Wednesday, July 25, 2007

DTCC POLL! Who is YOUR Player of the Year?

DTCC's Take on Gary Player

The announcement last week by Gary Player that steroids have found their way into the country clubs of our world shocked a lot of people and irritated a lot of professional golfers.

Some of the pros focusing on Carnoustie said they thought the comments were intrusive and unnecessary so close to a big event like the British Open.

The bottom line is that anyone that things steroids hasn't made its way on the golf course obviously doesn't understand the enticing nature of a pill that makes you automatically bulk up for less. Personally, I think steroids are too much - something that gives you an edge but takes away your dignity, honor and trust. If you decide to "cheat" with your workout, you are selling short the Tiger Woods and Carmillo Villegas' of the the golf world.

Golf, as s whole, is a polished sport, eclipsing anything else by a large margin. With the NFL dealing with players shooting up nightclubs and hosting dog fighting in their back yard, the NBA faced with a referee that fixes games and the MLB having to worry about this whole Barry Bonds situation, Gary Player's comments put the PGA Tour on the map.

In a way, it was explaining to the world that we aren't as clean as you think. Guys do shoot up for an advantage, and that isn't fair to the clean ones. Length in golf is the one advantage in golf that can't be changed. If I hit the ball further than you, I'm automatically at an advantage in numerous ways. To think that people really believe that steroids weren't going to eventually make its stamp on the PGA Tour obviously don't know much about the sport. Too much money is out there for guys not to look for the smallest aid on the big tours.

It's here, and the eventual positive tests will make Player look like Nostradamus, not the kid who cried wolf.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Wrapping up the British Open

It has been a full day since the British Open officially ended and we all saw Padraig Harrington choke it up his skirt on 18 yet still win take home the Claret Jug.

Harrington played himself into perfect position in both regulation and in the playoff where he had some breathing room on 18 to make a five (or six). The hungover Irishman played the first 17 holes of Sunday six-under before making double on 18, pretty much letting Sergio back into the tournament.

Everyone continues to talk about the choke job by Garcia, but I disagree. El Nino's putt on 18 in regulation was hit exactly where he wanted it, similar to Mickelson's putt in 2003 at Augusta to win his first green jacket. The putt needed to slide a smidgen right to go in and didn't. It stayed out of the hole, rolled the lip and the rest was history.

Maybe the only bad part of the entire tournament besides Tiger Woods' tee shot on the first hole to start day two was the infant approach to a post-round interview put on by Mr. Garcia. Sergio blamed the Carnoustie grounds crew, the flag stick on 16 and, ironically, his continued string of bad luck.

Personally, I try not to rile up the golf gods, unlike Mr. Garcia. Sergio did just that, with his best Roberto Alomar impersonation at Doral a few years ago. Maybe that has something to do with it, maybe not, but the worst thing in the world is a sore loser. (Ok, maybe other stuff is a lot worse, but sore losers really do suck.)

Nonetheless, Carnoustie again brought the drama and number 18 didn't disappoint. If anything, this was just as good if not better than 1999, with both Garcia and Harrington playing the 18th a combined four-over par in both regulation and the playoff.

If you combine the historic golf courses, the imagination that it takes to play links golf and the possibility of multiple female streakers, the British Open has to be the best golf tournament in the world. Personally, I can't wait until Royal Birkdale next year. Mark O'Meara won the thing nine years ago, and everyone knows which current golfer he'll share his secrets with.

Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Padraig Har-ball


18 never seems to disappoint, eh? Padraig just hit it right, into the burn, now facing some sort of shot with a kitchen knife while Sergio is looking at a birdie putt on 17.

I would have to say it might not be choking as much as it is the golf course just being what it is.

OH NO, Harrington just smacked it back in the burn. He might make a Van De Velde before this whole thing is over.

Somewhere, a middle-aged man is drinking a Kronenberg, smiling like he just won the lottery.

Alastair Grant/AP

Forget What I Just Said

Um, everything I just typed, disregard it.

For some reason, when you get past hole 16 at Carnoustie you lose all common sense and your caddy gets some form of cotton mouth.

Romero just tried to hit a 2-iron out of the trash and hit it out-of-bounds just right of Glasgow.

Lord have mercy, Paraig just made eagle. This might be the most excited I've been at 9:12 in the morning ever.

Maybe the Argentina Open Should Be A Major?

This is one of those moments, similar to Ben Curtis in 2003, where you wish you had that "Back to the Future" sports betting book.

Argentine Andres Romero is doing his best video game impression, making nine birdies in 15 holes of the final round, including five of the six holes he's played on the back nine. If not for a blocked iron shot into a GORSEEEE bush on 12, he'd be running away with this damn thing.

Ummm, he just made another birdie, on 16, the 400-yard par-3. That is now ten birdies in 16 holes at Carnoustie, which is pretty much like hooking up with Jennifer Aniston, Jessica Alba, Scarlett Johansson, Cameron Diaz and Carrie Underwood all in the same night.

If Romero can hold onto this crazy tournament, he will be the second straight Argentine to win a major, plus I will have to figure out how to spell his name without have to continually fact check it.

Sergio Garcia is doing his best Sergio Garcia impression, plodding along at two-over for the day, two shots back in a tie with Padraig Harrington.

Looks like 18 will again be the deciding factor, even though it's playing downwind and seems to be the easiest hole I've ever seen playable today.

Photo courtesy of Alastair Grant/AP

Hiccup, Hiccup

Man oh man oh man oh man.

In case you're a little confused, I have never actually played in a major golf championship, but I can tell you from the television feed that the pressure has to be off the Richter Scale.

As I tried to stay awake during the early points of this round, Sergio Garcia looked to be comfortable as Steve Stricker was missing makeable birdie putts by the hundreds.

Now, it is Garcia at plus-two for the day, just one shot ahead of Stricker and having a ton of Carnoustie left with Richard Green already posting five-under for the tournament.

Green bogeyed the 18th hole to shoot 64 on Sunday, while Hunter Mahan shot a 65.

Low scores are out there, it just doesn't seem that a ton of the afternoon group is going really red. If Ernie Els can continue to par along, he might just find himself with another Claret Jug.

Poor, poor Tiger. The leaders are doing just what he needed, yet he just can't get anything going. For the first time this week, Carnoustie is showing it's teeth, making this a very watchable next three hours.

Stayed tuned, and let me know in comments who you think is going to take home the trophy.

Photo courtesy of Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Saturday, July 21, 2007


I have to say, of all the British Open rounds I’ve watched, this has to be one of the most impressive in conjunction with the moment.

Sergio Garcia’s bogey-free round of three-under 68 moved him from lovable El Nino to Possible Major Champion. Like Steve Stricker said, it is only day three, but to go around that golf course with that pressure, you have to take your red and orange Adidas hat off to the Spaniard for a job well done.

If Carnoustie continues to get rain throughout the evening, it will be interesting to see Sergio’s approach tomorrow without the ability to hit that hooded-iron shot he used most of the back nine (STINGER!). No matter the approach, Garcia did more than what he needed to on Saturday, showing poise and ability without an ounce of frustration.

With all that said, tomorrow is a completely different experience, with Sergio in a place he has struggled in years past. We’ve seen El Nino in the final round of a major, and we’ve seen him metaphorically piss it down the ol’ leg. If there is one thing that he can hang his hat on, it’s that tomorrow he will be playing with journeyman Steve Stricker, unlike Tiger and his army at Bethpage in 2002.

Also, and I don’t know if anyone is talking about this, but that cameraman that Garcia hit with his approach shot on 17 looks a lot like the guy that videotaped Sergio spitting in the cup at Doral. Now that is accuracy.

Photo courtesy of Bob Martin/SI

Is This The Same Carnoustie?

I have to admit – I’d much rather see the winner of a major finish somewhere between eight and 12 under par than one of those USGA “Who can make the most par” tournaments.

With that said, however, this Carnoustie just isn’t really the same. Everyone was talking about Car-nasty (my least favorite nickname in the history of golf) before the week began, but it’s Saturday and 28 people are under par at the moment. If that isn’t enough, Steve Stricker just posted 64, the competitive course record at Carnoustie.

So far Sergio is cruising along, making two birdies through eight holes, but still has the back nine of the golf course with the possibility of someone posting six or seven under nearly two hours before he finishes.

Tiger Woods finished with a two-under 69, probably not what he wanted given the weather conditions. Ernie Els would be having a wonderful afternoon if not for his Yogi Berra eight on number six.

Tiger might have said it best during his post round interview, criticizing the false weather forecasts we continue to get at Carnoustie. I’ve heard torrential rains, heavy winds, tornados and the possibility of a typhoon in the area and all they’ve had is perfect weather.

Photo courtesy of Jon Super/AP

Moving Day Defined

It’s moving day at the British, and as I can see, the “weather” that was blowing in must have been mild weather.

Chris DiMarco has already posted 66, moving up 26 spots to a tie for fifth and Steve Stricker is six-under on his round through 13 holes.

What I’ve seen of Tiger Woods so far, it looks like an identical round to yesterday sans the snap-hook on the first. El Tigre is two-under on his round through 15 holes, but it looks like with everyone making a move, one-under for the tournament isn’t going to do much for his positioning.

This week would be a perfect example of the expectations we have for Tiger. The guy is the best in the world and is currently in the top-15 of a major yet it’s disappointing.

Having a look at the leaders, Sergio Garcia is one-under for his round and cruising, making birdie on the same hole he hit a cold shank (shhhh) on yesterday.

The only hope Mr. Woods has at this point is that the wind picks up tremendously in about 45 minutes and never let up.

More to come…

Friday, July 20, 2007

Round Two Coming to A Slow Finish

I just watched six hours of British Open coverage and can't really remember one memorable golf shot. I would have to say that the best way to describe round two was it was there. You know, people shot better and made the cut, others shot worse and missed it, and Tiger Woods hit a snap-hook iron shot or he would be right in the mix.

Sergio Garcia played the round he needed to, shooting even par 71 to take a two-shot lead into the weekend. We have seen this before, but if El Nino can stick it out another day or so, it might be pretty interesting come Sunday.

The only thing I see really hurting Mr. Garcia is the fact that bad weather is on the horizon at Carnoustie. Everyone knows that Garcia can be rattled (remember all the waggles at Bethpage), and a few bad shots caused by weather could really knock him off his mental game.

The lasting shot of the second round might be Woods hitting range balls directly after his round. The big pull was the favored shot on the front, the block right was his miss on the back. Hopefully he can get it together so that waking up early will be worth brewing the Saturday morning coffee.

Credit: John Biever/SI

Tiger Tries To Tame The Tugs

I guess when you are used to Tiger Woods hitting all the shots he needs to hit, it is a little surreal to see the Greatest hitting it all over the place in mild conditions at the British Open.

After his double-bogey on the first, Tiger smoked a five-iron to four feet on two, notching a birdie in typical Tiger fashion. This was the point when every viewer that has ever watched Mr. Woods expected him to make a few more birdies coming in, posting something like three or four under and probably landing in the final group with Sergio Garcia.

Well, the yanks continue, with a bogey on the fifth, a dissapointing par on six and is now in the bunker after a tug with his seven-iron on eight. Of course, El Tigre will always keep it together better than most on tour, and playing the last six holes even par is pretty impressive after that initial tee shot.

Phil Knight will continue to smile throughout the day as Nike Team Members KJ Choi and Stewart Cink are both in a tie for second. Never underestimate the power of the Swoosh.

Update: Tiger just bogeyed the eighth hole from the greenside bunker. He is 1-over for the tournament.

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What Will Phil Do Next? (Probably board his plane)

I hate to toot my own horn (actually, i love it, can't get enough of it, bask in the power of positive projections), but it looks like it is time to say GOOOOODBYE to a few golfers, including Mr. Mickelson.

Schmicky shot a six-over 77 today, that included a double-bogey on his last hole, the 18th. With the cut projected at plus-four, par probably was the score Lefty was shooting for.

Also in search of an early United Airlines flight out of Edinburgh, David Toms (+6), Charles Howell III (+7), John Daly (+8) and Aaron Baddeley (+9). See, if these guys had planned a little better, they could have all flown together over to Scotland to help save fuel and make this world a little greener.

Photo courtesy of Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Interesting First Five Minutes of Round Two

Well, I just opened my wee little eyes, turned on the British Open and see Sergio Garcia hole a ten-footer for par on 18 to shoot even par in his second round.

At the exact same time, on the first hole, Tiger Woods just hit one of the most inexplicable golf shots I can remember the champion swinging. Woods pulled his two-iron on the first hole into what looked like a burn that is out of bounds.

I remember the first hole at Carnoustie, and that burn wasn’t even really in play. I mean, hitting an iron out of bounds on that hole left would be like pulling a nine-iron into the ocean on 18 at Pebble.

If Tiger can make par on his second ball, he’ll be at even for the tournament, six shots back of our leader, Mr. Garcia.

Photo courtesy of Bob Martin/SI

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Never Trust a Thief (or Sergio in the Lead at a Major)

When Sergio Garcia comes to mind, I think three things:

1. He was a cute story at one point in his life (sadly, that was 1999, nearly eight years ago at the PGA Championship).
2. He plays DAMN well when he gets to chum up with a bunch of other Europeans, but when playing individual tournaments, he breaks the occasional club (who hasn’t) and spits in cups after missed putts (eh, maybe not so much).
3. He folds like a USPS intern in the majors (not counting ’99 when he was just outplayed).

That is all I can really think about when I see the Spaniard onto of a leader board after round one. When Phil Mickelson was in search of his first victory, he was always trying to find the right week with the right swing. Putting was never Mickelson’s Achilles, unlike Mr. Garcia. I know he has a new toy, but like any golfer knows, a new club needs a little tournament testing, and Sergio’s putter has yet to see the light of a weekend tournament.

I’d love to see the romantic story of Sergio pulling through at the biggest European tournament in their country, but I just don’t see it happening. Maybe he can prove me wrong, but I wouldn’t put my money on Ladbrokes on it.

Photo courtesy of Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

"Hey Mom, I Beat TIGER WOODS!"

So far, the best story of day one belongs to 18-year-old amateur Rory McIlory, who finished with a three-under 68 and stands at a tie for third.

McIlory is the only player in the field without a bogey on his card, and will be able to tell his buddies that he beat Tiger Woods in the first round of a major (that would definitely make the front page of my MySpace profile).

Along with McIlroy (try typing that name five times fast), Sergio Garcia decided to finally switch putters and it's paying off as he has taken a two shot lead with just two holes to play.

U.S. Open champion Angel Cabrera found smoking cigarettes actually helps you stay warm in the cold Scottish weather, shooting a 68 and finding himself close to the lead in a second straight major. Also, KJ Choi just won’t play a bad round, shooting 69 and finding himself right in the mix.

Ben Bunny struggled today, shooting an 81.

The Symmetrical Round of Daly and Life

If there has ever been more symmetry between a golf round and someone’s actual life travails it has to be John Daly’s first round at Carnoustie.

Mr. Daly ended with a three-over 74, a respectable score on a British Open course that equaled the likes of todays stars* like Chris Dimarco and Stuart Appleby.

What most of those guys didn’t do, however, was take the lead in the British Open with only seven holes to go. Daly was five-under after 11 before finishing with a three bogeys a double and a triple. The Arkansas hero went from first to a tie for 94th in a matter of minutes.

If you think about the round in relation to Daly’s golf career, it all makes sense. The man comes on the scene in 1991, winning the PGA Championship as the ninth and final alternate and followed that up with a British Open championship in 1995 at St. Andrews.

Since then, Daly has battled divorce, golfing troubles and steak knifes. The man come to us in the early 90s as the five-under par stud leading the British Open and has since dropped shot after shot, occasionally lifting our hopes of a return (the victory at the 2004 Buick Invitational), but letting the wind out of sails as quick as it had whipped up.

With Daly, you truly get a real life golf round, never really knowing what to expect until the final hole is complete.

A Crazy Golfer Sighting

Just in case you were wondering, John Daly is alive and scratch-free.

The Big Lug was actually atop the leader board for all of one hole after holing out for eagle on 11 to move to five-under for the championship. In Daly fashion, however, he doubled number 12, missing a putt that Shotlink told us was 0 ft. 7 inches.

No matter what he finishes, anytime you get to watch Daly hit the golf ball is a better day than the one before.

Thursday Mornings Made Better

Good morning America, Welcome to links golf at its pinnacle.

As I am still rubbing the sleep out of my eyes, Guinness lover Paul McGinley is in the lead at four-under par. Not to sound like a prophet, but McGinley played the first 14 holes six-under and has bogeyed both 15 and 16.

Maybe the biggest story so far is the weather. No, not high winds or major gusts, it is more the cold weather, with temperatures dipping in the low 50s this morning and everyone snuggled in sweaters and rain gear.

Some notable players that have already posted their rounds include U.S. Open champion Michael Campbell, who finished with a three-under 68. Tiger Woods has also finished his round and is comfortably in at two-under, currently in a tie for fifth with the likes of Ryan Moore and John Daly? Is that right?

Some of the golfers heading the other way include David Love III (surprise, surprise) who opened with 79 and Geoff Ogilvy who opened with 75. So far, six rounds in the 80s have been recorded.

Continued updates will follow throughout the day.

Photo courtesy of Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Only a Few Wee Hours Away

Before the British Open officially kicks off in the wee hours tomorrow, I think it is perfect time to discuss the winners and losers of British Open week before the thing has even started.


Tiger Woods - The greatest thing for golf since the Balata is always a winner when he tees it up, especially in a country that only sees his handsome grill once a year. The guy has three victories this year, a new hobby (changing diapers) and seems to be in better form this week than heading into Hoylake last year.

Carnoustie - No matter if we get nasty weather or perfect conditions, Carnoustie is to the British Open rotation as chain-link wallets were to the skateboard generation. It has been so long since we’ve visited the Scottish Brute that we should see a lot of different names with many of the same results.

Lucas Glover - Nothing ticks me off more than professional golfers complaining that traveling to Scotland is “too far.” Glover didn’t even have a spot in the tournament but jumped on a plane anyway, landing an alternate spot after Shingo “John Wayne” Katayama withdrew. Hopefully the karma will pay off Mr. Glover.

Jean Van De Velde - Even though his name still brings shutters to my spine, the Frenchy will pretty much define the “no press is bad press” moniker this week.

American golfers without jobs - If you fit into that category, the British Open is the perfect tournament for you. Roll out of bed, turn on the tub without having to brush your teeth, enjoy live coverage and when it wraps up, you can still go play 18 holes. Ahh, unemployment.


Woody Austin - The guy is having his career year and then goes ahead and decides not to make the trip across the pond because he isn’t accustomed to links golf. I guess Mr. Austin’s kids just sat right on the seat of a bicycle and were ready for the Tour de France without any instruction or advice.

Phil Mickelson - Lets just say that this might be premature, but I don’t see anything positive happening this week for Schmicky. Maybe he’ll prove me completely wrong, but I’ll just call this a hunch.

Europeans - If one of the Euros don’t break through this week, it will be 15 years with only one victor, Paul Lawrie. The only positive – that came at Carnoustie.

I hope tomorrow morning you’ll be waking up to a nice fresh cup of tea and a yummy tart of some sort before plopping in front of the television as you enjoy one of your sick days. If you want, check out Sons of Sam Malone for more of a nuts and bolts approach to the first day at Carnoustie.

Photo courtesy of Matt Dunham/AP

Want Something to Read, Head to Deadspin

If you get a chance today, head over to Deadspin and check out my British Open preview. It is short and concise, but tells all I can about the power of Carnoustie.

Also, the above pictures was taken of the clubhouse as I was making my triple-bogey on the 36th hole of the day. FUN TIMES!

Monday, July 16, 2007

Carnoustie, here we come....

...And awayyyyy, we go.

It is Monday of British Open week, arguably the most prestigious of all four major championships.

According to, the winds were swirling so bad today at Carnoustie Golf Links that Tiger Woods hit a 4-iron approach into a green from 112 yards and came up short. Umm, welcome to the East Coast of Scotland?

Throughout the week I’ll have different updates because unlike any other tournament the big boys play, I’ve actually teed it up at Carnoustie and experience a little of what these guys will go through.

I can’t promise that my “coverage” will be anything close to as good as that David Beckham commercial on ESPN (maybe the best of the year?), but I will try my best to tell you interesting things about Carnoustie without using these words – Jean, Van, De or Velde. Ok, so I’ll say one thing – I played the first 14 holes at Carnoustie at even par, before finishing like one-legged horse at the Preakness. What’d I make on 18? The same as the infamous Frenchman - Yummy!

Sunday, July 15, 2007

"Dernit, Another Freaking Bogey"

I will never root for an individual to fail (unless that individuals name starts with Vijay or ends with Singh), but you have to find a little humor in Phil Mickelson and his latest projectile vomiting.

Mickelson, riding on cruise control at the Scottish Open, made bogey on the 18th hole after a bad tee ball to get in a playoff with Gregory “Why Don’t you Just Gift Wrap the Trophy?” Havret.

In the first playoff hole, Schmickelson bogeyed the 18th again leading to a lot of French guys celebrating in awkward fashion.

Maybe the bigger story should be Havret taking home the victory and playing himself into Carnoustie and his first British Open, but it is hard to overlook the continued struggles of Phil.

The guy continues to David Copperfield the golf world, making us look at something brilliant while all these other things are going on in the background. At the Players Championship, we all thought Philly had once again found his form, and people were jumping back on the Lefty Bandwagon like it had free iphones in it.

Now we get another glimpse of what Mickelson brings to the table – tons of talent, a lot of bravado but not much ability to close (at least as of late).

The craziest thing – Mickelson has never won a European event, notching only one victory abroad that dates back to 1993.

To put that in perspective, Tiger Woods has accumulated nine victories worldwide in four less years as a professional.

Ladies and gentlemen, you must be this tall to ride this ride.

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Learning to Play in Wind 101

It isn't everyday that the words Phil Mickelson and Scottish Open Leader can be found in the same sentence.

Lefty posted a three-under 68 in what were described as "windy conditions" to take a one-shot lead over Frenchy Gregory Havret. Like I've said, Mickelson has never been known for his low-ball ability, and with the recent wrist injury makes his contention all the more weird spectacular.

Nonetheless, this is probably just what Mickelson needs to get himself ready for Carnoustie next week, a place he missed the cut in 1999.

On United States soil, Nathan "Cue Ball" Green has found tons of red, holding the lead at 15-under par at the John Deere Green Classic. Just in case you were wondering, Tiger Woods decided to skip the John Deere Classic, shocking the golf world to the very core.

Friday, July 13, 2007

Number Crunching

With the British Open just around the corner, here are a few numbers that put the first half of the PGA Tour season in perspective.

67 – Number of days since Tiger Woods has hoisted a trophy, when he topped the field at the Wachovia Championship.

2 – Number of months since one of the big four (Woods, Phil Mickelson, Vijay Singh or Jim Furyk) have won an event, when Lefty took home the Players Championship.

8 – Number of PGA Tour events that have passed without someone from the top-10 in the world taking home the big check.

10 – Events Tiger has played in this year, least of anyone in the top 22 of the Fedex Cup standings yet he is still in the lead.

19 – Amount of tournaments Vijay has played in, currently in second place behind Tiger in Fedex Cup points.

0 – rounds Tiger of Phil shot under par at Carnoustie in 1999.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

I Guess This Means Mickelson is Back?

For anyone that loves the rich, too-happy-to-be-married type, today must be a wonderful day for you. The wrist-injured Phil Mickelson has decided to start playing again, shooting a six-under 65 in the first round of the Barclays Scottish Open.

Since Mickelson injured his wrist in a practice round at Oakmont, the Lefty Sensation has been nonexistent, missing the cut at the U.S. Open and Tigers Tourney. Also, Mickelson tried his best to compare the Oakmont rough to, say, an Ireland-France rugby game.

Nonetheless, it isn’t surprising to see Phil the Thrill succeeding at Loch Lomond, one of the least links courses in Scotland. Looking at Phil’s golf repertoire, the British Open would seem to be the hardest for the big-swinger to pull off.

On American soil, Neal Lancaster shot a seven-under 65 to take the first round lead at the John Deere Green Classic, on a hot summer night. Neal has had a touch of a drought since his last victory on the PGA Tour, the 1994 GTE Byron Nelson.

Sunday, July 8, 2007

Tiger Tiger Tiger Tiger

You gotta love Tiger’s Tourney. I mean, Mr. Stuart Appleby has played the thing like a U.S. Open, making more pars than bogeys, with the occasional birdie coming at the most opportune time.

Plus, the First Annual Sam Woods Invitational has included some international flair (Appleby, K.J. Choi), the ex- Masters Champion (Mike Weir), and the happy-go-lucky face (Shigeki Maruyama). The best part, Mr. Woods has yet to crap his pants, still just seven shots heading to Sunday, a reasonable margin considering the tiger monitoring the gazelle.

I would find it definitive of the host if something crazy happened tomorrow a la Pebble Beach in 2000. I mean, a hole out here, a long birdie putt there, the occasional fist pump mixed with a dramatic eagle on some random par-5. Wouldn’t that be great?

Well, that is what El Tigre has brought to this game. Expectation. I hope tomorrow can fill the quota.