THE NEW FACE FOR PUTTERS
VOLUME 3 ISSUE 19
MAY 14, 2012
Hewitt: Na’s Fidgeting Week
Tiger, Chamblee Air It Out
Nugent: Mid-Am Evolution
For the better part of 27 holes, we were
left with the twitchery of one Kevin Na,
whose golf swing has more stops and starts
than a ’57 Ford, except that Na couldn’t send
out for spare parts, at least none that would
make him run any smoother.
Before the final round of The Players
Championship got too far off the starting
line, the sputtering infected Na’s putter
and, soon enough, he drove himself into a
ditch, watching the winner flawlessly steer
his way around TPC Sawgrass.
Na, Na, Na, not now. Maybe not ever.
Instead, the ever-popular Matt Kuchar,
who grins every time someone yells “Kooch”
from the gallery, had plenty of reasons
to smile on Sunday with a victory at The
Players. Kuchar took the high road all
afternoon while the pretenders took turns
spewing one opportunity after another down
the stretch of championship golf’s most
Kuchar was tied for the lead late into
Sunday at The Masters. So, since he nearly
won a major, it was apropos that he won an
event that’s nearly a major. The $1.71 million
first prize doesn’t hurt much, either.
As the professional golf season turns
toward the next major, the U.S. Open at The
Olympic Club in San Francisco, we add one
more name – Kuchar’s – to an ever-growing
list of those capable of winning.
In the meantime, world No. 1 Rory McIlroy
went 0-for-the-Players, having played three
times and having whiffed on making the cut
thrice. He hit the road running.
The Players Championship
winner Matt Kuchar