If I'm Tiger, I tell caddie Steve Williams that if he wants my bag, he has to stay away from the racetrack. Williams suffered his second car crash of the year, but unlike the previous time, he walked away uninjured. Evidently, picking on photographers during tournaments just isn't exciting enough. As for Tiger, he returns to action this week in Charlotte.
A 13-stroke win is impressive, whether it's at the highest professional level or the Duffers Open. Els romped in Shanghai for his third overseas win this year, and he beat an Asian Open field that was arguably more potent than the field in New Orleans. Els will take this week off before returning to the U.S. for the Byron Nelson Classic.
Poor Vijay. He had to defend his New Orleans title (won last year at English Turn) on a new course, and the TPC of Louisiana obviously didn't suit him. Singh finished tied for 21st, his worst finish in the past eight tournaments. Singh plays a heavy schedule each year but hinted that New Orleans might not be in his future plans. "They better change the golf course," he told a local reporter.
Here's something you may not know about Goosen -- he doesn't like spending too much preparation time on a golf course. "If you go to a major four, five days before the tournament, I feel like by the time the tournament comes, you're sort of brain-dead," Goosen said recently. "You can overprepare, I think." To combat that at the U.S. Open, Retief will host an all-night keg party before Round 1. OK, not really.
Last year at this time, Mickelson arrived at the Wachovia Championship riding high off his Masters win. This time, the spotlight is not nearly as blinding. Hopefully for Phil, that will allow him to better navigate the Quail Hollow greens that threw him a curveball last year.
The Masters runner-up had a chance to win in New Orleans on the 72nd hole. But his 14-foot birdie putt ran too far past, and he missed the par putt that would've put him in the playoff. Although frustrated at failing to close the deal (again), DiMarco at least showed he's likely to be a consistent fixture on any leaderboard.
The good news for Donald -- he finished tied for sixth at the Asian Open, yet another excellent result for the Brit. The bad news -- he finished 17 strokes behind tourney winner Ernie Els. Like Els, Donald will not be in North Carolina this week.
Clarke is taking some time off back in th UK, where he's evidently managed to take in a couple of soccer matches. He plans to crank it back up when the European Tour reaches Great Britain for the Daily Telegraph British Masters.
After winning the Johnnie Walker Classic two weeks ago, Scott took the week off but will tee it up this week at Quail Hollow. A year ago, he took two months off the PGA Tour after the Masters, and in his second week back, he missed the U.S. Open cut. Perhaps returning quicker this season will pay off at Pinehurst in June.
She finally returns to the LPGA Tour after a long break following her fifth consecutive win. All eyes will be on Annika at this week's Michelob ULTRA Open in Virginia. Well, maybe not all eyes. After all, Big Break III winner Danielle Amiee will be in the field after winning a sponsor's exemption.
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