This past weekend, 2 golfers in different stages of their careers, won events that will define 2006 for them.
For Tim "Lumpy" Herron, winning the PGA Colonial in a playoff was (I'm guessing) a relief from the culmination of frustration that has been building since his last Tour win in 1999.
For Matt "Matty" Kuchar, winning the Nationwide Henrico County Open, is a necessary step to re-acquiring his PGA Tour card, and a shot-in-the-arm since his last win in 2002 (PGA Honda Classic).
Both players will meet this week in the St Jude Classic in Memphis.
This is a regular stop for Lumpy, and (by virtue of a sponsors' exemption) an invitation extended for Matty.
Look for both players to ride their enthusiasm into the weekend. I'll predict top 10 finishes for both.
Lumpy is a streaky player, and if he can keep his nerves in-in check, should do very well here, as this is one of his favorite Tour stops.
Matty ('98 player of the year at Georgia Tech), one of the purest putters not on the PGA Tour, will try to make the most of his sponsors exemption. His win yesterday looked nothing short of the old-Kuchar when he was totally in control of his game. Longtime readers know I'll be pulling for this YellowJacket!
Thanks for reading. Keep it in the short-grass,