A ‘spectacular’ PGA event, a look at NHL finals, college football in question

Fat Guy Corner

 

 

The PGA Championship on Sunday turned out to be a spectacular watch. The fact that at one time seven golfers were tied for the lead at -10 under par is something you just don’t see on the PGA on Sunday.

The first major of the year went to youngster Collin Morikawa. It was also Collin Morikawa’s first-ever major championship. The 23-year-old hit the green on hole 16 setting up an eagle putt, and he drained the putt. When Collin looks back at that shot sometime later in his career he will be all smiles.

The absolute shame of it all is the fact that no fans witnessed it because the hooting and hollering would have been tremendous.

Collin Morikawa never got rattled on Sunday and that is why he took home the Wanamaker Trophy. The fumble of the trophy was pretty entertaining also as the lid fell off and the look on Morikawa’s face was priceless. The trophy was the only thing he fumbled on Sunday for sure! I expect a few more majors to be won by this talented young golfer before his career is over.

Oh and by the way, my picks of Patrick Cantlay and Tyrell Hatton to win couldn’t be found with a search warrant this past weekend. I will say predicting golf winners is a lot like trying to figure out how the Lions will lose on Sunday! The effort by Tiger Woods was ugly as he looked pretty rough on the golf course. I think Tiger will be an interesting watch the rest of the summer to see if he improves or not.

The NHL Playoffs have arrived and some great matchups are on the ice. The series will all be best of seven in this round.

Let’s take a look at the Eastern Conference first. The Tampa Bay Lightening and Columbus Blue Jackets hook up once again here in 2020. Yes, last year Columbus upset the Tampa hockey club as Tampa was a huge Stanley Cup favorite. I believe the Tampa team seeks revenge and gets revenge and wins this series.

The Boston Bruins and Carolina Hurricanes will be one tough series and I smell a seven-game series with Boston moving on to round two.

The Washington Capitals and New York Islanders will skate against one another. The Capitals I think are too strong and defeat the Islanders in six games.

The shocking series is Montreal Canadiens skating against the Philadelphia Flyers. I say shocking because Montreal defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins to move on. The Penguins regular season had 86 points to Montreal’s 71. I think most hockey fans had Pittsburgh winning the series. However, that is why they play the games, correct? The Philadelphia boys will skate circles around the Canadiens in this series as there will not be a second upset pulled off by Montreal. The Western Conference has Dallas

and Calgary hooking up. I like the Dallas Stars to advance as I hate the goaltending situation on this Calgary hockey team.

The Las Vegas Knights skate with the Chicago Blackhawks in what should be an offensive display of hockey. I will side with Sin City as they eliminate the Blackhawks.

The Arizona Coyotes and Colorado Avalanche will be a low-scoring series as Arizona plays good defensive hockey. I will take the very good Colorado team to advance.

The defending Stanley Cup champions St. Louis Blues will skate with the Vancouver Canucks. I can see St. Louis winning this series in five games to be honest. Let’s drop the puck and watch some NHL Playoff Hockey! Wholly ice chips I love playoff hockey in August!

The college football season looks to be in serious jeopardy for this fall. I will focus on that in next week’s column. I am pretty sure the Big Ten season will be cancelled. The MAC has already cancelled fall sports. Oh how I will miss MACtion on Tuesday and Wednesday nights. I can be reached at thefatguy@mihomepaper.com.