Monday, March 19, 2007

Put them together and it's 92

Among the certainties in life are death, taxes and the golf gods are eventually going to get you.
Sometimes it’s just for a moment, like the time you piped a tee shot and were bragging about hitting a sand wedge into the green at a 455-yard par-4 only to hit a hosel rocket second shot that led to a seven and a sudden fear of wedge shots.

Sometimes it lasts longer. Asks Justin Leonard, the latest famous player to fall into the abyss. His T-75 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational Sunday was his best finish of the year. In fact, it was the only tournament he’s finished in seven starts this year.

It can happen to anyone.

J.B. Holmes.

Even Tiger Woods.

In front of the television cameras came on at Bay Hill Sunday, Holmes posted a smooth 49 on the front nine, piling up big numbers like Donald Trump’s accountant. Earlier in the week, Holmes had reached a 580-yard par-5 in two, though it was playing into the wind.

But Sunday, Holmes was a broken man, making three doubles and a triple before he made the turn. He came back with 34 on the back nine but the gods had made their point.
Not even Tiger is untouchable.

He was one shot out of the lead with 10 holes to play Sunday and we all know how that story usually ends.

Except Sunday.

Tiger finished with 43 on the back nine. He made a double bogey on the par-3 17th then tripled the last hole in front of a crowd that probably wasn’t sure how to act. Wonder when was the last time Tiger lost a sleeve of Nikes in nine holes?

Take J.B. Holmes’ front nine and Tiger’s finish and it’s 92. Living proof the gods eventually get us all.