Saturday, May 22, 2010

If you didn't find that win at TPC Sawgrass by Tim Clark impressive, you don't have a pulse. The best thing was the second putt he holed on 18 on Sunday. Right smack in the heart of hearts! With his history of some shaky strokes under pressure, that was the putt that not only won the Players Championship for Tim but could propel him to great things I had the great pleasure and honor to attend the Presidents Cup at Harding Park in San Francisco last October. It was the first time I got to check out Clark up close. He was nothing short of awesome. Talk about a gutsy competitor. Clark is every player's dream for a partner. There is no give-up in this cat. If you think the Players isn't a major, think again. Compare the depth and quality of the field the past 10 years with the fields of the PGA Championship in the same time period. Clark just won his first major. Two other guys who really have my attention are Bo Van Pelt and Francesco Molinari. Van Pelt is a cash-checking machine, and he is in the hunt more times than not. A few things you may not know about Van Pelt: he's part of the Tour's Oklahoma State pipeline; he's 35 years old; he's made more than $10 million on Tour; and the last four years he has been 64th (2006), 79th (2007), 50th (2008) and 29th (2010) on the money list. Do you see a trend ? He has only won once but I smell a bunch coming. Molinari, the young Italian stud, is also lurking. Watch closely because he is about to do something big. I can feel it. Pardon me, if I don't say anything about Peyton Place, aka the Tiger Woods and Hank Haney divorce. What is there to say? In essence, Haney said he stepped aside from coaching the No. 1 player on the planet to focus on Ray Romano. Uh, OK. Do I agree with Tiger's antics? No, but I have had friends who have done some stupid things, as we all have. Tiger happened to do his stupid things in front of the world. If he is your friend, you don't walk away when he is down. And if Haney didn't leave on his own accord, he needs to come up with a better story than Ray Romano! Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher Tom Patri is director of instruction at Friar's Head Golf Club in Baiting Hollow, N.Y.

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