Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Admiral... There Be GOLF Here!

For those of you who don't recognize it, the title is a parody of a line from Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. Scotty has just transported two humpback whales onto a Klingon bird of prey (an alien starship) in which they time-traveled back to the 20th Century. It may be the funniest of the Star Trek movies:



The weather at the Hyundai Tournamentof Champions has certainly borne a strange resemblance to the storm plaguing 23rd Century Earth in that Star Trek movie. Nevertheless, after three days of delays the PGA Tour finally got started...

And Dustin Johnson got jump-started. The king of the three-round event is leading the pack after two rounds... and there's only one more round to go.

Defending champion Steve Stricker -- the token "old guy" in the field -- is three shots back, and the field starts dropping off from there. But since the Plantation Course is finally playable (DJ shot -7 in the second round Monday) the tournament is still very much up for grabs.

Here's the 1-minute video from PGATOUR.com of DJ's interview with Steve Sands after his second round. (Yeah, it's a thin little video!) Bear in mind that par at the Plantation Course is 73, which is why his -7 is a 66:



Keegan Bradley told GC that he had only taken a couple of weeks off as well. He's 5 back of DJ, well within striking range.

Is this bizarre tournament a portent of what we might see in 2013? Will DJ go where no golfer has gone before (at least, I think it's new territory) and win three weather-shortened tournaments on the big tour? Is it a coincidence that players have gone humpback whale-watching in Hawaii this week? Am I reaching too far for a little humor?

Oh well. It's only the first tournament of the year. There's plenty of time for me to do worse. ;-) But the Hyundai is running out of time to give us a winner...

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