13) Kyle Stanley earned $648,000 Sunday, but will probably remember it as one of the worst days of his life. Leading by three shots on the 18th hole, Stanley triple-bogeyed 18, then lost in a playoff in an unthinkable collapse, losing to Brandt Snedeker in a playoff. Trainwrecks are hard to turn away from, and this one was a classic.
12) David Mathis finished 125th on the PGA Money List LY, with his earnings of $715,404.25, so Stanley is just about assured of keeping his card for next year, but this would've been his first win, gotten him into the Masters and Kapalua next January and guaranteeing his card thru 2014, not to mention the extra $432,000 that Snedeker got for winning.
11) CBS stayed with the tournament until 7pm, when it was switched to the Golf Channel so 60 Minutes could start on time. Stuff like that never happened when Eldrick Woods plays in a tournament........
10).......speaking of which, that thud you heard around 7am Sunday was the heart of golf TV executives hitting the floor when Woods lost to the immortal Robert Rock in Abu Dhabi.
This was supposed to be the week that Woods won a real tournament, declared himself back to the old Tiger and got golf back into mainstream sports' front page, when people who don't normally follow golf follow Woods. Not so fast, as Woods lost a head-to-head match with one of the few golfers who doesn't wear a hat. Good for Rock, bad for golf.
9) One question about Rock; why doesn't he wear a hat? Golfers make a small fortune as human billboards; certainly someone has offered him lot of cash to wear their hat, especially playing in same foursome as Woods. He'll be in the Ryder Cup; wonder if he'll be wearing hats by then.
8) Then there was the tennis match from Australia that started around 3:45am here in New York and ended five hours and 53 minutes later, one of the greatest sporting events you'll ever see. Djokovic-Nadal was just a treat to watch, two great athletes competing at the highest level, with an extreme level of mental toughness on both sides.
Too bad they couldn't have just split the prize money and played for the trophy; they both deserved to win. Bad for Nadal, good for tennis.
7) One complaint about the Golf Channel's coverage from Abu Dhabi; they put the Golf Channel logo in the lower right hand part of the screen, right where the players' scores were often shown, so lot of the time, you couldn't see the players' scores. Upper right would've been a lot better, but then again, no one asked me.
6) When I was a kid, I wasn't allowed to watch the Three Stooges- they poked each other in the eyes, they hit each other with tools, they slapped each other in the head. Wonder what my late mom would've thought about the X Games, where guys do flips on snowmobiles? I'm guessing the Stooges would've seemed tame by comparison.
5) Is Blake Ahearn the greatest free throw shooter ever? He set all-time college record at Missouri State, and now has made 106 foul shots in row playing for in the NDBL, where he is leading the league in scoring. Why isn't he in the NBA? The Knicks couldn't use him? Detroit? Washington?
4) Referees handed Syracuse their 63-61 win over West Virginia Saturday, but fact remains, they're screwed unless Fab Melo gets eligible again- they got outrebounded 41-20 by the Mountaineers, an astounding statistic.
3) Pretty cool seeing Graeme McDowell shoot a hole-in-one on the 12th hole at Abu Dhabi; over the last seven holes, he was -5, after being -6 for the tournament's first 65 holes.
2) European Tour is in Qatar next week, Dubai (no relation to Abu Dhabi) the week after that. I need to buy myself a damn globe.
1) So Eldrick Woods has now led 64 tournaments after three rounds, and won 55 of them; the big question is, will he ever win again? And the other question of the weekend is, after Sunday, will Kyle Stanley ever win?
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