Since the European Tour counts Doral as their tournament this week (WGC tourneys count on both tours, just like majors), I'll just point out that Yani Tseng ripped it up at the Women's Australian Open, beating both Karrie Webb and Laura Davies. You can pop on over to Mostly Harmless for more info on that LET/ALPG event and also this week's JLPGA event.
Of course, at the time I'm writing this, the Puerto Rico Open is still mucking around in their 3rd round. I can tell you that John Daly made the cut with a T26. They're scheduled to finish the tournament late Monday.
Big stories on Tour this week: The continued good play of Matt Kuchar (T3), Paul Casey (T6), Bill Haas (T6), Vijay Singh (T11), and Camilo Villegas (T16)... and the continued struggles of Phil Mickelson (T14). Phil's T14 shows some promise, and apparently Brad Faxon gave him a putting tip or two... apparently something about improper weight distribution during his stroke. Maybe he'll be ready by the time the Masters gets here.
I must admit I was surprised that the commentators didn't lampoon Charl Schwartzel for laying up on a par-5 in the final round. I think he played it smart -- and I should point out that he did make a birdie -- but "smart" doesn't seem to have mattered over the last few weeks.
I'm quite pleased to say that I've been on the Schwartzel bandwagon since his two European Tour wins earlier this year. I said then that I thought he might be the hottest player at the time, and it's nice to see him playing well in America as well.
Of course, Ernie's return to the winner's circle -- especially at a WGC -- is the biggest news this week. After enduring the constant prattle about how he's probably finished as a major force in the game, how he just doesn't have the heart anymore, etc., I'm sure he's enjoying this one. Perhaps a major is in his future this year.
As for today's limerick... wow, I am SOOOO disappointed. I was really looking forward to impressing you all with my rhymes for "Schwartzel." (No, I was. Really. Trust me.) But it's so nice to see Ernie in the winner's circle again, I won't even complain. (Not much, anyway...)
“On the course, he’s washed up.” Are such tales fair?
I don’t know, though we’ve seen his travails there.
But if Ernie is back
And his game is on track…
I bet players will wish he was Els-where.