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Here’s What I Think

Last Updated on Monday, 26 September 2011 07:09 Sunday, 25 September 2011 18:42

 by Laurie McGuinness

 

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In a world fraught with random acts of...well, almost everything....it seemed only appropriate that former iG editor Laurie McGuinness have a reasonable platform for another random act - that of the thoughts and reactions he's encountered during the course of the 2012 golf season.

Without further ado, here's what Laurie thinks......oh, and as always, the views and opinions expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect those of Inside Golf Magazine. They might....but not necessarily.... - ed.

 
  • White pants make golfers look like cabana boys. All that’s missing is a stack of towels. And just wait until this trend hits your local course. Think ‘guy weighing 3 bills in translucent white pants’; you’ll be able to see what he had for breakfast.
  • The PVR, to my mind, is worth its cost if only to fast-forward through the ridiculously self-serving interviews the networks give to the CEO of the sponsor of that week’s tournament.
  • It’s all about giving back to the community, 'blah-blah-blah.' Just once I’d like to hear one of those over-polished stiffs tell the truth; “This week is all about me and my buddies getting to play golf with the pros, and the fun event we had on Wednesday night where we all got to taunt some homeless guys, followed by the the ever-popular 'Cash Bonfire."  
  • Honestly, it’s a bit much to listen to the head of a bank in the U.S., given what they’ve done for/to the economy, burbling on in PR speak about what great citizens they are.
  • Slow play will kill golf if we let it. God bless Rory. Hit it, find it, hit it again. When you play with someone who reads every putt like it’s the Magna Carta, it makes the golf course feel more like the line-up at the DMV. Waiting, waiting… still waiting...
  • On a related note: What about speed golf demonstrations on TV? Who wouldn’t watch Bubba and Rory play a round in 90 minutes?  
  • The Morning Drive on the Golf Channel: they know they’re on TV, right? That set looks like it was designed by a crazy cat lady from Hoarders, with lighting courtesy a roadside construction crew. 
  • High handicappers who really know their games win most everything in our city golf course men’s club. I’ve played altwith guys who reverse pivot out of every shot, bunt it out there 175, but manage to hit it straight. They have good short games, and make bogey on most holes with the odd par. Is there something to be learned from that? Probably. Now, excuse me while I come out of my shoes hitting a drive that goes 250 down the fairway....and another 90 sideways into the parking lot.
  • You know what I love/hate about golf? Learning the same lesson, over and over again. Case in point: Tempo. When it’s good, golf fun. When it’s bad, make Mongo angry.
  • Really enjoy (David) Feherty’s new show. The scene with him and Tom Watson discussing how Watson reached out to him and became his AA sponsor was touching. However, when he had Lee Trevino on, I found it painful. Trevino blathered on and on about how friggin' great Lee Trevino was; I kept waiting for Feherty to pop his balloon.

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I remember asking a PGA official at the old GVO who was the biggest a**hole on tour, and he said, without                                   hesitation - Trevino. Once the cameras go off, he’s a [bleep]. You hear all about the guys on the tour who are nice; I’d like to hear more about the guys who aren’t.

  • On a related note, a few years back Vijay Singh showed up at a tournament wearing the gear of his sponsor, financier Robert Stanford, and Singh had Stanford’s logo on his shirt and bag….while Sanford was on the run from the FBI. And no-one said boo about it. I wondered if Sanford wasn’t hiding in Singh’s bag.
  • I saw Brandel Chamblee win his only PGA event, the GVO, at Northview. I was inside the ropes on 18 as he duelled Payne Stewart, who tragically died some six months later in a plane crash. Chamblee had a one stroke lead and Stewart hit his drive in the rough. I was mere feet from his ball; the crowd booed when he pulled a wedge, but it was his only play from that lie. Chamblee put his second shot above the hole, Stewart laid up. Chamblee then made a 20-foot, downhill, left to right putt to win it going away. My point? When he starts sermonizing like he’s the Archbishop of Canterbury Golf and Country Club, I don’t mind. He’s done it. And I saw him do it.
  • Big Break - Ray Floyd’s kid in an elimination contest; hosels drive 40 yards left - cut to him discussing next shot, "…With the wind, I needed to hit a draw, 220 or so…" cut back to him shanking it 80 yards dead right. I died for the guy. You can tell they cast these shows for personalities, with ability to golf coming in a distant second. My kid, who’s a 2(hcp), watched and said ‘these guys are all 0’s. They’re everywhere’. Floyd seemed a decent guy struggling to live up to his Dad’s reputation. Floyd Jr. was recently busted for his second DUI, and has entered rehab. It can’t be easy carrying around an iconic last name, and the expectations that come with it.
  • Down at the bottom of the pgatour.com leaderboards for all three tours, you’ll see the players that withdrew  - 'WD', or were disqualified -  'DQ'. It’s the DQ’s I’d like to know more about; what happened? Sometimes it’s missing a tee time, or a pro-am, but often it isn’t. So what happened? Who knows?
  • On a related note, the press are generally so obsequious to the players that they do the readers and viewers at home a disservice. The press are terrified of being denied access, and we wouldn’t want that, would we? Where would we get our dose of, “Focus on the process, not the outcome’ and ‘One shot at a time’ quotes?
  • That’s why the Tiger scandal was, in one respect, so refreshing. A bunch of merciless tabloid types let loose on the golf world who could care less about access to Tiger turned over more rocks than a backhoe.
 
 
Laurie McGuinness Is Retired From Sportswriting, But Will Provide Occasional Dispatches As A Substitute For Just Yelling Stuff At The TV
 
 
 
   

What Golf Needs Isn’t Found In “The Woods”

Last Updated on Sunday, 07 August 2011 14:26 Sunday, 07 August 2011 13:21

 by: Gayle Moss (www.golfgal.ca)

 

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The 102nd playing of Canada’s National Open Golf Championship returned to Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club in Vancouver this summer with all the fanfare one would expect – accolades about the course, the wealth of spectators and quality of field.  
 
But as I walked the fairways and watched the players, volunteers and fans, I couldn’t help but reflect on the disturbing state of the golf industry – since 2000, the number of golfers in North America has been steadily declining, despite the Tiger affect.

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Olazabal's Competitive Drive Still Alive

Last Updated on Saturday, 23 July 2011 22:19 Saturday, 23 July 2011 21:44

by Kent 'Cookie' Gilchrist 

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Don’t know if a parallel can be drawn to the fact Spaniard Jose Maria Olazabal practised more than any two American players at the RBC Canadian Open which is on-going at Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club.

The fact the European Ryder Cup captain missed the cut on Friday doesn’t alter the angst and hand wringing over the dearth of American majors winners recently.
 

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Home On The Range?

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 July 2011 23:22 Thursday, 21 July 2011 23:04

by Kent 'Cookie' Gilchrist

 

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Semi-retirement was supposed to be easier than this.

Every day this week I’ve been at Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club before the bald eagles have opened their peepers.
 
As a volunteer on the driving range for the RBC Canadian Open, you’ve got to get there early.
 
Even if what you're doing would never be considered high profile or even remotely glamorous.

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Hungry For A Win In Your Golf Pool? Here's 'Food For Thought'

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 July 2011 14:43 Wednesday, 20 July 2011 14:15

by Kent 'Cookie' Gilchrist

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If you’ll excuse the pun, this could be labeled "food for thought" -  if you’re in a golf pool for the RBC Canadian Open.

Pudgy Darren Clarke, who won the British Open on Sunday you might have noticed, is the same body type as Canadian Open defending champion Carl Pettersson.
 

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