Oostuizen Suggests Multiple Majors Is Possible
Louis Oosthuizen, who possesses one of the sweetest swings on the planet, suggests that he could win multiple Majors this year. He nearly won The Masters last year, but for a miracle Bubba Watson shot. I frankly think that he’s as good a bet as any to do so.
And speaking of Oosthuizen, the would-be farmer traded the car that he won at the Volvo Champions for … an excavator.
With that sweet swing and the obsession with his ranch/farm, Oosthuizen reminds me of none other than Byron Nelson.
Woods Badgered With Rory Questions
I heard on PGA Tour radio today that Tiger spent nearly all of the time allotted for his Abu Dhabi press conference answering questions about Rory.
Heh. Now he knows how the rest of the PGA Tour has felt for years.
McGinley To Captain European Ryder Cup Team
Europe’s answer to Tom Watson is … Paul McGinley.
The 46-year-old Irishman got a ringing endorsement from Rory, and from other European Tour players. McGinley played on three Ryder Cup-winning teams and was vice captain for Europe in 2010 and for the improbable comeback win last year at Medinah.
I continue to believe that the Captains have only a marginal effect on the outcome. It’s easy to second-guess the decision of DL3 to sit the red-hot Mickelson and Bradley, but if just one more guy had won on Sunday, he would have looked brilliant.
The USGA Adds Mid-Amateurs to Walker Cup Team
When the Walker Cup is played this September at the National Golf Links of America in Southampton, N.Y., at least two mid-amateurs will suit up for the United States.
“This is something we’ve been talking about for a number of years and something we feel will be a win-win situation for not only the Walker Cup, but for amateur golf,” said USGA vice president Tom O’Toole, chairman of the Championship Committee. “The mid-amateurs are a key part of the game, and they bring a lot of maturity and leadership to the table. We feel that this definitely falls in step with George Herbert Walker’s original intent for these matches when he proposed them in 1921 – to foster international goodwill between the U.S. and Great Britain & Ireland and to build relationships among players on both sides.”
I like the gesture quite a bit. Today’s top young amateurs—and the college crowd in particular—are just pros-in-waiting. He mid-amateurs, on the other hand, typically have bypassed that track in favor of non-golf careers. They are thus closer to the spirit of amateurism.