Monday, January 16, 2006

Toms and his Ticker Prevail
While Campbell Turns to Soup
And Bubba Bombs Away

Going into the final round on Sunday, David Toms and Chad Campbell were tied for the lead, and it looked as if it was going to be a duel between the two in the Aloha State. Unfortunately for Chad Campbell, that hope was a misconception. David Toms put together a stellar round of 65 on Sunday to blow by Mr. Campbell who finished with a lackluster 70, only posting one birdie on his entire 4th round.

To be honest with all of you, I was pulling for Campbell. This guy has talent, but when it was time to put on his game face Sunday afternoon, he just didn’t have the war paint.

Perhaps the best performance on Sunday was that of Rory Sabbatini. The South African finished with 8 birdies and 10 pars on his final round, finishing tied for second with Campbell. I’ll give this South African some props for a job well done, but I think he’s still a crapper for what he pulled last year at the Booz Allen Classic with Ben Crane.

In any event, that’s all prologue.

Four of the top ten finishers at the Sony Open were rookies! Now that’s some good stuff. It would have been five, but Shane Bertch, who has made the PGA Tour twice before this season, started his final round with a trio of bogies on holes 2, 3, and 4 and just couldn’t really recover. He finished T13th.

Nonetheless, we had J.B. Holmes, a 2005 Walker Cupper and Medalist in Q-School finishing 10th, Charles “Charlie” Warren a two time Nationwide winner in 2005 and PGA member in 1999 finishing tied for 7th, Nathan Green, the former crematorium worker from Australia finishing 5th and my rookie of the year prediction, Bubba “21st Place” Watson finishing 4th.

Bubba, who I had first written about on 12/11/05, started preparing for the 2006 season early in Australia where he had some great finishes, 25th at the AU PGA, 14th at the AU Open and a spectacular 2nd at the Australian Masters.

Looking at Bubba’s stats for the weekend, you’d think that he was slighted in the end, and that he should have won just based on his numbers. He averaged 336 yards off the tee (1st in the field), he was tied for 2nd in greens in regulation (75%) and tied for 7th in putts per green in regulation (1.70). Then again, it isn’t too hard to get your ball on the green when your ripping your drive all the way down the fairway.

Keep an eye on this guy from Bagdad, this Floridian is bombing fairways.

(*Note: Bagdad is a city in Florida. Bubba Watson, to my knowledge, has never made any reference that he is or has been associated with the city of Baghdad, which is located in the country of Iraq. So, if the CIA or any other government agency is monitoring this blog, please note my notation. Thank You.)

**Special Duffers Note: Michelle Wie failed to make the cut at the Sony Open. The novelty is wearing thin. Although she did finish with a nice second round of 68.

***David Duval finished T31st, that’s all I’m saying. I don’t want to jinx the man. God knows……


At 8:35 PM, Blogger Miranda said...

"Campbell turns to soup" - very clever. I like it.

If Michelle Wie doesn't do something good soon, it will be hard for anyone to stay interested. Hopefully, she will do well on the LPGA tour before she plays another PGA event.

About jinxing David Duval - I jinx Jim Furyk every time I sneeze so I support your efforts to protect David from yourself :) I hope he returns to good form soon. He didn't do so well today though.


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