Look back at Doral
March 9, 2014
By Dan Daly
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"He's taking her to Miami for the fu*king Doral! I can't compete with that! She must think I'm a nothing. Such a loser, a lousy driving range pro, living in a Winnebago."
"She doesn't know you live here."
"She knows I'm not taking her to no Doral...for massages and mimosas all weekend."
Actually Roy, that's "Trump National" Doral now. I'm not sure if you've heard but Donald Trump bought Doral a few years back. My God, I didn't know if I was watching The Golf Channel or the Donald Trump Channel this week? Between the Bear Trap last week, Trump National Doral this week and the Snake Pit next week I'm about to start watching baseball…and I hate baseball. The Masters can't get here fast enough.
The story heading into this week was the course itself, but I don't think anyone saw THAT coming. Patrick Reed may have yet to officially play in a Major Championship but as far as I'm concerned he won a US Open this weekend.
I realize the wind was insane on Friday but when more players shoot in the 80s (five) than break par (three) at a regular Tour event you might have gone a little too far with your course changes Donald. The highest single-day average of the 2013 season was 75.37 and that was shot in the second round of the Open Championship. On Friday the second round average was 76 at "Trump National" Doral.
Three players finished the tournament under par. Tiger won it last year at 19 under…on the "same" course.
Let that sink in for a second.
I'm all for hard courses but when balls hit into the middle of the green end up in the water that's not golf, that involves a clown's mouth and a windmill. Put a different way, 113 balls found the water in the second round alone. That's more than any two rounds combined at "Trump National" Doral since they started playing there in 2007.
With everything written and said about the course itself, make no mistake, the story of the week is Patrick Reed. This kid has some serious game…and he knows it…and he'll let you know it.
"It's just one of those things I believe in myself and I'm one of the top five players in the world. I feel like I've proven myself." - Reed
There is a very fine line between cocky and confident and he is walking it on a tight rope. Of the current players under 25, only Rory McIlroy, with six, has more PGA Tour titles to his credit than Reed's three. In fact, since 1990, only Woods, Mickelson, Rory and Sergio had three PGA Tour wins before turning 24 until Reed won on Sunday. I guess if you can join that group and win three times in seven months (14 starts) and you are 23 years old you would be pretty confident too; but to declare yourself one of the five best players in the world is a bit cocky Patrick. As the saying goes, when you're good, you can tell people how good you are, but when you're great, they will tell you. Patrick, I have no doubt that you will be a top 5 player in the OWGR sooner than later, but let's wait until you are actually there first.
I want to like Reed, I really do. He's silly good and has a great backstory. He had a junior career about as good as anyone ever has, and he has definitely earned his way on Tour. The guy not only had his wife on the bag to save money but went to countless Monday qualifiers. I applaud him and respect him for that but I can't handle another FIGJAM on Tour.
Make no mistake, he is no flash in pan, Patrick Reed is going to win a lot of golf tournaments over the next 20 years and between him, Speith, Rory and a hand full of other good young players the PGA Tour is in good hands, but Reed needs to take the cockiness down just a notch or he is going to alienate a lot of players and fans before he even gets started.
Can someone please explain what the hell is going on with Tiger Woods? He WD's last Sunday, then gives up hitting good golf shots for Lent on Thursday and Friday. He follows that up with the low round of the tournament (66) on Saturday to get himself right back into the tournament and then fails to make a single birdie in the final round for the first time in his career and closed with a 78 (matching his worst Sunday score ever). To put it into perspective it was just the eighth birdie-free round of his entire PGA Tour career, which spans a mere 1,128 rounds. But hey, he did make a 92-foot putt on Friday so he's got that going for him. If you can figure him out right now you are much smarter than I am.
The side show at Doral this week happened on Friday night went Ian Poulter went on Twitter to attack Hideki Matsuyama saying Matsuyama "buried his putter in the 13th green 5 feet from the hole. A referee had to repair the crater. Because he didn't. Why should Matsuyama leave a crater in the green for others to putt over, or have to call a referee to repair the damage. Idiot." The beauty of this of course being that they were paired together on Saturday. I'm sure that was a fun friendly four hour walk together.
Finally on a personal note. I'm sure I watch more Golf Channel than most but they have to find a new commercial to air. If I have to hear that chick scream "Hoooooly Moses!" one more time I'm going to throw my remote threw the TV. They literally air it at least once during ever commercial break and I can't handle it anymore. You either know what I'm talking about or don't, but I assure you it is the most annoying commercial ever aired.
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