Here’s my picks for the Shell Houston Open:
A: Phil Mickelson (Backup: Geoff Ogilvy)
B: Davis Love III (Backup: Steve Stricker)
B: Jeev M. Singh (Backup: Rory McIlroy)
C: Charles Howell III (Backup: Alvaro Quiros)
Phil. Sergio. Padraig. 8 of the top 10 and 15 of the top 20 players in the world are at the PGA Tour‘s Shell Houston Open this week, the final tuneup before next week’s Masters. Tournament officials attempt to set up Redstone Golf Club just like Augusta will be next week, and it has attracted more and more players each year.
TV Coverage is Thursday-Friday from 4-6pm ET on Golf Channel, Saturday from 1-5pm ET on NBC, and Sunday 3-6pm ET on
Yeah, I guess you could have seen this coming:
“NBC Sports said the final round drew a 4.9 overnight rating with a 10 share. According to Nielsen Media Research, that’s the highest rating of any golf tournament since the U.S. Open in June. Woods won that tournament in a playoff.
The period since also covers the 2008 British Open and the PGA Championship.
The Bay Hill rating was up 23 percent from last year and attracted more viewers than the British Open and PGA Championship last year when Woods did not play because of knee surgery.”
No shocker there.
That was amazing. No one knows unless you’ve played golf for a long amount of time how hard it is to putt when it’s almost dark, and get back into the flow quickly when you’ve been out for a while. Tiger did it, and did it oh so very well. Just 3 PGA Tour events later, he’s a winner, and onto Augusta we go:
“The USGA, working with the online producer World Golf Tour (wgt.com), took nearly 100,000 photos of Bethpage State Park in Farmingdale, N.Y. — the site of the June Open — for a free online video game meant to mirror Open conditions.
“Available on usopen.com at no charge, practice starts April 13 with qualifying running May 25 through June 21. A round takes 30-45 minutes.
The top 156 qualifiers go for the title June 22.”
Sounds like fun to me. If I have time, I’ll gladly do it. Good stuff.
The New York Jets MUST get Jay Cutler. While he and the Denver Broncos continue to have issues with confidence and trust under new coach Josh McDaniels, the Jets have a major quarterback gap. Yes, it would probably have to be a 3-team trade, but you have the opportunity to get a great young QB with a lot of promise.
Under Rex Ryan, the Jets need to get to the next level, and need to get there fast. Trade for Jay Cutler — he’s the best free agent QB out there — and unfortunately the Jets don’t seem to be going the Quarterback direction in the draft — and just maybe we will make the playoffs.
I wouldn’t be able to take the call. Flat out. I would just take it, hear what Bruce would say, and then, I don’t know, just become speechless. It’s amazing. From this Rolling Stone article:
“Springsteen’s “Secret Weapon”: How Jay Weinberg Scored a Spot in the E Street Band
Last December E Street Band drummer Max Weinberg was driving his 18-year-old son Jay to school in Hoboken, New Jersey, when Bruce Springsteen called. “He wanted to talk to Jay,” says Max. “He said to him, ‘Jay, this is Bruce. You may have heard I have a band. In that band I have the world’s greatest drummer, who has a scheduling conflict. He gave me your name and number and suggested that I call you to see if you’d be interested in playing with me and the E Street Band.’ ” Jay accepted.”
Wow…one lucky drummer there. And that’s how you solve 6/1/09 (the article goes on to say Jay will only be needed for 6-7 shows in the European leg).
Bobcats finish 21st at season-opening GWU Invitational
by Jeremy Schilling
The Quinnipiac University Bobcats golf team began its final season at the George Washington Invitational March 20 and 21 with a 21st place finish. Held at the Bear Trap Dunes Golf Course in Bethany Beach, Del., the Bobcats shot a 36-hole team score of 678. The team victor was the University of Rhode Island who shot a combined score of 601. They were followed by Longwood University, the University of Pennsylvania, Skidmore College and the University of Delaware to round out the top five.
Individually, the Bobcats were led by Jayson Loranger, who shot a 36-hole score of 168 for a 72nd place finish. They were followed by captain Ian O’Connor with a 168, Ryan Reynolds who shot 169, Ben Cook who finished with a 172, and Ryerson Stinson who finished with a 181. They all chased Justin Martinson of Delaware, who shot a 145 to win the individual tournament.
Quinnipiac returns to action March 28 and 29 when they participate in the Monmouth University Hawk Invitational in Littlestown, Pa.
QU Athletics Director Jack McDonald issued a statement about the UCONN Recruiting Scandal:
“We are aware of today’s news report,” said Jack McDonald, Quinnipiac University director of athletics and recreation. “Although no Quinnipiac University recruits or student-athletes were involved, we have contacted the NCAA to indicate we will cooperate in any manner necessary moving forward. We remain fully supportive of Head Coach Tom Moore.”