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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.

January 09, 2006

Mercedes Championship Recap

Here’s a recap of the first stop of the PGA Tour season, the Mercedes Championship.

Leaderboard

1 – Stuart Appleby (-8) – won in a playoff
2 – Vijay Singh (-8)
3 – Jim Furyk (-4)

Loserboard

26 – Fred Funk (+20)
27 – Sean O’Hair (+26)
28 – Jason Gore (+28)

The event was exciting in that the course played much harder then it had in previous seasons. The rebuilt the greens last year, and it obviously made the course play much harder then it had in the past. Also, the wind never blew less then 20MPH on any day, and had steady gusts of 40MPH. If you have ever played golf, you have to hit the ball extremely well in the wind as mis-hits are greatly exaggerated due to the dynamics of physics on the golf ball in windy conditions.

Tap-ins

- This is the third consecutive win at this event for Stuart Appleby, and the second year in a row that Vijay Singh has come in second.

- Jim Furyk owns property on Kapalua and used his hometown knowledge to his advantage for a third place finish.

- Jason Gore, the man who won three Nationwide tour events in a row to earn a battlefield promotion, and then won the 84 Lumber Classic to earn his spot in the Mercedes, finally broke 80 on the last day. And for his stellar performance Gore still earned $70,000. Not bad work if you can get it.

- Lucas Glover won his wife a new Mercedes (valued at $87,000) for a hole in one on Saturday.

- My pick, Sergio Garcia started the first tournament of the year much like he did the end of 2005. He hit almost 70% of the greens in regulation, yet averaged 31 putts per round. This equaled a seventh place finish.

- This week is the first full-field event of the year, and will coincide with my first week of fantasy golf. My team for the Sony Open will be announced on Wednesday. Stay tuned for more information.

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