Hooks Cuts Wie to Winged Foot

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  • Fortunate to have played Baltusrol on Tuesday with a terrific caddie, sharp enough to bust the Titleists of one of my best friends. We teed off on a par 4, both in the fairway; although, I was 20 yards ahead. Standing at the first ball, the caddie said to us innocently, You know theyre building a Super Wal-Mart here. Naturally, we wondered exactly where. To my pal he deadpanned, Between your ball and his.
     
  • Speaking of major venues designed by Tillinghast, Winged Foots more about golf than exclusivity. Prospective members need to pass a modest playing ability test.
     
  • Davis Love III will no doubt be asked to relive his rainbow moment from 1997, and as a follow-up, if he thinks hes underachieved as that PGA Championship remains his only major title.
     
  • Hard to figure which is the better story: a Tiger win on Fathers Day or Phil grabbing a third straight major.
     
  • The pros at Canoe Brook seemed more comfortable with Michelle Wies attempt because she earned her way to the sectional as opposed to taking a sponsors exemption.
     
  • One tournament Id like to see: 'Best 16-Year-Old in the World,' open to boys and girls.
     
  • The 15-year-old who qualified from Hawaii will be garnering just a Wie bit of attention and publicity when he arrives at the U.S. Open.
     
  • Mickelson, Woods, Els, Singh and Furyk are favored by three over the Knicks.
     
  • Since taking a much needed lesson last week, Ive asked my wife, my two sons, my mother, and my sister-in-laws dog to check my club position at the top. The dog thought I was laid off too much.
     
  • Looking forward to a weeks worth of tabloid headline winners from The New York Post.
     
  • How deep is Winged Foots rough? At a recent practice round, a player searched for his ball and uncovered Knicks coach Larry Brown.
     
  • Amazing, but in the eyes of the impatient, Wie will have underachieved if she finishes 2006 without an LPGA win.
     
  • Your thoughts on Tiger, Phil, Michelle and my swing position are most welcome.
     
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