For the first time in my entire life, I read an Alan Shipnuck article at golf.com. The only content I’ve seen on that website previously featured Rickie Fowler’s girlfriend and Holly Saunders, so I was surprised to see an article about golf.
Alan Shipnuck’s “Heros and Zeros” article about the Open Championship was a zero.
The facts are that golf.com posts more click bait T&A photos than golf articles…
Shipnuck calls the Old Course a zero, right after listing it a hero in the previous paragraph:
“The Old Course. Sad to say, it has gotten much too short to provide a true championship test. The long hitters can reach both par-5s and up to four par-4s, and even medium-length players have flip wedges into half the holes. Speeding up the greens clearly isn’t the answer, as wind delays in the last three Opens have shown. It’s not the course’s fault the R&A has let equipment for the pros get out of control, but the Old Course is the saddest casualty.”
The Old Course is too short to provide championship golf? I disagree. Did it not expose the player who had the best all around game, short, long and with the putter? That player was most definitely Zach Johnson. Look at the leader board. Look at the players who were in the top 5-10. It’s a reflection of the best golfers in the world sans a couple who weren’t there in the final round because of injury (Rory McIlory) or not knowing/liking links golf (Bubba Watson). Many of the world’s top 15-20 players floated to the top of the leader board by the end of the tournament. The drama was high. The finish was very exciting. It was great championship golf on the world’s greatest golf stage.
I listened to the broadcasts and read the whining about how the course is too short and the bombers will eat it up all week, as Dustin Johnson held the lead for the first two rounds. Where did Dustin finish? Oh, tied for 49th. Where did Bubba Watson finish? Missed cut. How about Gary Woodland? Tied for 58th. The one bomber who was in the hunt was Jason Day, who also happens to have a great iron and short game and a knack for finishing in 2nd in majors.
If anything the stats show that the Old Course defends long driving well, and rewards accurate shotmaking and course management. Winner Zach Johnson hit 94% of his fairways.
Think about some of the shots the players were hitting. I remember playing the par-3 8th and hitting 8-iron and 9-iron. Some players were hitting 6-iron because of the conditions. One hole a player might hit a 330 yard drive but on the next hit a 150 yard 6-iron. The course required the players to think, manage, execute, avoid hazards, and putt well. The player who did all those things the best won.
What IS Championship Golf?
Maybe Shipnuck’s criteria for “championship golf” is the scores must be at or near even-par like a U.S. Open? Phooey. The Open winner finished at -15. If you recall, Jordan Spieth was at -19 in this year’s Masters Tournament with one hole left to play. With a large lead of five strokes, he safely won the tournament with an easy bogey on the 72nd hole to finish at -18. -18 eh? Does that mean Augusta National Golf Club isn’t a championship course either?
Golf.com should stick with its strengths, posting T&A photos of the “most beautiful women in golf.”
Bonneville Golf Course – Aerial Photo by Tony Korologos
While I was playing a gross match in my men’s league Tiger shot 80 at the U.S. Open. I beat him by five shots today… Yes yes I’ll surely catch grief about how the courses we played are different. That is true. Tiger played a par-70 course and I played a par-72 course… 🙂
In all seriousness I have but a few comments about my gross match, which I lost. I don’t feel bad really. I was killing the ball today. Between the super hot conditions and hitting it pure, I was bombing shots way over the green. One uphill shot of 112 I hit my sand wedge 30 yards long, and no I didn’t blade it. On one hole I was 260 out and hit a hybrid over the universe. It must have gone 290.
The match today was between two players of almost exact same handicaps, so it should have been tight and it was. My crappy short game was to blame for losing a couple of holes and not winning a couple of others, but I still managed a 75. My opponent somehow did a Houdini impersonation, making pars from situations I would have guaranteed I’d make bogey.
The match was never more than one-up or one-down for the two of us all day, and the last four holes were all square. On the final hole I pulled my approach from 109 to a hillside left of the green, short-sided. I’m not sure even Phil Mickelson could have saved par from there, and I certainly did not. My opponent had an easy two-putt to win the match on the 18th hole.
I could be mad but I’m not. My achilles heel, short game, was the reason I didn’t win. Until I fix that, this is about as good as it is going to be.
Hitting those solid shots felt good, despite the loss.
It’s one of the most amazing times of the year in golf. It’s AMERICA’S CHAMPIONSHIP! Every one of the world’s greatest players is in action, trying to capture a major championship at Chambers Bay, a course which has been a huge topic of discussion. There are SO many great storylines and things to cover, yet Golf.com is covering “hot wives and gilrfriends.”
Hat’s off to Golf.com for their fantastic U.S. Open coverage
This is truly mindblowing. I’m sorry but this is downright stupid. I can’t get over the fact that it is US OPEN WEEK, but they have to post is drivel.
It’s not just mindblowing, it is sad. I guess this link bait is how they keep the lights on through drive-by T&A gawkers? If that’s the case they should just hang it up, or go full TMZ.
You know what’s great about having a blog? Being able to write whatever words I want. Today’s word is douche. The photo below is a perfect representation of what a douche does on the golf course.
I’m guessing this is the same guy that turned around yelled a bunch of F-bombs back at us when we yelled ahead, asking him to take less that 27 minutes reading one putt…
That has to be the best title I’ve ever written. Journalistic genius that only the top male golf blogger in the world could produce (more on that ranking later…).
Yes, it is U.S. Open week. Finally! Will Jordan Spieth win? Rory McIlory? Will Tiger Woods make the cut?
WHO CARES about that trivial stuff? The BEST part of U.S. Open week is the apparel scripts! It’s the time when golf PR sends out useless promotional drivel and lazy brown-nosing “journalists” repost it hoping to get some free swag, rather than working to create their own original content!
I didn’t sleep a wink last night in anticipation of all the great apparel scripts!
For a new HOG feature this year, I’m going to analyze and grade some scripts! Let’s start with Rory McIlory:
ONE shirt? One pant? No underwear? #fail
Rory McIlory will have a tough time winning the U.S. Open with the above apparel script. By the fourth day that one shirt and one pair of pants are going to be pretty icky. Maybe he will have them cleaned between each round? And how is he supposed to compete with no underwear or socks? Chafe city.
Finally, how could he hit any good golf shots at all in a shirt which only has one arm? And oddly, if outerwear is needed that too only has one arm but the opposite one the shirt has! WTF?
Tiger’s pant scripter predicts a missed cut!
Tiger Woods’s apparel script above is a little more complete than Rory’s. At least he has two pairs of pants to wear this week. Does the pant scripter think Tiger is going to miss the cut?
Once again it is chafe city with no underwear or socks. Wait… no shoes either? As violent as Tiger’s swing can be sometimes I doubt he will have good footing or power with no shoes.
Tiger’s right shoulder is going to be much more tan than his left, as none of these shirts have right arms.
I like how Rickie Fowler’s apparel scripts have been moving away from the “traffic cone” look to something a little more subdued.
In this script the very popular one-arm look is in action. No socks. No underwear. Free-balling it.
I’m confused by the three pairs of pants. Did they forget one? Is Rickie going to wear one of the three a second time, if he makes the cut? I suggest the red ones with the blue and orange shirt.
I tried to look at Keegan Bradley’s apparel script by Travis Mathew. The formatting of the website made me so dizzy I had to leave.
Jason Day (and Sergio Garcia, and Dustin Johnson)
“Jason, try to look interested…”
I have to hand it to adidas. They are the only apparel script I’ve seen that gives their players both arms of the shirt. Can’t tell if Jason Day is wearing any underwear or socks.
No need to post Sergio Garcia’s or Dustin Johnson’s. They pretty much look the same.
My apparel script above has everything I’ll need for the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay: shirts with two arms, soiled underwear, dirty socks, shoes (under the pile)… it’s all there.
I realize Puma and adidas and Nike will probably steal some of these script ideas for the upcoming PGA Championship and Open Championship apparel scripting. That’s fine. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.