The Golf Girl’s Back Nine after Bay Hill

Posted: March 26, 2012 by vallogolfer in Golf

by Morgan Bell

Finally a win that counts.

#10) It’s been a long time since Tiger lifted an important trophy, so long that many probably don’t even remember the 2009 BMW Championship. He won the Arnold Palmer Bay Hill Invitational today by a commanding five shots over Graeme McDowell. Woods was pretty pumped up after tapping in for par on 18 for his 72nd tour victory, in the background the Tiger! Tiger! chants were pretty damn loud. No hat throws this time but a big smile for the champ! Woods did the opposite of what he normally does by finding 71% of the fairways on Sunday, showing that he is in command off the tee. That stat will be crucial in Tiger taking home his fifth green jacket from Augusta in exactly two weeks. Love to see the Vegas odds now, I can hear the Masters theme song already…

#11) One of the hottest players coming into Bay Hill was McDowell, he didn’t look on fire after the first hole but he certainly made it interesting. He made a foolish putt at number two and then a bomb for eagle at six which sure made everyone wonder if he had horseshoe somewhere… He didn’t and his luck ran out after Tiger put on a clinic of GIR’s and fairways for the better part of the day. Finally the Euro domination on the PGA tour has come to an end after McIlroy, Rose and Donald swept the last three. Breathe America, the game is good again.

All Is well for the Ryder Cup now.

#12) Domination is the only word suitable for Yani Tseng right now after winning the Kia Classic today. It was her third win in five starts on the LPGA. She’s absolutely taken the women’s tour by storm and nobody has had a past five years like her. That’s right I said nobody not even Tiger Woods…Yes I said it! She’s now won 15 times in the last five years and has taken home five major championship trophies. To talk her up even more… she’s never missed more than one cut per season on tour… like come on! If you know of someone who has done something like this please fill me in or just remember to give her the recognition she deserves.

#13) Welcome to the big leagues Joe LaCava! Are you sure you don’t want to go back to caddying for Fred Couples who won today on the Champions tour? LaCava was on the bag for 22 years with Couples but I’m pretty sure today may rank pretty high up there in the victory books and it’s likely the start of many more. I wonder how many he’ll put in with Woods? Can’t think of anyone better to have on the bag for Woods at the Masters, Freddy likely had some stellar notes.

Just a bit of foreshadowing since Couples name is on his back, this year it'll be Woods.

#14) Matteo Manassero finished T-6 in Morocco to likely miss his chance at a Masters invite. The only thing he did was try to help Ernie Els who continued to miss every short putt on the planet. Els needed a solo third today while a tie for second with with just one player would get him to Magnolia Lane. Ernie didn’t do it, even though he was in position to all day. I’m pretty positive after the back nine putting clinic Els will be watching Augusta the same way I will be… from the TV. Thankfully Steve Sands didn’t find him this week, wouldn’t have been pretty.

Maybe I'll win the Shell Houston Open?

#15) I’ve been doing some reading and after my last rant about “The Big Miss” Haney’s book I retract some of my previous statements (I’m allowed to do that right?). Now I’m not saying I approve of this book, I’m still very against a coach doing this to a player but I must admit I’ve gotten some great insight into how Tiger practices and prepares. I’ve laughed out loud quite a few times and especially at the story of one of his first ski adventures when Hank Haney thought his career was over as Tiger flew down without knowing how to turn. Just go buy it already. I can’t believe nobody asked him about this at the press conference after Bay Hill! His quote about Ian Poulter bumming a ride on his airplane is fantastic.

#16) With all the Q-School drama going on Bud Cauley’s likely feeling pretty good he skipped it. I didn’t know much about Cauley except that he went to Alabama so I always cheered for him. He’s currently putting in a stellar start to his rookie year, nothing amazing but chugging along making 7 of 9 cuts and posting three top-20 finishes. This week at Bay Hill he finished t-4! Roll Tide! Go spend your dollars now, at least book your spot for the National Championships.

#17) I’m impressed Charley Hoffman made the cut this week after watching him dunk it in the pond on 18 on Thursday. I was pretty sure he was tossing his hot pink glove in the pond or leaving it on the rocks and going trunk slammin’. Pink is pretty popular these days but nobody sports it better than Bubba, every time I see him on the tee I think he’s pretty damn brave rocking that driver.   Just can’t get enough of him and oh yeah he finished T-4 this week too! Him and Bud will be celebrating.

Rocking the pink driver with pride.

#18) My honorable mentions of the week go to the guys who had a tough time closing it out on the last hole recently. Jeff Overton took a nine today after dunking a few in the pond on the closing hole, Gary Woodland also had to reach into the bag a few times and let’s not forget Hoffman on Thursday. Drive north 26 hours on a bus and you’ll find Travis King, a staff writer for SportsProvocateur who doubled his last hole to miss beating his career low at the Four Seasons Golf Club on Thursday. It’s tough out there folks and it happens to everyone.

Next up… The Shell Houston Open.


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