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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 – A Complete History
    The Ryder Cup: Golf's Grandest Event – 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

 

  

Thursday
Aug202009

"The coarse language and club acrobatics aren't anything we don't hear and see on courses every day."

Jim Frank pens an excellent SI My Shot defense of Tiger Woods's on course antics.

But this was Tiger Woods, who is supposed to set an example, especially for children. And this is golf, the "gentleman's game," in which virtue is supposed to trump vitriol.

Well, I've got two words for you, and they're not "you're away." Get real! If Tiger wants to go ballistic and wax scatological, let him.

There is nothing golf needs more now than emotion, and Woods is one of the only players who ever shows any. (Lucas Glover, anyone?) The man is a pro with millions in the bank, and the fire in his belly — plus the steam coming out of his ears and the vulgarities from his mouth — show that he cares about more than cashing checks, which can't be said of everyone carrying a PGA Tour card.

Thursday
Aug202009

"I have to throw the whole set out for one club and I wouldn't mind if I thought it was going to make a difference."

Professional golfer and architect Mike Clayton emailed on the eve of the Scottish Seniors to share this about R&A iron testing:

There is an R & A equipment guy here this week checking groves on the irons with next year in mind.

We all know our wedges will be out and my sand wedge and lob wedge were not close - but my Hogan wedge that I have been using for 6 years is fine.

What does that tell you?

It tells me that if a wedge I really like and have had zero issue with flyers is going to be legal, this groove thing is not going to make too much difference.

My 7,8,9 were fine as well and the 3,4 and 5 don't matter because they are under 25 degrees (although I find it hard to believe my 5 is not more than 25) but my 6 is going to be no good.

I have to throw the whole set out for one club and I wouldn't mind if I thought it was going to make a difference. He did acknowledge that not all pros get their clubs for free and it was going to cost the majority a thousand bucks or more to buy new sets - and again I don't mind paying if it is going to make a difference.

Given that my set of six years- except for one club plus the sand irons - will be legal what is going to change?

His argument that it will place more emphasis on hitting fairways so players will take more 3 woods and irons.  If they seriously think that is going to happen they are dreaming.

I wrote back to Clayton suggesting that the USGA and R&A feel the groove rule change will make the floggers throttle back to hit more fairways now that their grooves can't save them from the rough. He replies:

It seems the clubs I assumed would be illegal are legal and therefore what difference is the rule going to make? What is going to change aside from the two sand wedges?

The USGA/R&A vision of guys trying harder to hit fairways has always been difficult for me to swallow since so many players were not aware what kind of grooves they had.  In fact, the rule change may encourage even more flogging because guys would rather have a flyer lie with a SW than an 8 iron.

Geoff Ogilvy Tweeted today about toying with the new grooves:

I replied:

And he replied:

Thursday
Aug202009

"We've had 4½- hour rounds for 30 years."

Not only is this Slugger White-slow play quote in this week's Golf World depressing, it doesn't exactly back up John Paramor for daring to speed up play at Firestone.

Bob Verdi asks about pace of play...

You hear some guys say it's too slow, and the only way to speed it up is by penalizing strokes. But I don't believe you should affect a man's livelihood with a stopwatch. Also, I don't feel play is as slow as some people think. We've had 4½- hour rounds for 30 years.

Except that during the first two rounds of most tour events, you've had 4½- hour rounds plus another 45 minutes on top of that over the last ten years.

So if one of the tour's top two officials charged with enforcing the rules doesn't believe you should affect a man's livelihood by enforcing a rule, then I guess it'll be another 17 years before a penalty stroke is handed out? Why even put people on the clock?

Wednesday
Aug192009

"The 28-year-old Englishman...pieced together the best Sweet 16 rounds to finish 2 over for the year"

Steve Elling posts his annual breadown of the best play of those who made all four major championship cuts.

 

Wednesday
Aug192009

Olympic Field And The Rolex Rankings

I suppose I was incorrect to suggest this would only shine a light on the Official World Golf Ranking. Looks like the women's Rolex Rankings will be scrutinized based on how it will add to the struggle to fill out the Olympic field.

This is from a reader who was curious about the Olympics and the proposed 60 player fields.

Using the current eligibility format as proposed by the IGF, you can go down the top 500 names on the women's Rolex Rankings (as of Aug. 13, the date of the IOC announcement) and not have enough players to get a 60-player field. You only get 58.

Of the top 100 players, only 26 get in.

Currently, only the top two from a country can get in. They'll probably need to take the top three eligible players to avoid digging into the AJGA Tour to round out the women's field.

Wednesday
Aug192009

"Fate of Sharp Park Course In Limbo"

Wayne Freeman's KGO-TV News story on the fate of Sharp Park is worth watching if you have any interest in the fate of the affordable MacKenzie course I profiled for Golf World a few weeks ago.

You'll see the diversity of the paying customers there, the beauty of the place and an unfortunate no-show by the environmentalists who so desperately want it closed (they aren't shy about posting comments on KGO's website, just afraid to say what they feel on camera).

Wednesday
Aug192009

"If he’s not getting what he needs from Haney then he’ll move on, just as he did in dumping Butch."

I think someone with the initials A.S. is going to be hearing from Hank Haney!

After the final round Woods laid all the blame on his putting, which isn’t really Haney’s department. It will be interesting to see what happens with them. Tiger turned to Haney after getting skunked in the majors in 2003. Going oh-fer-’09 will certainly lead to another period of self-examination. Bottom line is Tiger has won the Masters with three different swings. He can be dominant without a swing coach, but he’s a tinkerer who needs to be working on something to stay engaged. If he’s not getting what he needs from Haney then he’ll move on, just as he did in dumping Butch. The name I keep hearing as a would-be successor is Dale Lynch, the low-key Aussie who has worked with Geoff Ogilvy, among many others. But that's just press room conjecture, so take it for what it's worth, which isn't much.

Except for a few text messages.

Tuesday
Aug182009

Rough and the PGA

You may recall that before the PGA I suggested that we would find out this year whether the clever, low rough setup at Southern Hills was an abberation or whether the less nuanced, high-rough hackout nonsense seen at Oak Hill and Oakland Hills was more typical of the modern PGA Championship.

I think Hazeltine provided an answer.

John Huggan fleshes out the complaints of Geoff Ogilvy, first reported in Monday's papers.

Anyway, last week followed the usual pattern and was pretty much summed up by the shots Tiger Woods hit to the last two greens in the final round. Both were beautifully struck and both missed the putting surface by inches. And both left the game's best-ever player, a man possessed of a wondrous touch, playing the same shot every 15-handicapper would attempt: the "hacking hit and hope."

I loved Y.E. Yang's win and it's wonderful for the game. In no way is this meant to take away from his courage down the stretch. But like past high rough majors, this one will always have that taint of "what if" they had simply topped off the rough Wednesday, or even just trimmed it enough on the weekend after it became so obvious that the greenside rough was not adding to the test, but instead, injecting chance. As Huggan writes...

This, folks, is not what golf is supposed to be about. As Ogilvy pointed out in the wake of what was a generally disappointing personal performance, "the difficulty of your shot should be dictated by the position the ball is in, not the lie that the ball is in."

Of course that is a tricky one since you are talking about a course that has almost no strategic reward for being on a particular side of the fairway. Still, Ogilvy's point should guide the PGA when it comes to how they treat their rough. We've seen how Mike Davis and the USGA keep their roughs uniform throughout tournament play just to prevent the lie of the ball becoming such an overriding factor, as it was for Tiger on the last two holes.

More of Ogilvy on the rough and the places where it's length made no sense:

"Some shots that bounce next to the green, yet don't get into a bunker, are in this," he continued, his hands about six inches apart to indicate the depth of the grass. "I think you should have hard shots from good lies, not easy shots from bad lies. So if your greens are not good enough to defend themselves without six inches of rough, then your greens aren't good enough. You don't need six-inch rough at Augusta or Oakmont, although they grow it. You don't need it at Pinehurst or Royal Melbourne or Shinnecock Hills. And if you don't have greens like that, then let the guys make birdies."

The PGA of America seems to acquiesce to Midwest clubs where the hard=good mentality overwhelms all rational decision making. So I suppose in that sense it's a miracle that Haigh was able to pull off what he did at No. 14, where the driveable par-4 setup produced some of the tournament's lone risk-reward decision making.

But I still marvel that a setup as flawless and praised at Southern Hills does not continue to be looked at as a model for the PGA. Particularly as the USGA has shown the last few years that nothing is lost by keeping rough as a 1/2 shot penalty where recovery play is seen as more than acceptable, but in fact, necessary to the overall "test" of golf.

Tuesday
Aug182009

"Of all the people you are going to offer things to, you certainly wouldn't want to approach the ex-partner."

An unbylined Scottish Herald story on a "hapless crook" getting 60 days for trying to sell a set of stolen golf clubs to their owner's estranged wife.

The court was told that the owner of the golf clubs had spoken to his former partner and had mentioned he had been the victim of a crime.

He told her his prized set of clubs had been taken and she was stunned when Hill turned up to try and sell them to her at her market stall.

Hill, 28, of MacDonald Crescent, Blairgowrie, Perthshire, admitted resetting a quantity of household goods, including a lawnmower, at Parkview, Parkhill Road, Blairgowrie, on July 27.

He also admitted that on the same day at East Ward Cottage, Parkhill Road he reset a quantity of power tools, garden equipment and the set of golf clubs.

The total estimated value of the stolen goods was thought to be around £868, although the specific value of the golf clubs was not given in court.

Solicitor Paul Ralph, defending, said: "Of all the people you are going to offer things to, you certainly wouldn't want to approach the ex-partner.

Well, it depends on how the marriage ended! Maybe she would love to buy the clubs, break them into two and then give them back to the ex? I'm just saying...

Tuesday
Aug182009

"The country-club softies who have made a habit of lying down for Woods have collectively done little farming and spent even less time guarding naval installations"

Fun to see that both SI and Golf World's game stories touched on Y.E. Yang's toughness in fending off Tiger Woods.

Jim Moriarty for Golf World:

The son of a farmer and once a sergeant in the South Korean Army, Yang was the only contender who ever wore a uniform or carried a weapon, so you had to figure the son of an American Special Forces officer probably had a pretty good idea all along he wasn't playing Mary Poppins.

Alan Shipnuck for SI Golf Plus, writing about Yang:

A knee injury at 18 ended his heavy-duty weightlifting, and he found his way to a local driving range, where he giddily whacked balls into a net with a baseball grip. Self-taught with instructional videos, Yang was breaking par within three years but his development was slowed when he served almost two years of compulsory military service. (The country-club softies who have made a habit of lying down for Woods have collectively done little farming and spent even less time guarding naval installations.)

And in a non-game story, Tim Rosaforte fleshes out the Yang story. I enjoyed this most:

This time, Montecinos stuck as Yang's caddie. The Buick Invitational was their first tournament. After the AT&T National Pro-Am, Montecinos drove Yang in his Mitsubisi Gallant with 160,000 miles on the odometer from Pebble Beach to LAX in Los Angeles. Along the way, Yang asked Montecinos how much he owed on the clunker and how much on his house. When Montecinos told him $10,000 and $150,000, respectively, Yang made like he was doing two air pushups. "OK, Yang make two million, we pay," Yang said. After winning the Honda he told Montecinos, "See, I told you."

The car was taken care of after the Honda and the mortgage was handled at the PGA. "I don't see much of a barrier; he understands more than he gets credit for," Montecinos said. "I call him Mr. Yang. He calls me Mr. Bean because he says I remind him of the English comic who doesn't speak."

Tuesday
Aug182009

There's No "Mr. and Mrs. Wie" In Team!

Jim Gorant reports that the parents have been told they weren't welcome in the Solheim Cup team and locker rooms.

Tuesday
Aug182009

President's Cup Update And Thought Bubble Help

Brian Wacker sums up the Couples-Norman press conference, which included Couples saying that Lucas Glover and Hunter Mahan are his likely picks, while Norman says Adam Scott isn't even on his radar as a captain's pick.

The story included this photo that really cries out for some thought bubbles for each captain. In lieu of that, captions will do.

Tuesday
Aug182009

Aus Open Officials Confident Daly Too Weak To Repeat Last Year's Camera Chuck

Assured that John Daly's 600 daily calorie intake will sap his strength and prevent a repeat of last year's Durham Bulls tryout Down Under, Golf Australia announced that he will be in the field at New South Wales Golf Club from Dec. 3-6.

Tuesday
Aug182009

"An argument could be made that what the world witnessed Monday was the latest -- and perhaps greatest -- example of the market phenomenon known for a decade as the Tiger Effect."

Spotted by John Strege, this is disturbing on a level I can't even begin to describe. Ty Wenger at TheStreet.com:

Indeed, an argument could be made that what the world witnessed Monday was the latest -- and perhaps greatest -- example of the market phenomenon known for a decade as the Tiger Effect.

One of any number of so-called celebrity market effects, the Tiger Effect has held arguably the most credibility over the course of the past 10 years. (If the golf-obsessive traders of the world are obsessed with any one individual, it is surely Tiger Woods. Just ask their wives.)

Those who doubt the legitimacy of the Tiger Effect need only consider that last June, during the dramatic U.S. Open Monday-afternoon playoff round between Woods and journeyman pro Rocco Mediate, the volume on the New York Stock Exchange dropped from an average of 781.5 million shares, between noon and 4 p.m., to a mere 709.9 million shares traded during the same time period.

So not only does the game lean hard on Tiger to save it from itself, now the markets too?

And we use these markets as a barometer? God help us!

Tuesday
Aug182009

ESTMATED 35.7 MILLION SUFFER THROUGH ALL-OR-PART OF CBS SPORTS’ COVERAGE OF 2009 PGA CHAMPIONSHIP

And survey's report a record spike in DVR sales directly attributed to CBS's promo-cluttered, commercial-heavy, golf-light broadcast.

ESTMATED 35.7 MILLION WATCH ALL-OR-PART OF CBS SPORTS’ COVERAGE OF 2009 PGA CHAMPIONSHIP, UP 88%

An estimated 35.7 million viewers (Persons 2+) watched all-or-part of CBS Sports’ coverage of the 2009 PGA Championship, up +88% from last year, according to Nielsen Media Research. The Network’s coverage of the third and final rounds of this year’s PGA Championship on Saturday, Aug.15 and Sunday, Aug.16 was the most watched since 2002 when 40.8 million watched all-or-part of the PGA Championship. This year’s 35.7 million was up from last year’s 19.0 million, and up +12% from 31.8 million in 2007.

CBS Sports’ final-round coverage was seen in all-or-part by 29.0 million viewers, up +87% from last year’s 15.5 million, and up +14% from 25.5 million in 2007. This year’s 29.0 million viewers was the largest number of viewers to watch all-or-part of CBS Sports’ final-round coverage of the PGA Championship since 30.0 million in 2002.

Tuesday
Aug182009

"It was only a short putt, but I thought Tiger’s early departure was pretty bush."

Alan Shipnuck answers a reader question about Tiger's gamesmanship ploys at Hazeltine, adding a couple more possible incidents to our list.

“Is it just me or did Tiger employ a little bit of gamesmanship in an effort to intimidate Yang? On one hole he was standing in Yang's field of vision while Yang was putting instead of standing behind him. On another occasion Yang missed a putt and was walking up to tap in when Woods walked into his space as if to try to force Yang to mark. I can imagine Tiger's reaction if a playing partner in the last round of a major encroached on his space.”

Good spots, and to that list you can add a couple of times when it seemed like Woods was crowding Yang on the tee box. The most egregious thing I saw came on 17. As soon as Yang’s par putt peeled by the hole Woods stomped off toward the 18th tee. It’s bad form not watch your partner putt out, especially if you’re Tiger, because as soon as he bolted thousands of fans and innumerable jabronis inside the ropes started moving with him even as Yang still faced his bogey try. It was only a short putt, but I thought Tiger’s early departure was pretty bush.

Monday
Aug172009

“When we urged him to go into farming, he would say: ‘I’m not going to live like my father"

There's plenty of great reporting the day after Y.E. Yang's improbable PGA win covering an array of topics.

Rich Lerner talks to Yang's agent Michael Yim and fleshes out quite a bit about the champion's life story, as well as the inevitable talk of cashing in.

I inquired about the size of the windfall that should come to Yang.

“It’s so unfortunate. He won at such a bad time for the economy. The value of his win is way up here,” Yim said, holding his hand as high as he could above his head. “But the market is down here,” and now he bent over and put a hand near the ground. “The challenge for me is going to be to bring that market up to meet this incredible win.”

Larry Dorman considers the ramifications of Yang's win, talking to Ty Votaw and noting this:

Yang, a 37-year-old from Seoul, South Korea, is an appealing character, with a back story tailored to those gauzy Olympic featurettes. A late bloomer from a modest background, Yang taught himself to play starting at age 19, pounding balls at the ubiquitous double-decked driving ranges that dot the landscape in Seoul.

That a golfer could spring from a background so unusual at a relatively advanced age and earn a spot on the PGA Tour is storybook enough. That he could win a regular tour event, as he did in the spring at the Honda Classic, is surprising. That he could do what he did on Sunday has taken surprise to another level of meaning.

James Corrigan writes:

After watching YE Yang lift the Wanamaker Trophy, Joe Steranka, the chief executive of the PGA of America, said: "Earlier this week, I said the addition of golf to the Olympics would be the single biggest thing to accelerate the growth of the game. I stand corrected..." Meanwhile, the Australian major-winner Geoff Ogilvy said: "It's hard for us here in the US to imagine the impact this will have."

Peter Dixon in The Times:

It is estimated that there are about 250 golf courses in Korea, with about three million players. The game is expensive to play and is considered to bestow social status. It is encouraging, however, that Yang and K. J. Choi, the first Korean to win on the PGA Tour in the US, come from humble backgrounds. There is every chance that they will have sparked a boom.

Karen Crouse says the Yang hype is nice, but...

It was, frankly, a little like hearing Alan Shepard lauded for being the first person to walk on the moon. The Neil Armstrong of golf, the Asian who aimed for the moon and reached it over a decade before Yang, was Se Ri Pak. In 1998, Pak, then a 20-year-old rookie on the L.P.G.A. Tour, won four tournaments, including two majors.

An unbylined AP report tells us about Yang's family and their reaction to the win, including quotes from his father who initially did not approve of Y.E.'s desire to play golf.

Yang’s father admits trying to pressure his son to join him in the fields.

“I had no idea what golf was — that’s why I was opposed to golf,” he told The Associated Press during an interview interrupted every few minutes by calls from well-wishers.

But Yang’s mother, Ko Hee-soon, said Yang was always determined to leave their tough life behind.

“When we urged him to go into farming, he would say: ‘I’m not going to live like my father,”’ she recalled, beaming. Ko said they would throw a party to celebrate his victory, which came shortly after sunrise Monday from half a world away in Chaska, Minnesota.

ESPNChicago.com shares this from caddy A.J. Montecinos.

Montecinos, 35, is a Chicago native who first worked with Yang, 37, in 2007. And despite the fact Yang, who is South Korean, doesn't speak fluent English, the pair is communicating very successfully.

"It's not very [difficult]," Montecinos said. "He understands a lot more than we give him credit for.

"He comes up to the ball and says, 'What thinking?' I tell him what I'm thinking, how far it is to the edgey, which is the front edge. He says, '7 ok?' I say, 'Yeah.' He says, 'Windy, where from?' I tell him, and we go."

Mark Reason brings up the delicate subject of Tiger's putting and wonders if perhaps inevitable age is creeping into his stroke.

People have been reluctant to believe this over the years, but Tiger is the greatest of all time because of his putting. He has been a genius on the green. In the final round of the PGA Woods took 33 putts. But it has been noticeable for a couple of years now that Tiger's putting has been ebbing and yesterday we could see the tidemark.

And I don't know how long it'll stay up, but if you want to relive the final hole, this video is posted on YouTube. Note how CBS sets up the dilemma facing Yang on the 18th fairway by going to a graphic on the majors this year. Really gave us a sense of how much the tree would come into play, the magnitude of the shot and the dynamic as the leaders faced the 72nd hole!

 

Monday
Aug172009

CBS Scores Ratings Spike In Spite Of Awful Coverage

Despite relentlessly plugging CBS shows and having almost nothing prepared to tell us more about Y.E. Yang, the network scored the highest PGA ratings since 2002.

RATINGS SOAR AS CBS SPORTS’ COVERAGE OF 2009 PGA CHAMPIONSHIP RANKS AS HIGHEST-RATED FINAL ROUND SINCE 2002

Final Round Rating Up 150% From Last Year

CBS Sports’ final-round coverage of the 2009 PGA Championship on Sunday, Aug. 16, which saw Y.E. Yang overtake Tiger Woods, scored in the ratings by earning an average overnight household rating/share of 7.5/17, up +150%, ranking it the highest-rated final round of the PGA Championship in the metered markets since 2002 when Rich Beem beat Woods (8.0/17).

CBS Sports' final-round coverage of the 2009 PGA Championship was up +150% from 2008’s 3.0/6, and up +10% from 2007’s 6.8/15. Sunday’s final-round rating peaked at an 11.6/24 from 7:00-7:15, PM, ET.

This year’s PGA Championship final round was the second highest-rated of the four majors on Sunday in 2009:

Masters Final Round - 8.8/21 (CBS)
U.S. Open Third Round/Start of Final Round - 5.1/12 (NBC)
British Open - 3.9/12 (ABC)

CBS Sports' third-round coverage of the 2009 PGA Championship on Saturday, Aug. 15 earned an overnight household rating/share in the metered markets of 4.9/13, up +390% from last year’s rain-delay coverage which earned a 1.0/2; and up +7% compared to a 4.6/12 in 2007. Saturday’s third-round rating peaked at 5.6/13 from 6:30-7:00 PM, ET.

This year’s PGA Championship third round was the second highest-rated of the four majors on Saturday in 2009:

Masters Third Round - 5.7/13 (CBS)
U.S. Open Second/Third round - 3.7/9 (NBC)
British Open - 2.4/7 (ABC)

* * * * *

CBS Sports’ two-day average for the 2007 PGA Championship earned an average household overnight rating/share of 6.2/15.

Overall, this year’s 6.2/15 ties with 1999 as the third-highest rating for the PGA Championship two-day average in the metered markets dating back to 1986. This year’s 6.2/15 tied with 1999 (6.2/16) (Tiger’s first PGA Championship win); and trailed 2000’s 8.0/19 (Tiger’s second PGA Championship win) and 2002’s 6.7/15.

This year’s 6.2/15 also is the second-best two-day average for the PGA Championship in the metered markets since a 6.7/15 in 2002.

Sadly, the relentless plugs for the 60 Minutes interview--including the video clip as the leaders were on the dangerous 16th hole--paid off with a ratings bump for the show. Warms my heart that the fourth major continues to serve as a strong lead-in for 60 Minutes.

At Golfweek.com Martin Kaufman notes that "as long as CBS stayed on the air this past weekend, it was certain to post through-the-roof ratings," yet after that flattery, calls the coverage "perfectly serviceable, if unspectacular."

If that's serviceable, we're in trouble.

I'm going to venture to guess that if NBC were handling the PGA, we would have gotten far more on Y.E. Yang. Probably a Tim Rosaforte "tour insider" segment talking to a studio host about the man, all the while adding a bit of dignity to the proceedings by simply having a host to give the announce team time for a bathroom break.

What we got was mostly a lot of Tiger talk with the assumption that Yang would collapse like so many other past challengers, sandwiched into standard tour event faire like FedEx Cup standings, Cialis-sponsored flashbacks and almost no sense of urgency.

And while NBC certainly slips in their share of promos, I'm pretty sure they would not go to a video clip of a convicted dog killer as the two leaders reached a wild, wacky, weird, and dare I say it, the dreaded signature hole.

Monday
Aug172009

Acushnet Wins New Trial, Lawyers Rejoice!

E. Michael Johnson first reported at GolfDigest.com that a federal appeals court tossed the Callaway-ProV1 patent infringement verdict and ordered a new trial on the patent infringement case and rescinded the sales injunction.

David Dawsey posts the decision PDF and offers a few comments.

Monday
Aug172009

"What was up with Steve Williams coming off the 13th tee yesterday?"

I haven't seen anything in the first round of stories about some of the possible gamesmanship and perhaps tension that was part of the Tiger Woods-Y.E. Yang.  Several readers have posted or emailed about this incident on the 13th, including reader Cam:

What was up with Steve Williams coming off the 13th tee yesterday? He was wagging his finger and really speaking his mind to somebody. I couldn't tell if he was trying to pump up Tiger after a good tee shot on the par 3 or was getting on Yang's for some percieved lapse in etiquette.

Anyone know who Stevie was upset with? After all, it's so out of character for him.

There were other awkward moments.

  • On 15 green, Tiger stood in an odd spot between Yang's line and the greenside bunker, prompting CBS's Ian Baker Finch to note the obvious gamesmanship on Tiger's part.
  • After putting out for par, Yang rudely tossed his ball into the grandstand from the green, causing a stir before Tiger's birdie putt. Intentional shot back at Tiger? Me thinks so.
  • On 16 green Yang opted to putt out even though his ball was in Tiger's line, and Tiger was visibly not pleased after walking to the ball and then turning back to his waiting spot.
  • After putting out on 18, several of Stevie's beloved bib stripping fans have emailed to note that he did not shake Yang's hand. Now, the moment was a bit wild and Yang was celebrating. Williams may have congratulated him back by the scorers tent. Hard to really say it was an intentional slight.

Hopefully some of the weeklies will touch on what looked like a bit of tension out there.