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Wednesday
Jul032013

Tom Watson Names Best Buddy Andy North To 2014 Ryder Cup Lead Cart Driving Post

From Reuters, the utterly spell-binding but great news that this would seem to mean we won't have to endure Andy North during ESPN's day one coverage of the 2014 Ryder Cup, as Captain Tom Watson names North to a lead cart driving post.

Talk about a headline grabber. Egypt, schmegypt!

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Wow. The US team room -- usually a road to bankruptcy for beer suppliers -- will be partying like it's 1989.
07.4.2013 | Unregistered CommenterGhillie
I mean North's a nice guy and all, and is Watson's BFF, but having him involved in the Ryder Cup because he "knows how to close the deal?" Huh? He participated in ONE Ryder Cup and was 0-3. I know, I know, he won 2 U.S. Opens. So he "closed" those two majors and an additional ONE time for a total of 3 wins. I mean, come on Captain Watson. If North really helps to bring the Cup back, then so be it. I mean if we had to have Santa Claus, The Easter Bunny, and the Tooth Fairy to make it work then so be it. But don't see Mr. North's inclusion will have significant influence. I am hoping my opinion is wrong. If Watson were truly going for "experience on closing the deal', perhaps adding Lanny and Azinger as 'cart drivers' would have been more significant. Wouldn't that be something!? 3 former Cup captains working on bringing the Cup back. Now there is some motivation. Otherwise............. ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ...
North/South will inspire the US team with his eloquent, inspirational speeches!!
07.4.2013 | Unregistered CommenterMedia maven
But Pro, the "other" win was the old Westchester Classic. Initially I agreed with you when I first heard it, but you know what, I was watching GC last night and none other than Olin Browne was an assistant on our successful team at Valhalla--so go figure. Can you imagine the conversation Hogan and Marr are having in heaven: "Assistant Captain, what the hell do you need an assistant captain for? What the hell happened to the Ryder Cup we knew?"

Breaking news, Corey Pavin's wife was hired by the PGA and Watson as a media consultant.
07.4.2013 | Unregistered Commenterol Harv
Seeing this post on the Ryder Cup made me think of Larry Nelson. Is it even possible anymore to do what Larry did - take the game up at age 21 or so, and then be able to compete and win on the PGA Tour? Much less three majors?


Happy 4th of July to all in Shackland who care about it and a special thanks to the vets (like Larry Nelson). Nothing political here - just a thank you.
07.4.2013 | Unregistered CommenterRickABQ
I hope Larry Nelson enjoys the Fourth of July knowing that most serious fans think he deserved the captaincy more than others...
07.4.2013 | Unregistered Commenter3foot1
@ Harv You are correct. Hogan didn't have an "assistant". Great story AP shared w / us during a business trip about bumping heads with WBH at Champions when Hogan was Captain in '67. Arnold was running a little 'late' and had buzzed the golf course a couple of times. At the team meeting that afternoon, Hogan was addressing the players on what he expected, and what they should expect. He asked if there were any question and AP said, (sic) "yeah, are we playing the small ball or the big ball?" Hogan replied in an icy tone, "Who said you were playing?" There was already tension between them from the 1958 incident following a practice round at Augusta. The '67 Ryder Cup incident didn't help the relationship at all. Who started that deal about having an assistant Captain anyway? Can anyone tell us when "assistants" were started / needed?

Harv, My point was if he (Watson) was going to need an assistant or two for the Ryder Cup, I would think someone with some real experience that really knew "how to close the deal" would be on my short list. BTW, AP might have been the last "playing captain".
RickABQ called it...Happy BD, America!....I have my flag up on the pole and the breeze has Old Glory blowing beautifully!

Everyone be thankful for what we have, and strive to participate to make it better. America needs caring citizens, even golfers!
07.4.2013 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
Back at ya Digs! Yepper, Glad and thankful to be an American in this great country. To quote the late and great Mr. Grizzard: "I was born an American by heritage and a Southerner by the grace of God".. God bless all you guys and gals! And Happy Birthday USA!
Back at digger and Pro, pleased to be a citizen of the greatest country in the world! Broke out my Tabasco USA Flag/NYC Skyline shirt today for a wonderful round on the Red course, got lots of compliments on it ;0) (originally worn by Hoch in rnd 4 of 2002 US Open)

Happy 4th everybody!
07.4.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
Nice shirt for the occasion. ''A MAN OF TASTE'', that's our Del.

''he once parallel parked a train''
07.4.2013 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
Hey Harv,, another thought, you and I could have successful "assistants' at Valhalla with Azinger at the controls. Ha, Ha! Olin and Azinger are both wound tighter than piano wire.
I hosted a Fourth of July party. The theme was "Our Vanishing Freedoms." God Bless Tom Watson, Andy North and all humanity.
07.4.2013 | Unregistered CommenterChema
chema,,,, the NSA is onto you (and all of us too)
07.4.2013 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
When in the Course of human events...We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness...And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

Jefferson would have been a Golfer.

Trust everyone had a fine Independence Day!
07.4.2013 | Unregistered CommenterKLG
DL3's assistants = Freddie, Hulby, Sluman, Verplank = 2 majors.

Andy North = 2 majors.

It is all about the majors, right? Nothing else matters? Tiger ain't back until he wins one?

Go Andy!
07.4.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
@ DTF Are Andy' 2 majors enough to get him in the HOF? Don't think Hulbert, Sluman, nor Verplank (1 U.S. Am, so I guess you are counting Professional 'Majors" only) have shot. Did DL3 Make select his assistant's on friendship or experience they brought to the team? . More importantly di the Captain and his assistants bring home a win?
Be careful what you wish for. Chris Berman at the Ryder Cup could soon become a reality.
07.5.2013 | Unregistered CommenterJR
DTF, Now I see why you were so sensitive in the past when other posters put down your boy Hoch. Your very own shirt from one of the most-liked guys on Tour. DTF, You are.......The World's Most Interesting Man.
07.5.2013 | Unregistered CommenterAli-gator
Ali, several years ago I bought three of them on closeout at at Sym's, home of the Educated Consumer ;) Mom & Dad love wearing theirs on the 4th...

"sensitive"....me? What do you mean by that? Are you criticizing me?
07.5.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
@Pro, what was that incident at Augusta in '58?
07.6.2013 | Unregistered CommenterHawkeye
@Hawkeye: That might have been when Hogan was overheard by Arnold dissing The King (to be, by that Sunday afternoon) by commenting to one of his contemporaries (I'm guessing Claude Harmon) that he didn't understand why Palmer belonged in the Masters.
07.6.2013 | Unregistered CommenterKLG
AP had driven all night from Wilmington, NC following a tournament / appearance or something, to get to Augusta and play a practice round with Hogan, arranged by Dow Finsterwald. Arnold admitted he "must have shot 84 or 85" playing with Hogan. He was tired and his legs simply were worn out from the drive. Upon finishing the round, they went into the clubhouse where Hogan went to another table and Arnold overheard him say, "How did this Palmer fella get in the tournament?" Hogan always referred to a lot of young guys as "fella". AP felt he was being disrespectful and that was the beginning of the end. BTW, we all know who ended up winning the '58 Masters. AP has said, "Hogan was a great player, but he was not a nice man". I asked him one time if Hogan "really hit it as good as they say". We were having dinner and he stopped eating and started trying to answer and mumbled a couple of partial sentences and finally looked at me, almost frustrated (knowing I was a Hogan fan and had been around him a bit), smiled and simply said, "Better." The hair on my arms stood up.
Good stuff Pro!
07.7.2013 | Unregistered Commenterol Harv

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