I don’t think that any of us can know the amount of pressure that Michelle Wie has been under for years. Everyone expected her to be the female Tiger Woods or even better. She wasn’t supposed to just win tournaments. She was supposed to dominate. Well, that didn’t happen. It was great to see her win on Saturday. She was playing great golf.
After a four-hour delay due to the threat of lightning in the middle of the final round, Westwood went on to shoot a 4-under par 68 to complete an 18-under 270 at the Kuala Lumpur Country Club course for his 36th career victory.
One of the really cool things about golf is the fact that it is so hard to be consistent. Scott Stallings opened his round yesterday with five straight birdies. Hot start. He gave all of that back in the following 13 holes. Ending the day at only one under par. Roberto Castro was on fire yesterday, shooting a course tying 63. Today, he shot a 78.
Today, Sergio Garcia, Tiger Woods and Lee Westwood were solid. Tomorrow is going to be interesting.
When you listen to golf geeks talk about the Masters, it’s like the Masters is the SuperBowl, the World Series and the Final Four all wrapped into one. I just picked up the game of golf a couple years ago. I’m not a golf geek by any stretch of the imagination, but I have spent some time watching the top pros truly hit the ball with the grace of a ballerina. I have a couple of thoughts going into the opening round of the 77th Masters:
There is a certain amount of randomness in golf. No matter how good you are, sometimes it is the little things that really help set you apart. A perfect shot can hit a small rock or ridge which can kick your ball into the woods or a couple feet closer to the hole. There is no way to see or plan for this. It just happens. Whoever has their mojo working has a real edge.
Tiger Woods has to have a clear advantage. He has won three times already this year. If he starts out hot he could be trouble. He has to control his driver and continue to putt lights out.
Rory McIlroy – It depends. He could be great or just average.
Phil Mickelson – Who knows? Phil is either on or off. If Phil is on his game he will be hard to beat.
Brandt Snedeker – Was playing some of the best golf at the beginning of the season, but… He got hit and hasn’t played that well since his return from injury.
Justin Rose, Lee Westwood, Dustin Johnson, Adam Scott and Bubba Watson – all have the game to win. Can they put together four strong rounds?