hogan was always a good company. They were not as successful as you are right now but always made good clubs. You will get more money if you bring back Hogan clubs. More money could help every company, especially in this bad economy. Another reason to bring back Hogan clubs is it will enhance your reputation. Many young golfers don’t know about Bobby Jones, Byron Nelson, and Ben Hogan. They don’t know about the greats of the game. They only know about Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, who are great golfers but kids need to know about the greats. You will be known as the company who educated the kids and who cares about history. Start manufacturing Hogan clubs and you will improve both your financial state and your image.
Ernie Els won his first worldwide tournament in 1 year today at Doral. He didn’t win at all last year despite coming close. He held of fellow countryman, Charl Schwartlz. Charl had won 2 tournaments on the european tour this year so some considered him th favorite. Sadly he couldn’t hold of The Big Easy. The spot where I realized it was Els’ day was when Schwartlz hit the ball from one bunker to the other on the 13th hole. Then when Schwartlz hit the tree on his punch out on 17 and Els hit it stiff it was game over. This is els first PGA tour win since the 2008 Honda classic. Hopefully this will be Els’ first multi-win year since 2004 on the PGA tour. As for Schwartlz, I think he will be a great player and Americans should start learning how to pronounce his name now. Anyways, Congrats The Big Easy!
Yet Again the Bear trap has claimed many victims this Honda Classic. If you didn’t see any of the blunders let me give you some examples. Vijay Singh hit the ball in the water at 15, 3 putted 16, and 3 putted 17. He finished with a bogey on every hole of the bear trap in the final round. Nathan Green hit the ball in the water on 17 but decided that it was still playable. It took him 3 shots to get out of the water and made a triple bogey. There were around 400 balls in the water and the three holes all played over par.
Camilo Villegas won the 2010 Honda Classic by a landslide. This is an important win to him for 2 reasons. First of all, the Honda is held in Florida. Villegas went to University Of Florida. Also, he hasn’t won since 2008. He played well last season but was never able to finish. Vijay Singh was tied for 2nd overnight and was still in contention coming into The Bear Trap(holes 15-17). Sadly, his tee shot into 15 went in the water. He then 3-putted both 16 and 17 to put the nail in the coffin.
Noh Seung-yul won the Maybank Malaysian Open this week on the european tour. He narrowly defeated fellow Korean KJ Choi. The 18 year old’s outstanding chip on the 18th gave him a 68. The chip came from behind a hospitality tent near the edge of the practice putting green. He made his 4 foot putt for birde. Choi had earlier birdied the last, in not as dramatic fashion, to shoot a 69. He held the clubhouse lead at 13 under. Choi said, “Noh played brilliantly and I have no complaints. He is one of the most powerful young talents coming up. The way that he controls and hits the ball is like no other and I think he has a very bright future.” That is why KJ Choi is and embassador for the game of golf. He is a great sport when he wins and he is a great sport when he loses. But anyways, Congrats Noh Seung-yul.
Recently, The Americans on the LPGA tour have struggled. There are only 5 Americans in the top 25 players in the world. No one pays any attention though because it isn’t the men’s tour. Here’s another shocking statistic. Last year there were only 3 American’s to win on the LPGA tour. Maybe that’s why we americans never think of a woman when we hear the word athlete. There are only 3 major women’s sports basketball, Golf, and Tennis. when Americans are struggling no one seems to care anymore.
I know what you’re thinking. Fred Couples and Tommy Armour III rookies? They must be about 50 years old. They are rookies on the champions tour. The champions tour is completely different from the regular tour because the rookies are always better than the veterans. This is because the rookies have experience from the PGA tour and they can still bring their backswing back to parallel. Just look at Fred Couples. He can still bomb it 300 yards. Don’t belive me. look at his champions tour stats. he has played in 2 tournaments and his results in those tournaments was 2nd and 1st. As For Armour III, he too has played extraordinary. He hasn’t won, yet, but he finished in the top 10 in all the tournaments he played. Fred Couples and Tommy Armour III are both the future of the champions tour.
Ai Miyazato won the first 2 tournaments on the LPGA tour. Now before everybody starts calling her the next Mickey Wright, Kathy Whitworth, or Annika Sorenstam i would just like to say she won’t win every tournament this year, and probably won’t have a lot more either. The bears are coming out of hibernation. Both Suzann Pettersen and Lorena Ochoa are warming up and will start going on their own win streaks. I don’t dislike Miyazato or anything like that, actually I will root for her to continue the streak, but once the streak is over and some one else wins no one will even remember what she did, which is too bad because she could become a good player on tour.