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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 17, 2005

Sony Hawaiian Open – The Once Again, It’s Vijay Day

The Sony Open wrapped up the PGA Tour Hawaiian adventure, and it proved to be an exciting event with Vijay Singh shooting a final round 65 to beat Ernie Els by a shot. While the result is not that surprising, the way it came about provided some drama.

Els has just shot a course record tying 62 to be tied for the lead in the clubhouse meaning that someone still on the course had to beat him or he would be in a playoff. Enter Vijay Singh. If you remember last week he lost the tournament when he hit a snipe hook on a par 5 that led to a bogey. So here he is on the 18th tee (par 5) facing a tight driving hole that requires a slight draw, and of course the wind is hurting. What does he do? Nothing except step up on the tee and absolutely nut a tee shot that everyone to a man calls the best shot of the tournament. This leads to an easy two-putt birdie and his first win of the year. During the interview he mentions how it took him a solid practice session with nothing but the driver to give him the confidence to hit that shot. That is why he is the world’s number one golfer right now, and there is not even any question about it.

While the tournament came down to two of the worlds best, the lead story was still the play of Michelle Wie. She missed the cut (as I predicted earlier), but she still managed to beat some quality players including a member of the European Ryder Cup team that decimated the US squad this past fall (Paul Casey). While it is impressive that a 15-year-old girl can hang with the best players in the world, what is more impressive are the comments that are coming from the players. When they talk about just listening to her hit the ball they say it sounds like just about every pro out there. I still feel that she has the most talent of any 15-year-old golfer (boy or girl), and I think that she should continue to accept the invitation from the sponsor for this event, as it is good for her, good for Sony, and good for golf in general. However, she should focus on winning at the amateur level before she continues to venture into the world of the pros. I agree she has earned the right to participate if she chooses, but I still feel she has not won enough to be a regular force on the professional tours.


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