The Front 9

May 27, 2013 -

Boo hoo. Boo Weekley won the PGA Tour’s Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial yesterday to register his third career win and first since 2008. The absolute best ‘quote’ on the PGA Tour,  who will always tell you exactly what is on his mind, Weekley’s welcome return to the winners circle is a blessing for golf writers everywhere. Who else wrestles alligators, has an endorsement contract with a camouflage hunting apparel company, and commonly uses the word “ain’t”? Boo may not be good for grammar but he sure is great for golf.

2.      20 year old Italian star, Matteo Manassero won the European Tour’s marquee event, the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth yesterday. It is the talented Manaserro’s third win of his young career and puts him on the verge of stardom.

3.      The fallout in the aftermath of Sergio Garcia’s idiotic comment about ‘fried chicken’ when responding to a question about Tiger Woods, on Tuesday of last week, will follow him for a long, long time.      

4.      Japanese professional, Kohki Idoki, won the Senior PGA Championship yesterday in his first trip to the United States. Ever. Kenny Perry seemed to have the Championship in hand but capitulated during the last six holes to allow Idoki to claim his most improbable victory. The 51 year old Idoki is not even sure that he will return to defend his title next year saying that he prefers to stay in Japan.

5.      Great friends and fellow Northern Irishmen, Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy have shared the same management company for the last two years. It appears that McIlroy is about to leave and create his own team which led to a reported falling out between the two. Not so says McDowell, while McIlroy responded to the insatiable British media with, “If you join the circus, you have to be prepared to put up with the clowns.” McIlroy would not elaborate but his meaning was fairly clear.

6.      The USGA made its ban on Anchoring official last week, meaning that it will be an illegal method of putting by the year 2016. The PGA Tour’s policy board will be meeting on what their position will be in the coming weeks but most now expect a long court battle to ensue. It may be a very contentious and divisive process as so many golfers have taken a firm position on one side or the other.

7.      2014 US Ryder Cup Captain Tom Watson didn’t mince words when asked recently what kind of player he would pick for his team saying, “I want heart, somebody who can play with the lead, and somebody who can play in bad conditions. And we’re looking at guys that can make that 5footer every time that they need it. Every time”.

8.      Matt Kuchar continued his run of consistent play with a runner-up finish to Boo Weekley at the Colonial and is now third in the yearlong Fed Ex Cup standings. A great many experts would give Kuchar the most unwanted mantle in golf, “the best player who has not won a Major”. He will have a chance to change that at the upcoming US Open at Merion.

9.      The LPGA Tour created history this past weekend by having a 12-hole final round. They also had 12-hole first and second rounds! Ilhee Lee won the weather shortened Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic for her first victory on the LPGA Tour. Over one foot of rain swamped the course from Wednesday to Saturday and officials had to remove 45 million gallons of water to be even able to play. The players played 3 rounds of made up of 12 holes each in a very resourceful way to make the tournamnet happen at all.       

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