Jun 05

PGA Tour Observations and More Since The Masters

It is interesting to watch professional golf on television and read about what the players on the PGA Tour and other tours are doing now that we have hit June and the playing season is really at its peak.  There are some observations I would like to share with you.

Rory McIlroy dumps his fiance Caroline Wozniacki after the wedding invitations have been sent out..then goes on to win the BMW PGA Championship.  Rory was quoted saying “I was on my own and doing what I do best, which is playing golf, and that sort of gave me four or five hours of serenity or sanctuary or whatever you want to call it.”  You can add in your own comment now..Some would say better now than later into their marriage.

Is the driving distance equals victories debate rekindled or as you hear it called “the bomb and gouge game plan” back in the norm?  Looking at victories by Bubba Watson, JB Holmes and Jimmy Walker this year as they lead the field in driving distance would have you believe it is.  We all marveled at Tiger when he could always attack those par 5’s and play a course at par 69 and gain an immediate advantage over the field with his length.

On the other hand we saw victories at courses where you have to putt well and position your ball.  Wins at Harbour Town by Matt Kuchar and Colonial by Adam Scott still show value in ball striking and course management.

Is it just me or does it seem like every time Jordan Spieth tees it up he knows he has a fighting chance to win that week.  His tour year since November 2013 has him with two second place finishes and six top 10’s.  In 17 events he has only missed the cut twice and has made over $3.3 million.  Spieth also ranks 5th in the FedEx Cup  and 10th in the World Rankings.  Captain Watson probably wants him to play all five matches at the Ryder Cup this fall, I certainly would!

Martin Kaymer’s mental toughness was on display at The Players this year as he showed with his PGA victory in 2010.  Finishing in the dark, after a rain delay saving par on the last two holes showed the audience he is back and ready to contend.  His par saving putt on the island green 17th will rank as one of the best shots this year.

Michelle Wie, Lydia Ko, and Lexi Thompson have all won events on the LPGA Tour this season.  They are all under 25 years old.  LPGA Tour Commissioner Michael Whan should have his marketing people travel all over the globe looking at sponsor opportunities for his tour to leverage his fine young class of stars.  Not to mention the talents of Stacey Lewis, Paula Ceamer and Suzann Pettersen added to that list isn’t so bad either.

Miguel Angel Jimenez has the game to make the European Ryder Cup squad as a 50 year old. After finishing 4th at the Masters this year, he is sitting 11th in front of the likes of Lee Westwood and Graeme McDowell on the European Ryder Cup Points list.  Captain Paul McGinley has three wildcard picks at the end of August following the Race to Dubai.  Jimenez will be a tough guy to leave off the team if he is in that top 15 range.  He may not drive it that long but he can hit fairways and putt well.

Now we are almost at US Open week.  This is always a fun time as Father’s Day gets closer and my New York Rangers are in the Stanley Cup Final.  Stay tuned for my observations on the experiment at Pinehurst #2 for both the Men’s and Ladies US Open Championships.

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