Friday, March 27, 2009

The 50-and-over set might have trouble winning on the PGA Tour, but these Champions Tour guys are tougher than their younger counterparts. In almost any endeavor but golf -- throwing darts, talking trash, boxing, arm wrestling -- my money would be on the seniors. Check out this lineup that was practicing on the range this morning at the Cap Cana Championship: Jim Thorpe. Craig Stadler. Curtis Strange. Greg Norman. Eduardo Romero. Other than Tiger and Vijay, who's messing with that fivesome? Not me.
I'm going to be watching Norman on Saturday because his Friday round at the seaside Punta Espada Golf Club was disappointing. After splitting the fairway with his opening tee shot, Norman pulled his approach into the bushes and rocks to the left of the green. With no shot, he took an unplayable, walked back to the fairway, hit his fourth shot onto the green and two-putted for a double-bogey six. He finished the day at 1-over 73, six off the lead. Not exactly ideal Masters preparation.
I'll be checking out Nick Price (4-under-par 68, one behind David Eger's 67) because he's been on the Champions Tour for two years and still hasn't won. Price won 18 PGA Tour events (including three majors) and 42 times around the world. He's due to win one and his crisp ballstriking plays well in these 15-mile per hour winds.
I'll also be camping out at the 18th green because that's where land meets the gurgling sea. As dramatic finishing holes go, this one has a place in my Top 10.

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