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Saturday, November 13, 2010

Scott & Poulter Roar in the Lion City

In the melee that is golf this week, we have Tiger's attempt to defend his title at the JBWere Masters in Australia (SPOILER ALERT: probably ain't gonna happen), the struggle for Tour cards and the $1M Kodak Challenge final at the Children's Miracle Network Classic down at Disneyworld, and the LPGA's battle for end-of-year awards at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational in Mexico. All of them are turning out to be really good tournaments.

But somewhere along the line the Barclays Singapore Open seems to have been lost in the shuffle. Floating in a time zone between Australia and Florida, members of the European Tour are battling in the Race to Dubai which finishes in two weeks.

Oh yeah, that Mickelson guy is there too. He's T18 (-6) on the 9th hole of his third round as I'm writing this, which is certainly an encouraging sign that he's starting to get his game back in shape... but he's not the story in Singapore.

Graeme McDowell, 2nd in the Race, is trying to run down leader Martin Kaymer. McDowell is in 3rd at -10, 2 shots out of the lead, and Kaymer is T12 at -7. But that's not the story in Singapore either.

No, the real story is two guys who have been relatively quiet this year, Adam Scott and Ian Poulter. Yeah, both won early on (Poulter won the WGC Accenture Match Play, remember? And Scott won the Valero Texas Open) but neither has set the world on fire since.

Until this week, that is. Scott leads the Singapore Open after two 65s (he's even after 3 holes in his third round), and Poulter's 1 back after opening rounds of 66-67 and he's two-under after four holes in his third round. These two have been dropping putts from everywhere -- if you didn't see GC's highlights of the 2nd round, you may have missed Poulter's bomb to end his round. GC put a clock on it -- it took 11 seconds just to get to the hole!

Look, I know you can't write a lot into one tournament. But given that Scott has shown signs of getting his game back this year, and Poulter is just plain fun to watch (and listen to), I think this bodes well for their 2011 seasons. Poults will be playing at the Chevron World Challenge the week after Dubai World Championship, and both he and Scott will be at Kapalua, so they won't have a lot of downtime to lose their games before the new season.

If you haven't watched any of the Singapore tournament, try to catch some of the rebroadcasts today or tomorrow. This is one of those "big purse" tournaments, so there's a lot of big players there...

And now Poults and Scott are tied at -13 after four holes, 3 shots clear of the field. (A Scott birdie and a Poulter eagle. There was an error in the online scoreboard earlier -- Poulter was three-under after four, not two.)

Maybe the "Lion City" will give us a new King of the Jungle, eh? (Hey, it's late and I ain't Conan O'Brien. Live with it... ;-)

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