Tour Notes for Oct. 5, 2008

On the PGA Tour, Dustin Johnson picked up his first win at Turning Stone besting a fairly weak field. At the LPGA event Paula Creamer had an emotional win in front of her “home” crowd at the Samsung World Championship. I’ll give her a pass for breaking down in tears after the round due to the fact that: (a)it was her biggest win of her career, (b)she was playing at home, (c)she is still young and plays with a lot of emotion, and plus (d)she is a cutie. Now it is time for her to step up and win a Major Championship, and put all of the emotion behind her and play like a champion. There were no events played on either the Champions Tour or the Nationwide Tour.

But back to the PGA Tour, I find it hard to be too interested in the Tournaments this time of year, mostly due to the lack of star power the events have. Sure there are big names at each event, but not the quality of fields we are use to seeing week in and week out. It’s great that the “other” guys get an opportunity to make some money and secure thier cards for next year. But it does have the feel of a Nationwide event for the most part. It was nice to see Davis Love III have a solid tourney after coming back from injury last year, and hopefully a sign of things to come for DL3 to get back to being an elite player on Tour.

So the chase to be exepmt on the PGA Tour is now on and the focus seems to shift from who is on top of the FedEx Cup to who is number 125 on the money list. I believe this is about one of the only reasons most golf fans will tune in. I would rather the season just have ended after the Tour Championship and just have the “silly season” events to be played(or as some call it the Fred Couples Annuity Challenge). Some players that have seemed to fall from grace, and also intreged me, that I will be watching thier “bubble” status are: Zack Johnson, Chris DiMarco, Shigeki Maruyama, Brett Wetterich, and Fred Couples. All these players until recently were world class golfers and really haven’t done anything this year. It will be interesting to see how it all ends up at the end of the season(whenever that is). But at least Freddie has Nov/Dec to look forward too.

This week we have all 4 US Tours playing events with the 5th major of the year on schedule for The Champions Tour, which should be a great event. Until next time, I’m Craig M, and that’s what I’m talking about…

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