August 18, 2006


We mentioned the new book, Confrontation at Lepanto, and the publisher just provided us with a couple extra copies to give away. How about everyone can pick three golfers in this week's PGA Championship and we'll give books to whoever's three combine for the lowest stroke total (all have to make the cut). They're already on the course, so you can even see who's doing well. We'll cut off entries around midday tomorrow.

Looking up to the top at PGA Championship (Thomas Bonk, 8/18/06, Los Angeles Times)

[W]ho knew there would be so many birdies at Medinah? The layout is 7,561 yards, but with four par-5s and a par of 72, not to mention soft greens, Medinah was there for the mauling.

Most successful at discovering birdies were Chris Riley and Lucas Glover, who shared the first-round lead at six-under 66 on what turned out to be a good day for scoring. There were 20 players who shot in the 60s.

But there were also 60 who shot under par, including Seattle native Fred Couples and Ryan Moore of Puyallup, who each fired 1-under 71s. If that sounds like a lot, it is. It's the highest number of players to shoot under par in any round of the PGA Championship. The previous record was 58 in the second round in 1995 at Riviera Country Club.

Glover, 26, is 14th in Ryder Cup points and could win a place on the team with a good week. Riley, 32, from San Diego, has already played on a Ryder Cup team, but he's looking for his first PGA Tour victory in four years and hasn't had a top-10 finish in 18 tournaments this year.

"My back is up against the wall now, and it's time to play golf, and I'm fine with that," Riley said. "My attitude's a lot better. Nothing bothers me and I know I hit the ball well enough, so if I make a bogey, I'm going to have a lot of birdie chances."

I've got Mr. Riley in our fantasy golf pool, but was so dubious I didn't even pick him in this contest.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 18, 2006 1:11 PM

Woods - because I think he'll win
Cink - because a high finish gets him on the Ryder Cup team.
Luke Donald - because any Brit that goes to Northwestern is my kind of Brit.

Posted by: jeff at August 17, 2006 1:25 PM

Woods - duh
Ogilvy - up and comer
Mayfair - looks good so far

Posted by: Patrick H at August 17, 2006 1:31 PM


Posted by: Brandon at August 17, 2006 2:11 PM

I meant, Woods, of course.

Posted by: Brandon at August 17, 2006 2:12 PM

I'll take Phil, Cink and Tiger.

Posted by: oj at August 17, 2006 2:30 PM

Aaaarrruuuggghh, OJ, you took my lineup!

So let's try:
Tiger Woods
Phil Mickelson
Robert Allenby

Posted by: Mike Morley at August 17, 2006 2:45 PM

Tiger, Phil, Westwood

Posted by: T. Lane at August 17, 2006 2:51 PM

I've got lots of books--folks can duplicate the picks of others.

Posted by: oj at August 17, 2006 2:55 PM

Woods, Mickelson, Love III

Posted by: jdkelly at August 17, 2006 2:58 PM


Jerry Kelly

Stewart Cink

Posted by: jim hamlen at August 17, 2006 3:04 PM

Woods, Cink, Furyk

Posted by: jefferson park at August 17, 2006 3:56 PM


Posted by: Tom C.,Stamford,Ct. at August 17, 2006 4:43 PM

Veejay Singh
Phil Mickelson
Jim Furyk

Posted by: Tom Wall at August 17, 2006 7:49 PM


Posted by: Jim in Chicago at August 17, 2006 8:05 PM

woods, michelson, els

Posted by: ted welter at August 17, 2006 9:25 PM

Lee Westwood
Robert Allenby
Stewart Clink

Posted by: Scott at August 17, 2006 10:51 PM

Lee Westwood
Robert Allenby
Stewart Clink

Posted by: Scott at August 17, 2006 10:54 PM


Posted by: des harte at August 17, 2006 11:55 PM

Here in Chicago, I pick up the following emenation:


(I golf. I love golf.)

Posted by: Rick Perlstein at August 18, 2006 1:02 AM

Love III

Posted by: JimBobElrod at August 18, 2006 7:14 AM

Rick - say it ain't so. Golf is such a pretentious waste of time and the courses are such eco-disasters using so much of our precious water* to maintain the bourgeois lushness of their fairways and greens.

In addition, some courses are private and elitist and only admit a certain type of persons, you know who I mean, exploiters of the free market, country club types, retired corporate types, aging pro-athlete types, and even some wheeler-dealer politician types who made a buck or two taking advantage of the downtrodden.

I've heard say of gambling and carousing and what not going on at even public golf courses which admit those of the great unwashed with money in their pockets, spending gazillions of dollars which could be better spent on daycare centers and abortion clinics of which there can never be enough.

Better you should set an example for the bros here who are, in the main, unabashed capitalists and spend your time helping others who are less fortunate than yourself.

* You don't believe for a moment they use recycled water and neither do I.


Posted by: erp at August 18, 2006 11:14 AM

Davis Love III, Phil Mickelson, Sean O'Hair.

Posted by: Robert Duquette at August 18, 2006 12:22 PM

Gold medal to des harte, silver to jeff, bronze to myself (serves me right for picking a furriner like Goosen instead of Lefty)

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at August 20, 2006 9:22 PM

E-mail me your addresses and I'll get books out.

Posted by: oj at August 20, 2006 9:26 PM

Ah, so 3rd place is good for a book after all?

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at August 22, 2006 12:30 PM

No, but saving me the trouble of all that math is.

Posted by: oj at August 22, 2006 12:36 PM
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