Not that anyone asked, but . . .
- I found myself torn as to who to root for this past weekend at The Colonial, as there’s much to like about Kevin Na and Tony Finau. Both turned pro in their teens and are two of the nicest guys on the PGA Tour. Their games are dissimilar – Na relies on his accurate ball striking and short game, while Fineau is a bomber of the first degree.
- When Na holed his birdie putt on the final hole to seal his victory, his first reaction was to point at his caddie and exclaim, “That car is yours!” In addition to the first place paycheck, the tournament sponsor was giving away a classic 1973 Dodge Challenger. Na’s caddie, Keith Harms, had been admiring it earlier in the week; Kevin promised him the vehicle if he won.
- Last year, Na had rounds of 62 and 61 at this tournament. He shot 62 on Friday and closed with a 66 on Sunday. I think he likes the track.
- Back in the day, Colonial was considered a monster of a course; these days, it can be attacked in a variety of ways, as Na and Finau demonstrated. And on a windy day with the course dried, it still demands solid play.
- Na is a great interview – honest without being arrogant, and at times really funny. He once famously made 16 on a hole and joked about it afterwards. He also went through a period of time when he seem to have a mental block while preparing to tee off . When asked about it, he was forthright in responding.
- Still, Kevin developed a reputation for slow play, a fact that the noted journalist and author John Feinstein brought up on Twitter on Sunday, say that if Na makes this year’s Presidents Cup team, an extra day may be required for the competition to finish. I thought this was a bit harsh, and commented that he was not nearly as slow as he used to be. Feinstein came back with, “That’s like comparing 3:00 [Washington D.C.] beltway traffic to 4:00 beltway traffic.” Touche.
- Not that this has anything to do with golf, but Fort Worth (Colonial’s home city) is almost criminally underrated. Unlike its glitzy neighbor Dallas, Fort Worth is, at least in my mind, “real Texas.” And I mean that in a good way. Friendly people, great steakhouses, authentic Tex-Mex and BBQ, and a eclectic mix of cowboy, artistic and college town (home of TCU) cultures that work. And it’s easy to navigate.
- Finally – I give to you the 10 best names in golf.
- Estaban Toledo
- Nacho Elvira
- Jazz Janewattananond
- Jhonnatan Vegas
- Fabian Gomez
- Kevin Na
- John Huh
- Dicky Pride (Champions Tour division)
- Beau Titsworth (amateur division)
- Charley Hull (LPGA division)
Hit ‘em straight, and not too often.