SAN ANTONIO – Television is the medium that pays my bills…but it can only go so far in telling the story of the Valero Texas Open. Here’s what you didn’t see:
- – Adam Scott got a beer shower from Ernie Els after his first victory on the PGA Tour in two years. Els was genuinely happy for Scott to get back in the winner’s circle, and that expression of joy showed, even though they all compete hard against one another.
– That wasn’t the only reason Els wore an easy smile after his long day. After all, he finished third Sunday, has two wins, and is about to head to London to play the BMW PGA Championship on the new self-redesign Wentworth’s West Course. That is, if the Iceland volcano I can’t spell (Eyjafjallajökull…thanks Google) lets him fly to Europe. If the weather stays the way it is, he may have to skip this marquee European Tour event because of ash. A force of nature may be the only thing that can stop Els from holding up more hardware this year.
– Vijay Singh made the cut, but with the field size reduced for the final two rounds, he could not play. He spent much of his Sunday working on his short game at the practice facility at TPC San Antonio. File that away if he makes a run next week at the HP Byron Nelson Championship.
– Another man who put in some work was Jimmy Walker, whose third-place finish may be due to the dozens of rounds he played here at TPC San Antonio. He and Cameron Beckman spent many days trying to figure out this golf course, with Walker living about 35 miles from here. It paid off for Walker, who grabbed the 125th and final exempt spot from the money list last year. His advance scouting should make it a cinch for him to keep his card in 2010, making it time well spent. Plus, that $317,200 will come in handy with his first child due to a matter of days.
There was a lot of good action to see from San Antonio…even the stuff like this we couldn’t broadcast. I am glad I was here to see it.