As each year goes by I fear the true sporting spirit of match play is less and less in evidence. We find a growing disposition for play to concentrate on the figures that are registered at a hole rather than on the question of whether the hole is lost or won in a purely friendly match.
Not one, but two all-new Grey Goose 19th Holes air Thursday and Friday nights. They feature former USGA Executive Director David Fay, author John Feinstein and yours truly all gracefully refereed by Golf Channel's Steve Sands.
The first show airs Thursday, December 5th and the second show on Friday, December 6th at 8:30 PT, 11:30 PM ET.
Earlier this year, the trio debated Bethpage as a Ryder Cup venue back in August before it became official. A similar discussion this time around will include places we'd like to see golf return to ala Merion and The National Golf Links.
Hope you'll tune in!
Like the rest of the viewing public, it's great to see that PGA Tour Entertainment ignored the wrap-around schedule flop and chose to use the traditional end the season to put together the top 10 moments of the 2013 season.
Not surprisingly, the forgettable "calendar year" events didn't make the list because there were just too many great moments from the real calendary year to savor.
Henrik Stenson's FedExCup win didn't really fit into this group, but people do need to keep their jobs and I get that. But pretty much everything else here from Sergio's tree climbing to Patrick Reed's win to Tiger's umpteenth win at Firestone to Phil and Adam's unforgettable major triumphs, it's all here in a nice tight package:
From an unbylined BBC report on Stuart Manley's third hole ace Saturday in the World Cup, which he followed by making 11 on the 4th.
And then there was the Mercedes behind the tee which the Welshman thought was his:
"I thought the car was mine, and with the crowd, all the hype, I was just buzzing. The adrenaline was pumping so much, I could have flown to the green.
"Then I found out about the car and go and have an 11. I kept asking my caddie: 'How many shots is that now?' I actually thought it was a 10 but I was not going to argue because my head was pretty fried.
"I didn't know whether to laugh or cry at that point, but you've just got to pick yourself up and get on with it."
Even with the 11 on his card, Manley posted a 72 and sits at 2-under, seven back of Jason Day.
I know most of you have taped this segment, relived it over and over again and bookmarked it, but just in case here is Morning Drive from November 21 with Gary Williams and Paige Mackenzie talking about the first, third and eleventh of the Royal Melbourne composite course in use for the World Cup this week.