GolfChannel.com Senior Writer Jason Sobel is in Cromwell, Connecticut this week for the Travelers Championship. Matt Kuchar shot a round of 67 on his birthday on Thursday and that is an appropriate 34th birthday present and Sobel also joked that he tried to give Kuchar a birthday present but Kuchar declined to accept it. Sobel also spoke with Kuchar following his first round on Thursday and found out that he has a new putter in the bag this week and that he likes to switch putters frequently.
Cameron Tringale was penalized a stroke on the 6th hole on Thursday because his ball moved less than a third of a revolution after addressing the ball and was penalized a second stroke because he did not replace it. Tringale was not 100% certain that the ball even moved but in these circumstances, the player is penalized if he or she is not certain. While he was certainly disappointed to incur a two stroke penalty, he still feels as though he is in the tournament.
In his second visit to Friday’s Morning Drive, Sobel began by saying that Padraig Harrington has an injury issue this week. Sobel ran into Harrington after his 1-under-par 69 on Thursday and Harrington was icing his wrist. After being asked whether or not he was injured, Harrington said that he was not injured and that he had just a minor mishap with a golf cart.
He attended Women’s Day at the Travelers Championship and it was a huge success. Several hundred women executives attended a breakfast with journalist Anna Quindlen and a luncheon with actress Bridget Moynahan. Moynahan spoke at the luncheon about the Hole in the Wall Gang camp which is one of the charitable beneficiaries of the Travelers Championship and Sobel also had the chance to speak to Moynahan about everything from the Hole in the Wall Gang camp to her golf game. After his interview with Moynahan, Sobel said that there is a good chance that she will be back at the Travelers Championship next year as a part of Women’s Day and possibly the Wednesday Pro-Am. Sobel also acknowledged that Moynahan is much taller than he is and she was also wearing high heels on Wednesday which made the height difference even more significant.