Monday, April 9, 2012

The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Every Monday I'll look back at the weekend and give you The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.  Here's the first edition...

Bubba Watson and his fully-buttoned collar is your
Masters champ for 2012
The Good: Bubba Watson won the Masters yesterday in a playoff with Louis Oosthuizen.  What was so good about it?  Nevermind the drama that Sunday at Augusta always presents, it was how he won the second playoff hole.  Neither player hit a great drive, but Bubba was way worse off than Oosthuizen.  Oosthuizen’s second shot from the rough came up short of the green, but he probably thought he was just fine based on where Bubba was. 

But Bubba got as lucky as he could possibly get in this situation, and he had a clear line to the green, so long as he could get his ball out of the woods, then hook it around to the right.  He did just that, and produced one of the GREATEST golf shots I’ve ever seen.  He landed it within ten feet of the cup, and at that point I knew there was no way Bubba Watson was going to lose.  There’s just no way that Louis Oosthuizen was going to come back after watching Bubba do that.  Congratulations Bubba Watson.  His shirt buttoned all the way to the top, though?  That’s a different story.

The Bad: As good as Bubba Watson and Louis Oosthiuzen were over the weekend, Tiger Woods was just as bad.  He was never in contention, and finished tied for 41st, his worst finish since he was cut in 1996.  Yeah, that’s 16 years ago.  Everyone was high on Tiger’s chances coming in, higher than they would normally be because Tiger finally won a PGA Tour event.  He won the Arnold Palmer Invitational two weeks ago at Bay Hill.  It finally looked like Tiger was putting everything together again.  Finally getting back to being the dominant golfer we know he can be. 

But any progress that was made at Bay Hill was undone at Augusta.  He missed fairways, missed greens, didn’t putt well, and let his temper get the best of him.  It’s a show we’ve seen before, and it’s not pretty.  Personally, I’m rooting for Tiger to get back on top.  Seeing guys like Bubba Watson and Rory McIlroy win is nice, but adding Tiger back into the mix would do wonders for golf.

The Ugly:  Kerry Wood had an awful opening weekend for the Cubs.  On Thursday, he came into the game in the 8th inning with a one run lead, two outs, and Ian Desmond on first.  Obviously, it’s not the ideal situation for a reliever, but there’s a reason Wood is in the back end of the bullpen.  Desmond stole second, and then Ryan Zimmerman walked.  Both runners moved up on a wild pitch, and now the go-ahead run is in scoring position.  Wood then walked Adam LaRoche to load the bases, and then walked Jayson Werth to tie the game.  He got DeRosa to ground out to second, but the damage was done.

On Saturday, Wood came in again in the 8th inning, this time with a clean slate and a two run lead.  He got the first two hitters, but then gave up a homer to Danny Espinosa.  Back to back singles followed, and Kerry Wood was done for the day.  Both runners eventually scored to give Wood three earned runs on the day.  Here’s Wood’s line for the season so far: 1 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 27.00 ERA.  Yeah, I know, an ERA isn’t a great barometer for relief pitchers, but WHIP sure is, and Wood’s is at 6.00.  I also know that it’s April 9th, and the Cubs have 159 games left to play.  While he had an ugly weekend, hopefully he can get back to being the Kerry Wood we know and love.

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