Its the Time of the Season


Its getting to be that time of year in golf when the schedule begins whizzing by like the Long Island Express. If you blink, you can miss a lot.
Like the fact that Fred Couples holed out from off the green on eight different occasions last week at The Memorial Tournament. Do you get the sense that Freddies Greatest Hits is a double album and we are just witnessing the first track of the second CD?
Like the fact that Michelle Wie will be playing in the Curtis Cup in England Saturday and Sunday. The golf cognoscenti in the United Kingdom havent been this curious about an American since Hogan arrived at Carnoustie.
Like the fact that Craig Stadler will be playing on the Champions Tour in Missouri one week after pleading guilty to driving while impaired in Michigan. Stadler owned up to his mistake and quietly accepted the consequences, which included fines and mandatory attendance in an alcohol awareness class. He didnt attempt to pull 'celebrity' strings.
Like the fact that golf misses David Duval more than David Duval misses golf.
Like the fact that the exact spot where Corey Pavin hit his now-famous 4-wood on the 72nd hole of the 1995 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills will be in the rough for next weeks Open on the same course.
Like the fact that Stephen Ames has finished tied for seventh or better in six of his last seven starts on the PGA Tour.
Like the fact that if the wind blows from the west at the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits in August, no one will get closer than 30 feet on the par-3 17th if officials tuck the pin back right.
Like the fact that somebody named Shane Bertsch has collected 23 out of 24 rounds of par better on the Nationwide Tour.
Like the fact that Sea Island, a quaint golf destination in Georgia, has become an armed camp this week because of the presence of the G8 summit. A security force of 20,000 is in place to protect the leaders of the free world. Missile launchers and Blackhawk helicopters are at the ready. No wonder Sea Island resident Davis Love III is playing in Westchester County this week.
Like the fact that Johnny Miller may actually be better in the booth than he was as a player. Having to listen to Miller for only nine events a year is the perfect amount. Twenty exposures to Miller favorites like green light special and chunky tuna might be a little too much.
Like the fact that almost everywhere you look, from Nicklaus to Barnes, there is a former U.S. Amateur champion struggling with his game for one reason or another. A few others: Cook, Leonard, Woods, Kuchar, Kuehne, Gossett, Quinney and Dickerson.
Or like the fact that if you havent taken your VCR or Tivo player in for its annual check-up, you are asking to miss even more.
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