Most Clutch Ever


MR. CLUTCH: For the second consecutive year, Tiger Woods birdied the final hole to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational by one stroke. It was his first victory since last year's U.S. Open, and his sixth overall title at Bay Hill.
Backspin It's futile to compare generations if you never saw athletes from the previous ones play, so I'll just consider those I've seen over the last three decades. And none ' not Jordan, not Montana, not Gretzky ' were as clutch at Tiger. And I really can't imagine anyone ' in any sport at any time ' topping him in this department. I could watch a fat man ride a unicycle with a angry cat on his head and I wouldn't be in more awe than I am of what Woods can accomplish.

ANYTHING BUT ANY OTHER: Sean O'Hair led by five strokes entering the final round at Bay Hill, and could have led by as many as eight were it not for a late Saturday stumble. Despite everything, he still held a share of the lead through 71 holes, but couldn't match Woods' birdie on the par-4 18th and fell one stroke shy of his third PGA Tour victory.
Backspin You have to feel badly for O'Hair. He's a good guy, who stood up to the test pretty well. He tried to treat Sunday's final round like any other round, saying as much Saturday night. But you can't do that. Even if you're not playing alongside Tiger Woods, when you're trying to win a PGA Tour event it's not just 'any other round.' Trying to trick yourself into thinking so is like saying a trip to the proctologist is like 'any other doctor's visit.'

MAJOR TUNE-UP: Karrie Webb won for the first time in two years on the LPGA, coming from behind to defeat Jiyai Shin at the J Golf Phoenix LPGA International. The victory was Webb's 36th tour title.
Backspin Shin is known as the 'Final-Round Queen' in Korea, but that's because she usually produces low numbers when trailing entering the last 18. This time she was leading. And this time she shot 70. Webb's win should give her some much needed confidence as the tour plays its first major this week, the Kraft Nabisco Championship, which Webb has twice won.

SHE'LL GET OVER IT: Coming off a runner-up showing in her 2009 debut, Michelle Wie never got on track in the desert, shooting four consecutive over-par rounds to finish T-57 in Phoenix.
Backspin This probably does little to affect Wie's confidence heading to Mission Hills. In four career KNC starts, she has three top-10s, with nothing worse than a T-14.


MISSED IT BY THAT MUCH: Davis Love III missed qualifying for the Masters Tournament by four-hundredths of a point. With the top 50 on the World Golf Ranking after the Arnold Palmer Invitational getting a ticket to Augusta, Love finished 51st.
Backspin Love now has to win this week in Houston or he'll miss out on a chance at the green jacket for the second consecutive year. But while Love is sulking, Alvaro Quiros (No. 25), Prayad Marksaeng (No. 47), Mathew Goggin (No. 49) and Louis Oosthuizen (No. 50) are rejoicing.

WORTHY OF ENSHRINEMENT?: Coin Montgomerie celebrated his 500th European Tour event this past week at the Andalucian Open in Spain. He started the tournament with a 67, but faded into a tie for 31st.
Backspin Monty's had a remarkable career: Eight Order of Merit titles; 31 European victories; a Ryder Cup legend. But is he Hall of Fame worthy? Every time I see someone like Y.E. Yang win a PGA Tour event, I'm reminded of the fact that Montgomerie not only never won a major, but never won on Tour. That alone should keep him out of the Land of the Immortals.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:The PGA Tour is considering the idea of miking caddies during tournament play. ... A judge dismissed John Daly's libel suit against a Jacksonville, Fla., newspaper and one of its writers. ... Soren Kjeldsen was victorious in Spain. ... Keith Fergus won on the Champions Tour. ... Bubba Dickerson captured his first Nationwide Tour victory.
BackspinThey're going to test it out this week in Houston; though, none of the comments will make air. Better have a solid time delay if and when they do. ... Basically, the columnist called Daly a scoundrel. And Daly couldn't disprove it. ... Oh yeah, forgot to mention that with the Monty stuff. ... Fergus denied Mark O'Meara his first senior victory. ... Dickerson defeated Brian Vranesh in a playoff ' yes, that Brian Vranesh.
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