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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.

March 14, 2005

I Told You It Would Be A Good One

Wow, that was one heck of a final round yesterday at the Honda Classic. For that matter, the weekend was full of some great golf. With great shots abound, it looked like anyone’s game until a Fijian gave an Irishman an early St. Patrick’s Day present.

Saturday was wrought with disaster for most everyone as the golf course dried out and sped up. The way the approach shots were bouncing off these greens you would have thought it was the U.S. Open. In fact, Johnny Miller made a great point to aspiring golf course architects and developers (myself included). To paraphrase he said that if you wanted to make a golf course difficult, don’t worry about water hazards and bunkers (although they don’t detract from the difficulty), but instead elevate the greens and crown them. That way, less then perfect shots are deflected off the green and lead to many shot options for the player. With the option to chip, flop, pitch or putt there are just too many options for the golfer to fully commit to the shot a regular basis. That leads to imperfect shots, and consequently bogies.

Anyway, Sunday was a different story. Well, it wasn’t for the leaders as they struggled coming in, but those off the lead, and supposedly had nothing to lose went out and lit up the Mirasol Country Club. Those who made the playoff include:

Padrig Harrington shot a 9-under 63 (with two bogeys)
Vijay Singh shot an 8-under 64
Joe Ogilvie rode his alma mater’s basketball success on Sunday and shot a 4-under 68

Meanwhile, the leaders going into the final round struggled:

Geoff Ogilvy shot a 1-over 73 (almost won for the second start in a row)
Brett Wetterich shot a 1-over 73 including a triple bogey (I don’t see how his swing can hold up in the long run)
Pat Perez shot a 2-under 70, but nobody knew it because he was too busy throwing clubs and that is bad for TV
Lee Janzen shot a 4-over 76 and is still winless since his last U.S. Open victory

So we ended up with a playoff that went two extra holes, and ended in anti-climatic fashion when Singh missed a 2 1/2-footer to continue the drama. This gave Harrington his first PGA Tour title and with the confidence this gives him, I have to figure he is on the short list of favorites for the Masters.


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