Happy Friday, golf fans. With 3 big events happening this week, Nike golfers are looking to make an impact on all three. To recap, here are the events and the athletes in the field. I’ll post all the standings thus far and give a short commentary on each.
Q-School Final Stage
Leader :: Chris Baryla :: -10
T53 :: Dustin Garza :: 73 70 :: E
T94 :: Scott Brown :: 73 73 :: +3
T115 :: Pablo Martin :: 78 69 :: +4
T160 :: Chris Nallen :: 77 76 :: +10
Not a great start by the Nike boys, but I see Pablo Martin rebounding and finishing on top of these athletes. There are still 4 MORE ROUNDS to play! Pablo and Garza should do quite well as they are both decorated athletes, while Garza has crazy college wins. I think we expected a little more from Nallen after falling just outside the Nationwide Top 25. There’s plenty of time for these players to find their games, but it needs to start today.
LPGA Tour Championship
Leaders :: Amy Yang and Seon Hwa Lee :: -5
T14 :: Suzann Pettersen :: 73 :: +1
T56 :: Amanda Blumenherst :: 76 :: +4
Pettersen usually isn’t the fastest starter, so she’s in good position. While the leaders are at -5, 3rd place is -2 right now, so she’s in good position. Blumenherst will do well to make the cut.
1 :: Tiger Woods :: 65 :: -7
T4 :: Stewart Cink :: 69 :: -3
14 :: Paul Casey :: 73 :: +1
18 :: Anthony Kim :: 79 :: +7
Listen, we here at NG Nation believe that Anthony Kim is still injured and the proof is there. He has had terrible outings since his return at the WGC Bridgestone Invitiational. I understand AK is just trying to get in some experience and exposure (like playing the Korea Open in October), but I think he’s doing more harm than good. There’s a 14 stroke gap after 1 round between AK and Tiger, only about 16 months since they were the final pairing at the 2009 AT&T National. A lot has happened in those 16 months and Tiger seems to be rebounding a bit better. I still think AK shouldn’t be playing. That said, this is more about Tiger going for the win and a potential final pairing of McIlroy and Woods. However, Graeme MacDowell is right there and is a proven winner. This is a fun event, so we should all be witnesses this first weekend of December.