Charl Schwartzel

darren clarke

42-year old Darren Clarke won his first Open Championship in 20 attempts this past weekend.  The Northern Irishman took inspiration from the incredible play of Irish players in majors over the past few years (6 of the last 17 majors have been won by Irishmen) and pulled off an unlikely but heartwarming victory on Sunday.

Interestingly, Chubby Chandler manages Schwartzel, McIlroy, and Clarke, giving him the first 3 legs of the “Chubby Slam”.  Should we start placing bets on Lee Westwood at the PGA?

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Alright, I’m a believer.  After the Masters, I wasn’t sure if McIlroy was the real deal or not.  I don’t think anybody has any doubts about that after witnessing one of the most dominant performances in US Open history.  No I don’t think it’s a better performance than Tiger in 2000, but it’s damn close.

Here’s the thing about Rory.  By all accounts, he’s a very friendly, engaging, and humble young man.  He doesn’t take issue with being asked tough questions by reporters and didn’t run off and hide after a disastrous Sunday in April at the Masters.

Over the last 4 days, McIlroy was elevated himself to the pinnacle of the game.  But he’s not the only player that made a statement this weekend.

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Steele shows his mettle

by Derek on April 17, 2011

in PGA Tour

Brendan Steele 2011 Valero Texas Open

Brendan Steele sinks the winning putt at the 2011 Valero Texas Open


In only his 12th start on the PGA Tour, Brendan Steele found he winners circle at the Valero Texas Open.  It was a tough week at the TPC San Antonio Oaks course, with lots of big numbers being posted, most notably Kevin Na’s 16 on the par 4 ninth hole.

The wind blew relentlessly for most of the tournament, though it didn’t seem to bother Steele as he posted par or better all four days, including 2 rounds in the 60′s.

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Rick Moranis Spaceballs

I’ll be honest.  I was really rooting for Adam Scott to win the Masters.  Mostly because a) I wanted to use the headline “Great Scott!!!”, b) he could have single-handedly made long putters cool and c) I don’t have any pictures of Charl Schwartzel to post.  So instead I’m using a picture of Rick Moranis from Spaceballs, because he definitely knows the “Power of the Schwartz(el)”.

Schwartzel earned his victory at the 2011 Masters.  He was 1-behind Adam Scott, who looked destined to finally break through with a victory in a major.  But with 4 to play Schwartzel reeled off 4 straight birdies to get to 14-under, 2-strokes ahead of Scott and Jason Day.  That included an amazingly confident birdie putt on 17, which I believe was only the 5th birdie there all day.

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