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Sunday
Oct292017

Old Guys Backstop Too! Will Henrik Do This In A Ryder Cup Match?

There is a much undermining interest in Shanghai's WGC event. The limited field, slow play, mediocre architecture and even $43,000 in purse pay for guys who get DQ'd. The cherry on the Sunday sundae came with some veteran backstopping, that confirmed this PGA Tour "product" was more exhibition than a serious event.

And while I don't want to pick on Stenson for slow play given the overall pace of the rounds, he did take a robust minute and 48 seconds in the ninth fairway Sunday. This happened after waiting on the group in front of himself, Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson.  (The fast-playing DJ leaned hard on his club the entire time).

The pacing was interesting given Stenson's views earlier in the week suggesting the Shot Clock Masters won't have much impact due to pro golfers playing ready golf.

But it was Stenson's generous move to leave a wedge shot by the hole as a backstop, even though both Johnson and Koepka faced plugged bunker lies (and boy do they sure play fast when given a backstop!).

Even though the two players were two strokes ahead of Stenson on the leaderboard, Stenson did not feel obliged to protect the field or his own welfare, prompting a fun set of comments from Golf Channel's Phil Blackmar about how the game has changed. The backstopping:

 

 

Thought: there is a better than decent chance Johnson and Koepka could play Stenson and eventual HSBC Champions winner Justin Rose in next year's Ryder Cup. I wonder if Stenson would leave his ball down as a backstop then? If so, then the game really has changed!

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Glad you were able to find the footage. There were a few other instances as well during this event, my member said.
10.30.2017 | Unregistered CommenterErik J. Barzeski
TV Coverage was pretty horrible. Literally only covered 2 groups per day. LPGA esque in that regard.
10.30.2017 | Unregistered CommenterBrianS
The slack attitude reminds me of the NBA All-Star game and lack of defensive effort. At least the NBA has identified the problem and is addressing it. There is no problem according to PGA Tour leadership so nothing to address. And the answer to RC question is obvious, I hope.
10.30.2017 | Unregistered Commenterol Harv
Henrik Stenson an "old guy"??? Wow I guess I'm officially old now.
10.30.2017 | Unregistered CommenterJupiter
The give away that these guys know they are doing something dodgy is how super fast they play their shots in these situations. They put the other guy in a bad spot where he almost has to say 'stop' while he goes and marks which can come across as bad form to some I guess.
10.30.2017 | Unregistered CommenterGriffin

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