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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 22, 2005

Oops, He Did It Again...

Well, Vijay Singh managed to do it again. First off, congratulations go out to him for re-gaining the number one ranking in the world of professional golf. However, there seems to be a trend going on that bears watching throughout the year. Once again he gave away a title when he was in contention. To re-cap the year to date:

- Had a chance to win season-opening Mercedes until he hit his miss shot (pull hook left)
- Last week at the Honda he missed a 30 inch putt to extend a play-off
- Sunday ath the Bay Hill he made double bogey after hitting into the water fronting the green giving Kenny Perry the victory.

I don’t want to call it concerning, but you can’t help but notice a trend. Granted, it is impressive that he is consistently putting himself in position to win (and has won already this year), but the fact is that he is not coming through in the clutch as well. This lost at Bay Hill is most confusing to me.

I did not see the event as the weather led me to play golf instead of watch it (big mistake given my play) but from the highlights, one of two things happened. Either he was aiming at the middle of the green ad pushed it, or he was aiming directly at the pin.

If he was indeed aiming at the pin, then it was just a bone-head move. He was tied for the lead, and he had to figure a par would get him in a playoff. Aiming for that pin is asinine because there is no good spot to miss. Long is an extremely difficult up and down, and well, we know what happened when you miss short.

Anyway, congratulations to Kenny Perry for playing a very solid tournament and winning what I consider to be a very prestigious tournament.

This coming week is The Player’s Championship. What many consider to be the fifth major. This should be another fun and exciting tournament. I’ll have more later this week, that will hopefully include a new segment.

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