My game is not that good. Even if it got better, it still wouldnt be good enough to play with Tiger Woods and the young guys, like that. Im finished.
Palmer has played in each of the 24 Bay Hill Invitationals. He finished the tournament in last place. Ironically, the name right above him on the leaderboard was Nicklaus ' as in Gary. Jacks offspring shot 81-75.
Woods entered last years Bay Hill Invitational winless on the PGA Tour, and then promptly won the event. He also won his next two starts, The Players Championship and the Masters.
This year, he is again winless on tour. And, he believes his game is in similar shape.
I feel like the things Ive been working on are starting to come together, and thats what I felt like last year, same thing, he said. Its virtually almost the same this year.
Oh, Captain, My Captain
Curtis Strange admittedly played poorly in the second round. He couldnt help but hit it left. Still, he scrambled for an even-par 72 to finish 36 holes of play at 3-under-par 141.
Today was ugly. Today was really obscene, at times, Strange said.
It could have been worse, however, had he not gotten a little help from his Wake Forest teammate.
I was watching Jay Haas putt the other day, and what hes been working on about a year and a half, making everything. It just kind of clicked with me, he said.
I made everything yesterday, and I made all my par putts today ' I didnt have many birdie putts.
For the second straight year, Strange is balancing his playing career with that of his television commentary duties and his Ryder Cup captaincy.
The Ryder Cup was postponed after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks against the United States. Now, the event is scheduled Sept. 27-29 at The Belfry in Sutton Coldfield, England, the week after the World Golf Championships-American Express Championship in Ireland.
Its great for us, he remarked. Theres not going to be any jet lag for the week of the Ryder Cup.
Strange and Jeff Sluman also weighed in Friday with their thoughts on the proposed Major Tour, which would include major championship winners age 37-55.
We live in an age when we believe were entitled to things. Were not entitled to anything, said Strange, a 47-year-old, two-time U.S. Open winner. When we cant play anymore ' time to get another job.
The tour has been my life. I wouldnt think of resigning, ever.
Sluman, 44, isnt against the concept; that doesnt mean we would participate, though.
In general, if you look at it, I dont really think its that bad of an idea, said the 1988 PGA Championship winner. All I know is, right now, Im competitive on the PGA Tour, and thats my home. If they had changed the Senior Tour to age 45, I would still play the PGA Tour.
On the Up Swing
Time ' and success ' can change ones perception. While mired in his U.S. slump, Els wasnt even regarded as the best player from his homeland ' that distinction went to U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen. Now, he's recognized as the current primary challenger to world No. 1 Woods.
Some guys hit their peak and other guys hit rock bottom. I was rock bottom (after the U.S. Open), Els said. You dont always play the way Im playing right now, and other times, when youre pretty low, youve got to get yourself back.
'I was just happy for (Goosen) and happy for myself now.