I don’t comment on the PGA Tour or Tiger Woods much, but I just can’t resist. Tiger Woods shot his worst round as professional this past week in Phoenix at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, an 11-over 82. I witnessed none of it. Let me know when it’s Masters week.
It was strange that he was even in the field given the fact that many years ago he said he would never play in the event again. I thought Woods was doing it to get back in the feel of competitive tournament golf, but later I thought perhaps it was more of a public relations move. A few articles lately claim the reasoning might be much more intriguing, that Tiger may have a large lump sum payment due to ex-wife Elin Nordegren next year and he’s trying to make some hay. Whichever of the three reasons above it might be, it was mission not accomplished.
It was especially entertaining to me that in the pre-tournament interviews Tiger said he is hitting it as good as he did in the peak of his career back in 2000. Is he really or is he trying to convince himself he is? Mind over matter or something? Or maybe he’s hitting it that well on the range but not on the course? His “Ranger Rick” gig I suppose.
Whenever Tiger struggles the experts all come out of the woodwork. GolfWeek Magazine had two back to back articles about what it will take to fix Woods’s problems. One said “no quick fix for Woods,” and the next one said his problems could be “fixed in minutes.” Which one is it?
Every wannabe golf instructor and Twitter golf geek has his solution and has been writing, tweeting, facebooking, google-plusing, instagraming, pinteresting, linkedining… about it. There’s so much out there it would take years to digest it all.
The Only Two People Who Don’t Know How to Fix Tiger Woods are Tiger Woods and His Coach
Obviously Tiger and his new swing coach don’t read any of the experts’ solutions, or Tiger would have won last week instead of missing the cut and finishing DFL.
If he really feels he’s hitting it as good as back in 2000 then the only thing I can come up with is WTF? There’s my expert commentary. Such a pro.
Tiger is in action again this week at Torrey Pines, a course he has won EIGHT times on, including his last major championship back in 2008. 2008, about SEVEN years ago. That nugget of history is awesome. The Tiger fans believe playing Torrey means a guaranteed victory. The rest of the field should just stay home I guess. It is already a lock, despite the fact that Woods is completely lost and may even have the chip-yips.
My short game is terrible but it just might be better than Tiger’s right now. That’s a very bad thing, for Woods.
This week should have more entertainment value. Can’t wait to hear what the experts come up with if Tiger struggles. If Tiger plays well and makes the cut, or even wins (50-1 odds in vegas), the experts will surely know exactly what Tiger did to fix the problem.
I received an email from TaylorMade’s PR regarding this week’s Phoenix Open event, the craziest event on the PGA Tour. Yes, even Tiger Woods is in action this week. They were hoping I’d mention that the caddies of TaylorMade players this week were ditching those gigantic “tour” bags and going to be using the 2015 Supreme Hybrid Golf Bag. Well, looks like I just mentioned it.
That email reminded me that I had a review to post, my own experiences with this golf bag. I’ve had it in play for a couple of months, and been satisfied with the bag. Let’s take a closer look.
The 14-way top allows the golfer to arrange his/her clubs to their liking. I’ve flip-flopped between having the longer clubs in the bottom section or in the top section. If I use a push cart I prefer the bottom. When I’m slinging it or using a golf cart (ahem, “buggy” for those of you in the U.K.), I prefer to have the longer shafted clubs in the top section. Putting in and taking out the clubs is easy, which is a big deal.
The carry side… click to zoom
The bag’s 10 pockets provide plenty of storage space for everything from golf balls to rain gear to a protective pocket for cell phones or electronic devices. I’m able to stuff a whole rain suit, extra sweater, gloves, beanie, and lots of other items in there. “Beanie?” you ask? It is winter here.
A key part of a carry bag is the strap and the balance of the bag. The 4-part strap allows me to perfectly balance the bag on my shoulders and makes carrying the bag as enjoyable as it could be for a person with a sketchy back.
Speaking of carrying, this bag weighs only 5.3 pounds. That’s super light for the size and space provided for the clubs and within the pockets. With enough golf balls loaded in my bag to insure I don’t run out, my bag weighs about 258 pounds.
On The Course
Whether hoofing, push-carting, or buggying, this bag has performed perfectly and done its job without any hassle or worry. The legs are solid and I especially like the big handle at the top. The handle makes picking up and slinging the bag easy. The handle also is great for putting in and taking out of the car.
I’ve used this bag in some extreme conditions already. It handled the slow quite well in the 2014 Christmas Classic (sorry about the towel TM).
All-Weather Golf Bag! – click to zoom
Rain, snow, or sunshine the TaylorMade Supreme Hybrid Golf Bag has been a solid performer for me. I especially like the versatility of being able to carry, push, or ride with it.
I’ve not commented about the latest strange happenings in the golf world as of yet. I’m sort of sitting on my proverbial couch, eating proverbial popcorn, and watching the freakshow unfold.
Toothless Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods: Tough and Ruthless or Rough and Toothless?
First off we have the toothless Tiger Woods. Apparently he was in Italy to watch his girlfriend Lindsey Vonn compete in a ski race. In the hustle to get positioning, a camera man knocked out Tiger’s front tooth, the discolored one. Tiger is no fan of the media at all. I can imagine there was a nice, pleasant discussion following said de-toothing.
For the record by the way, the discolored tooth Tiger had was not as a result of his ex wife Elin Nordegren knocking it out on that crazy Thanksgiving night. The tooth was discolored for years before that. Many uninformed news outlets and golf social networks have claimed that the discolored tooth was because of Elin, but it is not. Get your facts straight.
Tiger is playing in Phoenix at the Phoenix Open next week, a tournament he said he would not play in again. It will be interesting to see if he has had the tooth fixed by then, and if the media will have the balls to inquire about what happened. Maybe he’s waiting for Obamacare to kick in.
Robert Allenby’s story gets more and more strange
Robert Allenby Kidnapping
At the Sony Open Robert Allenby missed the cut. That would be the best thing to happen to him that weekend. News came out that he had been kidnapped, robbed, beaten, put in the trunk of a car, and dumped in a park six miles from the wine bar he had been patronizing. Over the last week the story has gotten more and more fishy, and eyewitnesses are coming forward with different stories. The latest stories are saying he was drunk and fell on his face, on a rock. One story even includes a strip club, not a wine bar.
Odd things which stand out to me: Allenby did not contact the police immediately after the kidnapping. Also, he’s never appeared with any bandages. Seems strange.
I’d better pop more popcorn for this one.
Dustin Johnson and Paulina Gretzky
DJ and Paulina Gretzky are now parents. Dustin is gearing up for a return to golf, and denies any rumors of cocaine use.
My question is, will Paulina be breast feeding? Golf Digest could get some even bigger boob photos for their next “fitness” article if so!
Is this photo about golf or Paulina Gretzky’s boobs? You be the judge.
Will Tiger Break Jack’s record? I might break your jaw if you ask that question one more time…
December 30 is a very important birthday for someone. Yeah, you’re probably thinking this is another of the 47.2 billion Tiger Woods birthday posts. It does happen to be Tiger’s 39th birthday, but I’m no bandwagon jumper. There are enough other sites doing that post so I don’t need to do it here.
No, more importantly today is my grandma Myrle’s birthday.
Happy birthday to my awesome grandma. May she rest in peace.
The blog had to go to a new dedicated server because it was melting the old shared hosting.
I visited a golf course that would forever change my world, Black Mesa Golf Club. Since going there I’ve made great friends at the course and played there dozens of times. Simply my favorite course in the USA. See pic below: