Better keep Sergio Garcia away from Boo Weekley. In a repeat of a mistake at the U.S. Open, Weekley wrote down the wrong score for Garcia last week at the Deutsche Bank Championship. Unlike the Open, where Garcia didn’t check the card before signing it and was disqualified, the Spaniard verified the Floridian’s math — only to see the same error occur … twice.
It should be an interesting rebound week for Tiger Woods. The world’s top-ranked player made a good run at Phil Mickelson in the final round of last week’s Deutsche Bank Championship, only tobe held off by Lefty. In previous years, Mickelson would have folded like a poker player with off-suit two and eight. But playing at Cog Hill Golf and Country Club this week should make Woods feel right at home. He has won here in 1997, 1999 and 2003. It should help him in his effort to overtake first-place Mickelson and second-place Steve Stricker in the FedEx Cup points.
Speaking of Lefty, just why is Mickelson not here? He claims he is trying to have a better balance between golf and family, but if he really did plan something for this week with his cute clan, that means he didn’t check the PGA schedule to see if he might miss anything important. Of course, there was the not-so-veiled jab at PGA commissioner Tim Finchem and something about not living up to promises. Slated to be in the same group with Woods and Stricker, maybe Lefty was just tired of beating up on Tiger.
This field should certainly have a playoff flavor to it. In addition to being a nice and cozy 70 players, there is no cut. However, only the top 30 advance to the Tour Championship. So while Heath Slocum, Jerry Kelly, Luke Donald, Arron Oberholser and Jonathan Byrd hold down spots No. 26-30, you can bet David Toms, Stewart Cink, Tim Clark, Camilo Villegas and Henrik Stenson will be trying to move up.
THIS WEEK’S TEE TIMES
EVENT: BMW Champ-ionship
WHERE: Lemont, Ill.
COURSE: Cog Hill Golf and Country Club, par 71
DEFENDING CHAMP: Trevor Immelman
EVENT: LPGA NW Arkansas Champ-ionship
WHERE: Rogers, Ark.
COURSE: Pinnacle Country Club, par 72
DEFENDING CHAMP: Inaugural event
EVENT: Greater Hickory Classic
WHEN: Sept. 14-16
WHERE: Conover, N.C.
COURSE: Rock Barn Golf and Spa, par 72
DEFENDING CHAMP: Andy Bean
EVENT: Utah Energy-Solutions Champ-ionship
WHERE: Sandy, Utah
COURSE: Willow Creek Country Club, par 72
DEFENDING CHAMP: Craig Kanada
EVENT: European Masters
WHERE: Crans-sur-Sierre, Switzerland
COURSE: Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club, par 71
DEFENDING CHAMP: Bradley Dredge