Hooks and Cuts on Golfs Winding Trail

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  • The Golf Channels celebrating its 10th anniversary. Heres why it works. A beautiful woman saunters into the bedroom with a slinky negligee in hopes of stealing the attention of a busy and distracted husband. In a matter-of-fact tone he says, Honey could you move to the left a bit? Butch Harmons demonstrating a good shoulder turn.
     
  • If Craig Stadler played a full schedule on the regular tour, he might crack the top 50 on the money list.
     
  • Amazing because shes only 15, but pressures mounting on Michelle Wie to actually win an LPGA event this year so she can validate the escalating hype.
     
  • Whos better all-time, Vijay Singh or Greg Norman? Vijay or Johnny Miller? Vijay or Nick Price? If you look at pure numbers, its Vijay on all three counts. He now owns 25 victories, three of which are majors. Norman won 20 on the PGA Tour including two majors while Miller took 25 tournament titles, two of which were majors and Price posted 18 victories with three majors on the resume. As strong and supple as he is at almost 42 years old, Vijay has a realistic chance to finish his career with 35 and five.
     
  • Sam Snead leads the All-Time Wins list with 82 and my own list of favorite personal moments over the last decade covering the sport for your favorite television network. The Slammer had just hit the ceremonial first tee shot several years back at the Masters and ambled over near the clubhouse. Half-dozen reporters gathered around and I asked Sam how he was feeling. He proceeded to tell us about some dental work hed had done and without hesitating pulled his dentures out to show us! Seriously.
     
  • Tiger needs to average about three wins a year for the next 15 to overtake Snead. To overtake Vijay, he needs to drive the ball the way he did at Kapalua. Remember when Tiger used to intimidate with his driver?
     
  • Vijay will remain No. 1 because the chip on his shoulders as big and sharp as ever. Vijay knows the public loves Tiger, Phil and Ernie and knows the experts are predicting huge years for Woods and Els. Someone who knows Vijay well told me last year that he takes great satisfaction in stuffing itwell, close to the hole.
     
  • Reminiscing over the last 10 years brings to mind my trip to Morocco in 1997. The young Prince loves golf and was playing Robert Trent Jones superb Dar Es Salam. Just off a green, he tried to execute a little bump and run but flat bladed the shot. The ball was screaming across the surface and the next thing you know a body guard standing in front of the bunker which was about to receive the speeding rock bends down and scoops it up like Cal Ripken. What a play! Apparently, when youre the Prince, you dont do the laundry, you dont mow the lawn, and you dont make bogey.
     
  • Weve all been touched and lifted over the last decade by Payne Stewart, Annika Sorenstam and countless others, but the biggest story of the last 10 years? Tiger winning the 1997 Masters. Most exciting moment of the last 10 years? Tiger chasing the ball into the hole on his way to beating Bob May at the 2000 PGA Championship. Greatest achievement of the last 10 years? Tiger winning four majors in a row. Single greatest performance of the last 10 years? Tiger running away with the 2000 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach by 15 shots. Best timing by a start-up, niche cable television network to coincide with the ascent of Tiger Woods? The Golf Channel.
     
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