Mercedes, Round 1

mulligan, 06 January 2006, Comments Off on Mercedes, Round 1
Categories: Uncategorized

I got a chance to watch some of Round 1 at Kapulua. I played the course once, and was reminded just how amazingly beautiful the course is. Sergio, sporting blonde highlights, said the new greens are much faster this year. Justin Leonard, savoring the victory of his Texas Longhorns (but unable to find a burnt orange shirt), admitted that, even for him, the winds were tricky. Olin Browne leads at -4; Vijay at -3; Garcia, David Toms, 2-time defending champion Stuart Appleby, and Carl Petterson tied at -2. It’s a great leaderboard, but without the Big Three — Tiger, Phil, Ernie — the tournament lacks a certain amount of buzz. (Lots of anticipation, though, for Michelle Wie’s third go at Sony next week, but more on that later.) Full leaderboard here.

Speaking of the Texas Longhorns’ victory, I’ll digress a moment. If I were a NFL GM trying to pick the No. 1 pick, I’d have more questions than answers after the game. Vince Young had an incredible game — 267 yards passing, 200 yards rushing — but against a porous SC defense that gave up major points to lesser teams all season. They couldn’t stop John Daly from the buffet line. An NFL team can’t expect Young to rush 200 yards playing QB in the NFL, not even the faster Mike Vick does that. Then there’s Heisman winner Reggie Bush, who was upstaged by his own teammate Lendell White at RB. Bush is very fast, but he looked “very contained” by the fast Texas defense. In the NFL, defenses are even faster, not to mention bigger. Then there’s Matt Leinart, another Heisman winner. He had a great second half. He can’t run, but he can pass. Should you take him over Young at QB? The $64,000 question. I think Young is a more dangerous threat, but I wouldn’t want him to turn into another Daunte Caulpepper while Leinart turn into another Carson Palmer.


You must be logged in to post a comment.

Leave a Reply:

Name *

Mail (hidden) *


Email: thegolfblog [@]

Advertise Here