Chalmers Notches Second Aussie Open ( 13)
Fernandez-Castaño Prevails In Singapore ( 16)
The off-season in men’s professional golf
used to be a quiet interlude when players
grew bad facial hair, went hunting and/or
fishing and returned to tinker with swing
and equipment changes while chilling for
That was then.
So far this year, the post-major championship tournament activity has provided
more storylines than a Robert Altman film.
Rory dumped his agent between
canoodles with a blonde tennis star. Phil
officially became a Hall of Famer. Freddie
and Shark traded Presidents Cup barbs.
Stevie Williams, the Kiwi thug who lugs
Adam Scott’s bag, went rogue again. The
USGA and R&A co-announced a passel
of rules revisions. And Asia became the
autumn center of the golf universe.
Last week, JD WD’d again Down Under,
saying he ran out of balls. Weather delayed
the finish of Singapore’s Euro Tour event.
And a crisp-looking Tiger made us all hold
Admit it: There’s golf on TV. And there’s
golf on TV when Woods is in contention.
The latter occurred in Sydney at the
Australian Open where Woods finished
third and trailed by just one very late before
a home-grown lefty named Greg Chalmers
held off his comeback.
This was the final tuneup for The
Presidents Cup that will take place in
Melbourne this week. And don’t look now
but seven of the nine Yank team members
who teed it up were about as sharp as
pasteurized American cheese. In Sydney,
only Nick Watney, besides Woods, managed a
top 10. Mickelson tied for 33d in Singapore.