If anybody had asked me I would have told them that::Last week was a very good one for Stanford. Stanford's Tiger Woods cruised to a five-shot victory at the Western Open, his third win in eight tries at that venue. Angela Stanford drained a long putt on the 72nd hole of the U.S. Women's Open to gain entrance into a three-way Monday playoff with Kelly Robbins and Hilary Lunke. Stanford didn't win the playoff but Stanford did. Yes, Lunke, the woman who beat Stanford, attended - you guessed it - Stanford University.
Will the testing designed to sniff out illegal drivers also apply to 3-woods? That's what I'm wondering. Teacher/TV analyst Peter Kostis recently pointed out that drivers increasingly are becoming specialty clubs. The long hitters among the top players, Kostis noted, are hitting more 3-woods off the tee than drivers. Kostis is dead on the money with this observation.
Joe T. Jemsek has his late grandfather's sense of humor and his respect for a hard-earned dollar. Joe Jemsek started the Cog Hill complex that now hosts the Western Open. Late Sunday, when rains were threatening to push the Western Open's finish back to Monday, Joe T remarked: 'We have an outing tomorrow morning at 8 a.m. And Tiger doesn't have a tee time. Plus we go back to charging $127.50 Monday.' Fortunately the rains abated and Tiger closed the deal Sunday.
Joe T. Jemsek is also a course-designer-in-training. He met with tour officials early in the week to discuss course changes aimed at toughening Cog Hill No. 4. The tour would like a score of 10- or 11-under par winning the event rather than the 21-under that has captured first place two of the last three years. Right now the fifth and ninth holes--both par 5s--share the same tee box complex. Look for Jemsek to either shorten the fifth and make it a 480-yard par 4 while extending the ninth to 600 yards or lengthen the fifth and shorten the ninth into a long par 4. For what it's worth, Woods favors the latter option.
Officials for Eli Lilly, the new title sponsor of the Western Open starting next year, aren't allowed to say what the name of their tournament will be. The reason: The FDA hasn't yet approved Cialis, the drug expected to compete for market share with Viagra. But Western Golf Assn. officials have confirmed that the word 'Western' will remain in the title of the tournament. Most likely the new name will be the Cialis Western Open. Approval for Cialis is expected in the fall of this year.
Three players (other than Woods) to watch out for at the Open Championship that begins a week from Thursday at Royal St. George's in Sandwich, England: Fredrik Jacobson, Justin Rose and Luke Donald.
The longshot nature of Lunke's win at Pumpkin Ridge Monday may be the second best story in golf this year. Still No. 1 is Annika playing against the men at the Bank of America Colonial.