Pairing up to fill golf's ark
CARLSBAD, Calif. -- Welcome to the Match Puddle Championship at Lake La Costa!
Seriously folks, things are going just swimmingly so far.
After all, Southern California has spent more time underwater than Michael Phelps lately.Break out the ark: La Costa looks like a lake this week.
It's so wet out here that golfers need an ark just to navigate the fairways and greens. So is it just coincidence that the Gods of Golf have paired up similar players, two by two, throughout the brackets?
Take Tiger Woods and Nick Price, for example. On the surface, it would seem that Woods, 29 years old and ranked No. 2 in the world, would have nothing in common with Price, 48 years old and ranked 63rd in the field.
Ah, but one check of some reporters' notebooks reveals the two men are among the most quoted in the history of the game; Price for his oft-eloquent take on golf's issues and unending charm toward the media, and Tiger because, well, he's Tiger.
Speaking of arks, no truth to the rumor that Woods was sailing his 155-foot yacht, Privacy, down the 18th fairway the other day.
Or take Darren Clarke and Graeme McDowell, the two most prominent golfers from Northern Ireland, who just happen to be squaring off in the first round. For them, this climate must seem like a day at the beach. It's not really raining until it's raining sideways, or so they say.
Perhaps the toughest thing Clarke will try to achieve all week is lighting a stogie in a downpour.
And then there's the matchup of Tim Clark and Craig Parry, both of whom are in danger of being in over their heads this week. No, not figuratively -- they can handle the world-class competition -- but literally; at 5-foot-7 each, they'll be lucky if their games hold water.
If not, they could give new meaning to "drowning their sorrows."
Eerie, isn't it?
After all, with all the water at La Costa right now, can you really think of a better matchup than a Goose and a Duck?
Jason Sobel is ESPN.com's golf editor. He can be reached at Jason.Sobel@espn3.com
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