Every year there’s a story of some crazy golfer drowning, falling to his death, or being eaten by alligators while trying to retrieve lost golf balls.
My last round (before the three straight days of snow) I was in the midst of evaluating the new Titleist ProV1x. I didn’t realize how much damage I’d done to my leg on the 12th hole when I went deep into the jungle to extract that ProV. Fortunately (as least to some) I survived.
In this forum thread over at The Golf Space, my friend nicknamed motorman_mp3 wrote a sad story we’ve all heard too many times. He ran into the pro shop to get a beverage and when he came out his clubs were gone. His custom clubs worth thousands, with his name engraved on all of them and the bag, had been stolen.
mp3 was a former cop so he knew what process to go through, checking in with all the pawn shops etc. Most crooks try to pawn stolen items within 24-48 hours as I found out myself in a similar experience. They need cash fast, for drugs usually.
Less than one day later mp3 got a call from a pawn shop saying there’d been a call asking if they bought clubs. He hoped this was his set and it was.
“THE CLUBS ARE IN POLICE CUSTUDY”
The dumb a$$ showed up at the pawn shop with my clubs.
I will know more in a little while after I leave work.
The police called and told me that it was a 16 year old kid that showed up with them.
He had his 18 year old brother with him.
It appears that everything is still there. I will know more when I get there and I will update you with more info tomorrow.
Then a few hours later this post:
Wow the folks at Golfsmith are big risk takers. Read a portion of their press release below, but it basically says that that if you buy one of three TaylorMade drivers from Golfsmith between now and April 11th, you’ll be refunded your money if Sergio Garcia wins the Masters.
It is no secret that I’m critical of Sergio. I lost respect for the guy when he spit in the hole on national TV and then denied it in a post round interview.
I’m also quite confident that Sergio will NOT win the Masters as his putting on the slick Augusta greens will be his downfall. In fact, I’m so confident that Sergio will not win the Masters that I’ll make the following statement.
IF SERGIO GARCIA WINS THE MASTERS, I’LL PLAY THE PAR-5 1ST HOLE OF MY HOME COURSE NAKED.
I have lost a few pounds recently. In fact, I weigh 10 pounds less than I did in high school. So there won’t be any beached whale sightings on the course should Sergio win. That being said, I’m no spring chicken and I don’t exactly have a six pack or abs of steel. 🙂
I’m not alone in my skepticism:
Deadspin piece (read the great comments, except for the Payne Stewart one)
Today the temp is supposed to reach 60 degrees. It has been very windy, but hopefully it will die down by 3PM. I’m excited to play golf with my pal Luke Swilor again, and to be starting the first day of the 2009 men’s club.
My game is so off right now due to my being a hack and to other issues which are affecting my concentration. I should just give Luke $4.00 before we start. I might as well make him earn it though.
UPDATE: The winds have hit. Mountain gusts will be as high as 60mph. This course is NOT an easy course in the wind. Hazards everywhere. I better load a few more balls, Top Flites, in the bag… No ProV1’s, don’t want to lose a bunch of them…
Tonight is the premier of the Haney Project, where Tiger Woods’ coach Hank Haney will be attempting to fix Charles Barkley’s swing. I wish Hank luck.
If you watch the preview of this show, you’ll see a shot from behind Charles where he’s on a desert course wearing shorts. That was at last year’s Team Challenge and I was standing about 10 feet behind Charles on that swing. Here’s my video of Chuck’s swing:
Charles and me: