After 22 days on the road in Australia, Tim returned to the Morning Drive studio. He felt that from a golf standpoint that Australia was a hybrid between the United States and Great Britain and that the cities felt like big U.S. cities. One drawback was that everything in Australia was too expensive.
Former U.S. Amateur Champion Hank Kuehne is 36 years old now but he is working on a comeback at Medalist Golf Club in Jupiter Island after missing the past few years due to various injuries. He has been seeing the same German doctor that Vijay Singh and Fred Couples went to see with remarkable results. Kuehne is remarried now and he has had success on the PGA TOUR although he has not won.
Martin Kaymer is not joining the PGA TOUR in 2012 although Rory McIlroy and Lee Westwood will be. Tim thinks that this all about golfers becoming world players and Westwood is doing this to expand his presence in golf around the world. Despite not joining, Kaymer will be in the U.S. quite a bit in 2012 although Westwood will have a few more starts stateside. The Europeans in the past have felt stressed by having to get their games up for the FedExCup and then for the Dubai World Championship. The about-face has a lot to do with the continued growth of a world tour.
Robert Allenby made some comments in Australia about how his playing partners did not help him out on his way to an 0-4-0 record. One of those partners was Geoff Ogilvy. After Allenby lost in a playoff, Ogilvy made what could be regarded as a sarcastic tweet and Sunday night Allenby reportedly had a heated confrontation with Ogilvy at a post-tournament party. Social Media is interesting in the sense that there is no tone of voice or inflection which can leave comments open to interpretation.
Out of all of the PGA TOUR Q-School stories, while a lot of people are looking at Sam Saunders among a few other bigger names, he is looking at Brett Wetterich who after winning in 2006 and playing on the Ryder Cup team, he went through a series of injuries and is trying to get his TOUR card back for 2012.
Tiger played incredibly well in Australia at the Australian Open and the Presidents Cup and considering Tiger’s history at Sherwood Country Club, Tim is definitely looking forward to seeing what Tiger does and how far along he is in the “process.”