Leaders prepare to take on Olympic

June, 17, 2012
SAN FRANCISCO -- With Tiger Woods starting 4 over through his first three holes, we can officially put to rest any notions of him making a historic Sunday charge. The real tournament started when the leaders began to trickle out around 3 p.m. PT.

This afternoon I watched the leaders on the driving range. How a player warms up is rarely an indication of what he might do on the golf course. Lee Westwood, Graeme McDowell, Jim Furyk and Ernie Els all looked comfortable in their pre-round preparations. There was Nicolas Colsaerts, a young, long-hitting Belgian. His drives soar like John Daly's did in his prime and, like that two-time major champion, Colsaerts is a cigarette smoker.

Furyk was very casual, acting like a man who has been here before. Westwood wore a look of concentration. Els appeared like he always does; lumbering along with a hint of a grimace. The South African is paired with Blake Adams, a hunting and fishing guy from Georgia. Watch out for him.

Westwood will play with Fredrik Jacobson, a 37-year-old Swede, who has an odd looking but effective golf swing. Think of Arnold Palmer with a rock star belt and tight pants.

It's an odd bunch of superstars, past major champions and journeymen on the leaderboard. It will be an exciting afternoon.

Farrell Evans covers golf for ESPN and can be contacted at evans.espn@gmail.com.





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