March 17 2011
Rory Sabbatini didn't qualify for the season-opening Hyundai Tournament of Champions. He won't have that problem next year -- he won The Honda Classic two weeks ago. Where's all this leading to? Since the PGA TOUR season opener, Sabbatini has played 10 events in a row.
That may not sound like much for the average golf fan, but consider this: Six in a row is considered excessive. Eight in a row is madness. Sabbatini hasn't had a break since January, and here's the kicker: He's only missed two cuts. That means he's played in 34 of 37 possible rounds (the Bob Hope Classic has a cut after 72 holes).
"This is definitely the first time in my career on TOUR that [I've played 10 consecutive weeks]. I think my rookie year, if I had the opportunity, I probably would have done it," Sabbatini said. "But this is the first time I've ever done that, so all in all, the body is holding up; the brain is holding up. That was the bigger question; how would my nerves be [after] ten weeks on the road."
Sabbatini had planned an ambitious schedule for 2011 -- with a twist.
"My wife made me promise her that when I won, I'd take some time off," Sabbatini said earlier this month.
Sabbatini's win at PGA National got him into the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship, where he tied for 28th. He had already committed to the Transitions Championship.
It also looks like he will be around this weekend, too. Sabbatini fired a 67 on Thursday in the opening round at Copperhead, giving him a real shot at winning twice on the Florida Swing.