Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Speak Up and Articulate
Or Sit There and Flatulate

I’m going to be on the level with all of you. I’m getting severly pumped up for this coming weekend. Not to mention the entire ‘06 season. Four different tournaments are right around the bend, all of which are looking like superb competitions.

First, you have the Buick Invitational at Torrey Pines. The course where Tiger Woods is defending one of his “W’s” from last year, and trying to win for a fourth time on the coveted course. It will be no easy task though. He’s got some steep competition this weekend. Chad Campbell is coming off of two consecutive stellar weeks of play both at the Sony Open and the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic where he won last week. Then you throw in some of this years hottest new prospects, i.e. Bubba Watson, Charlie Warren, and Camilo Villegas. And don’t you go forgetting about Jesper Parneviks’ sumptuous performance last week either. Finally, you throw some John Daly and some Phil Mickelson into the mix and you have one hell of a golf tournament. Yes in deedy, I will be watching.

Then, on the other side of the globe you have the Qatar Masters taking place at the Doha Golf Club. This weekend, Big Ern will be playing the role of defending champion. Much like Tiger, The Big Easy will have to lay some serious smack down if he wants to go back-to-back. On the prowl and hungry as a heard of African Widabeasts, Henrik Stenson, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Charl Schwartzel, Vijay Singh, Jyoti Randhawa, Ricardo Gonzalez and Thongchai Jaidee all have something to prove after putting out some quality performances last week at the inaugural Abu Dhabi Championship but just coming up shy of Chris DiMarco.

Now, we circumnavigate the globe once again and we find ourselves at the Turtle Bay Resort for the Championship of the same name in Kahuku, Hawaii where the Boss of the Moss, Loren Roberts is fresh off his victory from last weeks MasterCard Championship. Hale Irwin, the defending champion, has played the Champions Tour like a nuclear sub commander. Steady and sound. Amassing 44 wins since he joined the tour in 1995, Irwin has been a force to be reckoned with. But as we saw last year, anything and anyone can come up with some mighty low numbers. This weekend, Jay Haas, Tom Watson, Dana Quigley and Loren Roberts are all going to be doing their best to give Hale a little Hell in Hawaii. Personally, I’m pulling for the Walrus, Craig Stadler, who came up winless in 2005.

Finally, we come to the Nationwide Tours’ first event of the season, the Movistar Panama Championship at the Panama Golf Club. After losing its top 21 prime time, super star caliber players to the PGA Tour a couple months ago, the ‘06 Nationwide season is wide open for the picking. It doesn’t look like too much of a cake walk though. Some seriously pissed off veterans have found a renewed focus: to get their asses back to the big boys table and make some serious cabbage. Briny Baird, Notah Begay and Matt Kuchar are just three former PGA Tour card holders with this determination. In the chase too is Ryan Armour, Ricky Barnes, Scott Hend and Hunter Haas who are all looking to make a name for themselves this year as well.

In closing, I’ve listed a lot of names to look for this weekend as well as for the rest of the season. Some may fare well, and some may turn out to be not worth a can of SPAM. I can understand if you think my rumblings sound like a flatulent passing ass, nevertheless, at least I’m making a sound.

Let me hear your choices for the ‘06 season.


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