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Friday, August 2, 2013

Too Many Parties for Phil

He says he just isn't focused yet. I think he's been celebrating a lot -- after all, hazy thinking usually follows an abundance of parties.

I've mentioned that I always allow major winners a "grace period" to get used to the new demands of the win... and yes, to get over the celebrations. (When Bubba won the Masters, I actually gave him an extended grace period because he was also busy adopting his son during that time.) And perhaps Phil will get focused for next week's PGA Championship because I'm sure he can smell another major within his grasp.

But only 18 players shot under par. What's their excuse? To name a few names, Matt Kuchar's +3, Adam Scott's +3, and Charl Schwartzel's +4. These are all players you expect to play well at Firestone. (Phil can at least point to relatively poor showings in the last few years at this event.)

While it's still early, a couple of my picks are doing well. Jim Furyk is -3 and Harris English is E. And from my "players to watch" at the end of the August RGWR post, Henrik Stenson is -5 (just one off the lead) and even the normally volatile Ian Poulter is -1.

I'll be interested to see if Phil really can put it together and make a run this week... but I have a feeling he's going to need that grace period. After all, he's carrying the Claret Jug around with him... and he's made it clear that it's getting used quite a bit.

I guess he earned it.

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