Posts Tagged ‘PGA Tour’

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

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!