JD steals show
March 17, 2013
By Dan Daly
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Actually had a pretty nice little Saturday. Went to Home Depot. Bought some wallpaper, flooring, stuff like that. Tried to hit up Bed Bath and Beyond...Didn’t have enough time though. Why? Because I had to be at the SNOOP…SNOOP-A-LOOP concert at 4:00 with my 6-month pregnant wife and brother-in-law. And being that it was at the St. Patrick’s Day party I most definitely wore my little green hat. I did not however go streaking.
I tell you all of this for two reasons. One, because I literally played out the entire scene from Old School at 34 years old and it was one of the most surreal days of my life as a result. My 24-year old self would have either been incredibly embarrassed, or incredibly proud of me Saturday...I honestly can’t figure out which one.
The other reason I tell you this is because I literally didn’t watch one minute of golf on Saturday as a result; woke up extremely hung-over and dazed on Sunday morning, looked up the leaderboard and legitimately thought it was 2003 for about 2 minutes when I saw Justin Leonard’s name at the top of the leaderboard. I like Leonard (fellow Longhorn) but I honestly didn’t even realize he still had his PGA Tour card. Then scrolled down to see my man Jordan Spieth was right there as well. #Longhornseverywhere
So I curled up on the couch and was one of 236 people that actually tuned in to watch the final round at Tampa. I figured it would put me right back to sleep. And then it happened. ‘It’ of course being, BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Boo turns in 33 (where I started watching) then goes birdie on 10 and 11 to get to five under and two back. My interest in this tournament immediately multiplies by one million. Then he goes turkey with birdies on 14, 15 and 16 to take the lead and I forgot sudden movements were very bad for my head. After a nice six foot par save on 18, Boo finishes with a tournament low 63 (take that Johnny Miller) to post the clubhouse lead. I hung around long enough to admire his relatively new dirty gray beard, which is absolute gold, and watch his post round interview. However at that point Spieth forgot how to putt so I turned on Breaking Bad, pulled up the leaderboard online and just rooted against everyone.
I also realized that I forgot this course on my list two weeks ago of courses with horrible clichéd nicknames that have tough three hole stretches. This one might actually be the worst of all...”The Snake Pit” at Innisbrook Resort – Copperhead. Get it? Copperhead...Snake Pit. Man that’s clever.
Well, much to my dismay Kevin Streelman ‘tamed the snake pit’ and ruined my day. Nothing against Streelman, but I think we can all agree that Boo winning was much more important for so many reasons. Damn you Streelman, damn you.
The silver lining of course is that Boo is back from whatever duck blind the Duck Dynasty people have been hiding him in. In contention twice in the last three weeks, my man Boo is going to win this year.
Of course the other highlight in Tampa was John Daly making his fifteenth double digit score in his PGA career. You read that right…15 times. How did he make a ten you ask? Simple. Snap hook, tree (backwards), penalty shot, another tree (backwards), whiff, penalty, punch out, miss hit to 30 yards short of the green, "Beautiful chip," Daly said, tap in for a crowd pleasing TEN.
In fact, here is a list of the 15 times JD has made 10 or higher on a hole on the PGA Tour. His most famous of course was when he went Roy McAvoy at Bay Hill in 1998 when he hit 3-wood into the water six times in a row and took an 18. He did birdie the next hole though. He has also made a 10 or higher in 3 of the 4 Majors (Masters). The best however, in my opinion, was in the Australian Open in 2011 when he actually ran out of golf balls on the 11th hole (par 5). He would have been playing his 16th shot. The guy is simply the best.
A guy that has never made an 18 at Bay Hill...Tiger. He has however won there seven times, including last year breaking his 30 month winless streak. I bring this up because he will win there again this week for the 8th time, regain his #1 ranking and kick everyone’s ass the rest of the year.
I also noticed where Jim Furyk played his way into contention (only 1 back) with nine holes to go, only to play his way right back out of it just as quickly. The meltdown was inevitable of course, but he pulled the trigger a little bit earlier than normal this week.
I don’t know how much the guys on Tour are getting paid from Taylor Made to do those horrible #IER commercials but I really hope for their sakes it involves a Brink truck in their driveway.
Can someone please explain the World Baseball Classic to me? Is it because the seven month regular baseball season isn’t quite long enough so they felt the need to punish us with more baseball highlights in March? How do I unsubscribe my TV from the highlights?
Finally, I thought I would go ahead and let you know that based on my extreme knowledge of college basketball this year Michigan State will cut down the nets the Monday of Master’s week. Book it.
Until Next Week,
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