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  • Lines of Charm: Brilliant And Irreverent Quotes, Notes, And Anecdotes from Golf's Golden Age Architects
    Lines of Charm: Brilliant And Irreverent Quotes, Notes, And Anecdotes from Golf's Golden Age Architects
  • The Future of Golf: How Golf Lost Its Way and How to Get It Back
    The Future of Golf: How Golf Lost Its Way and How to Get It Back
    by Geoff Shackelford
  • Grounds for Golf: The History and Fundamentals of Golf Course Design
    Grounds for Golf: The History and Fundamentals of Golf Course Design
    by Geoff Shackelford
  • The Art of Golf Design
    The Art of Golf Design
    by Michael Miller, Geoff Shackelford
  • Alister MacKenzie's Cypress Point Club
    Alister MacKenzie's Cypress Point Club
    by Geoff Shackelford
  • The Golden Age of Golf Design
    The Golden Age of Golf Design
    by Geoff Shackelford
  • The Good Doctor Returns: A Novel
    The Good Doctor Returns: A Novel
    by Geoff Shackelford
  • Masters of the Links: Essays on the Art of Golf and Course Design
    Masters of the Links: Essays on the Art of Golf and Course Design
  • The Captain: George C. Thomas Jr. and His Golf Architecture
    The Captain: George C. Thomas Jr. and His Golf Architecture
    by Geoff Shackelford
Current Reading
  • The Golf Book: Twenty Years of the Players, Shots, and Moments That Changed the Game
    The Golf Book: Twenty Years of the Players, Shots, and Moments That Changed the Game
    by Chris Millard
  • The Forbidden Game: Golf and the Chinese Dream
    The Forbidden Game: Golf and the Chinese Dream
    by Dan Washburn
  • The Early Days of Pinehurst
    The Early Days of Pinehurst
    by Chris Buie
  • Arnie, Seve, and a Fleck of Golf History: Heroes, Underdogs, Courses, and Championships
    Arnie, Seve, and a Fleck of Golf History: Heroes, Underdogs, Courses, and Championships
    by Bill Fields
  • The Magnificent Masters: Jack Nicklaus, Johnny Miller, Tom Weiskopf, and the 1975 Cliffhanger at Augusta
    The Magnificent Masters: Jack Nicklaus, Johnny Miller, Tom Weiskopf, and the 1975 Cliffhanger at Augusta
    by Gil Capps
  • His Ownself: A Semi-Memoir
    His Ownself: A Semi-Memoir
    by Dan Jenkins
  • Golf Architecture in America: Its Strategy and Construction
    Golf Architecture in America: Its Strategy and Construction
    by Geo. C. Thomas
  • The Course Beautiful : A Collection of Original Articles and Photographs on Golf Course Design
    The Course Beautiful : A Collection of Original Articles and Photographs on Golf Course Design
    Treewolf Prod
  • Reminiscences Of The Links
    Reminiscences Of The Links
    by Albert Warren Tillinghast, Richard C. Wolffe, Robert S. Trebus, Stuart F. Wolffe
  • Gleanings from the Wayside
    Gleanings from the Wayside
    by Albert Warren Tillinghast
  • Planet Golf USA: The Definitive Reference to Great Golf Courses in America
    Planet Golf USA: The Definitive Reference to Great Golf Courses in America
    by Darius Oliver
  • Planet Golf: The Definitive Reference to Great Golf Courses Outside the United States of America
    Planet Golf: The Definitive Reference to Great Golf Courses Outside the United States of America
    by Darius Oliver
Writing And Videos

Imagine, for instance, a repetition of eighteen holes, all of the supreme excellence of the most exceptional hole we can think of at the moment - the Seventeenth at St. Andrews. The strain of it all! Eighteen tee shots of the same intensity or eighteen approaches which courted disaster in the same dire form. It would to a certainty break our hearts and leave us nervous wrecks or golf lunatics in real earnest.  TOM SIMPSON




Australian Open '14 Set Up For Fun Weekend Finish

Two-time champion Greg Chalmers has awakened (again) and leads heading into Australian Open weekend play. Martin Blake has the full story and details on lurkers McIlroy, Spieth, Scott, et. al.  There are 16 players within five shots of the lead.

Speaking of Spieth, the first round leader didn't sound too thrilled to have his ball stepped on for the third timet his year, prompting a drop into a bad lie. Mark Hayes with his story.

Two of Chalmers' closest pursuers are Todd Sinnott and Geoff Drakeford, Aussies who hit it a mile. Mike Clayton has tracked their progress and tells us about the two bombers who will be chasing the shorter-hitting Chalmers.

While the course isn't nearly as compelling as the sandbelt golf we saw last week, the leaderboard and diverse set of characters should help. As should the Open Championship qualifying, which gives three spots to the leading players not already exempt into The Open. You can follow that thanks to the official website's use of Open logos next to those already exempt.

Golf Channel shows the weekend rounds live starting at 8 pm. ET.


Judge Says Rio Olympic Course Can Be Completed As Is

You do have to wonder at this point if the saga of the Rio Olympic golf course would have been much of a saga if not for the Associated Press and its reporting of every filing, gripe and leak from the publicity-seeking Rio prosecutor's office determined to stop the fully permitted project. That's because after months of reports suggesting the project was doomed and that the Judge had decided against the course, the news agency reports the Judge has ruled against the prosecutor seeking to stop the project.

Gotta love Brazil!

Judge Eduardo Antonio Klausner has given the approval for the fully permitted Rio 2016 golf course project to continue forward with only the 12th tee having been moved to make way for wildlife.

This is the same judge, who was said by the AP to have previously decided to stop the project in five days pending the creation of three news holes, according to an AP report. Those five days turned into nearly a month.

This is the same judge who prosecutors tried to influence with this leaked tale, which followed another leak of prosecutorial frustration during negotiations with the land owner controlling the site of 2016 Olympic golf. And these are the same prosecutors who just a few days ago were asking for new reasons to stop the project (miraculously reported by the AP) while the judge was weighing his final decision.

It all adds up to a whole bunch of nothing.

There was also the land dispute reported on numerous occasions by only the AP and which has, so far, ended up not impacting the project other than saddling the 2016 course with poor press.

So while you may take the latest story with a grain of salt based on the accuracy of previous reports, I'm pretty sure the Tales Azzoni AP item about the Judge's decision to let the project go forward is to be believed.

Judge Eduardo Antonio Klausner said in his decision that there is "no new fact justifying ... a halt in the implementation of the golf course for the Olympics."

He said changes made by the city and the course developer partially attended to the prosecutors' demands to protect the local environment.

Although the decision represented a loss for the prosecutors and environmentalists, it was only part of the ongoing legal battle. The judge can still reconsider his decision not to stop construction based on new evidence provided by the participants.

It wasn't clear if state prosecutors would seek to appeal Wednesday's ruling, but legal challenges were expected to continue.

Of course they are. And we will read all about them.


Podcasts! State Of The Game With Lloyd Cole; Scottish Golf

Podcasting is making a comeback (if it ever went away) thanks to the breakout murder mystery Serial, highlighted by David Carr in this week's New York Times media column on the continued strength of podcasting.

This is a convenient setup for not one, but two podcasts to consider for your Thanksgiving travel plans.

I recently sat in for episode 42 of the Scottish Golf Podcast with Ruairidh Macdonald to chat about Scotland golf travel. If you are planning a trip or thinking about one, check out the many fine episodes covering an array of important topics here and follow the show and/or Ru on Twitter. You can also subscribe via iTunes or via your preferred podcast app (my new favorite IOS app: Overcast.)

Meanwhile, after using his music to open State of The Game for 49 episodes, we finally got Lloyd Cole to appear while on break from touring and hickory golf. Cole recently released Standards in the United States where it was recorded and which has been the focus of his international touring over the last year.

Reviews of Standards have been oustanding, including The Independent suggesting it is Cole's best work, the Mail saying it's "a vibrant set full of wry wordplay," and 4-star reviews from the The Mail, Big Issue and The Independent. (His record label's purchase page including vinyl option, iTunes $9.99 download, Amazon CD $12.99 purchase. I highly recommend!)

As usual, Rod Morri, Mike Clayton and yours truly covered an array of topics, including how Lloyd got started in the game, his love of hickories and Hogan, the state of the game and how his affection for the sport is viewed by his music fans.

You can download the show as an MP3 here, listen to the show directly here, grab it on iTunes here or listen below. There is also this directory of past shows. Happy Thanksgiving!



Bushmill Dunes Golf Resort Plans Have "Foundered"

BBC's Kevin Magee reports that with the July passing of Dr. Alistair Hanna, the businessman behind the controversial £100m Bushmills Dunes golf resort plan, prospects for the course near Royal Portrush and the Giant's Causeway have "foundered."

Magee says in his report (video version at the link):

It is understood the Hanna plan could not raise sufficient money to buy the 350 acres of land to build the resort.

A final deadline for the sale of the land to the group passed without the purchase being completed.
The golf course land then went back on the market.

It is now in the process of being sold to one of Northern Ireland's most successful businessmen, Dr Peter FitzGerald.

He is the founder and managing director of the diagnostic company, Randox Laboratories, based in Crumlin, County Antrim.

The project was announced as a David McLay Kidd design and has been in the works for over two years.In February a legal challenge was fended off. And in March Mike Keiser was rumored to be interested in the project.


Met Golfer On Ferry Point

Jeff Neuman in the Met Golfer offers the first in-depth review of Jack Nicklaus’ Ferry Point design, which is scheduled to open in 2015.

It’s also the first story with good ground photos and it looks a lot better than the select aerial and construction photos that have appeared to date of the course to be managed by Trump Golf.

Jim Krajicek took the images.


Players Tribune Editor: Tiger Wanted "Broader Audience"

Alan Bastable talks to The Players Tribune editor Gary Hoenig about how Tiger's commentary on the Dan Jenkins satirical interview went from Tiger's keyboard to the upstart website.

From Bastable's piece:

“They were aware that we were encouraging athletes to speak their mind,” Tribune editorial director Gary Hoenig told in an e-mail. “I think they felt we were reaching a broader audience than their site.”

That may be the funniest line in the Woods v. Jenkins saga!

I'm pretty confident a majority of the world could guess what was and how to find it before the item appeared. ThePlayersTribunecom? Is that a gambling tip sheet those who miss the smell of fresh ink on recycled paper in the morning?

According to Quantcast is currently enjoying 634,000 monthly unique visitors. is at 54,000.

As for the Woods camp being "aware" of The Players Tribune's intent, that would be accurate since Excel Management's Chief Marketing Officer is a founding partner in the site. Excel, of course, is the firm representing Woods.


Devotion To Craft Files: Lucas Herbert Edition

If you watched the Australian Masters final round you know that 18-year-old amateur Lucas Herbert set a course record during third round play, made a nice run at eventual winner Nick Cullen (while also fist-bumping his countryman at ever positive moment) and generally looked like a young player to be reckoned with. Herbert unfortunately double bogeyed the 18th, costing him a top-10 and a spot in this week's Australian Open.

Not to be deterred, Herbert and family felt flying was too unreliable to make it to Sydney in time, so they made the 11-hour drive from Melbourne to Sydney Sunday night as Lucas tried sleeping in the back, with an Aus Open Monday qualifier at Carnarvon Golf Club in mind. You can guess what happened next.

Michael Chammas of the Sydney Morning Herald with the amazing story.

"I birdied the last," Herbert said.

"I would have went into a playoff and it could have went anywhere from there. I shot five under today. I was pretty relieved. When I was driving up, we spoke about the disappointment, but I knew I had to forget about what happened and I did that. Dad said he was prepared to drive and then mum decided she wanted to help him out with the driving. I stretched out on the back seat and got some sleep. We stopped off at home [Bendigo] for some supplies, then kept on going.

"I reckon I woke up at about 6.30. It wasn't the best sleep I've ever had, but it was better than nothing. I was still wearing the same shirt that I wore at Metro and I had a 9.30 tee-off at Carnarvon, so I jumped in the shower at the club and away we went."


Take That Butch, Hank & Sean Files: Como's Deep Dive Swing

I haven't the faintest idea what the ultimate point was behind this year-old stunt by Tiger's new swing consultant Chris Como, but I do appreciate Alex Myers pointing it out in another lively edition of The Grind.

This will, however, help us understand when Tiger is spotted jumping off of diving boards in preparation for his the 2015 majors and mentions the issues he'd been facing with ground force reaction.

From the Devoted Golfer channel at YouTube, posted in November, 2013.


Match Play! The Golf Networks

You've voted and now I'm going to step into the network golf presentation discussion by hosting the first annual WGC Network Announce Championship.

Seeding the networks by your nearly 1000 votes of "most appealing" golf network announce team, CBS landed the top spot (46%), NBC finished second (35%), ESPN third (12%) and newcomer Fox's recently assembled (but not yet heard) team landed a distant fourth (7%).

The brackets, named for past legends of the profession as they played out in my mind...

Chris Schenkel Back-up Play-by-Play Bracket

1 Bill Macatee (CBS)
 2 Terry Gannon/Rich Lerner (NBC)
 3 Sean McDonough (ESPN)
 4 Shane O'Donoghue (Fox)

Macatee the old pro wins a friendly opener over newcomer-to-American television, O'Donoghue, who will be welcomed by American audiences because he's not Gus Johnson screaming after the U.S. Junior Amateur winning putt. The Gannon/Lerner combo, who fill-in for Dan Hicks when he's doing Notre Dame football or in Gannon's case, helming some Ryder Cup coverage this year with Nick Faldo, must 20 holes before knocking off the always-underrated Sean McDonough. In a tough finale of professionals who could easily be network play-by-play hosts if they weren't impeded by more famous names, Macatee plods along with pars to Gannon/Lerner's runs of birdies and bogies, grinding out a one-up win with his experience. CBS wins.

Jimmy Demaret On Course Reporter #2 Bracket

Peter Kostis (CBS)
 2 Mark Rolfing (NBC)
 3 Dottie Pepper/Bill Kratzert/Judy Rankin (ESPN)
 4 TBD (Fox)

Kostis earns a bye in the first round with Fox still having not selected an on-course reporter in the #2 role (at least that we are aware of). Rolfing faces a formidable trio of options on ESPN in a battle of on-course reporters who specialize in getting in and out without making the telecast about them (though all are never shy to express an opinion when necessary). This one was a total toss-up, but in sudden-death Rolfing overcomes his propensity to break into Hawaii Chamber of Commerce mode to edge the ESPN trio. With Kostis getting a free pass in the opener, his game is rusty and Rolfing coasts to a 3&2 win. NBC wins.

Frank Hannigan Others in the bullpen/Interviews/Studio Roles Bracket

1 Verne Lundquist, Peter Oosterhuis, Matt Gogel (CBS)  2 
Jimmy Roberts, Rich Lerner, Notah Begay (NBC)
 3 Tom Rinaldi, Peter Alliss, Tom Weiskopf, David Duval (ESPN)
 4 Holly Sonders, Corey Pavin, David Fay (Fox)

CBS has not done much to develop young talent nor has the network done a good job managing its role-playing veterans, all the way back to its firing of Ben Wright to today's select use of Lundquist and Oosterhuis. Oosty gets the prime 17th hole spot during the Masters and handles the tough job well, yet was cast off in cost-cutting moves and is left to merely fill-in for CBS. That peculiarity, coupled with Fox's early bullpen strength by hiring the only full-time rules expert in Fay and the popular Holly Sonders, gives the upstarts a 2 up win. In the tough 2 vs. 3 match up, ESPN's core of opinionated, wish-we-heard-more-of-them and informative role players is a bit too much for the capable but more conservative NBC trio, winning on the final hole when Alliss sinks a long birdie putt and Rinaldi brings him to tears in the post-match interview. The ESPN team's experience edges the upstart Fox group in the final. ESPN wins.

Bob Rosburg On Course Reporter Bracket

1 David Feherty (CBS)
 2 Roger Maltbie (NBC)
 3 Andy North (ESPN)
 4 Juli Inkster (Fox)

Inkster has been listed as an on-course reporter, but the wily LPGA veteran only hangs around against the huge favorite Feherty as long as she does due to Feherty inexplicably breaking into tears talking about the first time Tiger passed gas in his presence. A contrast of styles is evident in the other match with Maltbie's easy going reporting style clashing with North's intensity before Maltbie's humor wins the day, 3&2. In the final, "Rog" battles Feherty, before the CBS funnyman inexplicably drifts off to sign autographs for fans who scream his name more than any player not named Tiger. NBC wins.

Henry Longhurst Analyst/17th Hole Bracket

1 Ian Baker-Finch (CBS)
 2 Gary Koch (NBC)
 3 Curtis Strange (ESPN)
 4 Brad Faxon (Fox)

A tough division as each voice has their strengths and weaknesses, with the upstart Faxon sinking 22 putts only to have Baker-Finch make 21 in a match that extends to the 19th hole. Baker-Finch wins on experience, though Faxon figures to become a formidable future depending on how Fox uses him here. In a feisty 2 v. 3 battle, Koch reels off a few too many "just a moment agos" but wisely leaves his "better than most" line at home in grinding out a win over Strange, who somehow miss-pronounces K.J. Choi's name late in the match to lose 2&1. In the final, Koch's willingness to push back at Johnny Miller's zanier comments as Baker-Finch holds back every time Nick Faldo floats a nutty theory, produces an NBC win, 1 up. NBC wins.

Dave Marr Analyst/16th Hole Bracket

1 Gary McCord (CBS)
 2 Peter Jacobsen (NBC)
 3 Scott Van Pelt (ESPN)
 4 Steve Flesch (Fox)

Flesch was a surprise hire away from Golf Channel by Fox and figures to surprise those not familiar with his opinionated nature, especially now that he's freed of a studio role and reacting to live golf. McCord shows up late to the match, loses the first few holes, but steadies the ship thanks to an incredible ability to wing it, edging the newcomer on experience 1 up. In the other semi Jacobsen's knowledge of the game counters the similarly charismatic Van Pelt to win 2&1. The final pits former tour buddies trying to out-joke one another, with McCord breaking out in song, only to be countered by the Jake Trout and The Flounders frontman. Jacobsen, who improves his game every year, wins with a deeper catalog of hits, 2&1. NBC wins.

Ken Venturi Lead Analyst/18th hole Bracket

1 Nick Faldo (CBS)
 2 Johnny Miller (NBC)
 3 Paul Azinger (ESPN)
 4 Greg Norman (Fox)

In a brutal, at times hard-to-watch rematch of the 1996 Masters final round, Faldo again shoots 67 to Norman’s 78 after the Aussie butchers names and shows more passion for talking about various player wines than their games. In the spirited 2 v. 3 match, Johnny’s prevalence compared to Azinger’s once-a-year Open Championship appearance, plus the lack of a good foil (ala the Faldo days), allows Miller to win. This, despite five three-putts, including three misses under three feet. In the final, Faldo brings his Masters announce game to Johnny’s US Open mode, making for a epic tug-of-war won by Johnny thanks to his willingness to offend just about anyone, including his own sensibilities. NBC wins.

Pat Summerall Play-By-Play Bracket

1 Jim Nantz (CBS)
 2 Dan Hicks (NBC)
 3 Mike Tirico (ESPN)
 4 Joe Buck (Fox)

Arguably the toughest division, Nantz faces a tougher-than-expected match against Buck in the opener. The CBS legend's golf experience is just too much for the talented but new-to-golf-broadcaster Buck.  Hicks v. Tirico goes 22 holes, with Tirico finally conceding the match when the hardest working man in show business (A) realizes keeping Johnny in line 12 weeks a year is much tougher than doing the same with Azinger once a year, and (B) he has another announce gig to get to.

In the final, Hicks struggles early after Nantz melts him down on the first tee with an epic, knee-knocking Hello Friend. Hicks battles back with his more subtle cynical readings of various NBC, PGA Tour and PGA of America promos to Nantz's spirited, seemingly earnest readings of How I Met Your Mother teases, only to lose to a Nantz birdie on 18. CBS wins.

That leaves a final record of five wins for NBC, two for CBS, one for ESPN and none for Fox.

Well played ladies and gentlemen.


The Australian & Jack: "Why not do more than just the greens?"

As I noted on Morning Drive Monday, this is a great time of year for late night golf viewing when tournaments Down Under take us to exotic locales. While this week's Floridaesque stop in Sydney won't be nearly as fun to watch as the sandbelt fun at Metropolitan, there is the presence of Rory McIlroy (paired with Ogilvy and Appleby the opening two rounds) combined with the intrigue of big-time golf returning to The Australian.

Peter Stone tells the story of Jack Nicklaus having been re-engaged to supervise the greens he rebuilt over thirty years ago, leading to an overall redo and (gulp) pricey cart path installation.

“The club felt why not do more than just the greens,” club CEO Rob Selley said today. “It’s a Nicklaus course. It made a lot of sense to bring him back because of his attachment to the club.

“Jack absolutely jumped at the chance. His designers were on the ground in late 2010 working on what would be best to do. When the course was built in 1977 there were a lot of spectator mounds, now they’ve basically gone and the course looks much more natural.”

The fairways were redone. Around 12,500 cubic metres of top soil was taken off back to the sand base. And, Jack sent his top green shaper Jerame Miller, one of the highest paid in the business, here for six weeks to supervise work on the greens.   

“His work with his big D6 bulldozer was like an artist at work,” Selley says.

Unlike first time round, the club members did not lose their rounds of golf. Such was the rotation work around the course a temporary 18-hole layout was devised with 10 par threes and eight par fours. The temporary greens would have been the envy of several clubs around Sydney.

It’s almost four years to the day since the Nicklaus team hit the ground. It has cost $5 million with $1 million of that used on cart paths and it also has Nicklaus’ fee included.

“Jack made three (inspection) visits during the construction. He doesn’t get on a plane for less than $250,000 to go to most parts of the world, but he threw those visits in at no extra costs,” Selley said.


Ernie Els Eager To Make Rio In 2016

Tony Jimenez talks to Ernie Els who is growing eager to make the 2016 Olympics and maybe even allowing himself "the thought of carrying the South African flag into the stadium."

Jimenez writes:

"I never thought when I started playing this game that I would be standing here talking of playing in the Olympics but I'm really getting excited at being on the same international stage as those stars of track and field," said Els.

"It would be wonderful just to spend time with them in the environment of an Olympic Games."

Els is currently 24th in the Olympic ranking that essentially tracks who the field will consist of based on the criteria for eligibility. If you haven't looked in a while it's worth checking out.


GMac: More 9-Hole Par-3 Courses, Please

Graeme McDowell files his year-end column with the help of Iain Carter and covers an array of topics.

Besides his take on Rory, the Ryder Cup and Poulter, worth noting is his desire to see the game more kid friendly.

We have to make the game cheaper, more accessible, faster and more fun. Growing up in Ireland, one of the things was how cheap and accessible it was. Just look at how many successful players Ireland has these days and I don't think that's a coincidence.

When I go to different parts of the world I see that golf is still elitist. It doesn't encourage people who can't afford to play. We need nine-hole par-three courses like the one I grew up on. I don't understand why we don't see more of that, especially in the United States.

We need ways to bring the masses in and to do that we have to make it fun, sexy and cool. We have the young icons - the likes of Rory, Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth - and now it is a case of leveraging that to boost the game.


Thanksgiving Re-Broadcast: "Jack's First Major"

On Thanksgiving day Fox is re-broadcasting the USGA documentary "1962 U.S. OPEN: JACK’S FIRST MAJOR.”

The documentary is narrated by Peter Coyote and from the highly-respected Ross Greenburg Productions, longtime producers of HBO's award-winning sports films.

Check your local listings. Mine has it listed for a noon PT airing.

A preview:


Como: “The idea of having a person rely on a teacher is bad.”

Great stuff in the Monday's Golf World from Tim Rosaforte profiling Chris Como, Tiger's new swing consultant.

No matter what happens with Tiger's game, Como is a refreshing story, rising from the range picker at Westlake golf course to driving the country in a beat up car worth a smidgen of his Trackman.



Video: Weiskopf Tours Back9 Around TPC Scottsdale

Architect Tom Weiskopf tours Back9 Network's Shane Bacon around his remodeled TPC Scottsdale in this video feature.

The story includes some drone footage of the course as well as Weiskopf taking us through the major changes to green complexes and tees. I have to say that I'm struggling to not judge until seeing it in person or during the (final?) Waste Management-sponsored Phoenix Open in 2015, but I have to say it does not look better. Weiskopf touts the new uber-white sand-flashed bunkers compared to the old desert brown grassed face pits built by he and Jay Morrish (who is not mentioned in the piece, sadly). But the new Augusta-style bunkers look gastly in the desert landscape where the old desert browns didn't jump out so blatantly.

The new par-3 4th looks particularly uninspired, with a Mickey Mouse-shaped fronting bunker that looks beemed in from Disney World. I really hope it looks better on the ground than it does from the air.

Anyway, on that positive note...


Pic: Luke Guthrie Tries The Beach Angle On Pebble's 18th

Scott Langley Tweeted this photo of fellow Illini Luke Guthrie playing a recovery shot from Pebble Beach's 18th Sunday when the tide was way down. It was the Callaway Invitational final round, where Tommy Armour III beat Lee Janzen in sudden death.

Guthrie, who struggled to a final round 77 in the Callaway, replied that "it was a great angle down there. Golf is all about angles Lang."



Graphic Images: Brookside Golf Course Day After UCLA-USC

Nice catch by Brentley Romine who saw Grace Lee's Tweets from Brookside Golf Course, where cars park for Rose Bowl games and where the trask crew still had a ways to go following UCLA's drubbing of USC Saturday night. (Lee is mother to LPGA player and Pepperdine alum Danielle Kang.)

Of course, alums of the two schools could also just not use the ground as their trashcan...that'd never happen at a Pepperdine game.

If we had a football team.

My favorite:




"This guy will try to get Tiger a putting coach, a statistician, a green reading guy, etc. It’s his worse choice ever."

Hank Gola filed for the New York Daily News on Tiger's announcement of a new swing "consultant" in Chris Como.

He tracked down a trusted tour caddie for thoughts on Como, who previously has worked with Aaron Baddeley. The review was not flattering.

But according to a veteran caddie familiar with Como’s teaching methods, Woods, who many feel got too technical and complicated under Foley, is headed down a similar path with Como.

Como, said the caddie, is “way worse than Foley, way too technical. This guy will try to get Tiger a putting coach, a statistician, a green reading guy, etc. It’s his worse choice ever. He can turn a guy from an athlete into a golf geek.”

I'm not sure if that's a fair assessment of either teacher, as Foley could talk a highly technical game but when looking at a student on Trackman and offering feedback, his instructions are shockingly basic.

James Corrigan noted that so little was known of Como, the world crashed his website...on a Saturday.

Como is relatively unknown within the trade as shown by the fact that when Woods announced on Twitter that “Chris will consult and work with me during the year”, the rush to discover more about the 36-year-old from Texas caused his personal website to crash.


Suzy Whaley Elected PGA Of America Secretary

This aligns the Connecticut golf instructor to be the first female president of the PGA of America in four years. But not before Derek Sprague and Paul Levy precede her. Honorary past president Allen Wronowski will serve another two years in that role after Ted Bishop's ouster, a move confirmed at the annual meeting.

Rex Hoggard's Golf Central report from Indianapolis, and the full press release:

Derek Sprague Elected
39th President of the PGA of America

Delegates Vote Paul Levy Vice President, Suzy Whaley Secretary

INDIANAPOLIS – (November 22, 2014) Derek Sprague of Malone, New York, was elected the 39th President of the PGA of America today at the Association's 98th Annual Meeting in Indianapolis. Sprague is the PGA General Manager and Director of Golf at Malone Golf Club. Elected to PGA membership in 1993, Sprague has held leadership roles at both the National and Section PGA levels since 1998. Sprague previously served as PGA Secretary from 2010-12, and as Vice President from 2012 until Oct. 24, 2014, when he was named PGA Interim President. He also previously served as the District 1 Director on the National PGA Board from 2007-10.

Succeeding Sprague as Vice President is Paul Levy of Indian Wells, California, who served the past two years as Secretary and held the roles of Secretary and Interim Vice President from Oct. 24, 2014 until today.

Suzy Whaley of Farmington, Connecticut, was elected Secretary. Sprague, Levy and Whaley will each serve two-year terms.

The Board of Directors extended the role of Honorary President Allen Wronowski of Bel Air, Maryland, for two additional years.

In addition, three new members of the PGA Board of Directors were sworn in at the PGA Annual Meeting. The new PGA Board members are Jeff Drimel of St. Michael, Minnesota; Tim Fries of Kenmore, New York; and Kyle Heyen of Arvada, Colorado. The new PGA District Directors each will serve three-year terms.

The PGA Board of Directors is composed of the Association's President, Vice President, Secretary, Honorary President and 17 Directors. The Directors include representatives from each of the PGA's 14 districts, two Independent Directors and a member of the PGA Tour. New District Directors are elected by their local PGA Sections.

Whaley survived a potential misstep when she branded embroiled president Ted Bishop a sexist, then recanted her assessment.


18-Year-Old Posts Course Record, Within 2 At Aussie Masters

Mark Hayes with the outstanding story of 18-year-old amateur Lucas Herbert posting a course record 65 during Australian Masters third round play.

With host site Metropolitan near his home course Commonwealth, Herbert's move into contention for Sunday's final round had the place buzzing.

“I felt like I did them pretty proud today,” he said with enormous understatement before admitting is was the best he’d played in a pro event with his family in the gallery.

“I just tried to make sure they were not as nervous as what I was. They were trying to say, keep it going, but I said, `You don't have to tell me what to do too much, I've kind of got this one under control’.”

Herbert hugged his “great parents” after the round, then turned his attention to the rapidly emerging band of Golf Australia amateurs in the national squad, particularly the Victorian contingent with whom he’s so close."

Herbert trails Paul Spargo by two, with many others in contention, including Geoff Ogilvy three back.

The final round airs live on Golf Channel starting at 9:30 ET.