Blog Number 28 - 6/23/10

Okay, I did watch about five minutes on Saturday when Dustin Johnson looked the sure-fire winner, followed by Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Ernie Els. But, as I discovered at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport late Monday night, that's not exactly how it worked out. As a European, I was not unhappy to see Graeme McDowell win, especially with the Ryder Cup coming up later this year. This is just the latest in a list of pretty significant wins for the Ulsterman. He's on the verge of joining the game's elite, and should be one of the US's toughest opponents at Celtic Manor where he won the Wales Open two weeks ago with rounds of 64 and 63 at the weekend.
I was very disappointed to read of Woods's questionable attitude in the press tent and, at times, on the golf course. Blurting 'that's none of your business' in response to a perfectly reasonable question (though one I would never have had the cohones to ask) about the status of his marriage was just downright rude. Just say 'I'd rather not answer that right now, thanks' and everyone moves on. Seems his line about opening up to the press and having a better all-round attitude wasn't entirely genuine. We shouldn't be shocked, of course, he is what he is.
Had to feel for Johnson. Pebble Beach was set up in a way that allowed for some humiliating scores, and it exposed the 25-year-old's nerves rather. Given his play of the previous day and his back-to-back wins at the AT&T National Pro-Am, his collapse was a bit surprising, but it just goes to show how big a deal the majors are. Johnson clearly has the talent to win dozens of regular PGA Tour events, but does he have the composure and mental fortitude to win the Grand Slam events? I don't doubt it for a second. The Old Course at St Andrews should be right up his alley and Whistling Straits will definitely favor his length, so he could well remove the monkey before the season's done.

Lake Padden posted its new twilite rates recently - $20 for 18 holes after 2pm during the week, and $26 at weekends. And there's another Callaway Demo Day there this weekend when the usual offers will be available - 10% off any Callaway purchase, and a free Kodak Playsport HD camera with the purchase of a driver.

Congratulations to Bob Fields, by the way, for winning the recent Sudden Valley Open with a two-under-par 70. WWU men's golf team coach Steve Card was second, a stroke back. Catherine Allen won the women's event with a 78.

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