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>C’mon, Man !?!!

>(in the voice of Steve Buscemi)

Does Tiger really think he has the right to privacy when he’s reeled in hundreds of millions of dollars in endorsements? C’mon, Man !?!!

Did we really think Tiger’s wall of invisibility and invincibility was going to last? Hell, even the Berlin wall fell eventually. C’mon, Man !!?!
Rumor has it that Elin aimed for the left rear window, but pushed the iron out to smash the right one. Apparantly she’s been getting golf lessons from Tiger. C’mon, Man !?!
(Actually, I just made that one up)
Are we really shocked that Tee-Dub would fool around on someone as beautiful as Elin? I think it was P Diddy who snuck into the bathroom to have phone sex with some stranger while he was married to Jennifer Lopez. Billy Joel was married to Christie Brinkley, and he cheated on HER. For every astonishingly beautiful celebrity wife there’s a husband who’s tired of her. C’mon, Man !?!!
Did someone really say that going forward the TW on Tiger’s hat stands for “The Whore” (i.e. this Rachel lounge lizard)? C’mon, Man !?!!
(I made that one up as well)
Just because you have no legal oblication to speak to the police, that doesn’t mean it’s a good idea (as long as you have nothing to hide). C’mon, Man !!?!
They say “Alcohol was not a factor”. Why can’t they just say he wasn’t drunk (if in fact you tested his blood alcohol level, which they apparantly didn’t). C’mon, Man !?!!
This story is just full of C’MON MANs …

>My Royal Links Experience

>I’m the kind of golfer for whom the history and literary aspects of the game is a significant factor in my enjoyment of the game. I love the fact that it’s been around longer than this country has, and I thoroughly enjoy the many different angles that golf writers have taken to approach this truly multi-faceted game.

Having said that, Scotland’s where it’s at. I’ve studies the links thoroughly, both from a historical and competitive point of view as well as how they came about and what it’s like to play them. But Scotland is a long ways away, and I don’t truly know when and if I’ll ever get a chance to walk those hallowed fairways. In the short term, I spoiled myself and played a round at Royal Links when I was in Vegas last month.

And let me tell you this: For all of you who love Scottish golf, the people at the Royal Links REALLY love Scottish golf. There’s a castle for a clubhouse. There’s a Claret Jug as you pull in. There’s a statue of Old Tom Morris. There’s a sand trap called “Hell”. There are copies of 18 of the best golf holes Scotland has to offer. There are 75 degree temperatures in October. Allright, so maybe they’re skimping on some of the climatic realism, but I’m fully in favor of that.

Few objects on any golf course anywhere is as famous as the Swilcan Bridge, which players cross on the 18:th hole at St. Andrews. No golf fan can forget Jack’s sentimental goodbye on his last round there in 2005 (see insert in bottom right). When I shared this picture with my dad in Sweden he promptly sent me a picture of him on that bridge when he played St. Andrews in 1996 (see insert in top left).
They take it a bit far when the tees are not red and blue but claret and royal. If I were to say that Royal Links is the Medieval Times of golf, I mean that in the nicest possible way.
But I heartily encourage you to see past what might appear to be glitchy gimmicks, because the course is truly fantastic. By all accounts, the holes are fairly authentic copies of some of the great holes we watch on the British Open every summer, from St. Andrews and Troon to Carnoustie and Turnberry.
The course is in great shape, the greens putt true, and it’s a quite challenging Par 72 layout. The course record is 67, and is held by none other than Tiger Woods back in 2001.
So while I still hope for the day when I will tee it up in the true home of golf, this round did allow me to enjoy some of the good, bad, and ugly aspects of links golf.
I stuck an 8-iron to the middle of the Postage Stamp hole for an easy two-putt par. I weighed risk and reward to determine how much of the corner to cut off on the Road Hole. I got the kind of lie in a bunker where the only shot that was anatomically possible was straight backwards, and I felt lucky I had that option at all. I left a lot of shots in the deep bunkers, and lost several balls in surprising places, and was lucky to break 100. All in all it was a fantastic outing, and one I would recommend to any golfer, particularly those of you who share my fascination with the Scottish variation of the game. The only thing I would have liked to see is a copy of the 18:th hole at Carnoustie, but that’s being really nit-picky.

>Cute Culprit – Terminated Titleist

>Our dog Gilly has quite the mouth on her, the little bitch. When we first got her, she destroyed more than a few pairs of shoes (that’s what the kids get for leaving them lay around), and she’ll make mincemeat out of the overpriced “indestructable” bones you buy in the pet store. As she’s getting a bit older and we’re getting better about keeping her occupied it’s been much less of a problem.

With us she is very mouthy, but incredibly gentle, and she never bites us even a little bit, so that’s good.

But I surely thought that a golf ball would be something she would not be able to get her teeth into. Imagine my surprise when I came home the other day and she was in the process of turning the ball into little tiny bits of scrapnel.

It’s not just that a golf ball is hard, but being round I didn’t think she’d be able to get a sufficient grip on it, but clearly she did.

>I can’t review this

>Over the past year, I’ve had the honor of reporting on the quality of various and sundry golf publications on behalf of the site. I’ve certainly enjoyed this opportunity.

Before going any further, let me make sure I’d be the first to allow that opinions are like bottoms, divided, and a book (or movie, or album) that’s great for one person may or may not be anywhere close to that of another person. Someone recommended a book called “How To Hit Every Shot”, so I thought I’d give it a try. It outlines 101 different golf shots, and expresses methods and techniques for pulling each shot off.

If this book works for you, then I’m very happy for you. For me, I had a hard time getting over the atrocious writing and editing that allowed shot #2, “Power Fade”, to reach the printed page.

Maybe I’m being picky, but I just don’t think this is the kind of advice we should have to pay thirty dollars for. I love your money more than that. Here goes:

In the introduction to this shot the writer(s) state “Old-school instruction tells you to open your stance, point your clubface at where you want the ball to end up and then swing along your stance line. That’s a lot to think about. There’s a much easier way , and all you have to do is make your normal swing. Follow the instructions at right”.

So far so good. Sounds like they’re about to lay some severly slimmed down and simplified golf lessons on us. So I read on:

“Step 1 – Take aim at the left side of the fairway”. Boy, this sure sounds a lot like you should “open your stance”.

“Step 2 – Open the face”. Given that your stance is already open (or aiming at the left side of the fairway), this pretty much works out to be “pointing your clubface at where you want the ball to end up”.

“Step 3 – Hit the outside. Make your normal backswing and downswing.” If I didn’t know better, I would say this sounds like “swing along your stance line”.

Now, I have no problem with a writer accepting that standard, accepted golf instructions actually were the best way to hit this shot. What I do have a problem with is the fact that they presented their instructional steps as representing a new and revolutionary way to hit this shot, but then they proceeded to take the same steps that they were very quick to put down in the introduction.

There may well be very valuable tips and techniques in this book, but I for one will have a VERY difficult time allowing them to sink in.

>2009 Golf Turkey Of The Year Nominees


Tiger for pretending to care about promoting the sport of golf during the Playoffs, while never announcing where he’ll play until the very last minute all year, giving promoters as little time as possible to advertise.

Anthony Kim for wasting a year of his golf career. Every time he’d have a decent round he’d say “I’ve been working very hard for the past month”, but you know he hasn’t.

GolfChannel, for shining a spotlight on John Daly’s life, just as things were starting to come together for him.

The USGA for their stupid first round pairings in the US Open.

Any golf commentator who still claims that Tiger is rusty, even after six wins.

Carolyn Bivens, for setting the LPGA back 3 to 5 years.

Any golf fan who yells “Get in the whole”.

Golf Digest for their lame picks in their US Open Challenge.

Sergio for his comments after the Masters.

Politicians for grandstanding and disrupting golf tournaments.

Every stupid, lazy golf writer all year who just wrote about Tiger instead of covering the actual story.

Lefty, for … nevermind … he didn’t do a damned thing wrong all year.