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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Blowin' in the Wind

While the big money plays in Malaysia and China, and Yani Tseng tries for her 11th worldwide win in 2011, I think the real stories are wind-related.

Down in South Carolina, the Nationwide Tour players struggling for their PGA Tour cards (to be awarded today!) struggled just to stand up in the winds at Daniel Island in Charleston. How windy was it Saturday? Daniel Chopra shot a course record 62 on Friday to grab a share of the lead. Saturday he shot a 77 -- 15 strokes worse -- and he's still only 2 shots off the lead! Jason Kokrak, the tournament leader, is leading and could get his 3rd win in only 7 weeks.

And over in Spain, the wind may have died down to only 5-10mph on the Valderrama golf course but it didn't make things any easier. Valderrama's short -- only 6356 meters (just under 7000 yards) -- but the greens are small. And as tough as the Ralston Creek Course at Daniel Island is playing, at least 22 of the 60 players there are under par. Only 4 -- yes, you read that right, only 4! -- of the 54 players who made the cut are under par at Valderrama. And the Mechanic aka Miguel Angel Jimenez, whom I wrote about yesterday, is still tied for 2nd, 2 strokes off the lead.

But the big story there remains Sergio Garcia. Last week he won by 11 strokes after shooting 67-63-64-63. (And I don't care how many people say, "oh, it was his home course," shooting 63-64-63 in 3 successive rounds anywhere is impressive!) This week, under much tougher conditions, he's the only player with 3 sub-par rounds -- 70-70-67 -- and he shot his best one Saturday. This is a major turnaround for Sergio, who's been unable to post low scores on the weekend until recently.

And get this: Sergio isn't exempt into the WGC in China next week... unless he wins this week, that is. It appears that our "year of the unexpected" didn't end with Luke Donald's showing in Disney last week.

Can Sergio make it two in a row? Can Kokrak make it 3 in 7 weeks? As Bob Dylan said, apparently the answer is blowin' in the wind... and this is turning out to be a pretty cool breeze. ;-)

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