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  • Playing Through: Modern Golf's Most Iconic Players and Moments
    Playing Through: Modern Golf's Most Iconic Players and Moments
    by Jim Moriarty
  • Tommy's Honor: The Story of Old Tom Morris and Young Tom Morris, Golf's Founding Father and Son
    Tommy's Honor: The Story of Old Tom Morris and Young Tom Morris, Golf's Founding Father and Son
    by Kevin Cook
  • His Ownself: A Semi-Memoir (Anchor Sports)
    His Ownself: A Semi-Memoir (Anchor Sports)
    by Dan Jenkins
  • The Captain Myth: The Ryder Cup and Sport's Great Leadership Delusion
    The Captain Myth: The Ryder Cup and Sport's Great Leadership Delusion
    by Richard Gillis
  • The Ryder Cup: Golf's Grandest Event โ€“ A Complete History
    The Ryder Cup: Golf's Grandest Event โ€“ A Complete History
    by Martin Davis
  • A Life Well Played: My Stories
    A Life Well Played: My Stories
    by Arnold Palmer
  • Harvey Penick: The Life and Wisdom of the Man Who Wrote the Book on Golf
    Harvey Penick: The Life and Wisdom of the Man Who Wrote the Book on Golf
    by Kevin Robbins
  • Teeing Off: Players, Techniques, Characters, and Reflections from a Lifetime Inside the Game
    Teeing Off: Players, Techniques, Characters, and Reflections from a Lifetime Inside the Game
    by Ken Bowden

As I go back over the years of my golf there are many faces which come before me, and they are not alone of those with whom I have constructed courses, for to learn golf architecture one must know golf itself, its companionships, its joys, its sorrows, its battles--one must play golf and love it.
GEORGE THOMAS

 

  

Tuesday
Oct132009

"It's really been off the charts"

That's Tim Finchem reviewing Harding Park's performance at the Presidents Cup. That's about as effusive as he gets in the praise department.

Ron Kroichick has the quote and details on the course's future (two Schwab Cups!), which he reminds us includes a BMW Championship in 2013 or 2014. Gosh I forgot how well that's going to go over in Chicago.

Monday
Oct122009

Pavin's Rules Of Ryder Cup Order

Douglas Lowe reports on the one-year-out Captain's 2010 Ryder Cup preview and says Corey Pavin will not stand for cheering missed putts.

Pavin indirectly criticised Paul Azinger, his predecessor, who urged spectators to cheer when the Europeans missed. “Cheering for missed putts or missed shots is inappropriate and I think true golf fans understand that,” Pavin said.

Montgomerie reminded everyone that the Americans will be guests here. “If there’s anything that goes around I will be the first person to stamp that out,” he said.

Is he talking about a virus or noisy fans?

Now, this Guardian story includes a bit more of Captain Pavin's remarks and he seems to be laying some ground rules for just when it's okay to applaud a missed putt. A proper pause Celts, got that?

"I think it's OK to applaud after a proper pause, whatever that might be. It's fine to have some applause to show your team's just won a hole but you can't be disrespectful to the US players, and vice-versa."

Pavin, the US Open champion in 1995, cut a quiet, understated figure in today's match and that is a style crowds will get used to next year.

"I think I'm not going to be running around all over the place and patting players on the butt," Pavin said after the light-hearted match pitting him and the Welsh opera singer Bryn Terfel against rival captain Colin Montgomerie and the radio presenter Chris Evans had finished all square.

I think I'm getting a better idea why there haven't been any Pavin-Azinger phone calls.

Monday
Oct122009

"Good thing they only hold the P-Cup every two years, because it's obviously a tremendous strain on the public-relations brain trust in Ponte Vedra."

In his Up and Down column, Steve Elling tries to figure out the Michael Jordan/Presidents Cup mini-drama:

The PGA Tour's handling of Michael Jordan's presence didn't get much play, but it was ham-handed, myopic and indicative of the blunders the tour has made with regard to publicity over the years. Argue if you want about whether Jordan should have been there as a "volunteer assistant," an invitee of Fred Couples, in the first place, but it's awfully hard to hide a 6-foot-6 Hall of Famer on a golf course once he shows up. The tour tried. Jordan told one print outlet that he had been asked by the tour not to conduct interviews. Yet the tour used Jordan's comments in an "exclusive" interview in Q & A posted on its website Monday. Nice double standard. The tour apparently didn't want Jordan to become a distraction and also barred him from participating in the opening ceremonies, causing complaints from players and caddies, who scribbled his old number, 23, on their hats. He represented the definition of a distraction, of course, and making him off-limits made it even more of a circus. Still, Jordan's presence gave the tour a rare chance to reach across golf's limited boundary ropes to snare a casual sports fan. The tour butchered the opportunity, then hosed the print media who spent the money to cover the event by making Jordan unavailable. Then they allowed him to participate in the closing ceremonies, where he sat on stage with the team. Good thing they only hold the P-Cup every two years, because it's obviously a tremendous strain on the public-relations brain trust in Ponte Vedra.
 

Monday
Oct122009

"The USGA is trying to figure out how to connect with Obama"

That's according to Michael Bamberger who certainly has been putting in the time listening to USGA Exec Committee types and reporting in this week's SI roundtable.

The subject was Obama and golf:

Bamberger: The USGA is trying to figure out how to connect with Obama, and if they could what a home run that could be.

Wouldn't you love to be in on those meeting discussions with Executive Director David Fay?

XC Member: David, since you're the only known Democrat associated with the USGA post Hannigan--well at least until we started paying you $700,000 a year--do you have any contacts in the upper reaches of the Democratic party? We are seeing Obama in a spot for the First Tee or maybe even an "I swing like a girl" piece. What do you think?

Fay: I think he's a little busy.

XC Member: Well, could you try please?

Monday
Oct122009

"Why are so many writers/journalists trying to be funny on Twitter?"

Maybe he's a bit down after his Red Sox were thoroughly and utterly humiliated by the Angels, but isn't it wonderful to see Peter Kostis now adding writers/journalists to the list of people Mr. Positive has nothing nice to say about? I'm guessing this was directed at someone from the Ferguson, DiMeglio, Elling, Van Sickle, Jenkins, Sirak, Huggan and Hack pool since they are the primary "writers/journalists" Tweeting away:

McMord? Is that the guy who used to care enough to write one-liners before a telecast and now mails it in except when he's hawking Taylor Made gear?

Looks to me like PK should stick to his profound teaching insights. I have this one clipped and stuffed in my wallet for those times I need a swing thought:

So far I've only been able to relax one jaw, but I know the second one is going to come around.

Monday
Oct122009

"If the tournament stinks, they may not get a chance to fix it."

Interesting debate between the SI guys on the Olympic format. For those of us who want to see golf in the Olympics succeed, it's Jim Gorant's point that really hits home about the importance of rethinking the current format.

Herre: I think all the criticism about the format is silly, can't-see-the-forest-for-the-trees kind of stuff. It will be fun for us to watch the development of Olympic golf.

Van Sickle: I don't think the criticism is silly at all. It's totally valid. Might as well just cut the field to 25, since that's already effectively done by bringing in players ranked outside the top 300 in the world. If this is supposed to be a world-class event, it should have a world-class field. But it won't, and it won't even come close. There's still plenty of time to address this and correct it.

Herre: If the format doesn't work, it will be changed. The bottom line is that there would be no Olympic golf without the blessing of Tiger Woods and possibly Phil Mickelson, and this is the format they want to play. We go forward from there.

Gorant: Agree with the realpolitik involved, but they do have to guard against a clunker of a competition, either because it's boring or a farce. Golf was only approved for 2016 and 2020, and even 2020 is subject to review in 2017. If the tournament stinks, they may not get a chance to fix it.

Monday
Oct122009

Anthony Kim Working On New Instruction Piece: How You Can Win A Presidents Cup Match 5&3 Staying Out Until 4 A.M.

I just hope there's a nice pictorial spread of this, from a "Golfweek staff" report about Kim's week in San Francisco, capped off by a drumming of Robert Allenby (who clearly was too chummy with Kim's teammates):

Maybe we should all take the theory of Anthony Kim,” Allenby said. “Get home at 4 o’clock (in the morning) and then go shoot 6 under.”

Asked if his comments were on the record, Allenby said, “I don’t care. Ask his playing partners. Ask his team. He is the loosest cannon in that team.”

Allenby went on to call the 24-year-old Kim golf’s “current John Daly.”

And who said there's no hostility between the Presidents Cup teams?

Said Kim, “He said that today? Wow. That’s pretty surprising. . . . I hope that was a joke.”

Told it was not, Kim added, “I’m actually pretty surprised that he said that. I was in tip-top shape coming into today. When you get sat out in a match (as Kim did Saturday morning in foursomes), you’re out there to prove a point.”

Kim also called untrue a report that he’d been asked to leave a U.S. team function earlier in the week, saying he had left the team room and returned to his own room because he was sweating and did not feel well. But a U.S. player who asked not to be identified told Golfweek that U.S. captain Fred Couples  told Kim in the team room one evening to either be more presentable or go back to his room.

What did he do, show up naked? Was he cross-dressing? Wearing t-shirt that read, "I voted for Barack Obama?" What?

Team members also said Couples at one point sent two members to Kim’s room to ask him to come join the others in the team room.

Just when I thought I was out... they pull me back in.

“Somebody went up to the room and got him, and he came down and had a blast,” Couples said. “He’s so much younger (24) than everybody else. He certainly doesn’t want to hang around with Kenny Perry and me.

“I just told him, ‘You know, it’s just the team room. Come on and eat and go home.’ I don’t expect him to sit and talk to the wives. . . . He was good. It took a day. That’s all it took. We picked on him a little bit and then I decided with Michael (Jordan, an assistant captain). Michael said, ‘Just let him go, and he’ll come back to you.’ ”

Just your every day, run of the mill team event!

Monday
Oct122009

"I have no doubt that the LPGA has to streamline, but why do it now, before the new commissioner comes on?"

Reader Tombo raises a fair point about the LPGA with this comment posted today:

I received an e-mail from LPGA VP of Communications Connie Wilson last night. Her position has been eliminated, effective immediately, after 15 years.

I have no doubt that the LPGA has to streamline, but why do it now, before the new commissioner comes on? So he/she won't have to be the heavy?

It does seem odd not to let the new boss make some of these calls, particularly with a position like VP of Communications, unless it speaks to the severity of the LPGA's financial state.

Monday
Oct122009

"Divorce is like a golf swing โ€“ it always makes someone happy."

Thanks to reader Fo Shiz for Linda Marx's People story on Greg and Chrissy's announcement that they'll be spending less time with their families, and not for the details of how Greg continued to show what a great friend he is to Andy Mill, but instead for this quote from Mill:

"Now that Greg is out of the picture, we are all fine, and I am ecstatic. Debra and I are always there for the children, and Chrissy and I are friends." Mill spent three years anguishing over the betrayal by his wife and best friend. He added, "Divorce is like a golf swing – it always make someone happy." 

Sunday
Oct112009

Jordan Crashes Presidents Cup Team Picture!

Or at least it looks that way...

But seriously, about that drama, that strategy and all of the second guessing taking place today? I mean it's one thing to walk an All-Star to get a Hall of Famer but Terry Francona...oh, sorry, wrong Sunday drama.

I didn't watch much and I know a lot of you enjoyed watching the world's best tackle that insipid bunkering and drama-free design, so I'll just leave it to the SI guys to actually agree with the PGA Tour brass who were trying to keep Michael Jordan away from official Presidents Cup events:

Gorant: Michael Jordan as an assistant captain also made an impression. It was both cool and ridiculous, and you'd never see that at the Ryder Cup. That says everything about why the Presidents Cup is both better and worse.

Shipnuck: Barf. Jordan was a circus sideshow, nothing more.

Van Sickle: Couldn't agree more, Alan. Honestly, what's this guy really doing hanging around with pros? Get a day job.

Lipsey: He has a day job: counting money, smoking cigars, chillin' in Vegas and playing golf with Tiger and his pals.

Sunday
Oct112009

"He's been drinking it every morning since then"

Maybe this NY Daily News item explains why our 99 cent stores here in SoCal are loaded with aisles and aisles of Gatorade featuring Tiger's eyes, the word Focus, and all the high fructose corn syrup an athlete does not need:

Tiger Woods gets paid a rumored $100 million to drink Gatorade. But we hear he's been sneaking sips of Neuro1, the "focus drink" John McCain is said to have used during his debates with President Obama. Apparently, Tiger is getting better results. Former NFL star Bill Romanowski, who developed the stuff, tells us he sent the golf god a package during his slump after his father's death four years ago. "He's been drinking it every morning since then," says Romanowski. Romanowski says other customers include Alex Rodriguez, Owen Wilson, Charlize Theron and Adam Sandler. Woods' rep didn't respond to calls for comment.

Sunday
Oct112009

"We had to deal with that from a defensive standpoint from an image perspective."

I finally made my way through Tim Finchem's post-Olympics announcement presser at Harding Park with the assembled scribblers and was struck by this answer:

Q. And how could you characterize your investment, or perhaps the Federation's investment, even in terms of starting up drug testing and travel and all that; what kind of investment did you make in this?

TIM FINCHEM: You mean dollar-wise? I wouldn't call it huge. I think candidly, and frankly, getting into a unified anti-doping policy, the first priority really wasn't the Olympics; it certainly was helpful. We had to deal with that from a defensive standpoint from an image perspective.

Alright, so here's my question. How do we convey to the Commissioner that slow play, from an image perspective, requires a defensive position?

Saturday
Oct102009

Presidents Cup Day 3, How Was It?

I can say I didn't see a single shot, but I did happen to walk by a golf course starter who had it on and well, it was dark and we're in the same time zone so I can only conclude that pace of play was just sterling!

And is it true the NBC team referred to the Europeans on more than one occasion?

John Huggan compares the Presidents Cup with the Ryder Cup and finds the PGA Tour's event lacking.

OK, maybe a more low-key attitude towards the RC would be no bad thing in tabloid world, but, conversely, almost everyone has a hard time getting even a little worked up about the PC. Immediately after he and Adam Scott had closed out Hunter Mahan and Sean O'Hair by 2&1 on day one, Els seemingly couldn't be bothered to walk back and support his guys in the next match. Instead, the big South African teed off at the 18th and played quietly in by himself. Ho-hum.

Friday
Oct092009

Olympic Golf Clippings - "So, what are we really exporting?"

While the Golf Channel provided virtual house organ coverage, the scribblers who weighed in offer us some more thoughtful, nuanced and constructively skeptical thoughts on the Olympic golf confirmation vote.

Lawrence Donegan reports on the overwhelmingly positive response of players who pushed for the uninspired 72-hole stroke play format and got it, starting with Tiger Woods.

Marvin Collins writes that Padraig Harrington is predicting  the Olympic gold medal will become bigger than winning a major. Of course, Padraig thought Liberty National could host a major, too.

PGATour.com shows us who the Olympic field would be comprised of if it were held today and the list suggests that they need to revisit the qualification process. And as Bob Harig writes, the format still fails to energize most, leaving out a much needed team element and ultimately "would not be much different from a World Golf Championship event."

Harig is also not sure about how quickly this will transform the "growth" that was raved about today and explains why in interesting detail. And he touches on the issue of the date, which few have noted and which the Commissioner has at least acknowledged will be messy.

With the 2016 dates set at August 5-21, the PGA Championship will have to move (most likely to late August, right before U.S. Open tennis). The PGA is locked into Baltusrol that year to celebrate the PGA of America's centennial, which is a shame because it might have made for a fun, one-off spring return to a southeastern or southwestern venue that wouldn't normally be able to host a major. But we'll never know unless the PGA does something drastic.

Alistair Tait files this excellent wishful-thinking projection for the possible venues, one that will probably be laughed at in Ponte Vedra and St. Andrews:

Let’s hope the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro produces golf courses accessible to all.

I have two suggestions for Rio’s organizing committee and the IGF:
    •    If possible, give the work to a South American architect
    •    Make sure the course(s) leave a lasting legacy that many Brazilians can share in.

Imagine how U.S. architects would have felt if the Games had been staged in Chicago and the job of designing an Olympic golf venue had been handed to Johnny foreigner.

And finally, Steve Elling nails how many of us feel about the announcement in light of the state of golf in America and elsewhere. He wonders why we're entrusting some of the same folks and their ignorant concept for what draws people to golf, and allowing them to export the tired ideals that have undermined the sport's health here in America.

It won't mean diddly unless the multifaceted folks in golf, the economic Lords of the Wrings as it relates to squeezing every dollar out of as many pockets as possible no matter the long-term ramifications, take a long hard look at why they needed to look abroad for growth in the first place. This isn't intended to be a rant about greed and the greens. Consider it a reminder, a cautionary note, a how-not-to look at what needs to happen next.

There's nothing at all wrong with the idea of growing the game, or even the notion of making a profit, if it's handled properly. Unfortunately, those have often been mutually exclusive ideas in the States, where the game's fighting to keep its foothold as a recreational activity and, to a lesser degree, a big-league sports entity.

The game's American business model has been held together with airplane glue. You know, the stuff that makes you high if you huff it out of a paper bag, but eventually kills half your brain cells.

The sentiment among the game's power structure is that various governments around the world will channel developmental money into golf as they have other medal sports, establishing academies, building courses and buying golf balls by the boatload. All the things that haven't been happening much in the States these days.

For the past three years, more golf courses have closed in the U.S. than have opened. Participation and television viewership have flattened or fallen. Private clubs, caught short by a bad economy and increasing demands on the time of their members, are increasingly battling to retain them. The game takes too long to play, is hard to learn and costs a small fortune to play.

So let's take this show on the global road, shall we?

And the key question:

So, what are we really exporting? Bulldozing another 150 acres of Brazilian rainforest to build another golf course, erected primarily as a means of selling expensive view lots, doesn't sound like such a great idea, to be honest. This needs to be a reasonable, rational expansion of the game, for reasons well beyond the heightened TV rights fees the PGA and European tours hope to soon command in India, China or, hell, Antarctica.

Economically, pricy daily-fee courses and $500 drivers have contributed to the slaughter of the game's fatted calf here in the States. We're moving backward on the growth meter, and while securing a spot in the Games didn't need to be for altruistic reasons, the need for greed should best be tempered.

A lot of the same folks who overbuilt, overexposed and overpriced the game in the first place are exporting their wares abroad, where it would be a nice surprise if they operated going forward with some sort of principles.

Hey, allow a guy to dream, will you?

Friday
Oct092009

Golf Channel's Olympic Announcement Coverage

Golf Channel featured a pretty extensive roundup on the golf-in-the-Olympics announcement, and as you might imagine some interesting things were said. There were a few highlights, starting with Tim Finchem's appearance alongside Brandel Chamblee and Kraig Kann.

Finchem said this "will go down as a turning point for the game from a growth standpoint" and that "we're on a nice trajectory globally with golf" and "countries are going to spend a lot of energy to grow the game."

Finchem also believes this will "legitimatize, if we even needed it, golf as an athletic sport. It's truly an athletic sport."

And finally, golf in the Olympics "puts us on a stage that demonstrates the global diversity of the game. No longer will it be viewed as an elite sport," and this will "catapult the sport upward." He said the "next forty years are going to be golden age of golf globally."

As for the courses in Rio, Finchem said they have "some decent courses, not at the level to challenge these guys" and that the Tour "may build a course in partnership with the other federations."

Kann chimed in that he was envisioning a "Nicklaus design, Palmer Design, Player Design, Woods Design…" Finchem was gone so he didn't have to touch that one.

A few moments later they threw it to Inga Hammond and Adam Barr, who talked about the potential worldwide sales of "clubs, shoes, balls," and the "potentially enormous market for an industry that needs good news right now."

He also cited Brad Klein's article which suggested a private developer might bear the risk of building what Barr called "one of these mega complexes" and a "big course to handle the big players," and floated Donald Trump's name.

And Rich Lerner wrapped up with an essay where he noted that this was a "sudden financial sunrise for what had been a cloudy golf industry."

Friday
Oct092009

Pavin Consulting Azinger?

A reader says he thought (but wasn't totally sure) that he heard Paul Azinger say during Thursday's Presidents Cup broadcast that U.S. Ryder Cup captain Corey Pavin has not talked to him about the Ryder Cup. Did anyone else hear this?

Friday
Oct092009

"Hooray for the International team single handedly trying to bring back pleats a year before they will be back in style."

Talk about your buried lede, Mr. Style Marty Hackel criticizes the admittedly bland Presidents Cup uniforms and slips this in:

Hooray for the International team single handedly trying to bring back pleats a year before they will be back in style. It looks to me like the essential issue with the International team is the fit of their trousers. Oh, by the way, what's up with the grooming? Aren't there any mirrors in the locker rooms?

If these two teams' outfits today are any indication of what we are going to see for the rest of the week, I need to hit the snooze button.

Does this mean all those pleated pants I gave to the Goodwill are coming back? Already? Somehow I doubt this was a cutting edge fashion move and more likely the decision by someone who didn't know that flat front slacks were hip.

But at least Marty could have dropped some props for the classy sling/uniform color coordination by Captain Norman, courtesy of GolfDigest.com's photo gallery:

Friday
Oct092009

Golf Is In The Olympics; TPC Rio Next?

From Gene Yasuda's story about golf getting the official nod from the IOC:

Limited options explain why there’s already much discussion about building a new facility, and that could lead to PGA Tour Golf Course Properties unveiling a TPC-branded layout in Rio, Golfweek has learned.

“It’s a possibility,” confirmed David Pillsbury, president and chief operating officer of PGA Tour Golf Course Properties. “We will be evaluating all the courses in Rio de Janeiro and talking to prospective partners in Rio about building something similar to TPC San Antonio, with a resort, a couple golf courses and a location that would be ideal to the Olympic city.”

Thursday
Oct082009

Jordan Banished To Olympic Club For Prez Cup Opening Ceremony

Granted, there are worse places to be banished to, still, Sam Weinman reports the hilariously embarrassing move by the PGA Tour to "suggest" that the famous assistant captain not join the team on the stage. This inspired caddies to pencil "23" onto their caps in a paper-trail free way of suggesting to the golf media that they pop out of their little tent and as, "why have you penciled 23 onto your cap?"

"He had the right to attend, but it was suggested he not be on the stage as part of the team," the official said.

David Dusek reports that Commissioner Finchem apologized to the team for the...oversight?

Reader Cardinal attended the ceremony and says Barry Bonds was there while Jordan was downing Olympic Club cheeseburgers and enjoying the freedom of using cigars to induce halitosis:

I thought you'd like to know about my favorite "only in San Francisco" moment of the opening ceremonies yesterday.  Barry Bonds attended (but was not announced).  When he entered the ceremony area, however, the crowd started buzzing and when people recognized him, he received a standing ovation and many loving shouts of "Bar-ry! Bar-ry! Bar-ry!"  He was so happy, smiling and waving from his seat. 

The day one reports focused on the star power watching round one. Steve Elling writes:

At one point, Stricker looked over and saw Barry Bonds, baseball's career home run king, watching their alternate-shot match. Right about then, Michael Jordan -- who is serving as a volunteer assistant on the U.S. team -- tooled past in an electric cart.

Talk about a confluence of firepower. Woods, Jordan and Bonds at that instant were within 30 yards of each other, representing the most impactful, jaw-dropping talents in their respective sports in the modern era. Stricker could hardly argue that point.

"Wow, that's true, and I hadn't thought of that," he laughed.

Thomas Bonk says the atmosphere was postively weird, with the aforementioned star power joined by Jim Plunkett, Jerry West and way too many people crowding the first tee to be in Tim Finchem's presence. Oh, and there was a marshal who has a very persistent caller.

It wasn't a camera, but a cellular phone that was obviously the wrong number for Ogilvy on the next hole. Needing to make an eight-foot putt to save the hole, Ogilvy had to back off when a phone rang. He stood over the ball again, just as the phone rang again. Ogilvy marked his ball, started his routine again, and the phone rang once more.

As it turns out, the phone belonged to a marshal, who had been too chagrined to acknowledge he was the one messing up.

"That was a little awkward," Stricker said.

But if that wasn't embarrassing enough, someone in the gallery yelled something at Ogilvy just before he missed the putt.

"He said 'Noonan,'" said Stricker, referring to the famed line in the movie, "Caddyshack".

Woods wound up apologizing to Ogilvy for the remark.

Good move. Gallery Caddyshack references are so 1998.

Meanwhile, reader Charlie caught this Randell Mell blog post that makes it sound like we're missing the real drama. It's taking place in the team room ping pong arena and Phil came prepared.

And finally, Rex Hoggard reports on the strange and perhaps controversial ending to the Furyk-Leonard/Goosen-Yang match.

Thursday
Oct082009

Ty, You Are No Blogger!

I went looking for some gossip on the eve of the golf-Olympic announcement and see that IGF head/blogger Ty Votaw has been too busy massaging IOC types to post anything in five days.

I know blogs, and Ty Votaw, you are no blogger.

John Hopkins does suggest that things are heating up in Copenhagen:

Ty Votaw, normally the most mild-mannered man, was feeling the pressure as he worked with his colleagues on golf's presentation to the International Olympic Committee on Friday 9th October. At 20.15 on Wednesday he took a telephone call from a journalist and when the word formality as in "it is a formality that golf will be chosen as one of the two sports at the 2016 Olympic Games," he responded vigorously: "it is NOT a formality. It WON'T be a formality. It never HAS BEEN a formality." We will see.

Now see Ty, that would have made for a good blog post. Tell us who the writer is, why you can't stand him and why you use all caps when you speak. I'm just saying!

The announcement figures to come at 7 a.m. EST, 4 a.m, PST, according to Golf Channel's Tom Abbott. And no, I'm not getting up to analyze it when the news breaks. We have seven years to chew on this one.