So many are blaming Tiger for the U.S.’s collapse. He played well except Friday monring. It was Stricker that stunk it up. I thought Davis should have tried another pairing with Tiger. What’s your thoughts about Europe’s comeback?
The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island, S.C., should be what Tiger Woods ordered.
Several years ago Woods said he preferred courses where even par would win, and you didn’t have to shoot 25-under to prevail.
If the wind blows in South Carolina this week, even par might be a great score.
This layout measures 7,676 yards, the longest course in major championship history, that features four long par-5s and two treacherous par-3s on the back. One of those par-3s is No. 17. It’s 223 yards and you can only get wet from tee to green.
If one goes strictly by the numbers it’s not surprising the oddsmakers in Las Vegas favor Woods. They’d probably make him the favorite even if the numbers weren’t favorable for the world’s second-ranked player.
Woods currently is atop the PGA Money List with nearly $5 million. His average score this season is a blistering 67.1, and he ranks fourth among his peers in all-around driving.
The feeling here is that Woods may use the same strategy he used at the British Open last month. Despite the lengthy course, don’t be surprised if the greatest player ever chooses to hit irons off the tee box. His short game must be sound, or he’ll face some monster putts that could be bad news, considering he ranks 105th in that category.
Woods is often guilty of thinking too much, but he’s also among the smartest players on the PGA Tour. He’ll have a plan, it’ll simply be a matter of execution.
Keegan Bradley is the defending champion, but don’t like his prospects since Woods is the only guy to win the PGA back-to-back.
A win elevates Woods back into the top ranking, currently held by Luke Donald. Don’t like Donald’s chances this week, but wouldn’t be surprised to see Rory Mcllroy challenge. He’s tied with Woods for the No. 2 spot in the world, and his game appeared much better at Firestone.
Par is going to be a good score on all 18 holes this week, meaning the par-5s could be the difference-maker. Presuming this is the case Bubba Watson could be eyeing a second major title. He leads the Tour off the tee, averaging 316.6 yards. Like Mcllroy, accuracy with the driver in hand will be the key to victory with a good performance on the slick greens.
The putting statistics don’t favor Mcllroy, 85th on this year’s statistical list when on the green.
Logic indicates Woods and Mcllroy will do well this week, but the pick here is 34-year-old Matt Kuchar, who had not only made 24 cuts in a row, but is also averaging a spectacular 65.6 per round. Kuchar can hit the ball long, and a hot putter this week could get him over the majors hump.
A native of Florida and Georgia Tech graduate, Kuchar is sixth on the 2012 money list with a victory in The Players Championship. He has eight top 10s to his credit this season.
Other players to watch include veteran Jim Furyk if he can avoid another Sunday letdown, and Steve Stricker. The unpredictable Phil Mickelson might also show up.
But Kuchar’s my man this week
Northridge Country Club’s Memorial Day 2-Man points tournament will be May 26-28. In my opinion this is one of the best formats for golfers of different skills. I highly suggest you get a partner and play in this event.
Texarkana Country Club’s Four States Invitationals will be held June 1-3. This is also a 2-Man event, but it’s 4-Ball. Call the club for details, they might still have an opening.
Izzy is digging a new well at Oak Grove and is hosting a tournament June 6 (4-man scramble). Go meet the new owner. He’s very approachable and friendly. He’s got a lot of good ideas for Oak Grove. Playing in this tournament is a perfect time to meet and help the course.
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Texas A&M-Texarkana and GolfUSA have joined hands to give local and area golfers a rare opportunity.
It has been less than a year since the University of Texas A&M-Texarkana announced it will have an athletic program, and the school hopes to begin raising funds for that program with the first annual Eagle Classic, a 4-person scramble to be held at Texarkana Golf Ranch next Saturday, April 21.
The golf tournament begins with a 1 p.m. shotgun start, and the entry fee of $500 per team ($125 per person), includes all GolfUSA Expo events to be held in conjunction with the tournament. The Expo opens at 9 a.m., ending at 3 p.m.
Golfers will be introduced and informed about today’s most modern golf clubs and equipment. Ping, TaylorMade, Adams, Callaway, Cleveland, Nike, Titilist, Cobra, Mizuno and Bushnell will all have representatives located on the driving range at Texarkana Golf Ranch.
If a golfer falls in love with a particular club, or set of irons, they will be available at a discounted price from GolfUSA.
In addition there will be special contests will prizes awarded. Club professionals from surrounding country clubs and golf clubs will be on hand to offer golf tips. Lunch will be catered by Texas Roadhouse and is available to all tournament players. Those not playing in the tournament can enjoy everything else for $15, with children 12 and under admitted free.
Should the tournament be canceled due to bad weather, players will receive a full refund. If a player is a “no show” the entry fee is not refundable.
It’ll be a long time—if ever—that you’ll see two greater golf shots than you saw at Augusta last week. The Albotross by “Louie” and Bubba’s hook from the woods to win the Masters. Have you ever seen more spectacular shots?
I love watching Tiger play. He cheated on his ex-wife, not a good thing, but does that make him an evil person? I enjoyed watching Wilt Chamberlain play basketball and he reportedly had 10,000 affairs. John F. Kennedy is generally recognized as one of the United States’ best Presidents, and he had sexual affairs, including one with Marilyn Monroe, who later killed herself. I’ve said all along that Tiger would eventually rebound and win many more tournaments. He won last December and he won last weekend. I’m pulling for him at the Masters. Am I alone?
Larry East and John Cox won a scorecard playoff to win the ‘A’ Flight in the recent Southwest Arkansas Seniors 2-Man Shamble/Best Ball tournament at Glenwood Country Club. East and Cox tied Joe Schoen and Manuel Avila with 67s. Gene Robinson and John Stephens were third at 69.
The ‘B’ Flight was also decided in a scorecard playoff with Jim Sullivan and Ray Frederick prevailing over T.J. Creed and Joe MackBennett after both teams shot 72. Bink Spigner and Jim Norman were third at 74.
Bill Waits and Levi Pigeon won the ‘C’ Flight with a 72. Calvin Stovall and Tom Coleman won a playoff for second place after shooting 74. Ed Sharp and E.J. Stone also posted a 74 and took third place.
Ken Kinslow and John Withington won the ‘D’ Flight with a 77. Chuck Mullins and Waylan Leeper were second at 79, while Dean McPeak and Lloyd Carter claimed third with an 80.
The tournament attracted 92 players and had a payout of $920. The next tournament will be a 9 a.m. shotgun start at Idabel Country Club. The format will be a 4-man, 2-Best Ball with AB and CD divisions.
Texarkana’s Kade Keith tied for first place Tuesday in a NTPGA Junior Tour event at Canyon Creek Country Club in Richardson, Texas.
Keith and Jake Kuwitsky of McKinney shared the top spot with 9-over-par 80s in the boys 11-12 year old division.
Keith also competed Monday at the Trophy Club Country Club in Trophy Club, Texas. He posted an 11-over 83 to finish second, one shot back of Round Rock’s Paul Bae.
GOLF: Texarkana Country Club will be host to the Junior Golf Academy, being held in conjunction with the Junior Champions Golf Program.
This unique program is designed for the junior golfer (ages 9-17) who is interested in preparing themselves for competitive golf events and improving he/her golf skills. The program provides high performing, self motivated junior golfers with a comprehensive approach to training, competing, skill improvement and personal development.
Private lessons and supervised practices will be designed to cover and reinforce golf skill development, course management training, rules of golf training, nutrition and fitness, equipment evaluation, collegiate golf preparation, while also allowing them the opportunity to practice with their peers.
A monthly fee of $75 (TCC members), $100 (nonmembers) will have two private lessons each month with TCC pro Art Romero, and they are encouraged to attend weekly, supervised practice sessions that will meet Wednesday afternoons. Practice sessions will be from 4-5 p.m. in February and March, and 5-6 p.m. in April through October.
Will Tiger be back? I suspect he will win at least another 10 tournaments in his career. What do you think?