by Aaron "1-iron" Garry - 05/23/2005
My No. 3 pick for the week - Kenny Perry steamrolls the field at the Colonial to pick up his second win of the year, and second Colonial win in three years. What an impressive performance by the feisty veteran. Every time KP takes the club back with that Harley Davidson swing, "1-iron" expects fireworks in the direction of the gallery. However, time and time again, Perry proves that life on tour simply begins at 40 and that it doesn't matter how you swing it, as long as the end result works. A "1-iron" salute to Billy Mayfair for getting his game and his PGA Tour exemption back on track with a 2nd place finish worth almost $605,000.
As an addendum to Perry's win at Colonial, I want to give Colonial Country Club it's proper due. Even though the pros eat it up year after year, this course provides a wonderful glance at the great courses of yesteryear. While most of today's courses are forums for each designer to "give 'em something to talk about," Colonial makes it's mark as a venerable track with loads of character.
This Week at the FedEx St. Jude Classic:
"1-Iron" does not care one bit for the FedEx St. Jude Classic in Memphis. The only redeeming quality is the charity proceeds that benefit the St. Jude Hospital for Children. Here's a rundown of what you can expect at the TPC of Southwind this week:
- A Small Purse
- 100 degree weather
- The weakest field of the year
- David Toms to be in contention
- A winning score of about 23 under
18 Shots for the FedEx St. Jude Classic
6 Who Will:
1. David Toms: Two FedEx St. Jude Classic wins in a row plus a T3 at Colonial coming into this event. Hard to bet against him. If you've read my last three columns, you know I'm shaking as I type this.
2. Kenny Perry: What can you say? two Wins this year and three other Top 25s. Proved he can go very low this week. He'll need to at this tournament.
3. Tim Clark: Top 25 at Colonial could've been a whole lot better if not for an erratic final round. This guy is coming into his own and "1-iron" sees a very big week for Tiny Tim this week.
4. Scott Hend: Who you ask? T6 this week at Colonial and starting to play some very good golf. He quietly leads the tour in driving distance and has three top 25s this year. This course at the FedEx St. Jude Classic suits him to a T.
5. Nick Price: Runner up 2003. Winner 1998. Winner 1993. Runner up 1988. The past is too good to not consider him in the present.
6. Charles Howell III: Finished T9 at FedEx last year with two good final rounds. He's a strong name in a weak field.
6 Who Can:
7. Sean O'Hair: His dad may be lurking within a three state vicinity, but that shouldn't deter the young lion who took Colonial off after his second place finish at the Nellie.
8. Billy Andrade: His T26 at the FedEx St. Jude Classic last year included a pair of 67s. If he can catch lightning in a bottle and continue his resurgence this year - watch out!
9. Davis Love III: I'm starting to sour on DL3. Missed Cut at Colonial this week is NOT a good springboard for the FedEx St. Jude Classic. Again, strong name in a weak field.
10. Fredrik Jacobson: Solo eighth at Colonial and starting to get his game back after being billed as one of the most promising young players in the world.
11. Carlos Franco: What is a guy who's missed more cuts then he's made doing on this list? The T5 at Wachovia two weeks ago is your answer. The Francophile is ready to compete on the highest levels again.
12. John Daly: T42 last year at FedEx. One Top 10 this year and three Top 25s. Long John can go low at Southwind - well worth a flyer this week.
6 Who Won't:
13. Steve Flesch: There was a Flesch-wound this week at Colonial with his 79-71 start to miss the cut as the defending champion. Something's not right with Lefty III.
14. Shaun Micheel: Lord, this guy just keeps falling out of favor with the magic "1-iron." five Cuts Made, eight Cuts Missed. No finish higher then 13th this year for the former PGA Champion. This week won't be much different. Missed the cut here last year.
15. Bob Estes: He could surprise me, but I'm not going to have my omnipotent judgment clouded by his solo second here last year, and by his win in 2000. Just hasn't had the game lately.
16. Alex Cejka: Missed another cut at Colonial - SVEIKS!!!!! Lackluster year, lackluster last four events. DQ, CUT, CUT, CUT,
17. Briny Baird: So much talent, yet seven missed cuts and a disqualification. Not gonna happen in Memphis.
18. Paul Azinger: Focusing less on his golf game and more on his announcing career with Faldo, Tirico, and the ABC gang. four missed cuts this year, and a slew of average finishes.