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May 5th, 2007

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Wachovia: PGA Tour’s Best Saturday Ever?

(Apologies for the “noise” here, but seeing as how TV golf caused far less work to be accomplished this afternoon than I’d hoped, this post is somewhat business-related…)

Did anyone else get goosebumps watching CBS this afternoon? First of all, Quail Hollow looks like an incredible course, particularly in HD–it’s easy to see why the pros love it & think it could host a major with a little tweaking by the USGA or PGA of America.

But more importantly I was blown away by the incredible shots, plots, storylines of the day. Just a few of my favorites:

5) Steve Stricker continuing a nice comeback run with a stellar, though mostly untelevised 66.

4) Sabbatini jerking the string on a wedge for an eagle at the first. The fact that he was able to follow it up with three birdies (and no bogeys) on the front nine signals more control over his CNS than I have. This guy has to be the hottest player in the world right now except for maybe…

3) Ken Duke. How can you not like this guy? Peter Kostis rips his swing apart on the slow-mo cam, and he still finishes second in New Orleans. Then another top-10 at the Nelson & now a ton of great 8-10 foot birdie putts drop today. The guy reminds me a bit of Rich Beem in his unassuming attitude and unconventional swing.

2) Arron Oberholser talking to himself after every shot, except the one he holed out on three for a deuce.

1) Tiger vs Vijay. 1 vs 2. Tiger’s hot start, Vijay’s bogey save on 4 which led to a surge, Vijay dunking his approach on 12 to take the lead on Tiger for about 15 seconds, only to be cut by Tiger rolling in a 15-foot birdie of his own.

There were just so many quality shots from the fairway, long putts, big names, drama…I don’t remember a Saturday on tour ever being this good, at least in a non-major.