The WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship is the golf equivalent of Coastal Carolina having a great shot at knocking off Duke in the first round in the NCAA mens basketball tournament. There are no upsets. Almost anything can happen in the relatively short span of 18 holes. Let me put it another way: Peter OMalley, head-to-head, against Tiger Woods over 72 holes? Woods wins 100 out of 100 times.
Thanks for the E-mails on the informal poll question on whos the best lefty in the world right now. The results are still pouring in but theres a pattern. Approximately 85 percent of the respondents are from Canada. Approximately 85 percent of that 85 per cent voted for Mike Weir. Approximately 50 percent of that 85 percent identify themselves as lefthanders. Conclusion: Canadians love Mike Weir almost as much as they love their golf. The positive energy emanating from north of the U.S. border is always a delight.
John Daly finishing in the top five for the second week in a row is, to me, almost more surprising than Daly winning the Buick Invitational, his first Tour victory in 10 years. If Daly 'top 10s' in Arizona this week in the Tucson Chrysler Classic, it will mark the first time in his career he achieves that milestone.
If I had to choose one player to make a 10-foot putt with my life on the line right now, it would be Mike Weir of Canada.
In case you havent noticed, Stuart Appleby is having that breakout year we've all been waiting for from him.
Among the names of players behind Thailands Thongchai Jaidee on the current Official World Golf Rankings are: Nick Faldo, Bernhard Langer, Luke Donald, Skip Kendall and Harrison Frazar. One week J.D. the next week Jaidee.
Chris Riley is not a surprise any more. He is going to make the U.S. Ryder Cup team. Speaking of which, I am constantly amused at the questions U.S. Ryder Cup captain Hal Sutton gets about possible wild card selections every time somebody plays well. Sutton smartly refuses to rule anybody out. He would be foolish do anything else.
If they want it, it can be arranged. The Tavistock Cup, scheduled to be played between members of Lake Nona (Faldo, Els, Goosen et al.) and Isleworth (Appleby, Allenby, OMeara, Hoch et al.) Mar. 29 could spin itself off. How? The members at Whisper Rock Golf Club in Scottsdale include Phil Mickelson, Billy Mayfair, Aaron Baddeley and Tim Herron, just to name a few. We will beat the (bleep) out of them,' says Gary McCord, also a Whisper Rock member.
Part of the reason there are no first time winners yet on the PGA Tour is because this is a Ryder Cup year.
My two Captains picks if the Ryder Cup was next week: U.S.: Justin Leonard and Jerry Kelly. Europe: Sergio Garcia and Luke Donald.