Since people seemed to enjoy last week’s open thread so much, I’ve decided to post one every week. So I’d like to see another lively discussion today. But please, let’s try to keep the conversation somewhat civilized and not get personal.
Now that’s out of the way. Let’s talk the Transitions Championship! We’ve got another great leaderboard set up for some great story lines (I can almost hear the golf writers in the media room rejoicing in between zingers about Tiger and golden showers!).
58 tournaments and 32 months — that’s how long it’s been since 54-hole leader Jim Furyk last hoisted a trophy. Furyk has a three-shot lead over K.J. Choi, a two-time champion of the event, Retief Goosen, the defending champion and also a two-time winner of the event, Bubba Watson, a non-PGA Tour winner and Carl Pettersson.
Also in contention is Padraig Harringon who trails by four strokes. The Irishman visited the White House earlier this week on St. Patrick’s Day, but unfortunately missed meeting the President.
Despite a hectic Friday night, Geoff Ogilvy fired an 8-under 65 on Saturday to move up to T18. Assuming he’d missed the cut, he hopped on a plane back to Phoenix. When he realized he would make it, the flight was already departing. So he flew to Phoenix and turned back around to Tampa. It was definitely worth the trouble and a lesson learned.
Considering his drought, Furyk, a seasoned veteran who has 13 victories on the Tour, says he doesn’t feel more pressure than usual:
”It’s not really a monkey-off-my-back perspective or ‘Boy, I can’t wait to not answer that question again.’ It’s just that I want to go out and win a golf tournament. That’s what we play golf for. That’s what I practice hard for. And I haven’t been able to do that in over 2 1/2 years. It’s disappointing, because I work pretty hard at it.”
I’m not the biggest Furyk fan, but I sure wouldn’t mind seeing him win. I hope he can kick back tonight with a few pints of Guinness — which he once told me he has on tap at home — and watch some basketball.