Monthly Archives: May 2012

May
31
2012
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

Phil: I'm...so...tired...that I don't have it in me to will the ball in!

Ed. note: My apologies for posting this so late, but I was busy discussing and debating Phil Mickelson’s controversial withdrawal on Twitter. I’m actually pretty mentally fatigued, so I’m not sure if I can finish writing. I took two weeks off and catching up on sleep and rest really wore me out, so now I’m too tired to deal with all this work. In the best interest of my health, I think I need to take another break to prep for the U.S. Open–wait, I have been doing that all week. However, I’ll do my best to bang out one more post today.

Phil Mickelson struck the ball “horrendously,” leading to a first-round seven-over 79 at the Memorial Tournament. He would probably have had the weekend off unless he turned it around overnight and bounced back with a 62. Instead of giving it a go, Mickelson decided to cut his losses short and withdraw from the tournament hosted by Jack Nicklaus, citing “mental fatigue.”

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May
31
2012
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

Tiger comfortable in familiar territory

Despite battling allergies — which, trust me, are brutal and absolutely miserable — Tiger Woods hung in there to shoot two-under 70. He had an overall solid day. Sort of ho-hum, actually. He double-bogeyed the 18th, his 9th hole of the round, but like McIlroy, he bounced back on the front nine to jump back to the first page of the leaderboard for the time being [*Update: upon completion of round one, Tiger is T11].

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May
31
2012
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

 

Rory trying to find his form

What missed cuts? What bad finishes? What swing problems? In your face! Boom.

Despite working on swing changes (or tweaks), Rory McIlroy recovered from a rough start to post an impressive one-under 71. He posted a quadruple-bogey 7 on the par-3 No. 12. At that point, just about everyone is thinking, “What’s the deal with Rory?? He’s done. He’s on his way to an 80. The kid has no chance.”

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May
31
2012
By Stephanie Wei under Balls in the Air

Welcome (back) to Balls in the Air, where I size up my Fantasy Golf picks of the week, featuring guys to watch (or not), and interesting story lines and tidbits from behind the scenes. Disclaimer: I’m just as full of crap as the next guy, maybe slightly less than others, but take my ramblings for what their worth. Ramblings.

Team Foley

I’m a jerk and didn’t have time to post this pre-1AM Thursday morning, but I think I should get points for publishing it before the Fantasy Golf deadline — okay, you’re right, I’m pushing it. Somehow I feel like everyone managed and there have been no reported panic attacks, so carry on. I’ll try harder next week.

As you’ll see, I noticed after the fact that apparently I’m real high on students of swing coach Sean Foley at the Memorial. They’re like the cool kids this week.

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May
30
2012

Thank you, Jack.

Sitting in a Jack Nicklaus press conference is always a treat. It reminds me of being a little kid gathering around grandpa, who was sitting in an armchair, by the fireplace at Christmastime, telling stories about your great-uncle Bob or cousin Lou. Well, that’s kind of like attending a presser with Jack, but asking for his opinions on Rory and Rickie (and Tiger) and hearing him riff about winning his first U.S. Open in 1962.

One of the best parts is Jack enjoys talking to the media these days and sharing his ideas and thoughts. The experience (so-to-speak) of being there can’t be replicated by simply reading the transcript (which usually resembles a short novel). Here are some of the highlights…

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May
30
2012

What's the deal, dude?

It’s been 80 days since Dustin Johnson played his last competitive round of golf — that was on Sunday, March 12, at the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral, where he placed a meh T35. That sounds like a long time even though it certainly doesn’t feel like it.

DJ was sidelined for the second time of the season  — he missed a few tournaments in the beginning of the year due to knee surgery last November — when he suffered a back injury while trying to help a friend move a jetski just before the Masters, forcing him to withdraw (though he also missed Bay Hill two weeks previous, which is on his usual schedule). Nearly three months later at the Memorial Tournament, he felt admittedly “out of the routine,” causing him even to forget to unpack “some stuff, mainly belts.

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May
29
2012
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

Bubba at an Orlando Magic game during his time off

After winning the Masters and fulfilling his obligation to play and defend his title at the Zurich Classic, Bubba Watson took a month off from golf to spend time with his family — he and his wife Angie adopted a baby boy in March — and adjust to his new life and fame. With the U.S. Open just around the corner, Bubba is playing the Memorial Tournament.

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May
29
2012

Surprise, surprise — the PGA Tour released its pre-tournament schedule for the Memorial and four-time past champ Tiger Woods was not on the list. Thing is, no one seems to care or everyone has been too busy enjoying their long weekend of BBQs, sports and booze to be bothered with Tiger skipping out on his visit to the media center. Until he starts playing better, what’s there for us to ask and for him to say, anyway? Yawn.

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May
29
2012

McIlroy trying to track down his game

Rory McIlroy was visibly frustrated with himself and his game last week at the European PGA Championship, where he shot 74-79 to miss his second consecutive cut. McIlroy isn’t accustomed to having the weekend off, which has also reduced his number of competitive rounds.

The 23-year-old reigning U.S. Open champ admitted to feeling unprepared for Wentworth and told reporters he needed to reassess his game plan as he aims to defend his title at this year’s challenging and extremely difficult venue, the Olympic Club. In addition to the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village, he’s also committed to play the FedEx St. Jude in Memphis, departing from his usual week-off (or more) before a major (he feels he plays better right out the gate).

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