Five more holes have been played since a post has been made here. Of those, there were three good holes, one bad hole, and one hole so bad we haven't seen the likes of it in several years (a Triple Bogey!). But, since golf matches aren't won over the first six holes any more than Division Pennants are won over the first two months, it's not the end of the world. (I also wanted to get away from "The-Sky-Is-Falling" months of April and May without reading the posts from this web-site, which are so prevalent here, so I stayed away for all of May. Absolutely ridiculous ideas like sending Jay Bruce to the Minors and stuff like this makes it unbearable at times to read this web-site.) Golf holes, like baseball games, are more important as you get closer to the end of the competition. The pressure is much greater, and like last year, this REDS' team will overtake the Cardinals and win for themselves back-to-back Division titles. They had their bad hole from 5/21-5/29, and Dusty has now had the time through April and May to evaluate his team and go forward (Dusty realized that Ruth and Gehrig hit quite well together in the 3-4 positions even though they were both lefties, just as Mays and McCovey hit well together also in the 3-4 positions even though they were both righties. Votto and Bruce, as was proven so perfectly today (2-run homers in the 7th and 8th to rally the REDS yet once again), are ideal back-to-back 3-4 hitters, and it makes no difference whatsoever that they are both left-handed.
With no further comment, here are holes #2-#6 with comments about each:
Hole #2: Old Head Golf Links at Kinsale, Ireland
The same start as last season on the first two holes with Birdie/Double-Bogey for the 2011 REDS. The Irish links course proved to be too tough for the team from the state where golf legend Jack Nicklaus began his epic journey through the world of golf. The REDS found themselves scurrying out of one bunker after another as they tried every club in the bag on their way to a DOUBLE-BOGEY
(2W-7L) which placed them at 1-OVER
through 2 holes.
What they really needed was just a little luck from the wind (three losses by one run), but as with the British and Irish Opens so often, this type of luck tends to favor amateurs, not defending Champions.
After 2 Holes: (1-OVER).
Hole #1: BIRDIE (6W-3L)
Hole #2: DOUBLE-BOGEY (3W-6L)