Bill Nichols

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Inside the Ropes at Colonial

FORT WORTH _ Colleyville’s Hunter Mahan said he didn’t want to rip the HP Byron Nelson Championship. But …

He said he’s not playing next week’s event because ``It’s a beating.’’


Mahan said the primary reason was that the TPC Four Seasons at Las Colinas does not suit his game.

``I don’t like it tee to green,’’ Mahan said after his second straight 69 at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. ``I don’t like the way the fairways are shaped. It’s hard to hit a fairway for me. I don’t want to rip it up or rip up the tournament, but it’s a place where I don’t play well, it doesn’t suit me, it’s a pain in the butt to play.’’

Well at least he likes the greens created in 2007 by Weibring-Wolfard Golf Design, right?

``I don’t like the way they redid the greens,’’ he said. ``I just don’t think they’re very good. He (D.A. Weibring) couldn’t do much. The course is what it is and you can’t really do much about it.’’

Mahan was a glaring absence on the official commitment list that came out Friday. The McKinney High graduate has played seven straight Nelsons. At No. 18 in the World Rankings, he could have strengthened the field, which has only one top-10 player (No. 10 Matt Kuchar). But his best finish is a tie for 42nd.

``Seven years and 42nd is my best, that’s says it all,’’ Mahan said. ``I’m not Tiger Woods. I’m not bringing in the economic impact that he does, so I don’t feel like they’re losing a whole lot with me not being there. It’s tough because I want to play well. You’ve got family and friends out, you want to do well and I’ve just never played well.’’


First, they moved into our neighborhoods. Now they are taking over Colonial. Next thing you know, they’ll be tying me kangaroos down at our rodeos. 

What is up with the Aussies? They are everywhere. You can hear them whistling Men at Work songs all over Hogan';s Alley.

Thirteen Australians entered Colonial. Ten made the cut. And five are tied for 17th or better. 

John Senden enters the final round in third, Stuart Appleby is tied for fourth, Marc Leishman and Steven Bowditch are tied for seventh, and Rod Pampling is tied for 17th.

Most of these guys are sleeping in their own beds. Senden and Pampling are Flower Mound residents, Bowditch lives in Addison. Nathan Green (T-35) is a Plano resident. Jason Day (T-48) lives in Fort Worth and is a Colonial member. And Greg Chalmers (T-54) resides in Colleyville.

Day is the defending champ of the HP Byron Nelson Championship. Scott claimed the 2009 Nelson and has won in Houston and San Antonio. And Appleby has won in Houston.

Better watch out for Appleby. At five strokes back, he has leader Charlile Wi in his wheelhouse. Last year, Appleby entered the final round of the Greenbriar Classic trailing by seven, and shot 59 to win.


Random stat: Rory Sabbatini is the leader in left rough proximity, Chris DiMarco leads in right rough proximity, Rickie Fowler leads in fairway proximity, and DiMarco leads in rough proximity. 

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