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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.

February 21, 2005

Sunny California My Butt!

Well, while it is always supposed to be sunny in Los Angeles, but that was not the case this week as the Nissan Open finished up this Monday morning after just 36 holes. Actually, it was 37 as Adam Scott defeated Chad Campbell in a one-hole playoff.

Not much to report on the action as the weekend was washed out, but Scott has won a few big tournaments here in the states including last year’s Players Championship, so we are not talking about some fluke player who go lucky due to the weather. In fact, Scott birdied the last hole of his second round just so he could get into the playoff.

One thing to keep in mind is that while Scott gets winning money (nearly $900,000), and a cool trophy to go with it, it is not considered an official victory. While this might be a big deal for some, Scott has a big-time exemption (10 years I think) due to his Players victory last year. However, this does not get him into the Tournament of Champions to start next year, so he will still have to win a certified event to secure his Hawaiian vacation.

This upcoming week is one of the more exciting on Tour, as we get ready for the Accenture Match Play Championship. I have always been a big fan of match play as it creates excitement and the risk/reward equation is stepped up a notch or twenty. Even if your opponent makes a birdie and you make double bogey while trying to make eagle, you only lose one hole, not three shots. Momentum and gamesmanship are part of it, and it is fun to watch. I just hope that one day they bring match play into the major rotation. My suggestion…. at the PGA Championship 36 holes of qualifying which determines the top 64 that then play match play to determine the winner. Oh yeah, they used to do it this way.

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