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Cink: We'll Fall On Our Swords If We Defy Governing Bodies

Former PGA Tour Policy Board member and the typically very thoughtful Stewart Cink, talking to Global Golf Post this week:

"I think we've already kind of stepped across the link to where if the Tour steps up and says we don't believe they should be anchored then it's going to look like we need it. I think we need to go ahead and ban it now. My gut feeling is they don't have enough to warrant a ban but it's been so widely talked about I feel like it puts us in a bad light if we come up and say we're not going to ban it. I think they put the ball in our court for us to sort of fall on our swords."

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The only decision the pga tour has to make is when and not if to ban it.
He makes a good point there.And C and C is spot on.
02.18.2013 | Unregistered CommenterChico
why dont you ban the oversize drivers and everything else that came after the hickery sticks.
over the years clubs have progressed to accomadate the present player.
lets cut the bullshit and try to get more people to play.
02.18.2013 | Unregistered Commentersidvicius
Li'l uncle timmy swift boat maneuvered the new groove rule for the pga tour, any great captain would make the same call here. Speakin' of lil timmy, is he hitting the deer antler spray himself? It's sure been quiet down there at his swamp.
02.18.2013 | Unregistered CommenterBuild a Grip
So is Cink drawing a line in the waste area, so to speak?
02.18.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDigsouth
So yes it is me digsouth, with a cap ''D'', due to posting problems beyond the capabilities of every ''0'' and ''1'' between Caliofrnia and Texas. So Cap D until further notice.


02.18.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDigsouth
Does it matter, LA? Is he actually using the term correctly? It basically means to commit suicide. Not what I get from his remark. Thoughtful he may be. Entirely literate...well, maybe by PGA Tour standards, but...after all, he mixes a metaphor pretty substantially in his last sentence.
02.18.2013 | Unregistered CommenterGhillie
Ghillie, what's you opinion on the following:

I also applaud the decision to carry the final round live. What I found troubling was the GC's attempt to artifically involve itself in the Lydia Ko story. By that I mean, the use of Rich Lerner as a commentator without disclosing that he was thousands of miles away in Orlando. This was sneaky. Unethical. It's the broadcast equivalent of someone improving their lie. Newspapers don't allow fake datelines, nor should broadcasters. He used phrases like `we're back'; `the weather is'; and called several consecutive shots. Actually, it was a laughable performance. His absence from the scene was obvious. And no more so when he blew a critical call on the 14th hole. He gave the advantage to Ko, when in fact she was on the green in three, not two. I'm uncomfortable with this practice.The guy who calls the Super Bowl is in the stadium, he's not across the country watching a live feed. And it's also insulting to Jane Crafter and her colleagues at the Aussie network. Their work was thorough and professional. We don't need a guy faking his presence to make the tournament any more enjoyable.
02.18.2013 | Unregistered CommenterLiberty Apples
"Ghillie, what's you opinion on the following"

@Liberty Apples...I hope Ghillie is taking a break...let me answer first...I have long been annoyed by this sneaky tactic used by the Golf Channel...they have been doing this for some time on the Euro Tour telecasts, using Steve Bartkowsky (sp?) with subtle cut-ins calling the golf in Europe, the Middle East and other foreign soil AS IF HE WAS THERE, ONSITE, BROADCASTING LIVE. Any half-sane, functioning human being/golf viewer knows the truth: HE IS IN A CUBICLE IN ORLANDO SIPPING ICED TEA. This insulting, insidious and a disgrace to the viewer. Do they think we are all morons? Or better, they obviously think MOST OF THEIR AUDIENCE IS MORONS. To many that post here, this probably sounds like a much-ado-about-nothing rant by a half-crazed, unstable poster. To me, it is LYING TO THE VIEWER. It's phony it is cheap and it represents everything that is WRONG with bad televison. It sums up why these people bug me. Treat the viewer with respect, not like a bunch of idiots. End of rant...back to my Neil Young album (vinyl).
02.18.2013 | Unregistered CommenterBobby D
Not done yet...For Lerner to sit there in Orlando and tell us "we are watching golf history live with Lydia Ko" when he is THOUSANDS OF MILES from the action in Australia is both laughable and disgusting.
02.18.2013 | Unregistered CommenterBobby D
LA: I do think the English language is important. It's my living, as well as a personal passion. But my point was that Geoff's careless headline is little worse than Cink's horrendous mixed metaphor and inapposite use of a well-known expression.

As for both of you exercised by this broadcasting fakery: it's not only fraudulent, it is unutterably cheesy. Which I begin to think is part of the qualification to be broadcast on TGC. (And, to quote Bobby D, "MOST OF THEIR AQUDIENCE IS MORONS" -- which is, presumably, how thye get away with it.
02.18.2013 | Unregistered CommenterGhillie
Stewart Cink: Grand Poobah of Mixed Metaphors.
02.18.2013 | Unregistered Commentermunirat
The other point being that the overseas commentators, particularly on the ET, are light years superior to anyone directly employed by the GC.

Maybe the Orlando guy's job is to "smooth" in the commercials and the promos, which are at least 3 x the number broadcast by Skye in Europe ... although there did appear to be plenty of breaks in the Aussie production.

I never heard him once mention the pace of play; a pair of tortoises would have strolled round the course twice in the time the final group took (and it was all Shin's fault - Ko actually walks up to the ball and hits it.)
02.18.2013 | Unregistered Commenterfourputter
''To many that post here, this probably sounds like a much-ado-about-nothing rant by a half-crazed, unstable poster.''

No, we think it sounds like something ado about something by a half-crazed, unstable poster, Bobby.

You have a valid point: this isn't the radio and baseball in the old days, where one man was listening on the phone, and then doing his best foley work, with crowd noises, bat sounds and the like. There is no reason for Lerner to not be up front, and yes it is insulting to Crafter et al.
02.18.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDigsouth
Thanks to all for support on Golf Channel's mischief. Insulting. Fake. Sneaky.
02.18.2013 | Unregistered CommenterLiberty Apples
I don't get it, many dont want to go against the usga but many want to ban the belly putter now. Isn't that going against the usga? Make some thing that is legal illegal? What is the difference if they allowed something that is illegal?
02.18.2013 | Unregistered CommenterMark

The Aus Ladies Open was on a commercial free network in Australia. Breaks were fairly minimal and were generally looking at the city of Canberra celebrating 100 years. Plus they had interviews with Katherine Hull, Sue Oh, Stacey Lewis and a few others.

But the pace of play was glacial. Shin & Ko were a hole and a half behind at one point. Shin was seen jogging after her tee shot at one point. So I assume they were on the clock.

02.18.2013 | Unregistered Commentercold topped

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