Consecutive weeks on the PGA Tour and another middle-of-the-road player holds off Tiger Woods to collect the Sunday spoils. What’s wrong with Woods? Golf, well that and a balky putter from outside 10 feet. Nothing the smooth and familiar putting surfaces at TPC of Boston can’t fix.
However, there is a common theme among the two giant killers – Y.E. Yang and Heath Slocum. Both are fairways and greens, no-nonsense players who can start rolling in putts without warning.
They also arrived at their championship crossroads with competitive blinders on, ignoring the hype and hyperbole that goes with a Sunday tilt against the world No. 1 for the safer confines of their own games and abilities.
“He played the golf course,” said Dr. Gio Valiante, Slocum’s sports psychologist. “He didn’t get involved with who was between him and the lead or what Tiger was doing. It’s like laundry – wash, rinse, repeat.”
Which is not to be confused with the general public’s perception of how players used to approach a Sunday showdown with Woods – fluff and fold.