Rushville Republican


August 2, 2013

Thoughts from the sports desk

I guess even if you are the No. 1 golfer in the world, you can still watch and learn. Tiger Woods played a practice round at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, N.Y. and was critical of the speed of the greens.

After his round, he complained about the greens speed only running 9 on the Stimpmeter. Many times, especially in majors, the greens roll 12 or 13…much faster than the Oak Hill greens were running.

The PGA Championship is next week and the grounds crew said they have not mowed the greens yet, so conditions that Tiger was playing under was not what he will see next week.

I just think he was trying to take after “Lefty” with his comments. Remember at the British Open, Phil Mickelson was very critical of the pit placements at Muirfield. Mickelson was obviously not happy with the pins after the first round. After the final round, he was just fine as he hoisted the Claret Jug as the winner of the British Open.

With a long drought between wins in a major, maybe Tiger is just trying out Mickelson’s technique. Couldn’t hurt, it’s been a long drought for Mr. Woods at the majors.

A-Rod and the Yankees

The looming suspension of Yankee slugger Alex Rodriguez is all over the media outlets. When is he going to be suspended? How long will the suspension be? Will he fight it?

All will be answered shortly, but I don’t think the Yankees are too worried about it. After all, if A-Rod is suspended for next season, the Yankees will not have to pay his $25 million salary. That will definitely cut down the pay roll and probably get the Yankees out of some of the luxury tax they are paying with such a high pay roll.

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