There’s a sensational leaderboard with a strong international presence at Doral!
Leading at 12-under are two South Africans, veteran Ernie Els and 25-year-old Charl Schwartzel. Ireland’s (not the same country as Britain!) Padraig Harrington follows closely at 11-under. Then at 10-under, there’s Robert Allenby who has been playing splendidly if only he could make a putt. The Australian needed 32 strokes to get around the greens on Saturday.
Martin Kaymer, who still needs surgery to remove plates and screws from his foot after an unfortunate go-karting accident last summer, fired the low-round with a 66. Unlike Allenby, he had his putter going, only calling for 22 putts.
The Big Fijian Vijay Singh is working on returning to his winning ways after recovering from some injuries. But his putting continues to baffle me. All week I’ve seen him drop long bombs, but then jab a few short ones, which forces me to wonder if he can keep it together mentally coming down the stretch.
Meanwhile, Bill Haas, who won the Bob Hope Classic earlier this year, is leading the American effort at 9-under, good enough for fifth place.
Carrying two drivers in his bag this week, Phil Mickelson still can’t get hot. He’s hanging in there at T16. Following his round, he spent time in the trainer’s tent, where he had his elbow examined after tweaking it on an approach shot on the 18th. He dodged reporters and instead released a statement saying he’s “had similar problems before and expects it to go away in less than 24 hours.”
You know, for all the complaining about the Asians — excuse me, international players — dominating the LPGA, doesn’t it make you wonder a little that the moaning and groaning about the same happening on the PGA is minimal. I understand they’re two completely different situations, there are enough Americans winning on a regular basis, and the winners generally speak some accented version of English (Thank God), etc. Still, I just can’t help but say, hmmm…
Oh, there’s another PGA tournament in Puerto Rico where the B-listers are playing (if it ever stops raining). Someone called Chad Collins is leading, but 99% of the players haven’t even teed off for their second rounds yet. But tune in for the tape-delay — you never know when you might catch something amazing, like Boo Weekley dropping the f-bomb.
Enjoy watching the final round coverage of the tournament. It’s set up for a thrilling finish. I’d like to see Kaymer and Schwartzel battle. I also hope Alvaros Quiros has a strong finish. But so much for my fantasy picks. Your turn to discuss.