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Hooks Cuts From Medinah

  • The only thing missing from the Tiger/Phil hoopla this week was Don King and a weigh-in.
  • Dave Pelz says he looks at data in making the determination that when hes on, Phils the best in the world. Has he seen the data that reads, Tiger 11 majors, Phil three?
  • Ernie Els offered a startling admission when he told me that hes not a great player. In his estimation, to be called a great player you have to have won the career slam.
  • Seven times Sergios gone to the final round of a major inside the top five. All seven times hes turned in his worst putting performance of the week.
  • Tom Lehman would be an asset to the U.S. Ryder Cup team'as a player and captain.
  • Chicagos a steak and a hot dog town, not a saffron-infused sea bass with balsamic reduction kind of town.
  • Phils never won more than one major in a season while Tigers done it three times. Phils never won Player of the Year while Tigers claimed the prize seven of the last nine years. This is a big week for Phil.
  • Mike North, Chicago sports radio kingpin, says the U.S. would win the Ryder Cup if it made Mike Ditka the captain. The man looks like Stalin, said North in a thick Chi-town accent. Put him in a tower and let him stare at the Europeans. Theyd forfeit.
  • Davis Love will almost certainly be a captains choice if he doesnt qualify on points, but it would be nice to see him earn it on points.
  • Chicagos a beefy city, not an organic chicken braised with butternut squash kind of city.
  • Jim Furyks a Chicago kind of guy, tougher than day old bacon, like Halas and Butkus and Mikita.
  • Wouldnt be a shock if Geoff Ogilvy was low man in the group after 36 holes.
  • Not far from Wrigley Field sits a hot dog joint call Wieners Circle. They pile the insults higher than the pickles. Yes, they put pickles and hot peppers on the dogs here, but its a two stroke penalty if you go with ketchup.
  • One last piece of food for thought'Tiger passes Hagen with 12, ties Casper at 51 total victories, then heads to Augusta with talk of another slam swirling through the Georgia pines.

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