no daly double

mulligan, 01 August 2004, Comments Off on no daly double
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John Daly won the Buick Invitational earlier this year, but he could not pull out a win at the Buick Open, losing to Vijay Singh by 1 stroke. He gave it a good shot, though, going birdie-eagle-birdie-birdie in his first 4 holes. John’s putter and driver cooled off by the turn. Many of his birdie putts grazed the hole. For one of them, Bobby Clampett, the commentator for CBS, mistakenly yelled that the ball was in, but the ball broke at the end.

Things got very interesting on the last hole. Vijay, who had a 1 shot lead over JD, sliced his drive pretty badly into the trees. He, in fact, was in jail, with his ball nestled close to a tree trunk. Then, JD — using driver — pushed his drive into the trees, too. I thought JD should have pulled out a 3-wood or 2-iron after seeing Vijay’s bad drive. But you live by the sword, you die by the sword.

Vijay then flubbed his chip shot from under the tree and barely moved his ball 10 feet in the rough. Apparently, that was all he needed, though. Vijay then stuffed an 8-iron to 6 feet. JD pitched out from under the tree, and then stuffed his sand wedge to 6 feet, too. Vijay gave JD one last shot at it, after Vijay missed his par putt. JD, however, couldn’t make his, either. Two bogeys to finish, not very pretty.

Other notes: Vijay has gone back to conventional putting, no more belly putter or cross-handed. Both Vijay and John Daly use the new TaylorMade R7. Tiger tied for 3rd with Carlos Franco, 2 strokes back. Watch out for Tiger at the PGA: his new Nike driver with graphite shaft is looking in really good form!


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