So what’s happened today?

David Toms has taken over the lead at -10. At the moment Nick Watney, who had the lead at the start of the day, is one stroke back. As I’m typing this, Bubba Watson just hit a drive 341 yards and Sergio Garcia toyed with danger on 17. But don’t worry, 17 got the better of Paul Goydos (Sergio smiled /2008’d). Speaking of Sergio, will his putter be his friend or his enemy?

David Duval opens with a -2/70 and follows it up with a +4/76; he missed the cut.

Defending champion, Tim Clark withdrew after 10 holes with an apparent elbow injury.

Geoff Ovilvy also withdrew with a left shoulder injury after 9 holes.

Rickie Fowler started the day at +5 with a 77, managed to shoot -4/68 while fighting the flu. But his hat stayed on forward. Let’s not get sand in our vagina’s.

Rory Sabbatini is the worst at basically everything.

Phil Mickelson eagled 16. He is currently sitting at -2 after back to back rounds of -1/71. Today Phil was disappointed with inconsistency today. He shot a 31 on the front and the big 4-0 on the back. Speaking of a disappointed Phil, he’s had some things to say as of late. When asked about his performance in the first round, on the 13th hole, Phil had this to say:

“I don’t know what to say. I don’t know if it’s the set-up or the design, but I just don’t agree with that, I thought the question was would it stay up on top and be by the hole or was it going to roll down in the low area? I didn’t know it could possibly go in the water. I think when I design golf courses, I try not to screw the player like that. I try to keep it a little bit fair. I don’t know what I could have done differently. I’m disappointed with myself and my focus throughout the round today. I can do better than that. There were some low scores out there this afternoon today, and I felt like I should have been one of them. But I’ll get out here tomorrow morning and see if I can put it together.

Matteo Manassero, the 18 year old Italian is the youngest player ever to make the cut. He had rounds of E/72 and -2/70.

Hunter Mahan, I hate you too. But not as much as Rory Sabbatini. I’m a beard kind of guy, but shave that shit bro. You look like you molest collies.

I can’t find video of this yet, but Michael Bradley has apparently thrown his driver in the water. Some fans dove in after it, and some how he is using it again.

KellyTilghmanGC: Fan climbs down lake wall to rescue Michael Bradley’s driver. If Bradley birdies & makes cut on number, he should slip fan some $

Sean O’Hair and Rory Sabatini got into a fight in the second round of the Zurich Classic? (Wei Under Par)

Congressional is gonna be hard at the US Open (Wei Under Par)

Obama only played 9 holes before killing Bin Laden; I bet you he shot 53 (Wei Under Par)

Speaking of Sean O’Hair, he’s leaving his swing coach Sean Foley (Golf Digest)

A look inside Jonathan Byrd’s bag (Golf Digest)

The hills are on fire near a golf course in Ireland (Golf Digest)

Cyril Bouniol from Abilene Christian won the Byron Nelson Award (Golf Digest)

Who is the funnest player on tour to watch? (Devil Ball)

McIlroy was just trying to “stay with the field” at the Masters (Geoff Shackelford)

Phil Mickelson purchased Scottsdale’s Sanctuary Golf Course for $2.2 million (Geoff Shackelford)

Who’s hot and who’s not (Golf)

Geoff Ogilvy has a shoulder injury and has withdrawn from Quail Hollow (Golf)

Michelle Wei and smokin hot Paul Creamer have committed to play the Sybase Match Play (Golf)

Tiger Jam raised $750k (Golf)

Speaking of Paula Creamer… More of her after the jump.
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This is unreal. I can say that I have never struggled this much over a pick before. Normally I’m pretty decisive, but the allure of the Masters is really getting the best of me. (Good thing I’m not playing, huh?) I narrowed my picks down to three players: Tiger Woods, Padraig Harrington, and Geoff Ogilvy.

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Levy/PGA TOUR

Levy/PGA TOUR

The 12th stop on the PGA TOUR train brings us to Doral Golf Resort & Spa for the WGC-CA Championship in Doral, FL. Since the economy sucks, the chance to take home $1,400,000 ($8,500,000 total purse) on a giant check is hard to pass up for the PGA elite. The 80-player field is the largest in CA Championship history and it also includes 17 event virgins (and that’s just for the hospitality tent). (more…)
 
"Too bad no one was here to see it..."
“Too bad no one was here to see it…”

Well, it’s not exactly what the PGA, NBC and WGC officials had in mind.

For the casual golf fan, the tournament was over before the weekend even started when Jesus Tiger, Sergio, Paddy, AK, and Vijay were nowhere to be found by round 3. But, if you ask anyone that follows the WGC and match play events closely, it is no surprise  that Geoff Ogilvy cruised through the bracket on his way to winning his 2nd Accenture Match Play Championship, 4 and 3 over Paul Casey. It was a great show for the gallery of 100 at Dove Mountain…actually, 100 people might be generous.

Ogilvy entered Sunday’s final round quietly, as always. The Aussie emerged as the TigerBobby Jones bracket winner after eliminating Kevin Sutherland, Shingo Katayama, Camilo Villegas and Rory McIlroy. In his semi-final match-up, Ogilvy beat up on Stewart Cink 4 and 2 as he continued to notch his PUMA belt in match play. (more…)

ogilvy

Coming off his win at the WGC Match Play, I don’t think it’s outrageous to ask the question, “is Geoff Ogilvy the best player in golf RIGHT NOW?”  In his win over Paul Casey on Sunday, as he did the entire week, Ogilvy looked to be on cruise control with his effortless swing that smoothly accelerates before impact and the versatile short game that won him the 2006 US Open.  Ogilvy looked to be going for a casual walk, aimlessly strolling around a park and hitting a white ball every 10 minutes or so, and in the end, he won his third WGC event, and second Match Play title.

That’s some heady stuff.

Back to the hypothetical.  Is Ogilvy the best player in the world right now?  I’d say yes.  Tiger Woods isn’t Tiger Woods yet and we haven’t really seen much of anything from Sergio, Vijay, Anthony Kim or Paddy, so really, what’s left?  Phil?  The guy who couldn’t break 70 a few weeks ago?  Sure, I still think he’s the best rival for Tiger, but he’s not playing better than everyone else right now.  That leaves Ogilvy. (more…)

Yesterday’s leader, Phil Mickelson fell 3 spots today to T4/-7 and shot a +2/72. Today was not the bogy free round that Phil produced yesterday. He had 4 bogyes today with 1 eagle, 1 birdie, and 12 pars. That single eagle was on his first hole of the day, the par 5, 1st. He hit a 189 yard 8 iron for his approach. On my best day that’s at least a 5 iron. The driver however was what did Phil in. He only found about half of the fairways and had 12 more puts in round 2. The lead is now in sole posession of Scott McCarron at -10 who shot a -3/68 today and a -7/64 yesterday. He scored 5 birdies, 11 pars, and 2 bogeys today, including a chip in from just off the green on the par 4, 3rd hole. Not a bad round for the UCLA grad.

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