This is from Rory McIlory’s Twitter:
In case anyone forgot, McIlory is still the #1 golfer in the world. He has been off nursing an injury, but as the above photo seems to indicate, he is headed to the USA. Why would he be headed here? Where is he going? My guess is the private jet will be landing at the nearest airport to Kholer, Wisconsin. There’s a little golf tournament here next week at a course called Whistling Straits, the PGA Championship.
Naturally the press has gone into a complete Spiethgasm. Let’s face it, we haven’t see a player this good since Tiger Woods and the numbers prove it. By his 22nd birthday yesterday, Spieth had racked up five PGA Tour wins including two majors, the 2015 Masters and the 2015 U.S. Open. He’s already a lock for PGA Tour Player of the Year. When Tiger Woods was 22, he had six victories to his name, but only one major championship, the 1997 Masters.
For 15 years we’ve countlessly read and heard the nauseatingly repetitive debate in the press and on social media as to whether or not Tiger Woods would break Jack Nicklaus’s major championship record of 18. Woods has been sitting on 14 since 2008 and there is no part of his current game which would lead us to believe he will win even one more, let alone five more.
So the discussion has moved to Speith. At this early age he is already one major ahead of Tiger and unfortunately, that same discussion has begun: “Will Jordan Spieth break Jack Nicklaus’s major championship record?” Puhlease. Let’s not put the golf cart in front of the golfer. Even if he won two majors every year it would take him eight more years to tie Jack. So many things could happen between now and 18 majors for Spieth.
In my sick and twisted mind I thought it would be great to produce a top ten list of ways Spieth could guarantee failing to break Jack’s record. Someone had to do it. But 10 wasn’t enough.
Drumroll please… Top 15 ways Jordan Spieth can guarantee failing to break Jack Nicklaus’s major championship record:
#15: Retire early
#14: Baseline shifts
#13: Switch to an inferior golf club sponsor
#12: Unhealthy love affairs… with launch monitors
#11: Drop F-Bombs in front of small children
#10: Trash his body
#9: Treat the press and fans like crap
#8: Become a PR and brand puppet
#7: Become “Ranger Rick,” hitting flawless and perfect golf shots on the range but not being able to take them to the course
#6: Focus too much on “release patterns” and not enough on knocking a golf ball in the hole
#5: Focus too much on “traj” and not enough on knocking a golf ball in the hole
#4: Focus too much on “spin rates” and not enough on knocking a golf ball in the hole
#3: Fire swing coach and hire new one. Break swing down completely and rebuild it from scratch to “get better”
#2: Fire new swing coach and hire a newer one. Break swing down completely and rebuild it from scratch to get better… again.
#1: Fail to activate glutes
I’ve been thinking a lot about Jason Day and how close he has come to winning majors over the last few years. The psychology of winning majors is tough. You know he has the physical tools to win one, but has yet to overcome the psychological part.
Think about the two winners this week on the PGA Tour and the European Tour, Jason Day and Danny Willett. Both of those players were on the top of the leader board in the Open Championship 1.5 weeks ago. All due respect to the RBC Canadian Open and the Omega European Masters, but I think Day and Willett won partly because there was much less pressure than in a major.
Not sure about Willett, but I do believe Day will win a major at some point. But I think the pressure and psychology of coming so close time after time make winning a major tougher and tougher.
Note: This is part two, a repost of a 3-part walk through of The Old Course at St. Andrews by my good friend and Old Course caddie John Boyne (Boynie) of Caddie Golf Tours. I asked John to give us these hole by hole descriptions for the 2010 (British) Open Championship and he kindly obliged because, well, he’s a hell of a good guy. Check out holes 1-6 here and watch for holes 13-18 coming up next. Many thanks to Boynie for doing this special piece just for Hooked On Golf Blog ~Tony Korologos
7th, High (Out), 371 yards, Par4
One of The Old Course’s quirky holes the 7th fairway criss-crosses with the tee shot for the par 3 11th with which it shares the green. Generally a lot of confusion abounds here with players waiting for others to putt out on the par 3 before they hit their approach shot to the same green. This can be the beginning of the reason why the round, of just 18 holes, will take close to six hours! Unbelievable.
I’m not nuts enough to get up at 2:00 a.m. my time to watch the Open Championship. That’s what DVR’s are for. Speaking of DVR’s, here’s your DVR list of Open Championship TV times below. This list is for me as much as it is for you!
TV Schedule (Eastern Time)
Thursday, July 16 First Round
4 a.m. – 3 p.m. — ESPN
Friday, July 17 Second Round
4 a.m. – 3 p.m. — ESPN
Saturday, July 18 Third Round
7 a.m. – 3 p.m. — ESPN
Sunday, July 19 Final Round
6 a.m. – 3 p.m. — ESPN