Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Welcome to....May?

Amazing that we have already hit one of the busiest months on our sports calendar. This week, the Wells Fargo Championship, and then 2 weeks of racing at Charlotte Motor Speedway with the Sprint All Star Race, and then Coca Cola 600.

We'll dive into NASCAR later on, for now, let's look ahead to the golf.

No Tiger.

No problem. Still a tremendous field at Quail Hollow this week. Martin Kaymer the highest ranked player in the field (he's world #2). Phil Mickelson, Bubba Watson, Tommy "Two-gloves" Gainey, Padraig Harrington, Rickie Fowler, Sergio Garcia, should I go on?

Rory McIlroy is the defending champion, and he;s back in Charlotte. His first appearance in the US since the Masters. He met the media on Tuesday, and was so humble and honest, you can't help but root for the guy. His 62 on Sunday last year was a masterpiece, but his second nine at Augusta last month, was a disaster.

He knows it. He owned it then, and then again on Monday. Saying he wasn't ready. He has lots to learn, and then this gem: "a bad day on the golf course is better than a good day in the office."

Did I mention he is just 21? Try to not root for him.

Don't want to predict a winner, but I would love either a repeat by McIlroy, or Gainey to break through for his first PGA Tour win. He's been smoking of late, with back to back 3rd place finishes. Another humble guy that knows his road to the Tour wasn't easy, and appreciates all he has earned from golf.

We'll have loads of coverage of the Wells Fargo Championship all week long on News 14 Carolina, and if you head out the course, bring your sunblock!

Mike Solarte

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