Golf is like Watching Paint Dry?
There are some who say watching golf is like watching paint dry; and that may be true at times. But if you watched The Players this weekend you’d more liken watching golf to watching ten thoroughbreds running neck and neck down the home stretch in the Preakness. Coming into the back nine, there were at least a dozen guys within two shots of the lead on a very tough golf course. From 48 year old Ryder Cup captain Jim “Loop d’ Loop” Furyk to 24 year old Jon “short fuse” Rahm to Mr. “pause that refreshes” Hideki Matsuyama to Dustin “Numero Uno” Johnson to four-time Major winner Rory McIlroy to Tommy “Hair” Fleetwood to Jason “Dash” Day (his cool name for his son) to “Fire”Brandt Snedeker to Señor Abraham Ancer to Downtown Jonny (70-foot make on #17 island green)Vegas to Brit Eddie “Pepper” Pepperell to young Ollie Strawberry Jams (sorry Ollie; couldn’t resist, but now that I’ve calmed down, it’s Schniederjans).
Captain Furyk (and his faithful caddie companion of 20 years Michael Thomas “Fluff” Cowen) was first to post a score, birdieing the difficult, water-lined last to come in at -15, tied with Rory at the time. Here was the U.S. Ryder Cup captain, who got beat bad in 2018, looking like he might achieve a bit of retribution a year later against these Europeans at The Players. Good stuff. And for awhile Furyk held firm with all but Rory falling like toy soldiers on a child’s battlefield. All but Rory indeed.
The Ulsterman (on St. Patrick’s Day no less) nurtured his one shot lead like you would a newborn, finishing birdie, birdie, par, par to win going away. It was Rory’s first win in a year, and his first at the revered Players, putting to rest Golf Channel talk of a slump.
By winning The Players and four Majors by age 29, Rory occupies a legendary status populated only by Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods. He remains my preliminary pick for the Masters, the one Major he hasn’t won.