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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 01, 2005

Naps Are Good, The Golf Is Even Better!

There was some impressive golf played this weekend, but if you have read JW’s blog, you would not know it. I should stat now that while I do not know her personally (at least I think I don’t), I do enjoy her musings, and in this case she brings up a valid point. Golf as a spectator sport is a rather relaxing endeavor. That is one of the reasons that I like watching on TV. It allows for the mind to wander, envy the position the players are in, and usually sneak in a nap. This is a great way to spend a weekend afternoon (especially when the weather is bad where you are), and I recommend everyone give it a try sometime.

While the Accenture Match Play Championship was boring, it provided some exciting golf, as did most tournaments this weekend. The weekend highlights include:

David Toms put on an amazing display of all around golf on Saturday and Sunday. He was splitting fairways, knocking it stiff, and hitting every putt that faced him. He won the championship on Sunday 6 and 5, and it was not that close, in fact he was nine up at one time. He just flat out dominated his opponents, and that led to the easy victories that left producers with unexpected time to fill.

Elsewhere on the PGA Tour another young gun is starting to make some waves. Kevin Na lost in a playoff to Geoff Ogilvy at the Chrysler Classic of Tuscon. Na can’t legally buy a drink yet (he is only 20), but look for him to be celebrating sooner rather then later, as this is his second full season on the PGA Tour and he already has two second places finishes in 2005.

Finally, Michelle Wie was finally lost in the shuffle. While she makes waves and draws attention while she is playing on the PGA Tour, she does not draw the TV ratings when she is playing on the LPGA Tour. Anyway, this teenager finished tied for second in an official LPGA event. While some might say she had an advantage as this event was on her home island, and the number one women’s golfer Annika was not there, they don’t hold water when you look at it. This is a young girl who withstood the added pressure of playing in front of the hometown fans, did not back down, and demonstrated yet again that she has the talent to dominate women’s golf one day (if that remains her goal).

So, while JW says that golf on TV was boring this weekend, I offer an alternative explanation. Some made it look so easy that the TV producers ended up with extra time to fill. Next time you get a crappy weekend afternoon, I strongly suggest that you take some time, relax on the sofa, and watch some golf. Who knows, you may even get better by osmosis. At least that’s how I defend it.


At 8:37 PM, Blogger Patrick Eakes said...

Toms has established himself as America's toughest match play player. He reminds me of Larry Nelson, probably our greatest Ryder Cup player ever.

At 8:37 AM, Blogger The Grunkle Guru said...


Thanks for reading. Great point. I agree that Toms is a great match play player, but his game has alot to do with that. He just doesn't make mistakes.

DiMarco has more guts then just about anyone else on tour. He is brash and in your face. We need more of that on our international squads.


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