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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.

May 02, 2005

Zurich Classic Wrap-Up

The PGA Tour's Zurich Classic of New Orleans wrapped up in exciting style on Sunday with putts being made and missed on the 18th hole including:

- Tim Petrovic making a 20-footer to tie for the lead and eventually get into a play-off

- Chris DiMarco 3-putting the 18th to miss out on a play-off

- James Driscoll missing a 6-foot birdie putt to win in regulation then 3-putting in the playoff to give the tourney to Petrovic.

You have to admire Petrovic and his dedication to his dream. He went broke in 1993 trying to earn a living as a professional golfer, and spent 5 years as a pizza store manager before finally getting the opportunity to fulfill his dream. Actually, you have to admire his wife, who let him continue on the nomadic lifestyle as he followed his dream.

The TPC of Louisiana looked like it was a great layout for a PGA event, and should provide for some dramatic tourneys in the years to come. Some notes about the course:

- The drainage is amazing. 4 inches of rain in the morning on a course with a total of 4 feet of elevation change would typically lead to disaster and delays. Instead they were playing in the afternoon, and the course looked firm and fast on Sunday.

- The greens are quite subtle in their breaks. More then once the announcers said that a putt would break one direction, and it went the exact opposite. High comedy.

- Once this course matures and the rough grows in look out. At 7500 yards and thick Bermuda rough this will be one tough puppy.

The Wachovia Championship is coming up this week down the interstate in Charlotte. This event is quickly turning into one of the best on tour, and should provide plenty of interest. Keep your eyes peeled for the weekly picks and then you will know who to bet against.

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