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Sunday, May 31, 2015

A Week of Unfulfilled Dreams

At first look that's what this week of golf has been. Shall I list a few of them?
  • Both the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open and the AT&T Byron Nelson have been plagued by rain. GC said that enough rain had fallen in Texas this May to cover the entire state in 8 inches of water. As a result, the 400+ yard par-4 14th hole at TPC Four Seasons Resort became a 100-yard par-3. Ireland can add cold temperatures and heavy winds to their woes.
The new par-3 14th hole at TPC Four Seasons Resort
  • Rory McIlroy, Sergio Garcia and Martin Kaymer, among other big names, missed the cut in Ireland and Luke Donald, needing a win to qualify for the US Open, probably won't get it unless he shoots some ridiculously low score today. Rickie Fowler was in the hunt until taking 16 strokes on the final two holes.
  • At the Shoprite LPGA Classic Inbee Park had a chance to retake #1 in the Rolex Rankings with a mere 3rd place finish but is currently 21st (6 off the lead) with only one round to go, and Michelle Wie missed the cut most likely because of her continuing injury problems.
  • Jordan Spieth hasn't been able to buy a putt in Texas and now finds himself T18 (6 shots off the lead but 28 players are tied with or ahead of him).
But for every broken dream there are potentially new dreams to be fulfilled:
  • Maximilian Kieffer, who has never won an event except on the Challenge Tour, is T2 in Ireland -- a mere two strokes behind leader Søren Kjeldsen.
  • Morgan Pressel once again has the lead in an LPGA event. She has truly resurrected her game after years of struggle and just might close this one out.
  • And down in Texas, a number of players are poised to do something special. Jimmy Walker could get his 3rd win of the season, and Dustin Johnson could get his 2nd. Scott Pinckney and Jonathan Randolph could get their first wins ever.
With all the ups and downs of the week, and with only a couple of weeks to go until all three tours play majors -- the KPMG Women's PGA Championship (LPGA) on June 11 and the US Open (PGA and ET) the following week -- this is going to be a very interesting day in golf.

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