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Lookin' great in Green

10) Bubbbbbbbbbba! What a champion. Could anyone look better in green today than Bubba Watson? For someone who had never finished better than T-20 at Augusta in his three previous starts people might have been wondering how it happened? Watson is an artist and Augusta National is the best place for someone like him to go to work. You have to have imagination and you must have guts, it’s no secret why another artist, Phil Mickelson also came close to his 4th green jacket. It was great to see Watson win as he has a brand new baby boy to go home and celebrate with. Can’t wait for what the Golf Boys will do with this one!

11) It was almost a repeat for the South African nation. When you think of the PGA Tour and you look at how many South African’s hold their PGA Tour cards right now, six should come to mind (Oost, Charl, Ernie, Clark, Goose & Mulroy). For this place to have won two majors in the last two years and to have almost captured a third and second green jacket in a row it’s amazing. Louis comes from a farm, I mean straight up farm, when he won the Open Championship last year he treated himself to a tractor (see below).  These guys are good, look out for them to contend in every major this year. Louis and Charl’s swings are something spectacular.

She thinks my tractors sexy!

12) How about being low Am at Augusta National? Patrick Cantalay doesn’t mind but it certainly didn’t come easy. Pretty nice scorecard the #1 amateur in the world had yesteday check this thing out! 100% awesome.

Six par, two eagles, and a nine!

13) Back on the Louis train here… never in my life have I seen a shot like Oost hit on #2 at Augusta. Simply ridiculous. It might have been the purest looking swing I’ve ever seen and for him to dunk it from way out there to a tucked right pin behind a bunker just wow, how about an Albatross at the Masters to get your round going! Last person do to that was Gene Sarazen in 1935! Little piece of  history for Louis and I still can’t believe he threw the ball away. To the random fan who caught that, please mail it back to him! 

14) Number 16 was a popular hole yesterday, for hole in ones. Bo Van Pelt dunked a beauty followed not long after by Adam Scott. There’s only been three years including this one in the history of the Masters of double hole in ones. So sweet and both managed to post very great Sunday rounds.

Next year Freddy... Remember 1992?

15) I’m not sure what was more upsetting for me this weekend… Freddy not winning or having to PVR the last hour of the final round due to Easter Dinner. The Silver Fox continues to impress and would it ever be legendary if he could pull through for us one of these years.  Couples continues to tease us with his stellar play at Augusta year in and year out, one of these times I swear he’s going to do it and it’s going to be more legendary than Nicklaus’ 1986 Masters win. If it happens I’m flying straight to Alabama and celebrating.

At least he can make contact kicking it

16)It’s taken me a long time to write about that guy in the Sunday red shirt. Oh yeah,what’s his name again? Oh right Tiger Woods. What a horrendous display of ball striking this week and what really got me riled up even more was the amount of attention Woods pulled in at Augusta by “Live From” and everything else. Listen, the guy couldn’t find a fairway  200 yards wide and his iron play was atrocious. I can’t believe I hopped on the bandwagon so quick and picked him for this week. He continues to fascinate me and I’m not sure when we will ever see a consistent Tiger Woods again. How do you lead fairways and GIR’S in your past two starts and then do this at Augusta?  If you’re confused, join the club.

17) If anyone is ever going to pick Sergio Garcia ever again in a major don’t even think about it.  What professional golfer quotes “I’m not good enough to win a major” to the press. All I can say right now is, wow, if you don’t believe you can win a major what are you doing out on the PGA Tour? You’re better than this Sergio.

Highly entertaining stuff

 

18) The Masters is over… only 365 days until next year. Start the countdown. Hopefully Phil Mickelson doesn’t take a triple again next year in the final round. The two right-handed shots were entertaining. It might have been the all-beige outfit curse?

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By Morgan Bell

I'm pretending it's me... Every girl can dream.

#1) So we had a tie in the rain shortened Par-3 contest, Harrington and Byrd both won! Now I’m not sure if this means that if anyone has either on their roster for fantasy golf you should immediately like I mean RIGHT NOW pull Paddy & Byrd off your fantasy rosters (Paddy’s on mine, I’m having nightmares about it already) but I’m pretty sure the curse has lived on strong for a reason. Even Donald couldn’t break the curse last year. If he can’t, can anyone?! Abort, abort, abort! Ps. When is it my turn to caddie at Augusta, all these girlfriends are making me angry!!

#2) Who in their right mind withdraws from the Masters with a tweaked back!? It’d be one thing if you were to be replaced in the field but when the field is set go with no subs play injured! If you don’t know what I’m talking about, I’m ranting about Dustin Johnson, who withdrew with a bad back yesterday. Apparently, he suffered the injury after moving Sea-Doo’s pre-tournament. I don’t buy it. Sergio Garcia is playing with issues and has openly said he doesn’t have really any expectations (so if you have him on your    roster, scratch that) but like DJ really? It’s THE MASTERS, man up.

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#3) Some pretty crazy weather rocking Augusta the past few nights. Anybody that thinks this is going to be a two-man horse race between Tiger and Rory, I’d like to tell you right now I think you’re going to be wrong. When Augusta is soft you can fire at those pins. As Mickelson said in his press-conference yesterday “If it’s playing like it did today expect it to be a jammed and a birdie fest.” I think it’s going to be jammed, and it’s going to come down to the wire on Sunday. Put a big hitter in though, as it’s going to play a long for the short-knockers. Advantage bombers.

This is what the Champions Dinner looked like

#4) Biltong, Monkey Glad Sauce, Lamb Chops and other things… That was Charl Schwartzel’s champions dinner round-up. I’m sure nobody knows what the first two things are. It’s what you’d see on a typical South Africa “Braii” as they call them. I’ve been to quite a few of those during my South African adventures and I’m definitely not a fan of Biltong, and the Monkey Glad sauce stop cringing it’s not real. Apparently, Charl wanted to man the Braii himself but they wouldn’t let him cook… shame! Anyways it was topped off with ice-cream sundays, so all in all he did well!

#5) Probably one of my favorite things to happen leading up to round one was the story about one of the poor Patron’s (as Augusta National calls spectators) story about his dog eating his tickets! Let me tell you something, I love my dog, like a lot… but this might cross the line because well I’ve never been to Augusta, and I’d give my left leg to go. Thankfully Russ Berkman managed to get part of his tickets back after making his dog, Sierra throw-up and sifting through the vomit to find pieces of his ticket. (You might be saying really, but let me tell you I’d sift through a lot worse of things for Masters tickets) Anyways, the dog is fine and Russ is at Augusta right now. Just a legendary story. The things we’ll do for Magnolia Lane.

BAD DOG!

#6) Top Five Groups to Watch.

8:45: Adam Scott, Bo Van Pelt, Martin Kaymer (Scott was in the hunt on the back nine last year, Bo Van Pelt is having a stellar season, and Kaymer needs to get it moving. Good things are going to happen here….especially if Kaymer keeps doing something like this…)

9:18: Kyle Stanley, Jason Day, Bill Haas (The under 30’s group, fire power, capable of making a lot of birdies)

10:24: Charl Schwartzel, Keegan Bradley, Kelly Kraft (A) (Charl will play well again, Bradley has guts and is undefeated in his major starts (1) why not go 2/2?, Kelly Kraft pretty comfortable pairing for the Am)

1:42: Angel Cabrera, Rory McIlroy, Bubba Watson (Cabrera has won, McIlroy will win a green jacket and Bubba well he’s just going to smash it, what a fun long group to watch, somebody is going deep!)

1:53: Phil Mickelson, Hunter Mahan, Peter Hanson (Last group out, I won’t be surprised if Mahan or Mickelson are first round co-leaders)

Green's a good colour on Phil

#7) Hands down my favorite media centre moment of the week was Phil Mickelson’s press-conference. It’s awesome enough how well he can work the room but it was even better when a reporter asked him “Phil how much would it mean to you to tie Arnie and Tiger with four green jackets?” Mickelson: “A LOT” Reporter: “Phil could you expand on that?” Mickelson: “AN AWFUL LOT”  If it comes down to Phil and Tiger down the stretch I’m going to have a hard time not going with Phil the Thrill, he’s just has the momentum these days. But as you will see later… I don’t think it will.

#8) I must comment on Rory’s resilience. All he did this week was answer questions about his collapse on last years back nine. I thought he proved himself when he went out and destroyed the field at the US Open? McIlroy comes to Augusta this year a better player (if that’s even possible) He’s #3 in Fed-Ex standings, he’s went 2-1-3 in his last three starts, if he comes 4th at Augusta I’m not going to say I told you so but I will. I don’t have him as my champion, but he will be in the mix, big time.

See ya Sunday!

#9) Here it is ladies and gentlemen, my prediction, my pick, it’s so wild and outrageous you’re not even going to believe it, hold you breath, get ready, fasten your seat belts because this one is outrageous ….. TIGER WOODS! Sure, you’re all saying jump on the bandwagon but I really think Woods’ will take home his 5th green jacket. He’s always in the mix at Augusta and right now his ball striking is deadly. He led in driving accuracy at the Honda and led in greens in regulation at Bay Hill. Put those two things together and that’s all she wrote. He’s has the confidence right now, so look out world! Tiger is back!

Enjoy the week Masters Patrons, be lazy, drink a lot of beers, sit on your couch and enjoy the best week in golf! I know I will be!

Masters Predictions

Posted: April 4, 2012 by centennialsports in Golf

by Travis King

With The Masters just around the corner the golf world is flooded with anxiety. It is the most exciting time of the year for golf fans and rightfully so. Dreams of Amen Corner begin to fill our thoughts and we start formulating opinions of this year’s favorites, and dark horse players who could catch the world off guard. Here is my take on the top 5 players in the world and their chances to walk away with the green jacket.

1) Luke Donald- It is a common topic of conversation that Donald has been unable to obtain a major championship win as the world number one. Many believe it is his year to get the monkey off of his back, but I just don’t think it will be at the Masters. In his eighth visit to the Augusta, there is little doubt that he will be looking to extend his status as the world’s top player with a victory. With a strong showing in 2011 where he tied for fourth, Donald cracked under the pressure with a double bogey on the par three 12th hole to put himself out of serious contention. After a win at the Transitions Championship it is obvious that his game is in good shape and you will be able to find him on the leaderboard all week long, but he will not be at the top come Sunday.

2) Rory McIlroy- At this year’s tournament Rory will be looking for redemption. After holding a 4-stroke lead going into Sunday last year, Rory melted down shooting a final round 80, leaving the whole world feeling sorry for the kid.

He has only played three PGA tournaments so far in 2012, but has produced great results finishing with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place outcomes. Until recently he remained on top of the Fed Ex Cup standings although playing under half of the amount of tournaments of all other contenders. There is no doubt that McIlroy will be looking to regain his spot atop the world golf rankings and will be a serious contender for his first green jacket come Sunday afternoon.

3) Lee Westwood- Boasting 35 career wins worldwide; Westwood is still yet to know the glory of winning a major championship. He has played well so far this season with top-five finishes at the Dubai Desert Classic and the WGC Accenture Match Play tournaments. To me, it all comes down to how well he rolls the ball this week. His solid ball striking ability will put him in positions to score, but capitalizing on those opportunities will be the telling tale. He had past success at the Masters, finishing as runner-up to Phil Mickelson in 2010, and I look for him to finish in the top-10 at this year’s tournament.

4) Hunter Mahan- Hunter’s sweet swing has really come into fruition this season. Becoming the only multiple winner on the PGA Tour with a victory at last week’s Shell Houston Open, Mahan will have much confidence showing up at Augusta this week. At last year’s tournament Mahan had his difficulties carding a first round 75 that he was unable to rebound from. This year will be much different. I look to see Hunter getting off to a quick start on Thursday carrying over his momentum from early in the season. It feels weird that one almost considers him a dark-horse pick as he is the number four-ranked golfer worldwide, and I believe that he will be in the mix when he hits Amen Corner on Sunday, and then maybe a green jacket will be involved in the sequel to this…

5) Steve Stricker- There is little doubt that Stricker is at the top of his game. He has never shown more confidence in his lengthy career, hence why he has been so successful as of late. Stricker has posted three top 10’s so far in 2012, including a win at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions to open up the season. His experience will go a long way when it comes to playing Augusta that requires patience and course management skills. His lights out putting will allow him to score when given the opportunity, and you can look for Stricker to be a serious contender this year.

Tiger Woods- Tiger has recently been pushed out of the top-five in the world, but one cannot make Masters predictions without including him. His game is back, he is confident, and after his win at Bay Hill the field is right to be nervous of Woods. As of late we have all been treated to shades of the old Tiger, and I believe we will see him again this week at the Masters. He will be on the prowl for his fifth green jacket in his pursuit of Jack’s all-time major championship record, and is my bet to win this weekend.

Dark-horse Pick- Bill Haas- Ranked 17th in the world Haas has to be my sleeper pick entering the week. He is the raining Fed Ex Cup champion and has already won this year at the Northern Trust Championship in a playoff. Although he has only two top-five finishes in eight starts this season, Haas will show up to play this week and will be one of the unsuspected names in the hunt on Sunday. After a disappointing tie for 42nd last year, he just may shock the golf community with his first green jacket.

All this being said, it is anyone’s tournament to win. I look forward to a weekend full of unsuspected challengers pitted against perennial favorites.

Grab a six-pack (or 3 of them), find your favorite chair, and enjoy every golf fan’s favorite weekend, The Masters.

by Morgan Bell

Mahan Mahem! The 2012 Shell Houston Open champ!

#10) Hunter Mahan made winning the Shell Houston Open look easy. He’s week-in and week-out proving why he’s now the highest ranked American player on tour, he’ll be checking in at #4 today in the official ranking. He’s now become the first multiple winner on tour in 2012, adding this week’s win to his victory at the WGC Accenture Match-Play in late February. Whatever Mahan is doing it’s working and he’s going into Augusta with all the momentum. Wonder if Bubba and Hunter will do a Ping commercial about this one… For now though looks like Bubba maybe should caddie for Mahan. 

Time to let the tears out Kim.

#11) Heartbroken. Gut-punched. Probably two good words for how rotten I.K. Kim feels right now on the LPGA Tour. Kim had a putt inside 15inches to take home the Kraft Nabisco championship… she missed. In all my years of watching the LPGA this was the worst I’ve ever felt for a player. Kim is a treat for everyone to watch, she’s pretty and she’s a damn good player. Yesterday the golf god’s decided a horseshoe putt on the last would be it for her. She never got over it, and ended up losing in a playoff to Sun Young Yoo who took the leap into Poppie’s Pond with her caddie. I’m still sick about it. I just hope she can rebound.

#12) Well the PGA Tour has finally found a player slower than Keegan Bradley (Whom I must say has greatly improved his speed of play). Now though, we’ve got a new turtle on our hands, Brian Davis. Carl Petterson was playing alongside of the slow poke and was constantly wondering what was going on. Davis took way too long doing everything today but it worked for him, he finished at -12 good enough for T-4, he should spend some of his cash on sprinting lessons. Painful for everyone.

#13) Hands and fingers are fairly important components in the golf swing and Jesper Parnevik pretty much severed his right index finger this week in a boating accident. It’s said he’s going to need months of rehabilitation but he did have a successful surgery everyone’s thoughts in the golf world are going out to him this week as his faces a very unclear future. Scary.

Yes, that is body paint folks.

#14) Natalie Gulbis is alive and well folks… She fired a tournament low 65 (-7) and went from 45th to T-8 in a hurry. The low Sunday is definitely Gulbis’ biggest cheque in a few years ($44,000), and lowest round too. She hasn’t had her mojo on the course due to injuries even though everybody sure knows she’s had it off the course. Now she’s making the body paint pictures in sports illustrated have purpose and gave me a reason to post them. You’re welcome.

#15) Yani Tseng? What happened? It’s the final round of a major! All the predictions, all the talk, and Tseng finally manages to look human on the LPGA tour and not win. I’m not overly happy about this as I really was pulling for Yani to pick up her sixth major and her 16th career win. It’s not the same kind of finish without Tseng and I’m sure she’s not pleased with her Sunday performance. I expect to see her on top of the leaderboard again very soon, like probably next week. Despite me saying she played bad, she missed a 20-footer for birdie on the last to miss out on the playoff and to finish third. Just a horrendous display Yani.

Living the good life.

#16) I’m not sure who’s happier right now, Sean Foley or Hunter Mahan? Foley is on a serious roll on the PGA Tour, he’s had four winners in the last seven weeks on tour. Mahan, Rose and Woods. Even #teamfoley is now a common hash tag on Twitter. Whatever he’s teaching it’s working, and I’d put some serious coin on any of his students at the Masters this week. He is surely getting rich.

#17) By Sunday if you see me strolling around eyes blood-shot with no sleep you should know it’s because its MASTERS WEEK. Every golf fan in the world is excited right now, this is our super bowl, our world series, but we tend to think it’s better than all of those things combined. It’s the green grass, Magnolia Lane, Rae’s Creek, Amen Corner, the pinestraw, the dogwoods, the crow’s nest, the green jacket, Norman’s collapses, Nicklaus’ 18th major, Tiger’s chip in, the par 3 contest. It’s SO MANY THINGS!! If you’re looking for me, I’ll be in front of the TV. Do not disturb.

#18) I’m having a hard time coming up with an 18th hole today because all I can think about is Augusta. So I will leave you with this tune to kick off your week. Merry Christmas golf fans. 

By Morgan Bell

Defending Champ in Houston.

#1) Phil Mickelson is back in action this week, proving he likes to roll into Augusta with momentum. Mickelson is the defending champ this year at the Shell Houston Open and will definitely be looking for a repeat as long as it bodes better than last year, as his T-27 at Augusta wasn’t good enough at Augusta following the victory. Mickelson had a so-so week at Bay Hill but I would put him on your fantasy roster as it takes about two seconds for Mickelson to kick it into another gear. You just never know!

#2) The Par 72 Redstone Golf course is always a great tune-up for any player heading to Augusta. Course record around the track is 63, Adam Scott, Mickelson, Johnson Wagner and Jimmy Walker have a share of that. What’s so nice about Redstone is that they prep it up so it plays very similar to Augusta. It’s cut tight and the greens are fast, sometimes I wonder why everyone skips it? We’ll see how many balls go into the water on the 18th this week, it’s no Bay Hill but it isn’t easy.

New Fam!

#3) Guess who’s a new Dad! Congrats to Bubba Watson and his wife Angie on adopting a new baby boy.  If I can think of any dad who would be such a bundle of fun it would be Bubba! I can just imagine the things he’s going to do with his kid when he’s old enough to goof around. So exciting, how great would it be for Bubba to be suited up with a Green Jacket next week after this? Big time tears I bet!

#4) Well it’s already that time on the LPGA Tour, Major time! The Kraft Nabisco Championship kicks off this week and if one thing is for sure Yani Tseng will not make the mistake of kissing the trophy on the first hole ever again (she lost last year after doing that). While I’m on the Yani train it’s going to be interesting to see who’s going to stop her this week as she’s going for her sixth (yes 6th major!). Stacy Lewis is back to defend her title as Tseng will be looking to collect her 2nd Nabisco. Can’t wait to see who jumps into Poppie’s pond on Sunday! 

#5) Since I finished reading my latest golf book I’ve started on another and I can’t stop… Moe & Me by Lorne Rubenstein is one well written gem, up there in the all-time greatest golf books. If you’ve ever been curious about Moe Norman, or heard a story about him, you have to go buy this book. It’s so insightful and there are many life lessons wrapped up into it that anyone in life or in sport can relate to. This will be a book I read, read, and read again.  Norman is a fascinating part of Canadian golf and his story is unlike any other. If you watch the video you’ll understand a little better.

#6) Anybody watch David Feherty’s interview with Michelle Wie on Monday night? I was pretty stoked to sit down for an hour and see what Michelle had to say but I felt like it was one of the strangest interviews I’ve ever watched. (No Ernie and Steve Sands by all means) It was a flashback to see Michelle as a little girl teeing it up with boys, it’s so quickly forgotten how damn good she was. Like what a swing. The interview though was just blah, my highlight was watching Feherty dive into the fountains on Stanford’s campus. 100% awesome. Wie is playing the Nabisco this week by the way.

Just another day at the office.

#7) Pretty funny story… a 5-foot python in Australia was found with two Callaway golf balls in its stomach (great marketing). Apparently it thought they were eggs (not surprised) the foxes on Prince Edward Island have no issues with that either, they’ve emptied a few sleeves of ProV’s on me. The weird X-Ray’s led me to google other animals that have mistaken golfballs for who knows what. The most astonishing is a dog that ate nine! I can report, both the dog and the snake lived…

#8) The let’s play our way into the Masters talk keeps on rolling. ERNIE ELS, if I have to write one more post about you missing putts down the stretch to not get into the Masters I’m going to lose my sanity (and I’m sure Els will too). This is Ernie’s last chance, and he’s gotta win. Do it Ernie! Matteo Manassero is also on the quest in Italy. Who knows what’s going to happen I’ve given up trying to predict this one.

#9) Picks for the week: 1) Gotta go with Mickelson, didn’t play great last week but I’d never count him out of somewhere he’s won 2) Lee Westwood, why leave him out when he’s on the roster? 3) Keegan Bradley, he hasn’t finished worse than T-22 all season… I think that’s a pretty good reason 4) ERNIE. I’m still picking ya, do me proud. 5) Yani Tseng… 4/6 come on Yani!

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.

The Golf Girl’s Front Nine before Bay Hill

Posted: March 23, 2012 by centennialsports in Golf

By Morgan Bell

1) Outside of the four majors I’m not ashamed to say Bay Hill is by far my favourite tournament to watch. (Yes I’m biased I was there when Tiger threw his hat).

The tournament is conducted by “The King” himself Arnold Palmer, and has also been highlighted by photo finishes by Tiger … literally camera flashes at night. Maybe that’s why we all love it because of the Tiger roars. He will be going for his 7th win at Bay Hill this weekend. Let’s hope for hat slams by somebody on the 18th next to the rocks…maybe a South African? Palmer is also disappointed in world #1 and #2 as they didn’t choose to play, that’s worse than Luke and Rory’s parents being upset at them.

2) The Ernie train keeps on rolling. He played well at the Tavistock Cup this week, a nice five under final round which showed some serious resilience from his missed opportunity last week. Els is playing well, needs a win and he won at Bay Hill in 2010. I can’t imagine a sweeter ending than Ernie shaking the Kings hand with the trophy “Welcome to Augusta Big Easy, let’s go have an ice tea to celebrate”

3) I envy the Tavistock cup. Can you imagine living on some of these courses, it’s the good life. Congrats to Team Nona (Lake Nona, which is a beauty spot) on winning. Ben Curtis, McDowell, Goosen, Ross Fisher, Gary Woodland and Peter Hanson probably had a few drinks out of the cup last night. Tiger didn’t help team Albany on day two as his even par was the

The Golf Girl's fantasy team is hoping this isn't the picture we see on Sunday

second worst score in the tournament…

4) That brings me to Tiger. Is this his week? If I could pick him any week of the year it’d be here, six wins around this track? Vegas probably likes him, but if you watched his at the Tavistock the ball still didn’t find the hole. Bay Hill tests players, it’s challenging tee to green, you have to hit the fairway. Seems simple, and I’m leaving Tiger off the fantasy roster this week. I could very well regret it as I can still see him snaking that putt at Bay Hill in 2008.

5) Q-School? What is that now? Everybody pick up a copy of John Feinstein’s “Tales from Q-School” because we’re never going to see them again or stories like Dustin Johnson, John Huh, and Rickie Fowler. Lost are the days of triple bogey’s on the 18th to miss your card by one in are the days of playing your way there for 12 months of the year and picking the European Tour out of college.

6) October-October season. 2013 marks a new year for the PGA Tour. Players now have no off-season, awesome! Not that they had a huge one before but they definitely didn’t have the pressure to play for Fed-Ex Cup points. Now the fall series counts, those who are confident I’m sure will skip it but I feel a burnout coming on for those players running from 75-125 in the rankings. Play, play and play some more. Still much more to be told about this situation in the upcoming months.

7) Adams Golf is the new Taylormade/Adidas. The deal went for $70mil. No word on what happens to Adams staffers but this is a serious pick up for Taylormade who already dominates the store racks. They pick up a respected hybrid technology and also Yes! putters. Not to mention the rest of the Adams line-up. They are everywhere now, I can’t imagine this when they develop the technology. White clubs, Rocketballz, what is next? Any guesses at names?

8) Tiger vs. Shaq … if you haven’t googled this commercial already go find it. Tiger shows a side to him not many of us are privy to seeing with the media and the look of him and Shaq in ninja/warrior outfits is comical in itself. It’s no “Golf Boys” but it’s not bad. Ps. Golf Boys, hurry up.

9) Picks for the week and I’m leaning on 2012 winners. Justin Rose, he did just win, but he’s a Florida player and his game suits Bay Hill. Hunter Mahan, fairways and greens, fairways and greens. Sleeper pick who hasn’t really been sleeping, Sergio Garcia, it’s time for a breakthrough and he’s been playing well leading into this week.