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Tiger Misses Cut, Fake Golf Fans Make Weekend Plans

In Uncategorized on July 17, 2009 at 4:38 pm
No Sunday red for Tiget this weekend.

No Sunday red for Tiger this weekend.

Tiger Woods and his +5 total just got tossed from the action at Turnberry. His 71-74 siphoned the remaining gas from the Woods Bandwagon and it veered off the road somewhere around hole #10. Network executives are surely scrambling now, as fairweather golf fans flee in droves after realizing that Phil Mickelson, too, is nowhere to be seen.

As for the rest of us true golf lovers, well, we’re just fine. We’ve got a potential storybook finish on tap, if Tom Watson can continue to hover around the lead and, if not, there are plenty of interesting movers and shakers nipping at his heels. In fact, here are 5 to watch for, courtesy of your friends at Game Six.

1. J.B. Holmes :

Big hitter, the Lama. At 2-under, Holmes and his big dog are a serious threat to win this tournament. If he can stay straight off the tee and wield an accurate putter, Holmes might very well walk off with the Claret Jug.

2. Camilo Villegas:

Villegas, the 27 year-old Colombian supertalent, is going to win a major championship one of these days. Will it be here, at Turnberry? His first round 66 says….maybe.

3. Angel Cabrera:

Don’t count out the Big Cat just yet. Cabrera and his green jacket sit at 1-under, only 4 strokes off the lead. This is a guy with major championship pedigree so we know he can handle the weekend pressure. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if he grabbed his second major of the year on Sunday.

4. John Daly:

Fresh off gastric banding surgery (don’t ask) and 80 pounds slimmer, Daly is lurking at even par after two rounds. Even though I don’t believe for a second that he weighs anywhere near his claim of 205 lbs, he’s definitely dropped a few and we all know he’s infinitely capable of gripping and ripping.

5. Boo Weekley:

Ah, Boo. Imagine this guy in Europe? I can’t even wrap my head around the ruckus he must be causing over there. Anyway, Weekley’s at 1-under and is well-equipped with the kind of skill set needed to win a links golf tournament. I’ll just say this: If Watson can’t hang on to win, I’d like to see Boo grab his first major. His victory speech would be interesting, to say the least.

(This is your TGIF for the week, by the way. There are no good movies out, the forecast calls for Saturday rain, and there’s nothing much else to do. So grab a beer, treat yourself to a major golf tournament and hope for a good story. That’s what I’ll be doing.)

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