Back to Back majors for Padraig Harrington won't get an asterisk in my book. Many have talked about no Tiger at the British and PGA this year would mean the wins at the final 2 majors would be tainted. Harrington played fantastic golf in very difficult conditions to win both these majors. Harrington gets my vote as Player of the Year and he could make some noise in the Fed Ex Cup race. Currently he is 4th in the Fed Ex standings. Harrington shot back to back 66's on Sunday in rain and wind to become the first European in 78 years to win a Wanamaker Trophy. Impressive. He made clutch shots all day long on Sunday and putted like a mad-man. Hats off to Paddy. Woods would have been in the running but I'm not sure he would have been a lock for the title. Oh my pick for the title Anthony Kim finished 19 shots behind Harrington tie for 55th. After an opening round 70 Kim played awful on the weekend including a 77 Sunday! If you want to be considered one of the young guns...Sunday's 77's can't be in your vocabulary. After Kim my biggest disappointment was the play of Hunter Mahan. The Ryder Cupper shots 81-79 to miss the cut by a mile. If Kim and Mahan play this way at the Ryder Cup next month the U-S is in real trouble!
The first weekend of the Olympics looks to be a hit...ratings are up and interest appears to be high. The schedule has worked to NBC's advantage with swimming featuring Michael Phelps during the first week of the games. His thrilling swim in the 400 Meter IM and the opening leg of the 4 X 100 meter freestyle led to his first 2 golds of the games. Most experts have felt these were the 2 most difficult events for Phelps. We'll see.