PGA and LPGA having Classic Golf Time
The term “classic” can be used to describe something that is very old and revered, or it could mean something terribly unusual, perhaps something utterly out of the ordinary, and finally, something that is just truly excellent. It can also mean “typical,” but nothing of that sort is happening on either the PGA or LPGA Tours this week.
Over on the men’s side, we can start with Byron Nelson himself. If Nelson wasn’t a classic, who could be? The tournament is a classic by dint of the name alone, and it is up to players accomplishing special feats to make it even more of one – and they very often oblige. Even though 12 players withdrew before the opening of the Nelson, the scoring has not been a disappointment. There’s not much of “If they were only here, the scores would be a lot lower.” I don’t think they would be. Stephen Bowditch is in at minus 13, and I think that anyone would enjoy that sort of score, regardless of their fame.
To say that the Nelson has experienced bad weather is a gross understatement. Anything that can turn a par 4 into a one hundred yard hole has got to be serious, and indeed, the “standing water” on some of the fairways looks a whole lot worse than merely “standing.” Some of what might laughingly be called puddles would work as a good snorkeling spot, and someone had better make sure that there are no aquatic predators in there.
In terms of the LPGA, playing the Shoprite in Galloway, New Jersey, at the Stockton Hotel and Golf Club, things aren’t overtly classical. It looks like a normal week, except that (has anyone noticed this?) Morgan Pressel is back again, threatening to win. Her play has been classic in the excellent category, and I’ve always considered her a classic on tour, simply because she’s one of the most un-cookie cutterish members in the industry. Even her name is a classic. I always dreamed of driving an antique Morgan, a fine classic automobile, a wish that has so far eluded me. Pressel fits the quality comparison, although she isn’t classical in the antique sense, however it might appear to the teen whiz kids. Morgan is the name of famous pirates, actors, race horses and fine whiskey. Trust me, she knows what she’s doing.
I hope that someone will ask Pressel what happened, what switch got thrown that got her interior winner interested in challenging for the lead again. I haven’t a clue, but it’s fun to see her come out of a recent oblivion that didn’t really fit in with her considerably high talent level.
As we watch the final rounds of these two odd and “classic” events, it seems appropriate to wish everyone out there a classic week, that is, in the excellent sense.