Spent yesterday afternoon watching Phil Mickelson one-putt his way around East Lake in an impressive dismantling of the golf course. Yep, yet another course that has been reworked by Rees Jones. I count seven Rees Jones’ redos — all looking essentially the same, on tour. I know for a fact that a number of players wish they’d mix it up some — and that Jones’ courses work has become too prevalent.
With that, here are some Monday morning thoughts:
- While the FedEx Cup was being completed, Graham Delaet and Stuart Anderson won the qualifying for the World Cup. The pair cruised to the win in Estonia (yep, Estonia). They will represent Canada in China in November. Isn’t it time we offered automatic qualifying for the RBC Canadian Open to those that represent our country at the World Cup, especially now that Mike Weir seems unlikely to play in the event again?
- Johnny Miller confounds me. Two weeks ago he was praising the greatness that is Tiger Woods. Yesterday Johnny apparently wrote Tiger off after his opening tee shot, saying that he thought Woods was “missing something” after hitting a wayward tee shot. Miller is full of hyperbole, but even Roger Maltbie seemed to think he was breaking a Mormon rule by having a few brown pops mid-afternoon, or maybe I just misunderstood the incredulousness in his voice. Maltbie said he wasn’t sure he could say the same thing about Woods — at least not after a single shot.
- Miller also said Mickelson, who recently reworked his putting stroke, looked like he could be Player of the Year in 2011. Really? Mickelson is a notoriously erratic putter — and who is to say his stroke will be there in four months time?
- For the record, Woods just didn’t look sharp. Not surprising — that’s golf.
- NBC announcers said Mickelson had won 16 times with Woods in the field, the most by anyone on the PGA Tour. Sort of impressive, though Mickelson rarely seems to go head-to-head against Woods, at least I can’t recall many instances since Doral a couple of years back. That said, imagine what Mickelson might have won had Woods not been such an institution in golf over the last 12 years.
- The FedEx Cup seemed like an improvement to me over past years, though the points system still seems confounding. Maybe a playoff in golf just doesn’t work? I’d have loved to have seen a shootout on the final day — with the top eight players firing for the $10M.
- Speaking of $10M — wonder what Tiger does with it? Buy tons of unsold Florida real estate and proclaim himself king? Would anyone argue?
- Mike Weir ended up in a tie for 25th. Is it just me or does Weir’s year, which started with such promise, feel like a disappointment? Interesting that he made $2.2 million and it still feels somehow like a let down.