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Tiger And Paddy Early Leaders at the 2009 PGA Championship

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Work is out for the day and both Tiger and Padraig “Paddy” Harrington (who played together again today), are officially off the clock for the day. Of course, the clock we are speaking of is the stop watch of the rules officials. Such a coincidence that Tiger and Paddy are paired together again after last weeks’ debacle caused by the rules officials.

There is no way of telling if it indeed affected Paddy’s pitch shot, but the call was certainly unthinkable.

Come to think of it, it is not likely that Tiger is off the work-clock today either. He is probably on the range working on something. Sure, he had a bogey-free round with 5 birdies (67), but I am sure there is something with which he is not happy. Take all the time you need there Tiger, no one has the clock on you.

Tiger is not typically accustomed to getting off to a fast start in major tournaments, so with today’s opening round of 67 and the early lead, along with his front-running record, he has an outstanding chance to win his 15th major and 71st overall tournament. We are witnessing the best golfer to ever play this game. Truly amazing.

Paddy played a great round today as well, matching Tiger’s 5 birdies with just one bogey to shoot 68 (-4), which is currently in 2nd place. Although many golfers are still on the course as of this writing, it seems like Tiger and Paddy will be at the top at days’ end, and very well possible come Sunday. Look for them to feed off each other again tomorrow and play some spectacular golf.

It is hard to believe that Padraig is ranked #10 in the world. I know he hasn’t played well since winning 2 majors last year (PGA, British Open) and 1 in ’07 (British Open), but seriously, he got it done when he had to. Worst case he is #3, Paul Casey is not better than Padraig Harrington right now. I am looking for Paddy to be there on Sunday with Tiger, but again, Tiger will win this.

As a former PGA club pro and current golf fan, I have always found it interesting to look at both the top and bottom of the leaderboard. With that, I must report that club pro, Kevin Roman, shot a 1st round 87 (my kind of golf), with 7 bogeys, 4 doubles and a birdie. Talk about exciting golf (anyone can go out and shoot 5 under with no bogeys). Way to keep it exciting Kevin! A few shots better than Kevin was another club pro, Mitch Lowe, with 84. Proof that Golf is Hard.

Written by Coach Dave V

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