Friday, December 16, 2011

Garcia Loses It

Sergio Garcia apparently has an anger management problem. I didn't see it, but I heard about his spitting into the cup after missing a putt. That's beyond gross and childish.

His latest temper tantrum is tossing his club into the water after pulling his shot 20 yards on a par-3 hole.

You can watch it here.

I don't care how poorly you happen to be playing, that's inexcusable. Do that in front of a client, and you can certainly kiss that client good-bye.

Happy Holidays to you and yours! May your golf rounds in 2012 be filled with birdies and pars!!!

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Monkey Off His Back

Tiger Woods finally won a tournament. It happens to be his own tournament where he's the host and his Tiger Woods Foundation is a benefactor. His win doesn't just benefit him and his foundation though. It benefits the game of golf and even his competitors are hopeful that Tiger is back to his past form. McIlroy and Westwood both hope to compete against Tiger when his game is back on top.

I don't know how to explain it, but when Tiger is in contention, golf is fun to watch. We've watched two years of golf without him, and it's just not the same without him putting for a win in his red shirt, black pants outfit. As to those who are complaining about his white shoes on Sunday, I don't think he cares. He got his "W" and I suspect he was more concerned about getting that than making a fashion statement.

Welcome back, Tiger, and I hope to see the same in 2012!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Congratulations USA Team!

My favorite tournaments include The Masters, Ryder Cup, and Presidents Cup. After the loss in Wales of the Ryder Cup, I was thrilled to see the Americans win the Presidents Cup.

Even though I like Greg Norman, Adam Scott, Ernie Els, and others on the International team, I will always cheer on the Americans. Frankly I know golf fans that seem to always choose the other team, whether the Europeans or Internationals. I've never understood if you were born in America, why you wouldn't root for the Americans? This victory is especially needed during our country's economic tumult, involvement in wars, and general malaise.

It was nice to see the Americans' fighting spirit and the closeness among the team.
Both the rookies and veterans alike did well. Tiger certainly had to make everyone pause and think he might break Jack's record of 18 Majors. Maybe still too soon to say that, but his game certainly looks better than we've seen in quite awhile.

Congrats Freddie, John Cook, proud father Jay Haas, and the members of the US team!!!

Monday, October 31, 2011

The Swinger

Two Sports Illustrated writers, Michael Bamberger and Alan Shipnuck, have written "The Swinger" based on Tiger Woods' life since hitting the fire hydrant nearly two years ago.

It's fiction, yet it makes you wonder how much is based on truth, such as the drug test results and the number of women that Tiger considered his conquests. Given who they have offended, I wonder if writing it was worth losing access to those people and various places.

For a winter golf read, it's mindless entertainment. Keeps your head in the game of golf at least.

My peeve though is the ending. If someone can tell me what the last sentence is referring to, I'd appreciate it. As it stands now, I'm just annoyed that I have no idea what it's referencing.


Monday, October 24, 2011

Changes to Several Rules

The USGA announced a couple of changes to the Rules.

One change makes a lot of sense, which is if you address the ball (take your stance and touch your club on the ground behind or in front of the ball) and the ball slightly moves without you touching it with your club, then that's no longer a penalty. You now just hit it where it settles.

They also changed the definition of address. It's now just when you place your club in front or behind the ball. You no longer need to take a stance to be considered addressing the club.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Ready Golf - What It Is and What It Isn't

I know it's been a while since I last wrote. I've had the stuffing kicked out of me with things going on in my life. I'm coming out of it now and had to share this story.

Yesterday a friend and her group were behind the field of a tournament. Because the course wanted the tournament to have a head start, there was about a hole in between her foursome and the last group of the field. As her group was putting out, she saw a twosome in a cart cut in front of her group and tee off on her next hole a par-3.

She drove up to them as they were approaching their balls on the green, and asked what they were doing. She explained that they went off behind the tournament and they weren't holding up the field. She asked them to either mark or pick up, but her group would be teeing off and finishing the hole first.

The twosome of 20-somethings defended their rudeness by saying they were playing ready golf. As you can imagine, that didn't work for my friend.

So to be clear, ready golf is among members of your foursome. Whomever is ready to hit next, should hit, rather than wait for the player farthest from the hole to hit. It is certainly NOT a concept to be applied between foursomes, like these youths tried to pull.

It's simply rude to cut in front of a group that is keeping up. And, to use a concept of golf incorrectly, shows their ignorance or a dismal attempt to bluff my friend.

Hope you can get out and play more golf before the change in the seasons!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Power Broker-Golfers in DC

Check out the latest ranking of power golfers in D.C.:

Congratulations to two women who are on this list: Linda Divall, 7th, and Jean Statler, T-43. Wish there were more women, but at least two made it.

I can only imagine the stories they have about playing golf for business as a women. And, I wonder what they'd say about how golf has helped their careers.

Ladies, get golfing!