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The GrunkleGuru

Grunkle is a slang term for the thick rough on a golf course that I have been using for many years. Given my penchant for inaccurate tee balls, I have become a bit of a guru out of the thick stuff, hence the name. This is a site for my random thoughts about sports (espeically golf) and life in general. While nothing special, it will hopefully offer a break from the daily drudgery for both you and me.

January 10, 2005

PGA Tour....These Guys Are Really Good!

So the PGA tour got underway this past week in Hawaii. I know, it is a tough gig if you can get it, but some interesting things came out from this weekends activities....

Stuart Appleby might be one of the most underated PGA Tour members. All he does is play a consistent game with one of the best swings around.

Vijay Singh still has that chink in the armour that he has always had. The dreaded 'way left' ball reared its ugly head and cost him the tournament.

Tiger Woods will now be scrutinized for his putting. He had a week where he hit the ball better then he has in about 18 months, but did not make a single putt. So, instead of people talking about how great he hit the ball, watch for the critics to talk about his putting problems. For those that don't know he was one of the best putters on tour last year, so be sure to keep an eye on this subject.

I think Ernie Els is starting to press a little and it is going to hurt his game. He is a great player, who ran into one heck of a string of bad luck in the majors last year. So he is standing on the 18th tee needing a birdie on an easy par 5 to force a playoff and fails to accomplish this. Losing the ball right like he did tends to be the result of a golf swing not as loose as it should be. Don't know if this is the case, but just something to watch.

All in all, it was an exciting tournament with skewed statistics, but I think this is going to be a wide open year that will surely provide excitement and fodder for those who choose to watch.


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I don't know about anyone else, but it seemed that the Wild Card Weekend this year lacked energy. The games were good, but they did not have a great feel to them. Maybe it was because 3 road teams wond and you lost out on the cheering fans, or just the fact that some of the teams are rather boring, but regardless, I just did not get sucked in like I usually do.

Regardless, the Patriots start their defense and get a chance to beat Peyton and the Colts for the third time in about a year. The media will play up that this is not the teams playing each other, but rather Peyton Manning vs. Bill Belichick. It seems rediculous, but if you look back at the past matchups, Manning is not the same quarterback when he plays the Pats. Look for more of the same on a cold day at the Razor.

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