Friday, May 01, 2009

After watching Tiger Woods shoot 65 on Thursday morning and Phil Mickelson 67 in the afternoon, it's clear that these two have not lost their mojo following their head-to-head meeting on Masters Sunday. Thursday's gallery was treated to a day-long birdie fest that went something like this: watch Tiger, have lunch by the clubhouse, watch Phil, head out into the warm Charlotte evening and have a good dinner. Friday's recipe should be similar, with Phil providing the early sparks and Tiger stalking the fairways late. Chances are, these two are going to be jousting through the weekend, maybe even playing side by side like they did at Augusta.
I'm interested to see how Anthony Kim plays this week. A year ago, he won his first tournament here, pumping his fists and hitting his irons close. As maiden victories go, they don't get much better. On Thursday, Kim opened with a solid 70 playing alongside Mickelson (who was Kim's Ryder Cup teammate) and the veteran Davis Love III, who also shot 70.
I want to see if Kim can beat Mickelson and Love on Friday. It would be one of those mini-goals that puts him in position to repeat as champion. It might be asking a lot of Kim, though. Mickelson was getting up and down from everywhere, including behind a scoreboard on 18.
I'd love to see Woods, Mickelson and Kim throwing haymakers on the weekend. The guess here is that all three will make a deep run before the tournament is over.

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