Well, maybe now that Tiger has missed a cut, we can stop talking about how he’ll win the Grand Slam. Let’s face it folks, the swing overhaul isn’t quite complete, leading Woods to miss his first cut since 1997 (some say 1998, but come on — he withdrew from a rain plagued event. He missed the cut at Royal Montreal at the 1997 Canadian Open.)AP’s Doug Ferguson, as always, gives the event great coverage. Is Tiger on his game? Clearly not. I think it is easy to argue, with all the misques, that he wasn’t on top at The Masters, even though he managed to win. Needless to say, the consecutive streak of making the cut was remarkable. But, like everything in golf, there’s always an ending.
Had a chance today to play The Club at Bond Head, a new Hurdzan/Fry design north of Toronto. I’ll give it a full review later, but it was worthwhile just for the remarkably raw bunkering. The only place the bunkering doesn’t work is where the shaping was a little too careful and the lines a little too clean. But that wasn’t often. It’ll be interesting to see whether the course has the guts to let the bunkers grow really wild, but I think they are likely to back away from that a bit. If this were a private course, it might be OK, but it’ll be tough to get players around if the bunkers get too crazy. Otherwise, the course offered wide fairways, pretty subtle greens that had the occasional interesting touch, and interesting shifts in elevation. Oh, and two driveable par fours, which is interesting to throw into the mix. This will be a widely discussed course — and there’s lots to like.