Ratings from the 2013 Masters, for those of you that care… (Yahoo!)

Adam Scott, the actor, hates Adam Scott, the golfer (Devil Ball)

US Open odds are out and Tiger is the favorite, says Vegas (Devil Ball)

33-7 vs 33-7/4.5 (Geoff Shackelford)

Guan Tianlang received a sponsors exemption for Zurich (Yahoo!)

Will Adam Scott pass Rory and Tiger in the OWGR? (Golf Channel)

The RBC Heritage is squeezing 144 players onto Harbour Town (Golf Channel)

And just for fun… Remember Boo Weekley?  (PGA Tour)

The US Open qualifying events have been completed and a number of notables decided that they didn’t have the time to try to make it to Pebble Beach.

Jason Day, Brett Wetterich, Notah Begay, Boo Weekley, Fredrik Jackobsen, and Jeff Overton all withdrew from the qualifying events at Lakes Golf and Country Club and Brookside Golf and Country Club. Oh, and Nathan Green too.

Nathan Green decided that he didn’t want to show up and try to earn a spot in the US Open because he would rather sit on his ass and watch fag ball aka soccer. I like a many others, enjoy the World Cup. It’s the only acceptable form of soccer there is to me.

“I’m really not that interested in playing it. I’d rather sit home on the couch and watch soccer than beat my head against a brick wall for four days.”

This kinda struck a nerve at Tuna Golf headquarters as we all love golf WAY more than the World Cup, so I would do everything humanly possible to make it into the US Open, regardless of venue. I get that Green is youngerish and rich, and I get that the World Cup is important to you, but this isn’t 1998 any more dude…we have DVR’s where you can pause, fast forward, and rewind live TV and watch it later.

What’s Nathan Green’s job? Oh it’s to play golf, so go play golf bro. Green’s just taking his ability to play golf for a living for granted, something we’d all kill for.  Sure he can make his own schedule and choose when he plays, but it seems like he just doesn’t care and nothing pisses of fans who’d jump at the opportunity to play golf for a check like flippant apathy.

If he really did give a shit about golf, he would have made different plans before the season opened.

Don’t be a jerk about it Nathan, don’t act like you’re bigger than the game.

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS/Mary Ann Chastain

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS/Mary Ann Chastain

After one round at Harbour Town Alex Cejka is our leader. He shot a bogey free -7 on Thursday for a very nice 64. To make the day even better for Cejka he drained a 47-footer for birder on the 17th.  Unfortunately he missed a few months last season due to neck surgery from pain that started at the The Open last year. Cejka noted that, “I’m not 100 percent. I’m like 85 percent.” and that “It takes time. But I’m really happy in the way my body feels right now. Now it’s a good time to start really practicing hard and play a lot of tournaments. He obviously played quite well, we’ll see if he is able to keep up the momentum into weekend.

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Ah yes, Davis Love and Boo’s personal stomping grounds.

Good putters need not apply to this tournament as, frankly, it doesn’t mean a damn thing.  These greens are so small and the fairways so narrow that ballstriking and shortgame are both at a premium, something that both Davis Love and Boo are quite adept at.  I don’t really care about what happened last year, but you should probably know that Boo Weekley is the two-time defending champion and Davis Love has won here 5-times.  There’s a nugget of info for you…do with it what you like.

We have a decent field at Harbour Town this week including guys like Boo, Zach Johnson, Jim Furyk, Camillo, everyone’s favorite prodigy Rory and Chez Reavie.  Why did I mention Chez Reavie?  Because I did, damnit.  Sure, I don’t like watching him hit a 150-yard 4 iron or shank a putt, but hot damn is that a cool name.  Speaking of cool names, I’m a little upset not to see Master’s afterthought Renier Saxton tee it up.  That’s an all-time name right thurr.

After the jump…the picks.

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Everything you missed from today’s second round at the Chevron World Challenge.

  • Shout out to Kenny Perry…way to make me look good so far. Awesome, dude.
  • These greens are pretty ridiculous, huge and undulating and if you’re more than 15 feet away it’s not going to be easy to say the least. There are a bunch of dips and shelves and with the balls spinning like crazy, the breaks are intense. The course was still pretty soft overall and the greens were rolling faster, but it still had it’s wet spots, and the bunkers were no help as they were wet themselves, leaving tough bunker shots to extreme sloped greens.
  • Freddy Couples played a pretty good round at -3, 69, but on 18 he hit one of the worst shanks I’ve seen since I stepped off of the course in late October. I mean this thing gave new meaning to the word “slice”. All he had to do was put it above the hole, straight on, from less that 150, and he blocks it a good 20 yards right. I love big FCand love seeing vintage FC highlights from back in the day. His swing is just so pretty, like Ray Allen’s jump shot.
  • After making eagle on the par five, 5th, Boo Weekley was pretty shaky at best, though his 3W into the green on said par five, 5th was the shot of the day. For those of you who ever may come back to read this, Boo is my favorite golfer.  He wasn’t striking the ball too strong throughout this second round, which he started at T2 on the leaderboard. He shot a -2, 70 on day one, he then rattles a +1, 73. (For the math wizards, that’s a T7, -1)
  • Camillo Villegas squeezed out a +2, 74 in the first and comes back with a -5, 67. He’s been playing some pretty solid golf lately and he is currently sitting at T2, -3 at day’s end. If he keeps this up then he’s going to be shootin’ darts come early next year, Shooter McGavin style.
  • Furyk’s first round-4, 68 put him in good position to really make some noise and his response? -1, 71 and is currently sitting pretty at the top of the leaderboard.

Hey Kenny, the comeback starts now. The comeback starts now.

“Harness in the good energy, block out the bad. Harness. Energy. Block. Bad. It’s like a carousel. You put the quarter in, you get on the horse, it goes up and down, and around. Circular, circle. Feel it. Go with the flow.”

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This is our weekly look at what has been going on in the wonderful world of golf. If you think something should be put up send it over to TheTunaGolf@gmail.com.

Furyk finishes day one at the Chevron World Challenge with a two stroke lead. (Golf Magazine)

A book on Boo. How can this not be a New York Times Best Seller? (ESPN)

“Tiger, I want you to come back and be full strength… I obviously don’t want you to break my records” -Jack Nicklaus (Golf Digest)

Alex Harvey, the longtime engraver of the Claret Jug passed away at the age of 83 (GeoffShackelford)

Rory Sabbatini is one of eight golfers to shoot 66 (Yahoo!)

A nice look at the swing of FedEx Cup runner up Camillo Villegas (ProgolferDigest)

Check out the random stuff these guys found on the course (Hooked on Golf)

Look at this sexy honey bee (Golf Girl’s Diary)

Just for fun. {YouTube}

Not an especially exciting day, but there was some good golf.  A few things I noticed yesterday:

  • Conditions were too soft, though, not much they could do about that.  There were numerous times where players would smoke drives down the fairway, especially on holes that were lower than the others, and the ball would stick in the ground and get a ton of mud on it.  The most glaring of these instances was on 18 (I think) where Fred Couples hit the fairway and Jim Furyk missed right and ended up on some dirt.  Furyk hit a career 4-iron to about 10 feet, a gigantic cut that had to be low enough to get under overhanging trees and then cut right onto the green.  Couples, who, on paper, was in perfect position, had his ball sink in and missed long and right.  Happened to Villegas as well.
  • There’s a possibility for a big number if you miss the fairways.  Anthony Kim knows all about that.
  • The wind is really playing tricks on the guys who aren’t used to playing in a SoCal valley, something Boo Weekley alluded to in his post-round interview which was later echoed by Hunter Mahan.
  • Mike Weir…what were you thinking?  Banking it off of a tree?  Seriously?  Yea, PGA guys are absurdly talented, but that was a little extreme, no?
  • Shot of the Day: Camillo’s 50 footer from the bottom tier for birdie.

Should be a more exciting second day…I know Anthony Kim is going to come out and shoot a ridiculously low number…he was right on the doorstep yesterday, but a couple errant drives and a few bad putts turned a solid round into a “meh” one.  Hunter Mahan looks good, as well.

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