Ive been in Naples, Fla., for less than 12 hours and have already
heard the term ham-n-egg enough times to get me to believe it has a real place in this game.
Brad Faxon and Scott McCarron won the Franklin Templeton in both 2000
and 2001 by ham-n-egging their way around the course for three days
better than any of the other 11 teams. As Faxon put it, Scott hits it right and long and I hit it short and left, so were perfect for each other.
Last year, Faxon and McCarron played three rounds in 64-62-57. The
first day is alternate shot, the second is best ball and the final round is a scramble. No joke intended, but its true, the best day to ham-n-egg it is in the scramble where six of the winning teams in the events 13-year history have broken 60 on Sunday.
This year 24 players are set to compete for a first-place check of
$500,000 that will be split evenly. In other words, $250,000 to the
winning teams ham and $250,000 to its egg.
The 24 men competing have earned a combined $42 million-plus in
official events this year.
Somehow, though, I cant look past the 40-something team of tournament
host Greg Norman and Fred Couples. Couples has been a part of three winning teams in the tournaments history (so too have McCarron and Faxon.) Freds history says these events are right up his alley. Hes earned nearly $6 million in career un-official events, compared to roughly $13-million in official events. Staggering! Couples says he just feels like the laid-back approach to the off-season events fits him well.
For many, it's time to relax and time to enjoy what is left of 2002.
Jerry Kelly, who won twice this year, said on Thursday, Im whipped. Kelly will ham-n-egg it with Scott Hoch this week.
So, to review:
1) One player hits a poor drive and his partner makes up for it with a terrific second shot = Ham-n-egg.
2) One player hits second shot in the bunker and partner proceeds to hole it on the next shot = Ham-n-egg.
3)One player plays third to par 5 from bunker to 25 feet and partner
proceeds to hole the ensuing putt = Ham-n-egg.
Once again, the Sharks event here at Tiburon (Spanish for shark) Golf
Club at the Ritz Carlton Resort is stocked with great players. And believe me when I say theres a good bit of excitement. Southwest Floridians love their golf.
And by weeks end, theyll all have heard the term ham-n-egg at
least a few times. Go ahead ' keep count!