Twilight Zone at Wyndham Tour Stop
Tiger Leads, Henderson Still There?
Does anyone remember Rod Serlingâ€™s Twilight Zone? Well, the PGA is revisiting the idea this week at the Wyndham Championship. All right then, put these two thoughts together â€“ â€œYouâ€™re traveling in another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound, but of mind â€“ a journey into a wondrous land here the boundaries are that of the imagination â€“ youâ€™re next stop, the Twilight Zone.â€ And then, â€œTiger Woods is winning, and itâ€™s not just the first round.â€
Itâ€™s all true. Our very own Tiger Woods, love him or hate him, shot a 64 in the first round of the Wyndham, and I asked at the time whether he could put multiple rounds together, suggesting that if he could, he might get close to what he once was. The second day came and went, and there was Tiger, sharing the lead with another plunge into the 60s â€“ two days in a row. All right, I thought, Iâ€™ll be patient and see if this thing lasts. Two great rounds are better than the occasional one, but there are two more to play.
Checking in a few minutes ago, Tiger has started the day under par once more, and has mentioned that he hasnâ€™t even heard of his co-leader, Jonas Blixt. Oh come now, he must have heard of him. Even Iâ€™ve heard of him. What the competition has to watch out for here is a Tiger who experiences a run of play that is not up and down. Perhaps theyâ€™ve all benefitted from the possibility that he has forgotten how to put four days together, but he might be waking up â€“ coming to. If he re-experiences it only once, he might be on his merry way again, putting good weeks together all the time. How would that suit us as viewers, after all Tigerâ€™s been through, and after all heâ€™s put us through vicariously? I donâ€™t suspect that heâ€™s going to amass a ten stroke lead and hang on. Iâ€™m more interested in how his fourth round nerves are for a rally or a cliffhanger, if it comes to that. Heâ€™s never played this tournament, and seems to have skipped over it to address other priorities on the tour. Maybe such a clean slate makes it easier to remember the early 2000s. Donâ€™t scoff now, weâ€™re in the third round, and heâ€™s still doing it.
Over at the Canadian Pacific on the LPGA Tour, I kept a close eye on Brooke Henderson, hoping that she would threaten to win her national event on her home soil. Right now, it all seems to be Taiwanese Candie Kung with Lydia Ko at her heels. Surely, it must not escape Kungâ€™s attention that Ko seems to enjoy an almost unlimited magic within the borders of Canada. The vibes are right, conditions within the Twilight Zone are perfect.
It seems like a cop-out to write about both tours at once. As two things that donâ€™t go together easily in every way, my family jargon would refer to it as a â€œsalmon milk shake.â€ But, I canâ€™t help it. Iâ€™m torn between one tour and the other this week, with Tiger on the loose, and Ko stalking the leader in one of her favorite haunts. Perhaps the Canadian doesnâ€™t rise yet to a Twilight Zone moment, but a resurgence by Henderson surely would, and I canâ€™t look away while thereâ€™s a possibility of it happening.
So what about looking at a Sunday with the old Tiger returning to form, and a newly-minted pro winning on her turf? It may not happen, but even lesser scenarios appear to be providing a great weekend. If Tiger or Brooke pulls it off â€“ next stop, the Twilight Zone.