Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Why is Chris DiMarco Playing in the Bridgestone?
You remember Chris DiMarco, right? He's the guy with the claw grip, the bad attitude and the near defeat of Tiger Woods in the 2005 Masters.
He was always one of those guys that people had in their "Major championship sleeper" columns up until he forgot how to play. Last year he finished 93rd on the FedEx Cup point list and this year he's 163rd, making just eight of 19 cuts thus far in '08.
So, why the hell is he included in the Bridgestone Invitational?
Apparently, being a part of the 2006 Ryder Cup team (a proud moment in American history) landed them the invite.
Not much better off is Chris DiMarco, who has made only eight cuts in 19 starts on the PGA Tour, has yet to qualify for a major this year and is now No. 207 in the world. Then there's Vaughn Taylor, who also has fallen on hard times after coping with allergies and vertigo last year that caused him to sink to No. 178.
All of them have the Ryder Cup to thank for their tee time this week. Six players from the 2006 team that got clobbered at The K Club in Ireland are no longer in the top 50 in the world, but they are eligible for this World Golf Championship.
That isn't fair, if DiMarco is in, Michelle Wie should be in. She was also great about the last time DiMarco was relevant. I'm starting a petition.
(Also, the bow tie, seriously? It looks like he stole that from an extra in Dick Tracey.)