Week three and I’m going down hill fast. This week my picks did worse than the last two weeks. But it is a long season and I can still figure this out and rebound. I have a new strategy — no more only being “sentimental gal” picking my favorites or picking based on personal stories. Of course, I don’t know all the players so I will still have my “what the heck” pick each week.
I knew that two of my picks were wild cards but my expectations for Mickelson and Howell (or Lefty and Chucky Three Sticks) where much higher and they did not deliver. Here are the results:
(1) Phil Mickelson — Tied for 49 at 10 under par. The first round he shot a 74 (the leaders had a round of 63 or 9 under par.) He shot under par the next three days but he could not make up the gap between his score and the leaders. Mark Wilson won with a final score of 24 under par.
(2) Charles Howell III — Tied for 49 at 10 under par. He just did not play as well as he had in the Sony Open.
(3) Kyle Stanley — Missed the Cut. What can I say he was my “what the heck” pick. However, I did base my pick on a golf commentator’s review. Clearly I picked the wrong commentator to follow.
(4) Erik Compton — Tied for 42 at 11 under par. Well, I was cheering for him given his amazing personal story — being a double heart transplant. He started off well with a 67, 69 in the first two rounds but needed to go low on the weekend to compete and just didn’t have it.
My biggest disappointment was Mickelson because he had won this event twice before and was the all time money leader for this event so I thought he would be (at a minimum) in the top 10. In an interview he said it was a long season and he likes to “assess his game” in this tournament. Wow, if I had known that assessing his game was his goal I would not have picked him. Attitude is everything and I’m glad he is optimistic about the year but I wish he had more of a fire in him to win this tournament.