So Tiger hit this week's tournament a little lighter. No wife, short a hundred million or so. Less baggage to carry around? I guess it worked. He carded a 1st round 65 to grab a share of the lead at the Barclays in my old stomping ground in Jersey. The difference today from what we saw at times during the PGA Championship was he's hitting it in play off the tee, solid on the approach and he's among the top putting through today. Let's not forget, while his shot at major #15 is dead in the water until the 2011 Masters, Woods has a bunch to play for. He'd like to jump the Ryder Cup standings and become an automatic qualifier rather than put the heat on Corey Pavin to make him a Captains Pick. Stay tuned, this could be a big story the week before football starts.
We will chat with Cliff Kirkpatrick in the 4 o'clock hour. He's the excellent beat writer who covers Oregon State for the Corvallis Gazette Times. Be interested to get his thoughts on their new quarterback. From what I've heard and read, Ryan Katz has grabbed the bull by the horns and really established himself as THE guy! Don't forget, he's just a sophomore and could be running the show for 3 seasons like Derek Anderson who won a trio of bowl games for OSU. They have questions at linebacker, but both lines look strong and of course have some serious weapons in the Rodger's brothers. I think they make another run at the Pac 10 title.