Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Five Things To Like About Pro-Am Day At Quail

Here's a list of five things worth watching at the hit-and-giggle part of the Quail Hollow Championship, also known as the Wednesday pro-am:

1. That Tiger Guy
You've heard of him. He tees off at 7:30 a.m. in what is sure to be a chilly morning on a damp golf course but with a lot of eyes on him. Woods has traditionally been first off on pro-am day and this year is no exception. Don't be surprised if he hangs around someplace and signs some autographs. Expect him to smile a lot and say thanks, too.

2. Phil's Back
It's been almost three weeks since Phil Mickelson won the Masters but it will probably still be fresh when he tees it up Wednesday afternoon. And expect that feeling to continue through the week.

3. MJ and Freddie
Talk about charisma. Putting Michael Jordan and Fred Couples togehter -- along with Quail Hollow president Johnny Harris -- is a can't miss hit. They tee off just after noon and it may be the rare pro-am group that requires you to walk ahead once in a while just to get a good look at what's happening.

4. He Can Drive -- A Car
Four-time Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson, a Quail Hollow member, is playing in the afternoon. Just remember, he doesn't play golf for a living. But he has fun at it.

5. There's A Reason They're Amateurs
There are three golfers in each group. One of them plays golf for a living. The other two are just trying to act like they're not as nervous as they are.