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Saturday, January 22, 2005

36 degrees is not golf weather

The high today was 36 with the "inversion" that we get here. It was very chilly. My buddies have contacted me and invited me to golf tomorrow (Sunday). If it is 36 again I'm going to bail. It is not that fun to hit a frozen ball with a 3i a little off center. The pain goes straight to your hands.

Thursday, January 20, 2005

71 in January

So for the 2nd time this January I was able to play a round of golf! I played at one of my favorite courses with 3 buddies today. I had little expectations because after all I've played one round in the last 6+ weeks with 1 bucket.

So I go out and shoot 71 (par 72)!!! What the...? My buddies had to break open the wallets today!

Nice surprise today. Kind of like when you put on a jacket you haven't worn for 4 months and you find a $50 bill in it.

Day one of Torrey Pines is today. Trying fantasy golf this year so go Vijay!

Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Golfin' in January!

You don't get to golf much here in Salt Lake in January. Usually there are a couple of feet of snow on the ground this time of year. But the temp got up to the upper 40's last weekend.

For the first time this year I hit a bucket of balls last Saturday. Most of the clubs in the bag still worked moderately. The long irons (3, 4) were not quite working but that is to be expected. Those only work when you're right on anyway. I didn't get to hit more than 5-10 full buckets last year because of the terrible tennis elbow I got working on my basement. No more basement work, it's killing my golf game! Happily I didn't aggrivate my tennis elbow. I hope this year I can actually PRACTICE.

Sunday I got together with 2 other buddies, hit a few range balls (poorly), and played 18 holes. On the range I didn't hit them quite as well Sunday as I did Saturday. I may have been a little tight or just expecting too much. During the round there were a few terrible swings, which on this course mean adios ProV1. I did have a birdie and a few pars (let's not mention the "others").

Lost 1 buck to each dude so it could have been much worse. It looks like my Thursday group will try to get together for the first time this year at one of my favorite courses: Bonneville.

With a golf trip to southern Utah with 20 guys or so lined up for the first week of Feb, being able to hit a few buckets and play a couple of rounds will help immensely. The southern Utah trip can be a costly trip bet-wise if you play poorly.

Looking forward to the Torrey Pines tournament this week by the way. That finish last year with John Daly making the best sand shot I've seen in years was awesome. On the playoff both the other two players were inside 5 or 6 feet for birdie and JD knocks a 60 foot downhill sand shot to about 1 foot. He makes birdie and the other to players choke on their birdie putts to hand the tourney to JD. JD's driving was awesome but when he wins, his short game is what does it for him...

Monday, January 17, 2005

Vijay Singh wins 2005 Sony Open

Knowing Vijay he must have practiced extra hard after that one bad swing cost him the Mercedes title last week. He practiced enough this week to go 69, 68, 67, 65 and win the Sony Open from 4 shots back. Sounds like 4 of my rounds, just add 10 shots to each one.

#1 is still obviously #1. Unless Tiger wins several tournaments (preferrably with Vijay in the field) I think Vijay is the obvious best player in the world for some time to come.

Isn't it about time someone else made some noise? Phil? Ernie? Afterall it wasn't just Jack and Arnie in the old days. We had Lee Trevino, Gary Player, Tom Watson and many other big hitters. Let's see some competition you other PGA tour players!