Thursday, July 27

Pavin Cards a 26, Sets Nine-hole Record

Corey Pavin hit only two fairways in regulation but still managed to birdie eight holes to fire a PGA record 26 on the front nine at the U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee. He needed just 10 putts.

Corey recorded one birdie on the back, coming in with a 35 for a sizzling 61. Pavin said he couldn't help but think about shooting 59 after his record-breaking front nine.

CP has missed eight of 16 cuts this year, but I'm going out on a limb to predict he'll make the cut this week at Milwaukee's Brown Deer Park Golf Course. Go Bruins!

The Armchair Golfer

Monday, July 24

British Open Notebook: Was Tiger the Only One Crying?

Overcome with emotion, Tiger Woods cried on caddie Steve Williams' shoulder after holing out on the 18th to win his second consecutive British Open and eleventh professional major.

It was a rare emotional display for Tiger after a brilliant victory. This one was for his dad Earl, who died in May. I don't mind seeing Tiger's human side, do you?

Hats off to Chris DiMarco for another gutsy performance and providing some much needed drama as the field, once again, fell away.

But getting back to Tiger, was he the only one crying? Maybe not.

Although we may not get to view it publicly, others had reasons to bawl their heads off -- Sergio (can't get r done), Ernie ("Tiger knows how to win these things ..."), Jim Furyk (close at both Opens, but no cigar), Colin (I missed the cut) and Phil (dang, how did I lose at Winged Foot?!?!).

If they're crying -- when they're crying -- they're not crying happy tears. I wouldn't be either, especially now that Tiger's back.

The Armchair Golfer

Saturday, July 22

British Open Notebook: Time for Els to Step Up

Yesterday Ernie Els matched Tiger's 65 after Woods had posted 12 under at the halfway mark of the British Open. Els teed off eight shots back and played a masterful round to enter round three just one off the pace.

Let's see what Ernie can do playing with Tiger today in the final pairing. It's been a long road back for Els after his knee surgery.

Can Ernie meet the challenge of playing in the pressure cooker with Tiger? It will be fun to watch.

The Armchair Golfer

Wednesday, July 19

Woods-Faldo Fight Odds at 25-1

As probably everyone knows by now, Tiger Woods and Nick Faldo are paired in the first two rounds of the British Open starting tomorrow.

Apparently Tiger is still miffed by comments Faldo made about his swing during the 2005 Buick Invitational. Woods doesn't abide swing criticism. Faldo doesn't care, says he's just doing his job.

According to an article I just read at seattletimes.com, maybe they'll settle their differences mano-a-mano:

"British bookmaking company William Hill is offering 6-4 odds they will not shake hands on the first tee Thursday, and 25-1 odds Woods and Faldo will come to blows at some point during the first round. Those odds started at 100-1."

If I'm Faldo, I'd bite his ear. But I guess in a sense he already has.

The Armchair Golfer

Tuesday, July 18

British: Hoylake ... Huh?

The British Open returns to the Royal Liverpool Golf Club at Hoylake after a, er, 39-year absence. The last British Open winner here was Roberto De Vicenzo who is 159 years old. Actually, he's only 80 something.

(There's a nice piece on De Vicenzo in the July issue of Golf Digest. The guy could flat play -- even Hogan said so.)

I know nothing about this course and have no idea who will capture the Claret Jug. Which, in fact, should make it a very entertaining British Open to watch.

The Armchair Golfer

Monday, July 17

Golf as Fitness

Since I joined the golf club, not only have I been playing more golf but I've been getting some great exercise. Namely, walking the golf course.

Great Oaks Country Club is a particularly hilly layout in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Southwest Virginia. Although most people opt to ride, I walk every sweaty step toting my clubs. I love it!

Of course, I want to play well. But I also view my time on the course as a hike and therapy. My legs are stronger and I've shed several pounds, even though I was reasonably trim before.

Call me old-fashioned, but I think it's a shame more people don't walk. It's good exercise and provides a more natural rhythm to the game.

The Armchair Golfer

Wednesday, July 12

Golf Withdrawl

Any of you who have been following this blog for a while know I had played very little golf up until recently when I joined the local club.

Now after not playing for just nine days, I'm going through golf withdrawl.

Crazy!

I'm sure some of you can relate. Once golf gets back into your system, you need it to balance everything out.

I hope to get back out on the links this weekend when my wife returns from Seattle. Don't get me wrong -- I love the Mr. Mom thing. But it's about time for Mr. Golf to re-emerge.

The Armchair Golfer

Thursday, July 6

Overheard on Tour: Fred Funk

"I've gone from being the oldest old dog to being the youngest old dog."
--Fred Funk on making his debut at the U.S. Senior Open

The Armchair Golfer