It's ring rust, no more, no less. Mickelson by two, -13, over Watney, -11, at the WGC-CA Championship. Tiger 10 back. Probably too much to overcome given Mickelson's renewed gunslinger persona. The real story lurks a couple of more strokes back at -10 where oldster Kenny Perry and youngster Rory McIlroy are locked. Now that's the definition of contrast.
An errant drive here, a wayward iron or two there and some missed putts for good measure leave Woods in his 10 shot hole. Still, my untrained eye says he's striking the ball well and apparently is pain free. It takes a little time to get back to Tour competitiveness after an eight month hiatus. You worry about Woods' game and I'll spend my time worrying about Woody Austin's. Nevertheless, I truly hope the others have used Woods' down time to catch up. That only means more exciting results as the season progresses.
There's a lot to pay attention to over the weekend. Will Phil choke? Does Rory make a move? And....don't tell me you won't check Tiger's spot on the board tomorrow to see if he's gaining. Enjoy.
*Average Golfer question of the day. - With these scores, what the hell do we call the Blue Monster now?
Friday, March 13, 2009
Posted by Average Golfer at 9:20 PM