We sat down with Compton at last years WGC-CA Championship and, to be honest, did not see a world beater. He had lost weight, had a defibrillator the size of a pack of cigarettes implanted in his chest and his energy level was non-existent. Thankfully, there was more fight in this dog than we could have ever imagined.
But Compton gets the nod this week for what he didnt do. Although Tour officials offered Compton a golf cart to do his business this week at the Honda Classic, he politely declined.
Its more important for me to be back and healthy and hitting golf shots again, said Compton, whose third heart was put to the test on Friday at PGA National, having to play 20 holes to complete the first two rounds.
Compton has never wanted to be known as the pro golfer with the heart transplant. How about the pro golfer with the biggest heart this side of Secretariat?
The first reshuffle, which was last Monday, is also a good barometer of players worth watching. Simpson and Piercy were the lottery winners this time around.
Simpson began the season with back-to-back top 10s and took over the top spot in the category while Piercy ' who began the year 15th, one spot ahead of Simpson, in the category ' finished no worse than 19th in his first three events and moved to third.
MADE CUT' DID NOT FINISH (MDF)
Reports had suggested a slot in the Fall Series was imminent, but sources close to the negotiations have indicated the search for a title sponsor has been unsuccessful and the resort will likely remove its name from consideration if a title is not found in the next week or so.
Shame. The Frederica layout, which would likely host the event, is a ballstrikers ballpark and Bubba Garcias, the famed watering hole just outside the resorts gates, would become an instant staple.
Commissioner Tim Finchem dropped the independent contractors line when asked about the rule last week, but it is contraction, not contracts, that the game, if not all of sports, must embrace right now.
At last count, there were 46 Tour events and one TBD on the 09 lineup. Economic Darwinism, not sentimentality, should decide how many are on the docket in 2010 and beyond.
There is a reason the majority of top players the Tour surveyed before sending its format recommendation for the 2016 Olympic Games voted for 72 holes of stroke play. Or, more to the point, Tiger Woods has lost 18-hole match play dashes before, but just one (2000) 36-hole match.
Cue ESPNs Stuart Scott: dont hate the player, hate the game.
According to the Post story, IMG quietly agreed to steer clients looking for investment advice to Stanford Financial Group . . . According to three sources with knowledge of the situation, IMG and Stanford have a quid-pro-quo agreement under which Stanford Financial pays IMG a low- to mid-seven-figure consulting fee in exchange for IMG advising its clients.
IMG denied any wrongdoing and two longtime player managers doubted the Post report, but did voice concern that the overall impact could cause an audit of the entire business. Stay tuned.
After going down in the first round of the Match Play, Harrington decided to change course and play next weeks CA Championship at Doral. Lets avoid hitting the panic button just yet, however. Three majors in his last six Grand Slam starts suggest the Irishman will figure it out before the azaleas are in bloom.
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