Jason Sobel - March 23, 2012


Anthony Kim opened the Arnold Palmer Invitational with a 69 and entering this week, he had made the cut just once in six starts. He had some injuries in 2010 and those have led to some bad habits in his swing which have resulted in bad and inconsistent play. Kim continues to work hard and he is beginning to see results as he corrects his bad habits.

Tiger Woods looked very frustrated yesterday when he was missing shots and that has been true in nearly every round he has played this year. On one hand, it may be a sign that Tiger is very close to getting his swing back to where he wants it but nonetheless it is interesting to see how frustrated Tiger has been getting with his game on the course.

Jason Dufner started the second round tied for the lead and while many people first knew about him during the PGA Championship, he has quietly been putting up a strong 2012 season and the 66 he shot on Thursday was his third straight score of 66 to open a tournament this year. Dufner has been putting himself in contention very often and Sobel would not be surprised to see Dufner earn his first PGA TOUR win very soon.

He wonders how many FedExCup points the fall events will receive beginning in 2013. He understands why the changes are being made and he understands the need to secure a new sponsor for the Nationwide Tour after 2012. However, the PGA TOUR is risking alienating players and fans alike because there are too many numbers and too many factors involved day to day in trying to determine who the best players are and which players deserve to keep their membership. Assigning different point values to different events worsens the situation.

Rory McIlroy has said that while he cannot play this year, he plans to in the future while Luke Donald played Doral and Innisbrook but not Bay Hill. Arnold Palmer is not happy about these absences but the fact is that there are so many big events in such a short time period that big name players have to take a break at some point and this week is that week for the top 6 players in the world. The Masters is on the mind of every big name player and if they do not play well at Augusta National because they played too many events, that is the fault of the player and not the tournaments who want them to participate.