Swing softly carry a big stick


CHASKA, Minn. – So much for the “bomber’s paradise.” Sure, Tiger Woods and a 'stupid long' Spaniard are leading the way, but the longest course in major championship history has taken a toll on the bomb-and-gouge set.

Gone on Thursday was John Daly, the original of the species, because of an old back ailment; and now J.B. Holmes, the 2.0 version, has withdrawn Friday with a left-hand injury.

They should put up one of those Bethpage-like signs: “Bombers beware: Hazeltine National can be hard on the hard-swinging.”