In Other News, I’m Opting Out Of The Mr. Universe Contest
Late in the afternoon on Wednesday Tiger Woods issued a statement saying that he’s shutting down his golf game for the foreseeable future so that he can get his body right. Hmm…..didn’t I ask him to do just that a week ago? With the statement Woods was notifying the PGA of America that he is taking his name out of consideration for a captain’s pick for the U.S. Ryder Cup team. Now Tom Watson can relieve his bowels for the first time in about 3 weeks. I assume he’s been a little backed up thanks to the stress of the Tiger/injury situation. Woods also said he will play no golf until his World Challenge event at Isleworth in the first week of December.
That sounds about right. TW says his latest injury has nothing to do with his recent back surgery, but he has to give his back muscles time to heal. Doctors have advised him not to play or practice during this time. This is the 2nd time of the calendar year that Woods has been/will be away from the game for 100+ days. If you’re scoring at home, please note that I’ve won more tournaments than Tiger this year.
Who Will Watson Pick?
Now that TW is off the table, who will Watson elect to pick? The good news is that he can essentially hold auditions for the next 3 weeks on tour. For me it comes down to Dufner’s health, and then who plays the best in this sprint between Snedeker, Mahan, Ryan Moore, and whatever wildcard might burst from the pack to win or top 5 in the next few consecutive events. If you keep seeing Mastercard spots with Watson and Snedeker and think that makes BS a likely pick, I think you’re right. Sneeeedeker. You think I’m forgetting Keegan Bradley? No chance. I just believe he’s already a lock.
If you’re overlooking Ryan Moore, think again. He’s had a decent season, but he’s also a phenomenal match play competitor. Remember, he won the U.S. Am and Publinks in the same year. He’s also had a decent track record in the WGC Match Play. There’s no sure fire right answer for Watson. If he loses he’ll get second guessed no matter who he picks. One of them will under perform and make him look stupid. If he wins, he’s a genius, even though he never hit a shot. Hey, the 2008 team made Paul Azinger look like a genius. That’s hard to do.
Speaking Of Match Play
The U.S. Amateur is being contested this week at the Atlanta Athletic Club. Several of the favorites made it to match play and a few of them had their bubble burst in the round of 64 that was completed today. Three time U.S. Mid-Amateur champion Nate Smith beat top seed Lee McCoy in a close match. Recent and last U.S. Publinks champion Byron Meth won his match to advance. Top ranked amateur in the world, Georgia Tech’s Ollie Schniederjans, won his match 6&5 in a blowout while playing close to home.
Remember the pimple faced kid (above) who contended briefly at the 2012 U.S. Open at the Olympic Club? His name was Beau Hossler, and he’s now a sophomore at Texas. He’s lost the Colin Montgomerie swing and man boobs, he’s fresh off a big win at the Western Amateur a few weeks ago, but he lost his first round match today in an upset. His teammate this fall and 2013 U.S. Junior Am champ, Scottie Scheffler, also lost his first round match. Alabama’s super frosh Robbie Shelton won us match getting it to dormie with four holes to play, then barely held on to win on the 17th green.
The matches really heat up tomorrow as the boys play two rounds (if they advance). What I’m still trying to figure out is who blew who to get the U.S. Am to Hotlanta in August? That’s idiotic. So far this week the temps have been mild. When the finalists are dragging around on Sunday playing their 150th holes of the week in the heat that’s heading that way, we’ll see how smart the USGA was. Either way, check out the action on the Golf Channel while you’re bored at work this week. Each match provides Sunday drama during the middle of the week. How can you beat that?