Friday, August 12, 2005

Thoughts about the 87th PGA Championship

Prior to the start of the 87th PGA Championship, being held at the Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, N.J., there was speculation that Mike Weir was being seen as being a flash in the pan, since they had him scheduled to play with two other golfers who haven't lived up to expectations. Here's what Sports Illustrated had to say.

"THE LOST MOMENTUM GROUP: Since winning the 2003 Masters, Weir has made 47 Tour starts and has one win to show for it. Since winning the 2001 British Open, Duval's game has made a wicked turn south; he's failed to win in his last 72 Tour starts. And since winning the 2003 British Open, Curtis has been shut out in his last 44 Tour starts ... and has missed the cut 27 times."

Two pars 4s over 500 yards in length!!

Arjun Atwal from India, playing in his second major, could bring golf to unheard of popularity in his home country, should he win. Michael Campbell won the US Open this year and is from New Zealand, a country of 4 million people. He's a huge sports hero there now. Imagine what an Atwal win would mean to 1 billion people in India!!

32 year-old Arjun Atwal

Tiger Woods off to a poor start, but six players are tied for the lead, including Calgarian Stephen Ames, at 3 under par. There are 27 players within two strokes of the lead - quite a log jam!

Stuart Appleby
Phil Mickelson
Rory Sabbatini
Stephen Ames
Trevor Immelman
Ben Curtis

Tiger Woods, the world's number one ranked player,is at +5, 8 shots behind the leaders. Vijay Singh is at even par. Mike Weir is at +2. Arjun Atwal is at +4.

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