Friday, February 04, 2005

Ty Tryon finally wins, Darren Clarke puts family first

Two interesting stories in the news today.

First is Ty Tryon, the one-time 17-year-old prodigy, who bombed out on the PGA Tour and is struggling to find his way in the world of professional golf. He managed to finally win something yesterday -- the only problem was that it was a Hooters' Tour event, far, far removed from the PGA Tour with its courtesy cars and pristine golf courses.
Apparently we'll see Tryon, now 20, playing on the Canadian Tour this summer, as well as trying to make it through Monday qualifying on the Nationwide Tour.
Tryon could still turn out to be Justin Rose -- a teenager who emerged as a good, strong player -- but that could also be three or four years out.
His relative failure to this point seems to be proof that golfers shouldn't be rushed into turning pro (Michele Wie anyone?). Wouldn't Tryon have been better off holding back on the Callaway deal and the PGA Tour, and instead, heading to college and playing a few U.S. Amateurs? Seems clear now. I just wonder what his parents were thinking three years ago.
Anyway, if you're interested, you can find it here.

Secondly, apparently Darren Clarke's abscence from the tour is due to the fact his wife is battling breast cancer for the second time and he's staying home with his two small children. Hope all works out -- Darren is a real character on a professional golf tour full of country club clones.

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