JERSEY CITY, N.J. ' Its early ' like 4 minutes into the game early ' but if Paul Goydos wins The Playoffs thats what, Villanova over Georgetown?
Tiger Woods spoke only to Larry Rinker of XM Satellite Radio after his opening 70, leaving the hungry local reporters a bit peeved. Tiger does more press than anyone, but I agree that on Day 1 of The Playoffs, in the biggest media market in the world, it would be nice to hear from the biggest star in the world. We hear from him plenty, but the locals dont. Curious to see if theres any backlash.
The Thursday 65s could be Saturday 85s if the bad weather hits New York. If we get some winds from that storm, you guys are going to see some carnage out there, thats for sure, said Steve Marino, one of those shooting 65.
Enjoyed dinner last night in New York City with Major Dan Rooney, founder of Patriot Day Golf, and his beautiful wife, Jackie. When you tee it up Labor Day weekend, donate $1 to help families of those wounded or lost in battle.
Opening with a solid 3-under 68, Kevin Streelman tuned up for The Barclays with a round at Winged Foot on Wednesday. Nice place to tune up.
Leave it to Goydos to counter the charge that The Playoffs are flawed because a guy could win three in a row, lose the Tour Championship and lose the FedEx Cup. Is it okay that the New York Giants won the Super Bowl two years ago? Goydos asks rhetorically.
Most players seem to like the views better than the layout at Liberty National. Robert Allenby, off a 3-under 68, was asked if he thought the greens and the course were better than expected. I dont really know how to answer that in the right way, he said. I could really get myself into trouble. They set it up very well. Thats as good as I can go on the course.
Next year, The Barclays goes to Tillinghasts Ridgewood and then follows with Ross Plainfield. New York does classic courses like New York does mid-town traffic ' heavy.
On how he plans to pace himself for potentially 16 rounds of golf over the course of The Playoffs, Goydos again delivered a good strike. Its not 16 football games. I mean, its golf, he deadpanned.
Major Dan flies F-16s, with three tours in Iraq. He also played collegiately against Tiger, competing in the 1995 U.S. Amateur. In hopes of raising more money for the cause, Dans teeing it up Friday with Donald Trump and New York Mayor Bloomberg. Thats what you would call a big money game.
Day 1 surprises: Rookie Webb Simpson with 66 and 75s from Camilo Villegas, Anthony Kim and Vijay Singh, all Playoff stars a year ago.
Sergio Garcia's off to a good start, though Im wondering if he should take a page from the Michelle Wie playbook and pay a visit to putting wizard Dave Stockton? Related Links:
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Lerner, a mainstay at Golf Channel since 1997, is an anchor/reporter for Golf Central.