of the Fall
Bridgestone’s New J40s ( 7)
Kolon Korea Open
winner Rickie Fowler
This was Sir Laurence Olivier doing
MacBeth at regional theater in the Poconos.
And missing his cues.
This was Francis Scott Key, the guy who
wrote the song, forgetting the lines to the
Star Spangled Banner.
This was Confucius confusing us.
This was Tiger Woods last Thursday in
the first round of something called the
Frys.com Open in California in October
looking anxious, uncomfortable, and ill-advised while jittering to a 2-over 73.
For those who appreciate the state of the
art, this was more proof positive Fitzgerald
was right when he declared, “There are no
second acts in American lives.”
But one of the great things about golf is
how quickly all of this can change. That’s
what a lot of us thought recently when we
learned Woods had torched his new home
club in Florida for a 62.
Friday, Woods regained respectability
with a 68 and a ticket to the weekend.
Saturday, another 68. Sunday, 68. The net
result: T30. Better. But he expects more.
As do we.
Late in Woods’ final round a misguided
fan fired a frankfurter at Tiger. It missed.
The guy was hauled off. And one wag
wondered if the dog was thrown “with
Meanwhile, the winner at the Frys.com
Open was journeyman Bryce Molder in a
marathon playoff. In Korea, Rickie Fowler
won for the first time as a pro. And congrats
to Lee Slattery in Europe and the dominant
Yani Tseng for her sixth LPGA victory in 2011.