The battle ahead is still daunting, but Lefty would not be packing his bags if things were as bad as originally feared. This, we all recall, is the same papa-to-be who picked his way around Pinehurst at the 1999 U.S. Open with a golf club in one hand and a beeper in the other vowing he would leave the national championship if his wife went into labor.
If youre looking for signs, this would be a good one.
Comptons second heart came from a man named Isaac, a 28-year-old who was from the Columbus, Ohio, area who died in a motorcycle crash in Florida a little over a year ago.
Compton, who made the cut with rounds of 72-75, said hes been e-mailing Isaacs family and will meet them when the time is right. I wrote them a letter and said that Id be honoring him and making this memorable.
He already has.
Made Cut ' Did not finish (MDF)
Yet from this curious chaos came the years best golf that didnt include an oversized check and trophy presentation. Wednesdays skin match between Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus was the most memorable exhibition since last years Ryder Cup.
It may also be the last time the two greatest players to ever overlap a grip find themselves between the same ropes. If you didnt TiVo it, find it on YouTube. Its the closest thing to must-keep golf.
All of which begs an interesting question. Could a Tour caddie bounce between players and win all four of the seasons Grand Slam events. As best we can tell the Caddie Slam has never happened, but may we suggest Masters champion Angel Cabreras man, Ruben Yorio, take a 3-iron to Stevie Williams knee and slide into that AT&T bag for the next leg of the Grand Slam
If your average golf fan wants to relate to a Tour player, forget Ernie Els long, athletic action or Tiger Woods barrel-chested motion and go straight to the diminutive likes of Luke Donald (5-foot-9) and Mike Weir (5-foot-9), both of whom are in the hunt this week at Muirfield Village but would never be early favorites in a pick-up basketball game.
Look at a guy like Mark Wilson (5-foot-8), no one does more with less, said the caddie.
Cut Line would like to nominate Corey Pavin commissioner and Ian Woosnam director of player relations.
Maybe the European selection committee picked the Scot to skipper the 2010 Ryder Cup team because hes never going to bore. Consider the news last week that Monty begged out of a pairing with American counterpart Corey Pavin at this weeks Wales Open at Celtic Manor, site of next years Ryder Cup.
It all seems a little too gamey this early in the game and, besides, if Monty was so concerned about being shown up by his counterpart in front of his potential charges he neednt worry. Most of the European team was playing the Memorial.
We understand that during the pitch of competition it is hard to gracious, particularly in defeat, but sidestepping the media after his playoff loss in Fort Worth, Texas, will be remembered long after that missed 7 footer fades from sight.
The adage is that you learn more about a person in defeat than in victory, and Kenny Perrys behavior following his emotional loss at this years Masters is a perfect example of how far humble goes in the court of public opinion.
Clark will win on Tour. Hes too good not to. But even if that payoff never comes, we hope he learns his actions matter either way.
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