Golf, thank goodness, doesn’t quite keep pace with the 21st century’s 24-hour news cycle. A couple of noteworthy items make for a pretty busy day. Naturally, it’s all hands on deck in the newsroom any time Tiger Woods is on the course.
The leisurely pacing gives the thoughtful likes of yours truly a chance to really dig into the important stuff, to analyze in great depth and detail those stories that resonate with golfers and fans, then provide commentary steeped in nuance and piercing perception.
Or, failing that, to come up with a few snarky one-liners.
Let’s move on to this week’s golf headlines, complete with all the insight you’d expect from someone who considers Homer Simpson a prophet.
“Woods Sizzles in First Round of Deutsche Bank”
But will he fizzle in the home stretch? That’s been Tiger’s MO of late, not that anyone was complaining when he ripped off six consecutive birdies during Friday’s first round. His on-again, off-again putter was as hot as it’s been all year; Woods canned five birdie putts between 12 and 19 feet, and nearly jarred a 42-footer for eagle.
I suspect that even Tiger’s fiercest haters secretly enjoy watching him in full flight, as he was on Friday. Face it, folks – it’s about as exciting as golf gets. You don’t have to root for Woods to recognize that.
“Cheyenne Woods Wins for First Time as a Pro”
El Tigre may soon be the Woods clan’s second-best golfer. His niece, Cheyenne, won a Suncoast Ladies Series tournament at LPGA International this week with a three-round string of 67-68-69. It should be noted that it’s a minor-tour event, but it still earned Cheyenne a $3,000 paycheck and this congratulatory tweet from Uncle Tiger: “Won by 4, very proud.”
Cheyenne, whose next stop is the LPGA qualifying tourney, recently finished a stellar career at Wake Forest and seems destined for big things. I wonder if she’s got Tiger’s major records tacked to her bedroom wall…
“Poulter, Colsaerts Picked to Round Out Euro Ryder Cup Team”
It’s another strong European squad, for sure, led by Rory McIlroy, Luke Donald and resurgent Sergio Garcia. The American team is shaping up nicely, though, and looks like the best bunch the Yanks have fielded in years.
Now on the clock, U.S. captain Davis Love III, who has four picks to fill out his unit. Steve Stricker looks like a lock, the suddenly choke-prone Jim Furyk slightly less so, with Nick Watney, Hunter Mahan, Brandt Snedeker, Dustin Johnson and Rickie Fowler all hopping up and down, trying to catch the captain’s attention like kids on the playground.
I say let Mitt Romney make the selections. Look how well that whole Clint Eastwood gambit turned out.
“Golfweek Deems Trump Scotland a Triumph”
It looks like Donald Trump has succeeded in spite of himself. His recently opened Trump International Golf Links in Aberdeen, Scotland, has earned a treasure trove of rave reviews, the latest from Golfweek’s Bradley Klein.
“It’s a bracing experience,” Klein wrote, “rugged and demanding but also with all sorts of little rewards along the way for having placed a tee shot properly or waltzed your approach around some other greenside hillock.
“Visually and in terms of shotmaking demands, this is a spectacular course.”
Klein, clearly looking to stay in my good graces, got in a final, tiny dig at Sir Windbag. “The natural beauty and the precision required,” he said, “are almost enough to make you overlook the emplacement of the Trump family crest on each tee.”
“Pebble Beach Named Most Fun Course”
By Golf Digest, no less, which displayed a noticeable Left Coast bias in its rankings of the most fun courses in three categories: public, private and Great Britain/Ireland. Right behind Pebble on the public list come the Bandon, Ore., trio of Old Macdonald, the par-3 Bandon Preserve and Pacific Dunes. The editors veered slightly inland for No. 5 Pasatiempo (Santa Cruz, Calif.), then headed back to the sea for the No. 1 private club, Cypress Point.
As if to make amends back east, Golf Digest showered some love on a pair of New York icons, Fishers Island and National Golf Links, at Nos. 2 and 3 on the private side. The heartland finally got its due with No. 4 Sand Hills (Mullen, Neb.) – and even that course is built on ancient seaside dunes. Wondering about Augusta National? It checks in at No. 5 among the members-only set.
The Old Course at St. Andrews is tops in Great Britain and Ireland, while Trump International failed to make the cut – a snub which no doubt has The Donald shouting obscenities at the nearest windmill.
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Daniel Mitchell is a golf writer and Golf-Newz.com contributor who lives in Jupiter, Fla., a few miles from Tiger Woods as the crow flies but worlds away in every other respect. An avid golfer since age 12, Mitchell carries a (shaky) single-digit handicap, investing far more time in his dogs than his swing.
You can read his regular musings at a-gamegolfblog.blogspot.com