PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. ' It's Friday Night Fights, The Players-style, from the second round at TPC Sawgrass. Tiger Woods escaped from the trees at 14. Alex Cejka escaped communist Czechoslovakia when he was 8.
I hear the Skins Game is off. Its not quite Thanksgiving without turkey, but even on its dullest days, it was better than the Lions against the Cowboys.
Anthony Kim shot 73-82. Adam Scott missed the cut. Sergio Garcias sulking. Oh to be young and rich and conflicted.
Fred Funks birdie at 18 to make the cut was vintage Funk. Oh to be old and tough and irrepressible.
Ian Poulter is solid, even sartorially. And weve never said that before.
Cejka, according to Golf Channel European Tour insider Ken Schofield, was a genuine free spirit while playing that circuit, challenging the tours rules on length of hair, ponytails and beards. At the Sony Open in Hawaii this year he shaved off his shoulder-length hair. All of it. I was on the street in Honolulu, he told me. And I just happened to be standing outside of a barber shop. I was on the phone with my girlfriend, Allegro. I was just joking when I said to her I was going to cut my hair. She said I didnt have the guts. In I went, and off it came.
Jason Dufners making the most of the chance he got when Brandt Snedeker pulled out.
Tiger was scuffling through eight holes when the hit literally hit the fan at 9. The fan was Charlie Caraviti, belted and welted in the arm by Tigers wayward second. According to colleague Steve Sands, standing a few feet away, Tiger walked up and asked, Everybody OK?
How bout you give me a lesson? cracked Caraviti.
How bout I give you a signed glove? Tiger shot back.
And at this point Im thinking, How bout you make this ridiculous up-and-down and charge back into the championship?
I know the Skins Game got stale, but why not a Glamour Boys and Country Boys version? AK, Camilo Villegas, Boo Weekley and Kenny Perry.
Tigers second at 14 wasnt bad.
Im still hearing from a few colleagues that Angel Cabrera lucked into his green jacket. Does he really need to win The Players to hammer home the point that hes really, truly formidable? Hes unbelievably explosive, with 14 birdies and an eagle through two days. And dont forget, he started with a triple bogey on Day 1.
With the Skins Game down, do we need to start a Freddie fund?
Tiger needs 69 or better on Saturday. Phil needs 65 or better. Sergio needs a month off.
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