Driver-off-the-Deck BOLD Prediction of the Week- Rory (Wildly) Will Miss Cut at Valero Texas Open

Driver-off-the-Deck Bold Prediction of the Week:

Rory McIlroy is going to miss the cut at this week’s Valero Texas Open.  In one sense that might sound like a bold statement, as predicting that the world’s #2 player won’t even make it past the halfway point may sound a bit loony, but, in another sense, it may not sound so bold as Rory’s four PGA Tour events this year have gone like this:

–        WGC Accenture Match Play Championship- 1st round loss

–        The Honda Classic- Fake wisdom toothache while seemingly 200 over par, eventual WD

–        WGC Cadillac Championship at Doral- T-8th (final round Sunday low 65)

–        Shell Houston Open- T-45th

It’s been a tumultuous start to the year to say the least following the equipment change to Nike.  Rory did seem to iron out a few kinks and seemed ever so slightly more comfortable over the ball last week at Shell, but he just squeaked into the weekend on the cut line and never cracked 70 on a score-able course.

Overall, his whole game is still a mess.  He’s spraying it everywhere off the tee (particularly prone to the pull-hooks, which is goodnight nurse territory for anyone’s game), is struggling with distance control especially with his short irons and is hardly holing anything on the greens.  The old Rory rolled the rock with confidence; the Nike-ified Rory is rolling it with hesitation, which leads to wobbly pars, not electric birdies.

The TPC San Antonio course, site of this week’s Valero Texas Open is extremely demanding off the tee, with bunkers and other hazards galore.  Those pull-snipes with those new red-headed Nike Covert woods are just screaming for trouble.  Swooshes will be flying every which way, and penalty strokes and a frustrated Rory will be hunching his shoulders all week.

The idea of Rory heading to San Antonio looking to get more reps in and to hopefully build some momentum heading into the Masters is great (and I’m glad to see that he gave this back to the Tour), but the course couldn’t fit the current state of his game any worse, and I wouldn’t at all be shocked to see some mid to even upper 70s shot by Rors this week (for prediction’s sake I’ll go with 77-73 for his MC).  Commence further media uproar heading into Augusta next week.

Joel Harrington

Holly Sonders and Her Smokin’ Hot Bod To Grace the Cover of the Golf Digest May Issue

Holly Sonders Golf Digest Pics

The May issue of Golf Digest will feature Golf Channel’s mega hottie Holly Sonders as the cover girl of the new “Fit” issue.  The issue will feature 35 pages of how to get in your best golfing shape, which, um, we’re highly appreciative they chose Holly for.

Throughout the issue, Holly shows off some of the work that she’s put in on her own bod, which you can see by checking out Golf Digest’s photo gallery.  Thank you, Golf Digest.

Still can’t believe that she’s engaged to such a meatball.

Joel Harrington

European Tour Golfer Andreas Harto Strips Down To Underwear To Play Shot- Feherty Follows It With Classic Remark

Apparently attempting to do his best Henrik Stenson imitation, Danish golfer Andreas Harto hit a shot out of the water pants-less (or trouser-less as the Euro Tour announcers would say) on Sunday at the European Tour’s Trophee Hassan II event in Morocco.  Oh, but it doesn’t stop there.  Following his successful excavation from the water hazard, Harto shuffled his way onto the green to mark his ball, ahem, still pants-less.  Harto didn’t do himself any favors as he bent over directly rear facing the camera, giving full view of his hyper colored underwear.

Well, at least we all know who Andreas Harto is now.

Added note- To add to the hilarity, the always quip-full David Feherty was on Golf Channel’s Morning Drive show on Monday morning and was asked about the incident.  Feherty replied that he hadn’t yet seen footage of Harto’s underwear-ian moment, but remarked- “Well, at least it wasn’t Colin Montgomerie.”  You rule, Mr Feherty.

Joel Harrington