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Sunday, August 15, 2010

WTF (Watney's the Favorite)

Of course, Nick Watney was probably thinking about the other meaning of WTF after his second shot on 18 found that deep hazard winding through the center of the hole. Nevertheless, his clutch recovery shot and resultant bogey put him at -13, three shots ahead of Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy. (My pick! Do you see that? My pick is still in contention!)

Nick Watney pic from golf.com gallery
Click the pic to see Golf.com's photo gallery of the PGA from Saturday.

In fourth (-9) we have Wen-Chong Liang (now the course record holder with a 64 -- isn't this his best showing in a major?), Jason Day, and Martin Kaymer. Did anybody anticipate this threesome?

And in seventh (-8) we have Steve Elkington, Zach Johnson, Jason Dufner, and Jim Furyk (another of my picks, but who must be stinging after his own bogey at 18).

Among the big boys... Tiger probably isn't happy, but -3 (T31) is way better than he did last week, and Phil's -1 (T48) still gives him a chance to move up. It's unlikely that either will win... but then, we didn't expect that this week, did we? Barring a major breakdown (excuse the pun), Tiger will remain #1 in the World Rankings for another week.

All of my picks made the cut except Anthony Kim, and two of them are in the Top 10 after three rounds, so I didn't do too badly this time. I expect a pretty good showdown between Watney, Johnson, and McIlroy on Sunday. All have played well this year, and all have recovered from big disappointments. While one or two could have a bad day, I doubt that all three will.

Look for the next PGA Champion out of these three. And when it happens, it won't be one of those other WTF moments at all!

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