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:
I’ve got a fun new golf toy I’ve been evaluating. It is a 4-wheeled push cart by my pals at Upright Caddy. The name is the Racr. Yes, not the greatest name. If someone is trying to find it they’d probably google “racer” and not “racr.”
Are four wheels better than three?
The primary feature of the Racr is that it has four wheels, unlike 99.9% of the golf push carts out there with three. With the fourth wheel, the cart can have a level platform to mount the bag in a vertical position.
Having the bag in a vertical position is great because my clubs are much easier to remove and put back into the bag. The golf towels hanging from my bag hang nicely and don’t drag on the ground like they do with my 3-wheeled push cart. It is especially good to not have your towel dragging on the ground this time of year because of all the goose crap on the course.
Without going into too much detail, times are tough right now for me on many fronts. I’ve got a bit of that “being kicked while you’re down” syndrome. Don’t worry, HOG isn’t going anywhere.
I should be able to make a big withdrawal from the bank of karma one of these days. In fact I think I’ve built up a big enough karma credit to retire soon.
Golf and life…
My slogan here has been “Golf, life. In that order.” Recently though, my game has suffered big time as a result of not being able to concentrate. I really can’t concentrate on any shot, even during the best part of my game which is putting. If I’m missing three footers, something is wrong. It seems that my current slogan needs to be changed to “Life, golf. In that order.”
As great as I’ve felt about being able to hit balls, play on the simulator and play a few holes over this past winter, my game is a wreck right now.
For many years, golf has been a way of releasing and forgetting about the stresses of life for me. Unfortunately they’re not quite separate right now.