Just a few thoughts figured out in between switching around from football game to football game . ..
—Between the football games, an Angels day game, the U.S. Open Women’s tennis finals, the BMW Champions on the PGA Tour and an epic playoff on the LPGA Tour, one single television in my living room was just an epic fail.
—Let all discussion about whether Rory McIlroy is the real deal end now. That’s six wins on the PGA Tour for the Northern Irish star, including two majors. This year alone he has four wins on the PGA Tour, he leads the PGA Tour and the European Tour in earnings and he has three wins in his last four starts. The wins at the PGA Championship and two wins in PGA Tour FedEx Cup playoff events. The last month or so, McIlroy has been, dare we say, Tiger-esque.
—After going eight holes in a playoff yesterday that was eventually suspended by darkness, it took Jiyai Shin just 20 minutes to defeat Paula Creamer in the Kingsmill Championship this morning. Shin pared the par-4 16th to start the morning, while Creamer three-putted for a bogey. Creamer also three-putted the final hole or regulation to drop into the playoff with Shin. Neither player has won since 2010, and Creamer would have been an extremely popular winner. But Shin is one of the most-liked player on the tour, and now has nine wins on the LPGA just like Creamer. Shin has hand surgery in June, so this was an important win for her.
—Tiger Woods continued to produce at least two really good rounds of golf a week. Unfortunately, he continued to have at least one round where he just kind of drifts off and is on the outer fringes of relevance for 18 holes. At the BMW Championship, it was the third round, A strong week of play for Woods, but McIlroy is better right now.
—Is there a player who has been written off more in his career than Phil Mickelson? He was never going to win a major, then he won three from 2004 to 2006. He was never going to win again after blowing the 2006 U.S. Open, but of course he did win again, even winning another major. He was irrelevant at the start of the year, then shot 64 at Pebble Beach the final round to beat Tiger Woods and the rest of the field. He was finished this summer when he couldn’t break par it seemed. Now he’s been fourth and tied for second in the last two FedEx Cup events the last two weeks. Of courser, now that we expect something from Phil at the Tour Championship this week, He probably won’t make the top 10. But you never know with Phil.
–Tough to watch Bill Haas throw away his chance at defending the Tour Championship with three bogeys in his closing five holes Sunday. That dropped him out of the top 30 in points and eliminated him from the FedEx Cup playoffs.
—The last two weeks on the FedEx Cup playoff run, McIlroy, Woods and Mickelson has finished in the top four. That trio has never finished in the top five of a tournament together before two weeks ago.
—And just in case you though I was not going to mention the weird weather Sunday night, here’s a house I pass on my way out of my neighborhood,
As Popeye would say, "Well, blow me down!" (Larry Bohannan)