After a season of golf, a few random thoughts and opinions were stored in the memory banks when reading the green on a 12-footer took priority, but now that the season is concluding, it’s time to open the vault:
The term “Tiger-proofing,” as it applies to Augusta National, doesn’t trully apply. He hasn’t won there since. Mind you, he hasn’t had his A game either.
Ease up on Suzann Pettersen. She was in very competitive situation at the Solheim Cup. Admittedly, she could have done things differently, but let’s not ruin her life over it.
Tiger has had another debilitating surgery and won’t be returning for a while. Will there come a time when his skills erode to the point of no return due to lack of play? Could he have simply worn out his body with his weight lifting program and extensive range practice?
Phil Mickelson has changed swing coaches from Butch Harmon to Andrew Getson. Is it possible that Phil’s problem is ‘O.L.D.’ setting in?
A few years ago, I was being interviewed for the job of GM at a club in the Toronto area. The final question posed to me was, “What problems do you foresee in the future for golf clubs?” My answer was water. The interviewer, slightly taken aback said, “I doubt that will be true,” to which I responded, “The government is already demanding clubs install meters on their irrigation systems at the owner’s cost and demanding accurate reporting of usage. It’s only a question of time until clubs will be paying for water.” His response was, “I think you are exaggerating.” I didn’t get the job. I wonder if his club submits its reports on time.
Where did the term “grinded” come from, as in “I really grinded out there today.”
I love this one: “Thanks for the game today, we probably won’t be playing next week because it’s supposed to rain.”
People who refer to three-putting as three-whacking probably do a lot of it. Otherwise, they wouldn’t have a cute name for it. It’s called a self-fulfilling prophesy.
I’m glad Stevie Williams wrote a book. From what I’ve seen, read and observed, he is a class act who displayed incredible friendship and loyalty even though he was dismissed by Tiger for a lack of those qualities.
Dustin Johnson looks like Wayne Gretzky.
There have been several “Big Threes” on the PGA Tour. Today, it’s more like the Big Seven or Big Eight.
Deane Beman was a genius, disliked by some players, but a genius. Tim Finchem is a genius who is lucky enough to have the right skill set to follow Deane Beman.
Rattlesnake Point near Milton, Ont., will host the Canadian Open and do it well.
Golf courses do not require tee markers except on par threes to contain the wear and tear. Simply play near the permanent plates.