‘We’re holding out for a hero until the morning light’ to paraphrase the words of Jesus. Or Bonnie Tyler.
Golf is wide open these days. We’ve become so used to the type of domination you normally need a special invite around to Max Mosley’s house to enjoy, these days of Majors seem more ferociously competitive than a round of Who’s The Daddy? on the Jeremy Kyle Show. That’s why our paying of 6 Places on the US PGA Championship is so totally excellent and not just something we’ve been forced to say by our marketing department.
Thankfully one man has stepped forward and answered our prayers. A fantastic, brave man who’s not afraid to do a job that involves wearing bermuda shorts as you close in on your 50s. That man is Steve Williams, former caddy to Tiger Woods and recent winner of the WGC Bridgestone Invitational with a dubious contribution from Adam Scott (who was only hitting the shots). "There was a lot of expectations this week. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little nervous," was the pick of the Kiwi golf-butler’s post-tournament deluded comments. We’ve never caddied in the professional ranks, but clearly the pressure of handing your man the putter when he’s on the green and the right club when he’s on the tee box is something we’ve massively underestimated.
a well-timed publicity stunt lucky we’re paying 6 Places on the US PGA because so many players seem to have found form around the same time. Clearly Adam Scott is playing well and with Williams also in fine form, the pair look unstoppable. Not for the first time this season both Luke Donald and Lee Westwood are shaping up well ahead of another disappointment; Ricky Fowler has been knocking on the door at Majors and he’ll bring his good form and a terrible wardrobe to Atlanta; Jason Day is rapidly moving from being everyone’s dark horse for a Major to a great big bright horse shouting ‘it’s only a matter of time before I win one!’; it’s been almost 4 weeks since a Northern Irishman won a Major so McIlroy, Clarke and McDowell will be anxious to bring an end to that drought. Throw into the mix the bigger names and you’ve got a cracking few days in store. Phil Mickelson surprised many people by sticking around for the weekend of the Open and went on to surprise many more by actually being in contention in the final round. And, as much as it won’t please Williams or anyone fond of the ‘Tiger’s finished’ hypothesis, Tiger Woods showed glimmers of form in Ohio and may not be too far from being a Major contender once again.
Added to the mix are the usual bunch of Nondescript Young Americans keen to make an impact, the ever growing ranks of the Nondescript Young Non-Americans keen to make impact and the wily old campaigners you can’t rule fully out because they know how to grind it out like Steve Williams knows how to claim undue credit for something. If the fact that we’re writing emails and not currently sunning ourselves on a beach in Barbados isn’t enough of a clue, we’re pretty rubbish when it comes to picking winners of golf tournaments and this one is unlikely to be the exception. You might have better luck and thanks to our shameless pimping of our 6 Places on the US PGA, hopefully you will.