Thoughts with no place else to go
Four sessions into the Presidents Cup, and a week into San Francisco, a few idle thoughts spill out, in no particular order.
If Mike Weir and Tim Clark couldn’t beat Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker, falling apart on the final two holes Saturday morning when they all but had the match won, who possibly can in this format? Weir was some kind of upset afterward. After Woods rammed in that tide-turning 22-footer at 17, for the first time since Medinah and the 1999 PGA Championship, Weir looked uncomfortable playing with Woods. At least to these eyes . . .
At least Weir didn’t go brood. He came out firing in the afternoon, with three birdies in his first five holes . . .
First time I’ve been able to watch a lot of Ryo Ishikawa up close. What a player he’s going to be. Already is, actually, at age 18 . . .
Other than New Orleans and perhaps Quebec City, is there a restaurant town as good as this one in North America? Along those lines, add Perbacco, downtown on California Street, to your list for your next trip here . . .
It would be great to see Harding Park, a terrific layout framed by those majestic old cypress trees, set up for a regular PGA Tour event. You know, with penal rough and fast greens and so on. It would be a nice test. By the way, the original contract called for five tour events here in 15 years. This is the second, after a 2005 World Golf Championship tournament (Woods beat John Daly on the final hole). The number has been revised down to four, after one of the PGA events was traded for two senior tour tournaments. One of the remaining two remaining future dates must be a FedEx Cup playoff event . . .
Anthony Kim comes across here as immature, at least this week . . .
Is anyone else sick of all the TV references to Michael Jordan? . . .
Final score in the foursomes matches here was 7-4 for the U.S. Not great for the Internationals, but an improvement on 10½-½, which was the alternate-shot score at Royal Montreal . . .
Switching to a slightly bigger ball, Phil Cuzzi, the ump who blew that call for the Twins Friday night, was the same umpire who threw Roy Halladay out of his final home start of the season a few years ago, when Halladay was going for his team-record 22nd win, after Halladay hit Rocco Baldelli with a curveball. That was as brutal as this one was . . .