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Ramblings From The PGA Championship Rough

So, two of the most important tournaments of the year are played at Atlanta Athletic Club AND at Eastlake, and it’s two different places?  How do they pull that off?

Could John Hawkins stop talking over everybody else on GolfChannel’s 19:th hole?  He’s particularly full of himself these days, and so very proud of his opinions.  Enough already.

Forget the PGA Championship:  The Red River White Ball Shoot Out III is three weeks out.  THE tournament of the year.  Boomer Sooner.

I’m done trying to predict winners for golf tournaments.  This week I’ll be cheering for Dustin Johnson, Lee Westwood, Jason Day, and Anthony Kim.  DJ has to have some major golf karma coming his way, Lee and Jason have been playing as well as anyone this year, and my affection for AK is well documented (and he HAS been playing better).

Phil who?

So a few weeks after Darren Clarke wins the British Open they’re saying that Tiger is “A long way” from competing.  He finished T37 at Firestone, and The Highlands Course provides a lot more ability to recover from errant tee shots.  I expect him to compete, and it won’t surprise me at all if he wins the thing.  How long will they continue ignoring the random element that goes into every golf tournament?

There’s a new golf movie coming out, other than the one based on golf In The Kingdom.  Does anyone know anything about it?

Another major in Georgia.  Must be time to make some peach flavored Martinis.

How is it that Tiger can’t even take the high road on the Stevie Situation without someone in the media pounding on him?

Looks like a mower tore the heck out of one of the greens in Atlanta.  I look forward to seeing these guys putt on the kind of crap I usually play on.

I think the whole idea of “The Chubby Slam” is funny.

That is all.  Keep’em in the short stuff.

 

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Reflections on Firestone

There are a couple of impressions that have stuck with from last week’s WGC tournament at Firestone in Ohio. Some of the most talented and colorful players in the game was playing some spectacular golf. One highlight followed the next one. At one point there were six players tied for the lead, and about 15 within a stroke or two of the lead.

Ryo Ishikawa and Rickie Fowler, two of golf’s brightest young stars, were wying for their first PGA Tour victory. Jason Day continued his red-hot play most of the year and Adam Scott was riding Tiger’s old bagman. Talented rookie Keegan Bradley was right in the mix again, as was world #1 Luke Donald.

In the end it was Scott who pulled away on Sunday for an impressive victory.

But, let’s talk about this course for a bit. It’s very highly thought of, and even this week the commentators continued praising the course. I for one just don’t get it.

They say the course is difficult, but the winning score was -17, and thirteen players were at -8 or better.

And to me it’s a very boring course to look at. It looks boring from the blimp, and it looks boring from the towers. Most of the holes are straight and lined with trees on either side. Most of the holes go straight north or south. There’s very little water, and some of what water there is usually has to be navigated with a Sand Wedge in their hand on that boring behemoth of an 16:th hole. There is no sand or water coming across the fairway at any point.

I mean, take a look at it: http://www.courseiq.net/golf-course.aspx?gcid=219

The fairways just sort of lay there like somewhat phallic elongated balloons, waiting for some clown to come around to turn them into a green elephant on a bicycle.

The only thing about the course that came even close to interesting is a couple of holes that have a bunker right in the middle of the front of the green, very similar to the bunker at the Road Hole at St. Andrews. But really, that’s it.

Could someone tell me what I’m missing here?

Keep’em in the short stuff.

Back From Vacation

Well, I don’t know whether I deserved it or not, but I got some time off and had a thoroughly enjoyable vacation. Birthday party, baseball game, golf, lake time. It’s all good. Looking forward to getting back to the golf blog. Here are a few things I’m going to write about coming up:

  • The WGC Firestone – One of the most entertaining Saturdays of golf in a long time. It was very close, with a bunch of very talented golfers performing at the very highest level.
  • The WGC Firestone 2 – Is it just me, or is this one of the most boring courses the pros play on all year?
  • Putting Mat – I’ve been using it, and it’s helped a lot. Will contain a noteworthy Larry Legend reference.
  • Course Review of The Golf Club Of Kansas – Nice, tough course laid out in an old quarry.
  • Book Review of Golf In The Kingdom – One of my more anticipated reads.
  • Seven Days In Utopia – New golf movie. What do we know about it?
  • Best golf books ever – There are two that stand alone above the rest for me.
  • My latest swing move – Tiger and Faldo are in agreement.
  • PGA Championship – I’m done trying to predict who’s going to play well.

Keep’em in the short stuff.