My sincere apologies for the respite in regular posting. I should’ve put up a message that I’d be taking a few days off. My bad. Good news is I’m back now.
Even better news? So is Jason Dufner…on Twitter.
As we catch up on the news and highlights of a busy couple of days in golf — Dufner drained a clutch 25-footer on the 72nd hole to win the Byron Nelson Championship. Playing in the group ahead, Dicky Pride had rolled in a similar putt to save par from the fairway after knocking his drive into the drink. For a few minutes, it looked like Dufner and Pride would go into a sudden death playoff, but Duf came up big to take care of business in regulation.
Now obviously on the LPGA there was a major controversy with a slow-play ruling in the semifinals match between Morgan Pressel and Azahara Munoz. Awkward situation, but I feel OK with it. I know there were only four players on the course, but Pressel broke a rule and was penalized accordingly. My goodness — a tour actually enforcing slow-play penalties! Go figure. I’ll delve into the incident in more depth, but you can treat this as your open thread to discuss your thoughts.
By the way, I don’t think the LPGA decided to make a statement because of the recent spotlight on the slow-play problem on the PGA Tour and reluctance to hand out penalties beyond fines. The LPGA has doled out strokes on two prior occasions this season and gave five last year. That’s probably not enough, but you gotta start somewhere.
Meanwhile, the 36-hole British Open qualifier is still underway at Gleneagles Country Club in Plano, Texas. The top eight finishers earn spots into the Open in at Royal Lytham in July. Harris English fired a sizzling 10-under 60 in the first round, including six birdies on his final six holes (he teed off No. 9). With three holes to play, he’s leading the qualifier by a commanding five shots. Well played…
Here now, some pretty pictures of my afternoon at Ocean Forest Golf Cub on Sea Island last Thursday — it rained all week, but the skies cleared for just enough to get in a round.