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Writing And Videos

To the philosophical student of golf like myself (said the Oldest Member) perhaps the most outstanding virtue of this noble pursuit is the fact that it is a medicine for the soul. Its great service to humanity is that it teaches human beings that, whatever petty triumphs they may have achieved in other walks of life, they are after all merely human. It acts as a corrective against sinful pride. P.G. WODEHOUSE




Golf Surpasses More Athletic Pastimes In Positive Test Results

As Wednesday kicks off the one-year countdown to the Rio Olympic Games, it is interesting that in all of the stories on WADA's findings into sports with issues, that golf registered the third highest score for the percentage of positive drug tests.

Johnny Waterson of the Irish Times explains.

An AAF identifies the presence of a prohibited substance or its metabolites or markers in any given sample.

The 2015 figures, which collates all of the samples analysed and reported by accredited Wada laboratories throughout the world in 2014, shows that golf scored a 1.6 per cent rate of positive drugs tests compared to 1.0 per cent for both athletics and cycling and 0.8 per cent for rugby.

More embarrassing for the sport is that golf came in with the third highest score for the percentage of positive tests.

It was worse than all of the other 21 listed sports except for equestrian sport and weightlifting.

There was good news though, the sample size was small and anabolic steroids were not an issue.

Of those 144 were positive which gave the 0.5 per cent positive reading. Athletics provided 25,830 samples and cycling 22,471 samples and both came out with the same reading of 1.0 per cent positive.

In athletics, cycling, soccer and rugby the most abused banned substances were anabolic agents, while in golf the samples returned no blood or urine that tested positive for those agents.

The drugs of choice for golfers are diuretics and other masking agents as well as Glucocortico-steroids.


Burrata! Tiger's New Restaurant Opens PGA Monday

We'll find out just how devoted Tiger is to his golf if he doesn't roll into Whistling Straits until Tuesday. That's because Monday the 10th, The Woods Jupiter is opening for business.

I'm assuming the purveyor will be hosting some weekend soft opening events before jetting off to lovely Kohler, though the image of Tiger working the kitchen or as a backup waiter on opening night is fun. Albeit, unlikely. Then again, considering the now hiring signs posted, they may need some assistance.

He announced the opening date on Twitter with an image of a burrata and heirloom tomato appetizer delivered on a light dousing of olive oil and vinegar. I'm sure there's a metaphor in there somewhere, I just don't know what it is.


Jordan Spieth Had Pretty Modest Goals For 2015

Doug Ferguson catches up with the 2015 Masters and U.S. Open winner and it turns out he's not as upset about missing out on a Grand Slam chance next week as you might think, though he's not entirely over it either. But his perspective appears to come from having goals that were so modest starting out.

This also serves as a nice reminder that indeed, there is a Presidents Cup this year. Mark those calendars!

Looking back, he set modest expectations for 2015.

“My goals for this year were to make the Presidents Cup team, contend in at least one major and make the cut in all the majors,” he said. “In 2013, they were tangible, specific goals I could shoot for. Right now, what’s bigger than what we’ve done? We had a chance to do something no one has done — win all four majors in a year.”


Video: Whan On Morning Drive And Talking Slams 

I've watched the segments with LPGA Commish Mike Whan and while he makes some interesting points, ultimately his view that his tour had to "create definitions to make historical comparisons" just doesn't compute in suggesting four of the five majors equaling a career Grand Slam.

Many of you think this is a pointless debate, but as a fan of golf history and someone who feels it's one of the things we love about the sport, I do think this is a worthy conversation. After all, there's a reason the PGA Tour has never made an attempt to make The Players count as a major, other than through subtle ways like exemptions and such. If they did, they'd be laughed at, yet the LPGA situation seems less bothersome to many of you as evidenced by the voting.

In this clip he defends making the Evian a major and explains why it can be built into one. The problem is, the tour had four majors ranging from somewhat-to-very identifiable and added a fifth for reasons that only the sponsor and commissioner will know. The Champions Tour did the same and it hasn't resonated with fans, so it's hard to see how the same will occur on the LPGA Tour. Particularly now with the loose definition of standards.

Which brings up the second question, addressed ably by the Morning Drive team and defended by Whan with not much to hang your hat on: you can win a career Slam without winning the U.S. Women's Open, arguably the most historic and certainly the oldest major?

Good news though for Whan, I see most of you agree with the four of five concept (61% to 39%)!


Keiser: "You won't find a fountain at Bandon Dunes."

Thanks to reader John for Jeff Mapes' Oregonian story on Donald Trump vs. Mike Keiser, with the Bandon developer's take on Trump's jabs at minimalism.

Mapes writes:

"We're more in the Oregon mode that more is less," says Keiser in a phone interview. "You won't find a fountain at Bandon Dunes."

As the Bandon Dunes courses have grown in stature over the last decade, Trump has kept up a steady stream of ridicule.

"You know, everyone crows about Bandon Dunes," Trump told Links magazine in 2010 as he was starting to build a links course north of Aberdeen, Scotland. "Well, I've been to Bandon Dunes. The views there are no better than what we have, and the dunes themselves are like little toys compared to our dunes."

The author always quotes this website's April 1, 2014 story on Trump buying Bandon and the frightened reaction Keiser received. Sorry Mike!

As for The Donald's love of fountains inspired by the palaces of the Middle East, the Daily Record says a second Turnberry fountain is coming for that extra special arrival experience that just screams Scotland.

The billionaire has submitted plans to demolish the resort’s current water feature.

In its place will stand a new fountain boasting lions, big cats and crowned by the ancient Centurion.

Mr Trump has already spent £100,000 on a similar trademark feature down below at his new £5 million clubhouse.

But the hotel version, a massive 40 feet in diameter, will weigh in at DOUBLE the size.


It's A Wrap For O'Grady; Pelley Takes Over European Tour

As Commissioner Elton takes over the European Tour and the press (so far) opts out of tributes to his predecessor George O’Grady, Golfweek's Alistair Tait has some thoughts for new ET lead man Keith Pelley.

Tait wishes he had a webcam to see Pelley run the board's first meeting where rumors say he took them through a singalong of Bennie and the Jets before moving into a solo rendition of Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters for those on conference call from New York, Tait also credits Pelley’s predecessors for holding the entire operation together.

That doesn’t suggest Tait feels status quo should be the order of the day.

Pelley could focus on the immediate threat of a continued talent drain to the PGA Tour. More and more young players – Danny Willett, Andy Sullivan and Tommy Fleetwood, for example – look certain to follow in the footsteps of older peers and eventually base themselves in the U.S.

Despite the $185 million schedule, there are too many long stretches of the Euro Tour calendar with low-purse tournaments. That’s fine for the lower end of the food chain, but the big beasts need stretches of big money events in the United Kingdom and Continental Europe to entice them stay at home for longer periods of time.
Pelley has hopefully taken a look at the accounts, and wondered why the European Tour only makes money in Ryder Cup years and runs a deficit every other year. That’s clearly not good enough.

On the heels of a successful event at Murcar and hosted by Paul Lawrie, Martin Dempster asks the new man to order up more match play.


Wrapping A Head Around This Career Grand Slam Concept...

So just to recap, a slam consists of winning all of whatever is in tournaments, tricks, etc...

Yet I see with fewer votes than normal, four out of five is now a career Grand Slam, one of golf's most storied accomplishments for men or women.

Before we wrap up this poll, and just before LPGA Commish Mike Whan goes on Morning Drive Tuesday, are we really saying four out of a five is a career slam?

Your last chance to vote...


Flash: City Saves And Values Potential Of Its Public Golf Course

It can get pretty tiresome reading about all of the towns closing up their muni's because they are broke or not able to look past the current stories of golfing doom.

So Dan Barry's NY Times sports front pager on the East Orange Golf Course's resurrection by mayor Lester Taylor and others is a refreshing story of a city not giving up on its golf despite the prime real estate nature of the place.

It helped that the Mayor connected falling revenues with non-existent basics.

The new mayor, Lester E. Taylor III, studied the course’s scorecard. It was operating $372,000 in the red, its number of rounds was plummeting and its clubhouse was a musty tribute to groovy 1970s aesthetics. “If you wanted a cold beer or something to eat?” he said. “Guess what, you can’t.”

Mayor Taylor had campaigned on a platform of reimagination for his city, which straddles the inner-city vibe of Newark and the suburban hum of South Orange. But if the municipality was to be run more like a business, he had to address the casual management of a golf course detached both physically and psychologically from the city itself.

So just as the 2014 golf season was beginning, the mayor called a timeout for this timeless game. He and the City Council abruptly closed the course, naturally leading to speculation that the city planned to sell the property — in one of the country’s most exclusive ZIP codes — for redevelopment.

But East Orange had other plans for its Short Hills oasis.


Video: Kangaroo V. Flagstick, Still Runner-Up To Playful Cub

While nothing will likely top the playful cub who just couldn't get enough of a flagstick while mom and siblings tended to more important matters (2.6 million views!), Golf News Net (via Daniel Popovic on Twitter) posted this gem from Wonga Park in Australia:

Boxing kangaroo takes on golf course flagstick

And now a kangaroo boxing a flagstick at Wonga Park in Australia (via Aussie pro Daniel Popovic on Twitter).

Posted by Golf News Net on Monday, August 3, 2015

Video: Rory Trick Shot At Whistling! (And As Close As He'll Get)

It doesn't sound like Rory McIlroy will defend his PGA Championship title at Whistling Straits, so assuming the world's worst kickabout-erer doesn't make it to the year's final major, we at least have two reminders of his brief time in Wisconsin:

(A) The Omega ad that has inexplicably resurfaced after having been designated for shipping to hostage relief teams across the globe for flushing out barricaded suspects.

(B) His trick shot appearance at PGA Championship media day with the Bryan Brothers. This would be a great chance to merge one negative with one positive and air it as 2015's endlessly played Omega ad, minus that grating song. Wait, sorry, I forgot about the blatant Bose ad to kick things off the trick shot video. Because nothing sums up the joy of media day like giant noise-cancelling headphones!

BTW the trick shots are fun, and so are the drone views of Whistling all set to stock music known simply as What We Think The Millennials Would Download If They Paid For Music, Theme.


Tiger: “Everything is kind of trending in the correct direction”

More than the numbers, Tiger actually looked like someone who knew where the ball was going and even threw in a recovery shot like the good old days during the Quicken Loans National.

That said, the numbers were telling (in a good way, for a change) and Brian Wacker has a run down of them.

Steve DiMeglio notes Troy Merritt's maiden win and the impressiveness of following up a 61 with 67, but also had this on Tiger's week.

He caught a bad break on the first hole when his approach caromed off the flagstick and wound up 50 feet from the hole.

Instead of a kick-in birdie, he settled for a two-putt par. Undeterred, he started putting up red numbers two holes later. Hitting fairways and greens, Woods made five birdies in an eight-hole stretch to reach 10 under.

Then things started to fall apart. There was a missed 3-footer for par on the 11th, a drive into the hazard on 12, an approach spun off the green on 14. But there were far more ups the last four days than downs.

Ryan Reiterman at notes this about the final day:

But perhaps more importantly, Woods said after four rounds at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club he feels like he's turned a corner with his new swing under instructor Chris Como.

"I'm getting some speed back, which is nice," he said. "I'm starting to pump the ball out there again, and I know the lofts on my irons are very weak compared to today's standards. I'm hitting the ball up there with some of the bigger guys again ... I was able to make some putts, and the short game's becoming good again like it used to be."

The recovery shot is a YouTube favorite tonight:

The PGA Tour's highlight reels from the round:


Poll: Inbee Wins Women's British Open, Career Grand Slam?

Not sure it's an ideal situation to have Inbee Park win her seventh (!) major only to have a fight break out over this as a "career Grand Slam" moment.

But since ESPN's telecast (not the website headline writer) and the LPGA Tour insisted, many fought back saying it was not a career Grand Slam because, even as former winner of the Evian Championship when it was just a great tournament and not a major, Park has not won the modern LPGA Grand Slam of five added by Commissioner Mike Whan designated it so. Folks then were not exactly unaware of this situation arising.

But don't let that cloud her 12-under-par 276 win at Turnberry edging Jin-Young Ko by three. Still the LPGA felt the need to issue this clarification on their stance:

The LPGA endeavors to maintain fair comparisons - as they relate to major championships and grand slams – from generation to generation. Despite the dictionary definition of grand slam, when translated to golf it has been widely understood that accomplishing the grand slam has been to win all four major championships.
The term grand slam was translated to golf 20 years before the LPGA was founded and the LPGA has not always had four majors. We began our major history with three. In some years we competed for two, in some years three, in some years four and now five.
The LPGA did not add a fifth major championship to change history, alter discussion or make the accomplishment of a “grand slam” more difficult. We added a fifth major to create an incremental opportunity for the women’s game.
For players (active or retired) who have won four different majors available in their careers, the LPGA has and will continue to acknowledge them as having accomplished a Career Grand Slam.
And for players (active or retired) who have won five different majors available in their careers, the LPGA has and will continue to acknowledge them as having accomplished a Super Career Grand Slam.
Likewise for players who win four consecutive majors in a single season, the LPGA will acknowledge them as having accomplished a Grand Slam.
And for players who win five majors in a single season, the LPGA will acknowledge them as having accomplished a Super Grand Slam.

Grand Slam, Super Grand Slam? Messy when you have five majors.

What say you?

Has Inbee Park won a career Grand Slam? free polls


Power Of Golf As Seen At The Special Olympics World Games

Earth shattering, this revelation is not: the athletes of the Special Olympics World Games are courageous, inspirational and full of joy.

What may have been most eye-opening in watching the final day of World Games play at L.A.'s Griffith Park: how well-suited golf is for people of all nationalities, genders, ages and abilities. For all we hear about how exclusionary and difficult golf is for a mass audience, a close viewing of these special needs competitors contradicts that view and more.

A few random observations followed by some images and excellent ESPN content from the Games.

--Etiquette, rules. We often hear how the many peculiar written and unspoken rules in golf can be such a turn off to new players and a new generation. Yet watching these mostly young athletes carefully observe all the basics and even the less-appreciated intricacies of etiquette, nor question when they are reminded by their caddie to behave a certain way, their actions reinforce that (A) we approach this weird game the way we do for mostly good reasons and (B) golf should not throw out our traditions to appeal to the moment without really good reason.

--The power of professional golf. From pre-shot routines, to body language, to things as simple as dress, watching these athletes reinforced just how much they are influenced by what they see on television. And in largely a good way. While we get caught up with today's slow play or bad architecture or the occasional whiny pro, for the most part, the golf presented to the world has had a positive impact on these players and other young golfers (minus the corporate logos everywhere). This was most evident when rounds were complete and players of all ages, abilities, nationality and experience engaged in 18th green handshakes and hugs.

--The beauty in golf's pace. We rightly lament the length of rounds and the potential harm slow play has on the sport. Yet many of these athletes, who grapple with issues related to attention span, were focused on their rounds and only because of the heat and humidity, appeared at select times to have their attention waiver. The deliberate nature of a golf round--9 or 18 holes spread out over several hours over several hundred acres--did not discourage these athletes.  Nor did anyone appear to lose patience with a few backups caused by some unfortunate placing of lower level competitions amidst the higher caliber competition.

Below is some reading worth your time, including this Steve Craig Press Herald story on Maine's Scott Allen, whose precision pre-shot routine allows him to compete despite needing the assistance of a brace crutch. Allen took the gold in his division and posted a career best 47 in his final round play.

ESPN Sport Science looked at Allen's methodology, which doesn't translate as well to photos but is oh so impressive to watch in person.

This ESPN story on India's Ankush Saha, who has overcome brain damage to be a two-sport athlete, is also worth watching.

And a final word about level 5 winner Scott Rohrer of York, South Carolina, who posted a 12-under-par 276: he's scary long off the tee, amazingly focused on the task at hand despite any number of chances to get distracted by the back nine pace of play each day, and is a 4.7 index I wouldn't want to face.

You saw his fundamentally perfect action in the images below (and immediately below in the Team USA Stars and Stripes shorts):


WSJ: "It Only Took 600 Years for Golf to Return to the Masses"

John Paul Newport used the Open Championship green speed delay to check out the updated British Golf Museum and found a nice tie to today's interest in shorter rounds: "short golf" from 600 years ago.

He writes:

Short golf, which started in the 1400s, was usually played on Sundays and festival days when rural folk converged on the towns. The precise rules are unknown and were probably fluid. Evidence compiled by David Hamilton in “Golf: Scotland’s Game” suggests that participants used only one club, that alcohol and high spirits were often part of the deal and that the game could be dangerous. In 1632, a spectator in Kelso was killed by an errant ball.

Which brought him to Topgolf, naturally...

Topgolf, the chain of driving ranges with concentric-ring targets and automatic electronic scoring, as in bowling alleys, may be the closest modern counterpart to 15th century short golf. It doesn’t require much space, like street and churchyard golf back then, and alcohol is usually part of the deal. I recently spent a very enjoyable two hours at a Topgolf facility near O’Hare International Airport in Chicago. I basically just practiced. The targets used in Topgolf focus one’s attention far better than at normal ranges and the scoring creates a sense of pressure as you try to beat your best score. But as a singleton just practicing, I was in the minority. (I also might have been the only customer over 40.) Topgolf is date-night golf, where “one more round” typically means more drinks, not another batch of balls. When I left there was an hour-long line out the door.


Tiger is Totally, Completely, Unequivocally & Utterly In Contention!

Looking lost even with an army of life and swing consultants never out of his sight, it's been hard to imagine Tiger turning things around, especially after suggesting at The Open he just needed to get on the Trackman to sort some out. But as Steve DiMeglio notes and anyone who has trailed the game long enough realizes, there is no explaining much of anything about golf, especially as it relates to great players finding their games.

Lipping out putts four times on the the front, Tiger still posted a 66 at the Quicken Loans National to trail Ryo Ishikawa through 36 holes.

And earlier this week at the Quicken Loans National, the tournament host said he was close to putting everything together and making the red shirt again mean something on Sunday, that a lucky bounce here or a good break there could be the spark he needs to do a 180 on his dreadful year.

In each instance, eyebrows raised and eyes widened by those within earshot. He became a punchline with his reference to glutes. He was labeled delusional for saying he was in contention at the Masters. He was thought by some to be holding on to a last grasp of hope when referencing his numbers and spin rates. And he was thought to be out of his mind this week when he said he was close to being a contender again.

Jason Sobel at says don't get too excited just yet.

Let's not misunderstand this point: Just because Woods opened with rounds of 68-66 at his own Quicken Loans National, that doesn't mean all criticism has been proved to be invalid, nor does it mean that he can stick out his tongue and say "I told you so."

What these rounds have proved, though, is that he's been right all along while preaching about "the process" and insisting that he was never going to undergo monumental immediate improvements.

He birdied three of his last four. The PGA Tour highlights:


Video: Fun Aces By Fowler, Ishikawa At The Quicken Loans

And with these aces, loans paid for a year by two more people.

Both are fun because we get to see the ball rolling on the ground. In Rickie Fowler's case, it was at the 200-yard 9th hole and a "walk off" where he was also nearly leveled by two cameraman. Easy there guys!

Ryo Ishikawa's ace at the 178-yard 4th is one of the slowed developing you'll ever see...


The Culprit Behind The PGA Tour's Crammed 2015-16 Schedule?

The Olympics will get the blame but this was so avoidable (and will be in 2020).

You can study the 2015-16 schedule in all its glory and, if you find it a bit clogged come July, just blame the PGA Of America regime of a few years ago for locking on Baltusrol as its 2016 PGA site before we know if golf would be played in the Rio Olympic Games. Not that they knew was coming. (Baltusrol is close to New York City, where the PGA of America was founded 100 years ago next year.)

In the PGA's defense, they selected Baltusrol in August 2008.

Golf got into the Olympics in August, 2009.

Rio was selected as the 2016 host city in October, 2009.

Because of Baltusrol's limited golf season and the skewed importance of the NFL, the 2016 PGA can only be played select weeks. This gives us a frantic run that will have ramifications for majors, some PGA Tour events and certainly some of the better European Tour stops played around this time. If ever there were a year to put the WGC Bridgestone on hiatus...

As Rex Hoggard notes for, the John Deere seems to be one taking a hit for the team, but in reality their field will be about the same as normal. Just light on Spieth's and some international players.

"We feel like we’ve had challenging dates over the 45-year history of our event, but the community has always supported it and we stand proud behind our product,” said tournament director Clair Peterson.

The Olympic field will include 60 players but will likely be top-heavy with star players. Current projections indicate that nearly half of the field will be made up of players ranked outside the top 100 in the World Golf Ranking.

“With only four of our American players playing and, to be honest, I don’t know how many Tour players will be in the [Olympic] field, I don’t know how much that will deter a field," Bohn said. "That would be the ultimate concern if I was the tournament director, but I don’t think it will diminish anything.”

The U.S. Women's Amateur also announced a new date due to the Olympics and will be played the first week of August.

Of course, much of this could have been avoided had the PGA not been locked into Baltusrol. It was a harmless, well intentioned move at the time, but by committing to a major venue so far in advance, tied the hands of those trying to make golf's re-entry into the Games a better experience.


Will The Women's Open Get Trumped?

That's the question The Guardian's Ewan Murray contemplates as The Donald prepares to arrive at Trump Turnberry Thursday for a press chat and other appearances. (Ron Sirak of reports that the questions will be limited to golf for the 1:30 pm Turnberry-time gathering, and has the "T&C" document explaining the restrictions to prove it.)

Murray "says the competitors deserve better" should Trump overshadow the golf, and he also assesses where the world of golf sits after a few weeks have passed since the developer's controversial remarks.

Disappointingly the European Tour, which hopes to host the Scottish Open at Trump’s course on the outskirts of Aberdeen, has been silent. So, too, the Scottish Government which ploughs £1.4m a year into that event.

The R&A would also happily have dodged the issue until it was put to it immediately before the Open Championship. Turnberry remains part of the Open rota and could host the tournament in 2020. When asked if the R&A’s position had been compromised by Trump’s comments, its chief executive, Peter Dawson, said: “Well, it’s had a lot of publicity, hasn’t it? We don’t have any decisions to make about Turnberry for quite some time and I think we’ll just let a bit of time pass and future championship committees will deal with them at the time.”

In other words: “We hope this issue vanishes.” Equally disappointing was that it shouldn’t have even been the outgoing Dawson’s question to answer. The chairman of that championship committee, Peter Unsworth, sat on his hands alongside him.


Photos: Special Olympics World Games Golf, Los Angeles 2015

USA's Scott Rohrer posted an astounding 9 birdies in his second round 69, leaving him atop the Level 5 competitors with two rounds to go. But as you can imagine, the Special Olympics World Games 2015 aren't about who wins, but who gets to show off their incredible talent and heart.

The competitors are broken up in to divisions, with the elite players contesting 72-holes of stroke play while the newer contestants partake in a multi-station skills challenge.  All were taking their competition seriously and performing with great spirit, passion and sportsmanship. It's as inspirational as you'd expect watching these athletes and their volunteer coaches/caddies.

A few photos from LA's historic Griffith Park:


"Income for St Andrews Links Trust tops £20 million for first time"

More money for the next Castle Course renovation!

And according to The Courier's Andrew Argo, this is before the windfall from The Open (though the Old Course was closed for a month prior).

St Andrews Links Trust meets the charity test of providing public benefit through the advancement of public participation in sport.

It does this through “the provision of recreational facilities, or the organisation of recreational activities, with the object of improving the conditions of life for the persons for whom the facilities or activities are primarily intended”.

Local residents and members of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club enjoy privileges in the form of lower annual links fees. This year St Andrews residents can play on all courses for just £200.

Spending increased by 5.5% to £19.16m, with the largest component being payroll costs, which were up 12.3% to £9m. Maintaining the golf links and its associated activities needs a workforce of almost 300.