Monday, June 30, 2008

Happy Monday!

Hope you had a nice weekend, and got to check out some of Monday Musings...

1-Inbee Park. 19 years old, and US Women's Open champion. She played great, no doubt, but I ask, where were the serious threats? It was like Interlachen was Quail Hollow Club and it was time for the young, unheralded player to make their big splash. Anthony Kim did that at the Wachovia Championship, and Park has enjoyed her party. Wonder what replaced the bubbly at her victory party, Fresca?

2-Kurt Busch wins Loudon, thanks to Mother Nature raining out the final 17 laps. Feel horrible for Tony Stewart, though. He was crushing the field, and simply got unlucky. That team has missed a beat, or has been beaten by bad breaks all season long. Watching them on Sunday, I got the sense they are ready for their mid-season explosion of wins. Seems around this time of the year, when the schedule swings towards Daytona for the 400, Stewart starts to heat up. It's coming.

3-My beloved Chicago White Sox took back the broom they lost last weekend to the Cubs, and swept the "gone-a-century-without-winning-a-world-series" Cubs in the rematch of the Windy City Classic series Sunday. Mark Buehrle was nails, as was Scott Linebrink and Bobby Jenks, but more clutch was the play of Brian Anderson. Anderson is a former Charlotte Knight, who hit the eventual game winning home run, a 2 run shot that made the game 3-0 at the time. The Cubs eeked out a run to make it 3-1 in the 9th. Still. Anderson was able to drive a pitch out to left-center with a hit-and-run play on. He's just one example of the good, young players that the Knights seem to develop (if given the chance). If you can take in a Knights game, you should. Some good talent down there.

4-Kenny Perry won the Buick Open on Sunday, in what he called a "birdie contest." He was -19 for the tournament, and had to sweat Bubba Watson (yep, his first name is, in fact, Bubba) missing an 11 foot putt at the 18th that would have forced a playoff. Perry wins again this season, at the tender young age of 47. Normally when player hit that age, they are thinking about joining the Champions tour, and not winning on the regular Tour. Having interviewed Perry at the Wachovia in the past, I can honestly say he is a great guy that is the true definition of "grinder." He works hard at his game, puts in the necessary hours to be as good as he can be, but away from the course, he's as down to earth as you would ever meet. He stuck to his plan to not play in the U.S. Open, as his goal is to secure a spot on the U.S. Ryder Cup team. He should be a lock for Paul Azinger at this point, and Zinger will need every dedicated player he can find with Tiger Woods on the shelf through the end of 2008. He could do a lot worse than Perry.

Blog at you later!

Mike Solarte

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