Posts Tagged ‘Shell Houston Open’

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!