I guess it's commentary on the current financial climate that Tiger's tournament sponsor went from a mass retailer, Target, to an oil company, Chevron. Thank goodness for Chevron though. Through their auspices sixteen pros get to compete in a silly season event for 1.35 million dollars, (5.75 million total purse). And Woods isn't playing! Woods did reveal today at a press conference that he's been hitting short irons and expects his repaired knee to be better than ever. The sixteen chosen for this year's field better enjoy Woods' hiatus.
Down to brass tacks. Let's see who's playing for the pile of loot and comment on their chances. The boys are at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, CA. Here's the list......
Vijay Singh - Guy who took the 10 million dollar FedExCup has to be a favorite. Bigger the pot, better he plays.
Anthony Kim - Young gun. Won't win. Already in vacation mode.
Camilo Villegas - Young, ripped gun. Tuned up last week with Shark. Can win.
Jim Furyk - Mr. Steady. If he found lost putter, can win.
Steve Stricker - Mercy pick. Not the player of 2007. Won't win.
K.J. Choi - If he treats this as beginning of '09 season he'd have a chance.
Kenny Perry - Tore apart Shark field. Carried Hoch. Should win.
Justin Leonard - Depends if he's been hitting balls. Might win.
Mike Weir - Depends which Weir we get. Probably won't win.
Luke Donald - Repaired wrist. 1st effort since. Won't win.
Stephen Ames - Sneaks up in big events, could very well win.
Ben Curtis - If he's awake, has a chance, albeit slim.
Fred Couples - Buddy pick. Like to see it. Won't happen.
Hunter Mahan - Have no idea. May or may not have stayed sharp.
Boo Weekly - Can win almost any time. Just needs to do it more. Why not now?
Paul Casey - Tough competitor. Better than he appears. Could win.
Average Golfer Picks
Read 'em and weep. Not too late to change yours!