Thursday, July 14, 2005

Two Words: Fred Couples

Fred is my story today as he finished birdie-birdie in the late Thursday afternoon sun at St. Andrews to fire a -4 round and share third with a gaggle of others. Links golf would not appear to suit Fred's game, but he made me a believer today. His length gives him a similar advantage to that possessed by Tiger Woods on the Old Course. Tomorrow's early tee time works to his advantage since the wind should be calmer. The questions are how Fred's abck will handle the cooler weather and whether he can keep his long putter rolling true.

The other keys to Thursday's golf? Tiger came out firing on all cylinders. Goosen showed he has recovered from Pinehurst. Hensby is having an incredible run in the majors. Greg Norman looked pretty good shooting an Even par round after having back trouble. Nicklaus and Watson have a shot at the weekend. Luke Donald is a gamer, playing that well with Watson and Nicklaus is impressive.

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