Originally posted on Tap In Golf  |  Last updated 3/27/13
There sure is a lot of golf going on this week. We had a Monday finish at Bay Hill. A finish that featured possibly the greatest golfer of all time returning to number one in the world. We segued into Tuesday and the absolutely awful Tavistock Cup. If you are not familiar with this horrific cash grab masquerading as a golf tournament, check out this post on SB Nation. Wednesday is essentially an off day. And now comes the Shell Houston Open. No, Tigre this week, but we are still looking at a solid field and tournament this week. Let’s take a look shall we? Tournament: Shell Houston Open Location: Redstone GC Tournament Course, Humble, TX Dates: 3/28/13 – 3/31/13 The primary storyline this week will center around Rory McIlroy. He has been decidedly underwhelming this year in limited appearances. His number one world ranking is gone and people are questioning whether or not he still has “it.” The short answer to that is yes. Rory is still one of the best players in the world and he will win tournaments again. He will win majors again too. The kid is just going through a slump. It happens, folks! Let’s cut him some slack. There are several theories as to why Rory is struggling. I even wrote about it once! But losing his number one ranking is a new wrinkle to this season’s drama. How will Rory respond? If you ask Tiger Woods, he should “pull his finger out of his ass” and win the tournament. No, really, Tiger said that. Look: Rory McIlroy on a text message he got from Tiger Woods this morning: "He told me to get my finger out of my ass and win this week." — Jason Sobel (@JasonSobelGC) March 26, 2013 So Rory is getting a good kick in the backside from his BFF Tiger. So will he win? I’m not sure. He hasn’t played in a while. I think he will at least make the weekend this time out. I think the Houston Open will act as a spring board to the Master’s. This weekend is all about fine tuning and getting ready for Augusta. A win would be a nice consolation prize, but I get the feeling Rory won’t be too upset with a top 20 finish. Hey, there are other guys too, right? Fellow part time golfer this year, Steve Stricker will be in field. So far this year he is most known for giving Tiger a putting lesson. A lesson that is quickly becoming infamous among Tour pros. Since Stricker gave Tiger those tips, he is two for two. If Tiger makes it three for three at Augusta, Stricker might need to enter witness protection. For what it’s worth, I believe Stricker will play well this week. My pick this week, though, is the old south paw, Phil Mickelson.  Why? For one, he has played well the last two times out here. He won in 2011 and finished tied for fourth last year. Phil is also a guy that seems to play his best heading into the Master’s. When he wins this weekend* the Master’s hype machine will be infecting every aspect of your life. You won’t be able to make it an entire day without hearing something about Tiger, Phil, or Rory. Not that that is a bad thing. *Yeah, I’m saying “when he wins.” Wanna fight about it? I was right last week, wasn’t I? Bring it on. On Tap Recommendation: Welp, we are in Texas this week, where everything is bigger, including my degenerate drinking habit. For this weekend, grab a couple (or more) six packs of Texas’ favorite beer, Shiner Bock. Shiner is also Texas’ oldest independent brewery. So that’s cool. But it is also tasty and goes well with some good old barbeque. Drink some this weekend and try not to offend the rest of your family with your drunkenness on Easter Sunday. Cheers everyone!
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