Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Tiger Woods Just one Of Many Scintillating Storylines At PGA

Because of the calendar, the PGA Championship has always had a tougher time generating the same buzz as the other three majors of golf. But even with the NFL lockout lifted and most college football programs from practice this week, the 93rd PGA Championship at Atlanta Athletic Club has become one of the most anticipated majors in years.
Not only is Tiger Woods plays in a major for the first time since fourth-place at the Masters in April, he only brings more story then suddenly a John Grisham novel. Woods can somehow scrape enough rust off his game in his 15th major victory after going through the longest scoreless stretch in his once-brilliant career without a major (it has 13 majors since Woods last won him missing four injuries)? Will he have to wait another eight months to his hunt for Jack Nicklaus '18 majors career to pursue?
And what we make of this very public spat Woods Steve Williams? The caddy was clear two weeks ago how "disappointed" he was when Woods fired him after 12 years together. But to make sure, on Sunday, when Williams helped his new boss, Adam Scott, a four-shot victory in the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, Williams told CBS 'David Feherty that "I've been caddying 33 years, and this is the greatest week I've had in my career. "
Ouch. Guess those 13 majors, the Tiger Slam and 62 career PGA TOUR titles together to win does not mean what they used to. While Williams takes some heat from other players are Tiger-bashing, because it took to win away from Scott's, PGA of America officials do you think they would have liked it and Scott Woods paired together this week? That would have made for some interesting viewing.
Beyond the histrionics, Williams' presence seemed to elevate the game Scott. With Williams on his bag, the talented Australian finally win that first major expected? If he does, Scott was the first player to a big victory with a long putter.
The PGA Championship has plenty of other storylines, such as whether the Americans their record drought of six consecutive majors end - since Phil Mickelson won the Masters in 2010. Mickelson finished second, one shot behind David Toms at the 2001 PGA Championship, the last time a major was held in the AAC, but Lefty is not the Americans' best chance this week, despite his near miss at the British Open. Nor is Woods.
What about Dustin Johnson, who has made - and lost - in three of the last six majors?
While Americans can not win a major, agent Chubby Chandler seems one can not lose. He has seen his players to win four of the last five majors, including all three this year, and he goes for the so-called Chubby Slam at the PGA.
The PGA of America is doing its usual grouping of the most important of the Year winners - Charl Schwartzel (Masters), Rory McIlroy (U.S. Open) and Darren Clarke (British Open) - At least we know where to find Chandler during the first two rounds. If this trio is not complete Chubby Slam, Chandler has other options Lee Westwood, Ernie Els, Louis Oosthuizen and even Simon Dyson (recent winner of the French Open).


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