Chrysler Championship Round Four review: Choi wins it with his new 'tin can' driver
So now we know what done it - K J Choi’s new driver. The sound of Nike’s new “SasQuatch Sumo” (don’t ask because I don’t have a clue) striking the ball has been likened to hitting a cola can. Ernie Els described it as a tuna fish can with a shaft on the end. Did the trick nicely, whatever the noise, leaving Choi 16th for accuracy off the tee, part of a very impressive all-rouind set of figures for the match. Struck me he was having far more difficulty with his English than the Copperhead course.
It certainly didn’t take long for Choi to crush our hopes of a happy day’s trading. When Paul Goydos birdied his first to share the lead with Choi it looked like game on. Out comes Choi to fire an eagle - game over.
Considering how benign the weather was, I would have thought someone could have put up a fight, but no one did. It didn’t take long for Els to dash my high hopes - boy is he lucky still to be in the Tour Championship? Expect a big effort from Mike Weir? Cue sound of crunching gears as he slams into reverse. A trademark Sunday charge from Vijay Singh? He too beat the retreat instead. By the turn there was little choice but to lump on Choi, lie back and think of Atlanta.
It’s a pity Els left the best till last, but I bet the Tour Championship bosses whistled in relief when he made those great saves on the final two holes to slide under the wire. The competition was already looking a bit threadbare without him dropping out too. Since the only tour competition he’s played since August was in Europe, I guess Jose Maria Olazabal isnt that fussed at being dumped out of the event by our Mr Choi.
Darren Clarke was also a bit fortunate that some less than stellar performances down the field left him sitting bang on the money list cut-off line. Hope we see a bit more of him in America next year.
PS: Is sense beginning to prevail on the Michelle Wie front? I read that the boss of the European tour has asked Omega to reconsider giving her sponsors exemptions so that she is not “put through that torture again". The specific torture he was referring to was the European Masters in Switzerland in September when she finished last (and slowest). But the point is obviously more widely applicable and, let’s face it, she isn’t the only one being tortured.
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Hey, pro golf is a business... lots of people have their hands out demanding big fat checks. Michelle is one of the very few players of either sex who actually BRING mega-bucks to the table for the poor slobs (the sponsors) who get stuck paying ALL the bills.
As I mentioned on another string, the average age for golf's legends first wins is 24 years (Snead, Palmer, Hogan, Nicklaus, Sorenstam, etc.). Michelle has seven years to learn her craft by that mark. She's gaining an invaluable depth of knowledge directly from today's masters of the game. Perhaps the most valuable lesson she's learning is humility.
Is it FAIR that she gets access to these men's events around the world? Probably not. Not yet. But she is certainly paying her own way. If I were her dad I'd tell her to play all the men's events she wanted to, and quit playing them any old time she felt like it.
If there's one event that is expendable for Wie, it would be the Omega. Doesn't fit her game. But it really should be Wie's call, not O'Grady's. His "concern" for Wie's welfare comes across as contrived at best.
using? It made an aesthetically deplorable sound and should be outlawed
solely for that reason.
I am very content with the 280-285 I routinely get with my Classic 50's
persimmon driver from Louisville Golf. At least it sounds like golf is being
played somewhere on the course when I'm out there.
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