Monday, September 6, 2010

Samson wins at the Deutsche Bank Championship

Anyone who has ever seen Charley Hoffman knows that his golfing super-powers are derived from the lovely flowing locks on top of his head.  And those locks were on display today as he put together a blistering round of 62 to win the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston. 

Hoffman, whose only previous Tour win came in 2007 at the Bob Hope Classic, had been quiet on tour this year and had fallen to 132nd in the world golf rankings.  Without question, today's win will change that.

With the win, Hoffman has shot up the FedEx cup rankings and now sits in the number 2 spot.  He is still about 1,000 points behind Kuchar, but with another win at either Cog Hill or Eastlake, he would win the year long FedEx Cup race.

But lets get back to what is important here: the hair.  Hoffman's 62-to-win-the-tournament today is the third time a golfer has shot 62 or better on the final day of a tournament to win.  Who else has accomplished this feat?  Rory McIlroy shot a 62 to win at Quail Hollow and Stuart Appleby shot a 59 to win at the Greenbrier.  What do all three men have in common?  The hair of course.

So the lesson that we need to take from Hoffman's performance today is quite simple really.  If you are a professional golfer and you have totally ridiculous hair, you are a bad-ass who can come from way behind to win golf tournaments.  Period.

So besides the awesome hair wins you golf tournaments lesson, what else does Hoffman's win mean for the tour?  Well, Hoffman took down some big names that were on top of the leaderboard going into the final round including Stricker and Mickleson, and he is now the 35th winner in 39 events, continuing the deep-field trend in 2010.  And speaking of Mickelson, he had yet another chance today to take the #1 in the world title but blew it by putting up a disappointing 76.  Now that we know he has been battling arthritis, it makes his lackluster performance this year a bit more understandable, but I question whether or not he will ever actually take the number 1 spot away from Woods. 

Speaking of Tiger, he seems to be getting his groove back.  He shot three under today and finished the tournament in a tie for 11th, his best finish of the year outside of the Masters.  As Phil gets closer and closer to that #1 spot, Tiger will be even more motivated to get his swing under control and extend his reign into 2011. 

Besides working with Foley, Tiger has also brought in a new hair stylist to improve his head position and provide him with a little more stability during his backswing.  The paparazzi spotted him leaving the course today with the new stylist and they followed him to his house where this picture was taken: 
Clearly Tiger is trying to tap into the Samson-esque trend out on tour today.  Sean O'Hair and Hunter Mahan, two of Foley other pupils, have also been seen trying to use their lovely locks to their advantage.  So has Camilo Villegas. 

But even with his new swing, and his new hair, Tiger is not odds on favorite for the next 62 or better to win a tournament.  Without a doubt, that goes to 1995-John Daly who will be shooting a 56-to-win at next week's BMW Championship.

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