What to Watch For: Friday at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial
Had Greg Norman made the cut at the Masters last month, it would have made for a really nice story. If Ian Baker-Finch makes the cut Friday at Colonial, in his first PGA Tour event in eight years, I think it would make an even better story.
After the 48-year-old CBS commentator opened with a two-under 68 on Thursday (with no sign of the swing demons that drove him from the game) Baker-Finch enters the second round five shots off the lead and tied for 24th.
Baker-Finch was candid about his emotions during the round. He admitted to having had a few negative thoughts, the kind that once led to a loss of confidence and off-the-planet misses. But he was able to beat back any bad vibes and keep his ball in play. Baker-Finch made five birdies and three bogeys.
I'll be watching to see if Baker-Finch, the '89 Colonial champ and '91 British Open champ, can string one more good round together and make it into the weekend. For the record, his 68 tied him with Jim Furyk, Luke Donald and Adam Scott. Not bad company.
I'll also be watching to see if Vijay Singh can keep the momentum from his opening 64, which put him a shot behind Woody Austin, Steve Stricker and Tim Clark. The 46-year-old Singh has been invisible this season. Can his putter remain steady enough to keep him in contention? I think the big Fijian has one more run in him.
For more color from Colonial, with a dash of the NFL, visit www.twitter.com/si_damonhack