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