I don’t care what corporate sponsor has title. It’s still the L.A. Open to me.
More times than I can count I have ruined an opportunity to play in this event. The qualifying was often for two spots and once when it was for four, I butchered my chances to get in. Notice I didn’t say choke. I only did that once. The other times, I butchered it…but those are stories for another day.
I just Dream of Jeannie and an opportunity to play Riviera in a Tour event.
On to the golf.
Riviera is the way golf is supposed to be played. Small greens with subtle slopes, narrow fairways with trees, difficult rough and opportunities to recover after bad shots.
No man made waterfalls, no rock piles in the middle of the driving areas, no windmills, no clown’s mouth and no dinosaurs buried in the greens.
I don’t know how that putt by Allenby on 15 stayed out. There must have been a bad lip on that cup. I know it was a tough uphill putt and past the hole was nasty, but at least get a 30 footer within 10 feet. Your average 25 handicap watching could have done as well.
I know I have made fun of Ryan Moore in the past, but I love the fact he didn’t let some swing nerd change the way he plays. I guess the outfits and soft bottom shoes match his swing…so good for him. I wish he would win more and get the public behind the “Anti Scratch Swing” movement. Perfect acronym…ASS.
Freddy was aloof the few times I met him, but I still love his game and root for him every time he plays well. How many manufactured swings do you see among the top older players…or among any of them? Allen Doyle anyone? The answer is almost zero and it’s why you see guys like Watson, Norman, Couples and others with natural swings still do well.
As you get older, a forced “perfect” swing won’t work as your body starts to wind down. The older guys weren’t into doing that, but I also don’t expect many younger guys to do well as they get older…if their swing is a forced cookie cutter version.
I have never been a huge fan of Baddeley’s game in the past, but you can’t argue with how well he held up on the back 9. Especially after that disaster at 12. He came right back with a great shot and putt at 13. I like him more than I like his game (not that there is anything particularly wrong with it). However, I really like the way he is swinging at it right now. Very simple and not manufactured.
Which brings me to my weekly criticism of Peter Kostis. For the second week in a row, he did his job. Saturday he showed how Fred Couples’ swing works and why it works. Sunday, he gave the viewers a simple guide on how to see if their club is on plane using Aaron Baddeley’s swing. I hope he keeps it up. I won’t have him to make fun of, but the golfing public will be educated properly…and I can always find someone else to make fun of. The telecasts will start being on NBC soon and I will have Johnny Miller to provide me plenty of material.
Nice final round by Eric Crompton. I believe the low round of the week taking him from DFL to 25th. A nice check for a guy with a great story. The fact I can’t beat a guy who has had two heart transplants is not lost on me. Maybe I can have 1997-2008 lobotomized.
I am a big fan of 18 at Pebble, but is there a better combo of finishing hole and amphitheater than 18 at Riviera?
Apparently the 18th at every Trump golf course.