Monday, August 31

Golf’s Twilight Zone, Starring Heath Slocum



TIGER WOODS MISSED a seven-foot birdie putt on the final hole of The Barclays that would have tied him for the lead. Meanwhile, Heath Slocum slammed home a 21-foot tournament-winning putt on the 72nd hole.

Welcome to golf’s Twilight Zone.

Did you see it? Slocum’s putt was a thing of beauty. Perfect pace, center cut, as those CBS guys like to say. It reminded me of, well, Tiger. And Tiger reminded me of, well, everybody else, rifling his game-tying seven-footer past the left-hand side of the cup. It didn’t even rim out.

See how weird and other worldly golf’s Twilight Zone is?

Slocum, Mr. 124 in the FedEx Cup standings entering The Barclays, has catapulted to third place in the playoffs points race. Tiger and Steve Stricker occupy the top two spots.

What does this portend for next week?

I think it’s pretty obvious. Ryuji Imada (No. 99) or Daniel Chopra (No. 100) is going to win the Deutsche Bank Championship.

It’s the playoffs, golf’s Twilight Zone, where the Heath Slocums take over the golf world. Hey, maybe Feherty is actually Rod Serling with an Irish accent.

−The Armchair Golfer

4 comments :

Lancer said...

I think you've hit the nail on the head. That finish was almost unbelievable, but only goes to show just how good anybody out there is on any given day.

Vince Spence said...

Wow. Heath really handled himself well during and after the tournament. Nice kid...

Love to him get a few more big pay checks this month...

kokogirl said...

I love Heath! I am so happy for him. And I agree with Lancer. All these pros are sooo good that the guy who barely gets in wins.

The Armchair Golfer said...

Kidding aside, I love it when the Heath Slocums win.