May
9
2010
Happy Mother’s Day: Your PLAYERS Final Round Open Thread [*Update]
By Stephanie Wei under General

First things first, hi, Mom! Happy Mother’s Day! Sorry I couldn’t come home to see you, but I’ll visit Seattle next month. Hope you got the flowers (and like them). I love you.

Onward to THE PLAYERS.

Unfortunately, I’m going to miss the live final round action. I’m actually playing golf this afternoon. I know, it’s some sort of miracle — two Sundays in a row! I’m heading to Hudson National, one of my favorite courses, for a late afternoon round with my friend, who has even requested our favorite caddie, Ross. I can’t wait! But last time Ross saw me play was almost three years ago when I was still pretty good.

So, your comments will be my lifeline to the action, so please discuss it frequently. Intern Kevin should be around to converse with people (otherwise he’s fired!). I’ll be checking in via my BlackBerry in between all those birdies I’ll be making.

Just like at The Masters, Lee Westwood holds the 36-hole and 54-hole lead going into Sunday at The Players Championship. He held on with a two-under 70 for a three-day total of 14-under. But this time he doesn’t have Phil Mickelson right behind his heels.

Phil did make up some ground on Saturday, though, firing a 66 despite bogeying the 18th. He moved to T11, five shots off Westwood.

Some have questioned Westwood’s ability to close — which is a little strange considering he’s won 31 times on the European Tour. But he hasn’t won in America! Big whoop. A win is a win, right? How about some Americans get on a plane and play overseas more without the added incentive of the seven-digit appearance fee? Yeah, that’s what I thought. Yikes, I think Intern Kevin has me drinking the Westwood Kool-Aid.

Look at the leaderboard — Westwood, everyone’s favorite Australian Robert Allenby, Ben Crane, Lucas Glover, Francesco Molinari, Chris Stroud, Tim Clark, Heath Slocum, Charley Hoffman, and Bo Van Pelt round out the top-ten.

I know most people can’t stand Allenby because he’s supposedly a total jerk, but I’m not fully opposed to seeing him win — he’s another one of those Internationals who have never won on US soil. Other than him and Westwood, a win by the rest don’t really do anything for me. Well, that’s not true. I just don’t think the other two I’m rooting for can pull it off. I like Hoffman because he has cool hair. And I like Bo Van Pelt because he’s hilarious on Twitter. Who are you rooting for?

Anyway, my friend and I haven’t decided what we’re playing for yet, but he suggested “something where we both win.” Okay, whatever that means. Here are other texts I received from him tonight:

You have the best swing I’ve ever seen in real life for someone sub 5’2” [Ed. note: Um, was that a backhanded compliment? And I’m 5’2”!] and you love the game more than anyone I’ve ever met. What a great combo!

And I promise you’ll enjoy the spoils of losing.

If I get up more than three, I will start drinking and every skin I win after that will be another drink until it’s fair.

Ouch and double-ouch. I hate losing. For the record, I used to beat him easy, but he plays all the time and has tremendously improved in the past few years. He also went to Dave Pelz’s short-game school a few months ago. Yeah, honestly. Feel free to make fun of him because I have and will continue to.

I set my DVR for The Players, but doubtful I’ll watch all of the replay. Please keep me posted. I hope Westwood wins because otherwise, Intern Kevin will have a breakdown and stop watching the game altogether. He’s much too dramatic.

Alright, wish me luck. It’s actually a little chilly here today. I know, poor me — I might be forced wear a sweater while I chop my way around Hudson National.

*Update: I didn’t end up playing — it was a bit cold in NYC today, so we rescheduled for next week.