Score one for the older guys
The Weekly 18 knows a guy -- let's call him Shanky Shankerson -- who took his annual ultimate golf vacation this week, playing 36 holes per day on some of the most beautiful, challenging courses around. (We weren't invited. Again.) The only problem was a lack of TV and Internet coverage of pro tournaments for seven days. Well, you didn't miss much, buddy. Nope, nothing exciting. Just the usual same ol', same ol'.At Pebble Beach, Steve Lowery earned his third career PGA Tour victory by beating Hall of Famer Vijay Singh in a playoff. Someone named S.S.P. Chowrasia, ranked 388th in the world, won the European Tour-sanctioned Indian Masters over a field that included Ernie Els. The U.S. Open was awarded to a brand new course. Phil Mickelson made a sextuple-bogey. Tiger Woods didn't win for a third straight week. (OK, so he didn't play -- it's still newsworthy.) Yep, not a lot going on in the world of golf that would be cause for surprise -- unless you actually broke 90, Shanky. Ha! We begin the W18 with the notion that age is merely a number -- and doesn't impact the one that really matters on the scorecard.
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- Q: Do you see yourself getting to Los Angeles this year, and how much do you want to get that one under your belt?
TIGER WOODS: Yeah, L.A. is still kind of up in the air. I've always loved playing Riviera. I've only played well I think two times. But hey, hopefully one year I'll be able to get it under my belt.
- Q: What about L.A.?
TIGER WOODS: What about it?
Q: Any thoughts yet, yes or no if you're in yet?
TIGER WOODS: I don't know.
- That's a good question. Well, for me, I like to have a break. I really like the offseason that I had this year, just being able to be home, practicing some things. I feel like you're constantly living out of a suitcase. A lot of other sports do start very early, you know, [PGA Tour] golf, tennis, so they're all back right away in January. I guess it depends on the events that are happening. I think, as an athlete, you do need a rest, you need to rest your body, and it's kind of hard to get better if you're always on the road."
- Matt was hired as an Assistant Golf Professional at Ka'anapali in November 2006, after serving in similar capacities at Troon Country Club (Scottsdale, Ariz.) 2005-06; Eastward Ho! Country Club (Chatham, Mass.) 2005 and Twin Hills Country Club (Coventry, Conn.) 1994. ... After an All-State and All-Conference high school playing career, Matt went on to play golf collegiately at Springfield (Mass.) College, where he earned a bachelor's degree in sports management.
-- Lowery, on whether he was trying to psych out Singh during the playoff.
Jason Sobel is ESPN.com's golf editor. He can be reached at Jason.Sobel@espn3.com.
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