Pam and Danielle Battle to the Finish

By April 27, 2005, 4:00 pm
The Big Break IIIEditors note: The Golf Channels Big Break III ' Ladies Only is the third installment of this hit series. The 10 contestants are vying for entry into select LPGA tournaments, including the Michelob ULTRA Open at Kingsmill and the LPGA Corning Classic.
After nine weeks of physical and mental challenges, it was finally down to only Pam Crikelair and Danielle Amiee to battle it out on the final episode of The Big Break III. The two rivals had butted heads throughout the series and it was only fitting that they faced each other for the title.
And although the ultimate prize of the LPGA Tour exemptions was enough to get the competitive juices flowing, their disdain for each other was only adding to the drama. It was time to settle it over 18 holes of match play.
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Pam Crikelair had relied heavily on her raw athletic ability to reach the Big Break III finals.
I was excited, in the moment, about playing, said Crikelair as they made their way to the tee box. The first tee is always exciting.
I knew I had my work cut out for me today, noted Amiee on the much-anticipated showdown. It was not going to be an easy day.
With that, both players striped their opening drives down the middle and the match was on. Crikelair then seemed to take immediate control of the match as her approach shot nestled up to within 9 feet of the cup. She missed the birdie putt however and they moved to the second hole all square.
At the second, both hit solid tee shots, and yet again Crikelair put the pressure on Danielle with another beautiful approach, this time coming to rest just 4 feet from the hole. Amiees lag putt came up woefully short and she couldnt convert the par putt, leaving Pam an easy two putt to win the hole and move to 1-up.
When she stepped up to the plate and hit that shot and stuck it from that far back, I said to my caddie, Youve got to be kidding me! said Amiee about Crikelairs 4-iron approach.
Perhaps feeling the early pressure from Crikelairs strong iron play, Danielle preceded to block her drive right and into a water hazard guarding the right side on the third hole. She was able to scramble to save bogey but Crikelair nailed a tough 4-footer to save putt and go 2-up through 3 holes.
After a relatively calm first three holes, the fireworks between Pam and Danielle finally rose to the surface at No. 4. Both had reached the green in regulation and Pams long birdie chance stopped a good 6 feet short, leaving Danielle a 10-footer to win the hole. Her stab at birdie missed on the amateur side and she walked up and tapped it in for par.
Pam, however, knew that in match play a player has to mark his or her ball unless the putt is conceded. She informed a somewhat bewildered Amiee to go back and mark her ball where it originally came to rest, perhaps a bit of gamesmanship at play. Crikelair then rolled in her testy par putt and picked up Danielles marker, conceding her par putt to stay 2-up through four.
I was really surprised that Pam would make me replay that putt. She didnt have any consideration or feelings for me or for the situation, said Amiee on the pairs first flare-up of the day. But hey, its the rules of the game and you gotta live by them. It was my mistake and Ill accept it.
It seriously ticked her off, recalled Pam about the sticky situation. I dont know what got her more mad ' that I called her on a rule or that I knocked in that putt. But she was not happy.
At the par-5 fifth, both players chose to lay up due to the wet, soggy conditions and it paid off for Crikelair as her wedge finished within 10 feet of the pin while Danielles ball came to rest just over the green on the lip of a bunker. Trying to get up and down in hopes of halving the hole, her chip barely reached the green leaving her with a lengthy par putt.
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Danielle Amiee grinded her way into the finals and continued with that kind effort against Pam.
In what turned out to be a turning point early in the match, Amiee ran home the putt and then watched as Crikelairs birdie effort came up short, keeping her just 2-down instead of 3-down in the match.
I knew that I needed that putt. My tunnel vision came back and I was digging, said Amiee on her clutch putt. I picked my line, saddled up to it and rolled it right in. I pulled it together and knew that karma and fate were on my side and that it was leading me in the right direction.
With the momentum finally starting to swing in the other direction, Crikelairs tee shot on the par-3 sixth was snap hooked into the woods on the left side while Amiees effort found the front bunker. Lucky to even to locate her ball in the junk, Crikelair was then able to advance it out toward the green. From there, she hit another good wedge to about 17 feet.
Meanwhile, it was another rollercoaster ride for Danielle in the bunker. With thoughts possibly drifting back to her skulled sand attempt in last weeks show, she again hit it thin, sending the ball over the green and into the back bunker. Showing her steely resolve, she blasted out to within 3 feet and made the putt to win her first hole of the match and get it back to just 1-down.
After both made routine pars on the par-4 seventh, the eighth proved to be yet another tough par-3 for Crikelair. Her monster birdie putt didnt quite get over a ridge in the middle of the green and it sent her ball rolling almost as far away as was her original putt. Amiee capitalized on the mistake with an easy two-putt to get the match back to all square through 8 holes.
With the match squared for the first time since the first hole, both players settled in to a comfort zone as they halved the next six holes with pars. The difference in the match seemed to be on the greens, as neither could capitalize on their birdie putts. To this point, Crikelair had struggled on her lag putts but at the same time she was very effective with her par-saving putts in the 4 to 6 foot range.
At the par-5 13th hole, both players were in the fairway after their second shots. Amiees approach safely found the dance floor, but Crikelair wasnt as fortunate. A tough, sidehill lie caused her wedge to fly the green, setting up an almost impossible fourth shot from a gnarly, downhill lie in back of the green.
Ive gotten myself into some pretty unusual lies on the golf course, said Crikelair in somewhat of an understatement. Im new at this. I find myself every once in awhile in a position where I dont have a clue.
Her inexperience showed, as she was unable to even advance the ball onto the putting surface. Danielle lagged her birdie attempt to within inches and Pams subsequent chip to halve the hole missed the mark, giving Danielle her first lead in the match.
After missing a great chance to extend her lead at the 14th by missing a very makeable par putt, Danielle looked again to be in the drivers seat following their tee shots on the par-4 15th hole. As Danielle watched from the fairway, Crikelair escaped disaster by hitting a beautiful cut shot from behind a tree on the right side that found the green.
It was about as close to the tree as it could have been and then it cut onto the green, said an obviously delighted Crikelair. It was one of my best executed shots of the match.
She hit a miraculous shot like you couldnt believe, responded Amiee to what she was witnessing. So I knew she was feeling good.
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Danielle gives a little thanks to the golfing gods after pulling out the win.
Both, however, could only manage pars as they made their way to the tee box at 16, where sparks again began to fly.
As Amiee was in the midst of her tee shot, Crikelair ' inadvertently or not ' bent down, which Danielle caught in the corner of her eye as she swung through the ball.
Thank God I held on to my drive or that would have been out of bounds, said the visibly upset Amiee. I couldnt even believe it. For her to do that, not even waiting for my ball to be hit, was pretty rude!
I anticipated that Danielle was going to come after me today with both barrels loaded because she wants to win so badly, remarked Crikelair about the fireworks.
Each player shook off the incident quickly, but Pam was unable to take advantage of her length on the par-5 and settled for par to halve the hole. Danielle was 1-up with just two holes left to play.
Having honors off the tee at the par-3 17th, Amiee rose to the occasion and put the pressure on big time by stuffing her tee shot to 9 feet. Crikelair responded by pushing her approach just right of the green and now was faced with needing to get up and down for par and hoping that Danielle couldnt convert.
After Pam hit a lackluster chip up to 7 feet of the pin, Amiee was poised to close out the match. With just 9 feet between her and the Big Break III title, Danielle calmly stepped up and rolled home the winning putt to claim the match, and more importantly, the LPGA Tour exemptions.
My life just changed completely from that moment because I was never going to stop until I reached my goal, said Amiee. And now that Ive reached my goal Im going to let it take its own course and I can now move on to the next stage of my life.
I didnt think that I would play nearly this well today in this last challenge of 18 holes of match play, said a proud Crikelair, who became the surprise runner-up on the show. And I can guarantee you that Danielle did not expect for me to give her a little run for her money.
And Danielle, let me tell you, that girl can play.
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    Stock Watch: Park rises again, under the radar

    By Ryan LavnerMarch 20, 2018, 12:48 pm

    Each week on, we’ll examine which players’ stocks and trends are rising and falling in the world of golf.


    Rory (+10%): The massive drives, the fist pumps, the unmistakable strut – McIlroy finally found the spark that he needed to play confident, aggressive golf. Bring on Augusta and his shot at history.

    Tiger (+7%): It was another forgettable end to a final round, but let’s not lose sight of the big picture: Five events into his comeback, Woods has now carded 10 consecutive rounds of par or better – all on tough tracks – and can be viewed as a legitimate threat at the Masters. Remarkable, really.

    Inbee Park (+5%): Fighting injuries and questioning whether she should retire, the Queen ‘Bee routed a top field in just her second start back. Stud.

    Bryson (+3%): When The Machine operates properly, he’s one of the best ball-strikers in the world. Yes, he’s still painfully slow, but there’s no denying his talent – his runner-up against a star-studded field should help him tremendously.

    Laura Davies (+2%): Fifty-four years old and nursing an Achilles injury, she turned back the clock with one of the coolest performances of the young season, on any tour. She’s still got tons of game.


    Henrik Stenson (-1%): Maybe he’s just destined to go winless at Bay Hill. In the past four years, he’s had three excellent chances to win there and came away empty-handed each time.

    Rickie (-2%): Hanging near the lead, Fowler closed his third round bogey-double, then shot 74 in the final round to drop out of the top 10. Sigh.  

    P-Reed (-3%): His whiny protest to a rules official about a free drop – “I guess my name needs to be Jordan Spieth” – got even juicier when the Ryder Cup partners were drawn in the same group at the Match Play. Get your popcorn ready.

    Ted Potter Jr. (-5%): His impressive victory at Pebble Beach over DJ, Phil and J-Day is looking more and more like a fluke each week. He’s now missed four consecutive cuts.

    Fan behavior (-7%): Another week, another player complaining about increasingly hostile spectators. The Tour has (frustratingly) remained quiet on the issue, but the tipping point will come when one of these dopes affects the outcome on the 72nd hole.

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    Ranking the top 10 performers in this WGC-Dell Match Play

    By John AntoniniMarch 20, 2018, 12:30 pm

    It’s fitting that the PGA Tour’s version of March Madness is held at the same time as the world’s most famous win-and-advance, bracket-busting event. Like the NCAA’s Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament, golf’s not-quite-one-and-done grind held this week at Austin (Texas) CC requires a similar formula for success. To advance at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play golfers, like hoopsters, must stay in the moment, read the opponent, and maintain the advantage. The Match Play also requires a steely resolve not necessary for the PGA Tour’s weekly 72-hole marathons. 

    Although a rule change instituted in 2015, allowing for pool play during the first three days of the Match Play, took the luster away from the knock-out aspect of the tournament – Henrik Stenson says it’s why he skips the event – winning remains the key component. Since 2015, every player who reached the championship match was 3-0 in pool play. Winning, it seems, breeds winning.

    So who are the tournament’s best match-play winners?

    First, a few parameters: Although we take into consideration performances in other match-play tournaments, such as the Ryder Cup or the NCAA Championship, the focus of this exercise falls on the Dell Technologies Match Play. So to be considered for our top 10 a player must have a winning record in this tournament. That eliminates Justin Thomas, whose fine play in last year’s Presidents Cup can’t offset his 1-5-0 record in two Match Play appearances.

    Second, we’re interested in recent history, giving priority to the last few years. Ian Poulter might be one of the greatest performers in tournament history, but he hasn’t played this event since 2015 or been on a Ryder Cup team since 2014. Thus, he’ll join Thomas on the sidelines.

    Finally, to be on this list, you have to be playing this week. There’s no sense telling you how great a match-play performer Justin Rose or Rickie Fowler might be if you won’t see them play the format until the Ryder Cup.

    Here’s our top 10 list of best match-play performers playing in this week’s WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.

    1. Rory McIlroy: Prior to last year’s Match Play, McIlroy identified ruthlessness, selfishness and pride as the key facets as to why he’s so good in this format. “I'm too proud to be beaten,” he said. “I won't let anyone get up on me. I think too much of myself to let anyone do that to me.” McIlroy has a career record of 23-9-2 in the Match Play and is 12-3-2 the last three years. He won in 2015 and lost in the semifinals in 2016, and he’s in pretty good form coming off his API triumph. Factor in his winning record in all three formats of play in the Ryder Cup and you should agree that match play is a perfect fit for McIlroy’s personality.

    2. Jason Day: Day is a two-time winner of the Match Play (2014, 2016) and his career record of 21-9-0 is better than it looks, because he was given three losses when he withdrew during the first round of last year’s tournament to be with his ailing mother. In the last six Match Plays, Day is 5-0 against players in our top 10, including a 1-up win over McIlroy in the semifinals in 2016. Day ranks second because Rory has played better in all recent match-play competitions, and ultimately we can’t forgive Day’s underwhelming play in the last two Presidents Cups (1-7-2 record).

    3. Dustin Johnson: The defending champion deserves kudos for his 12-3-0 record in the last three Match Plays. Johnson was so overwhelming a year ago, that he never trailed at any point during the week. His raw power and self-confidence are an intimidating combination. “It's amazing how he's able to keep cool the entire round,” said Jon Rahm after losing to Johnson in the 2017 final. “It amazes me. He's just a perfect, complete player."

    4. Louis Oosthuizen: It’s hard to believe someone with the nickname Shrek could have a killer instinct, but you can’t argue with the results. Oosthuizen is 15-4-0 in the Match Play since 2014, losing in the championship match to Day in 2016, and reaching the quarterfinals two other times. He also has been the International team’s best player in the last two Presidents Cups, with a combined record of 6-2-2, including a 1-0-1 mark against Patrick Reed in singles.

    5. Patrick Reed: Perhaps golf’s best current team performer, Reed’s fist-pumping, finger-waving singles victory over McIlroy in the 2016 Ryder Cup is what legends are made of. Reed is 10-4-4 in Presidents Cup and Ryder Cup play, and was 6-0 in match-play competition for Augusta University during the NCAA Championship. But although he excels in team formats, his performance in this week’s event leaves us wanting. Reed has advanced out of pool play just once in three years, and ultimately his 6-5-1 record keeps him out of our top four.

    6. Jon Rahm: The latest in a long line of great Spanish match-play performers, Rahm appears to be a worthy successor to Seve Ballesteros, Jose Maria Olazabal and Sergio Garcia. He’s such a young pro that there’s not much to go on other than his 6-1 record in 2017, where he took Johnson to the 18th hole before losing in the finals. He won two matches in the 2014 U.S. Amateur and reached the quarterfinals in 2015.

    7. Rafael Cabrera-Bello: If Rahm is not Spain’s next match-play hero, perhaps it’s this 33-year-old star. A latecomer to the world golf scene compared to his Spanish compatriots, who all blossomed in their early 20s, the Canary Islands native is a worthy performer. He was unbeaten (2-0-1) in his first Ryder Cup in 2016, and has an 8-4-1 record in four Match Plays, including a 3-and-2 victory over McIlroy in the 2016 consolation match. He also reached the semifinals of the 2012 Volvo World Match Play.

    8. Phil Mickelson: After a four-year absence from the Match Play, Mickelson barely missed advancing out of pool play in 2016 and reached the quarterfinals in 2017. A perennial member of U.S. Cup teams, he has an incredible 10-2-3 combined Presidents and Ryder Cup record since 2014 with a 3-0-1 mark in singles.

    9. Jordan Spieth: He’s here because of his 9-4-1 record in the Match Play, his two U.S. Junior Amateur victories and because he beat Thomas in the 2012 NCAA Championship. So we’ll conveniently forget that he’s 0-5-0 in singles play in the Presidents and Ryder Cups.

    10. Paul Casey: A two-time runner-up in the Match Play (2009, 2010), Casey is 7-4-1 (including a conceded loss) since pool play began. 

    Others of note: Matt Kuchar’s career record is even better than Casey’s (21-8-2), but he’s just a pedestrian 4-4-2 since 2015. … Thomas Pieters doesn’t qualify for the top 10 because he’s just 2-2-2 in the Match Play, but he was 4-1 as a Ryder Cup rookie in 2016 and beat Spieth in 2012 and Thomas in 2013 during the NCAA Championship. … Like Pieters, keep an eye on Kiradech Aphibarnrat. He’s only 2-2-0 in the Match Play, but two of his four European Tour victories are of the match-play variety (2015 Paul Lawrie, 2018 World Super 6 Perth).

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    First Look: WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play groups

    By Rex HoggardMarch 20, 2018, 2:20 am

    AUSTIN, Texas – Although professional golf’s version of March Madness is considered just plain maddening in some circles following the switch to round-robin play three years ago, it’s still one of the game’s most compelling weeks after a steady diet of stroke play.

    With this week’s lineup having been set Monday night via a blind draw, we take a deep dive into WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play bracketology (current world golf rankings in parentheses):

    Pool play will begin Wednesday, with the winner from each of the 16 groups advancing to knockout play beginning Saturday:

    Group 1: (1) Dustin Johnson, (32) Kevin Kisner, (38) Adam Hadwin, (52) Bernd Wiesberger

    Teeing off: This sounds like the beginning of a joke that’s made the rounds at the United Nations, but what do you get when a pair of South Carolinians, a Canadian and an Austrian walk onto the first tee? Group 1 and what, on paper, looks like it could be the week’s most lopsided pod with the world No. 1, who never trailed on his way to victory last year, poised to pick up where he left off.

    Group 2: (2) Justin Thomas, (21) Francesco Molinari, (48) Patton Kizzire, (60) Luke List

    Teeing off: This isn’t exactly an Iron Bowl rematch, but having Thomas (Alabama) and Kizzire (Auburn) in the same group seems to be pandering to the Southeastern Conference crowd.

    Group 3: (3) Jon Rahm, (28) Kiradech Aphibarnrat, (43) Chez Reavie, (63) Keegan Bradley

    Teeing off: The Asian John Daly (aka Aphibarnrat) will have his hands full with Rahm, who lost the championship match to Johnson last year; while Bradley may be this group’s Cinderella after making a late push to qualify for the Match Play.

    Group 4: (4) Jordan Spieth, (19) Patrick Reed, (34) Haotong Li, (49) Charl Schwartzel

    Teeing off: This may be the week’s most awkward pairing, with Spieth and Reed turning what has been one of the United States' most successful tandems (they are 7-2-2 as partners in Presidents and Ryder Cup play) into an early-week highlight. It will be “shhh” vs. “Go Get that.”

    Group 5: (5) Hideki Matsuyama, (30) Patrick Cantlay, (46) Cameron Smith, (53) Yusaku Miyazato

    Teeing off: Cantlay could be the Tour’s most reserved player, Smith isn’t much more outspoken and Matsuyama and Miyazato speak limited English. This will be the quietest pod, and it’ll have nothing to do with gamesmanship.

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    Group 6: (6) Rory McIlroy, (18) Brian Harman, (44) Jhonattan Vegas, (51) Peter Uihlein

    Teeing off: We're going to declare this the “group of death,” with McIlroy coming off a commanding victory last week at Bay Hill and Harman being one of the Tour’s most gritty competitors.

    Group 7: (7) Sergio Garcia, (20) Xander Schauffele, (41) Dylan Frittelli, (62) Shubankhar Sharma

    Teeing off: Three weeks ago, Phil Mickelson confused Sharma for a member of the media when he tried to introduce himself at the WGC-Mexico Championship. As a public service announcement: it’s SHAR-ma. You may be hearing it a lot this week.

    Group 8: (8) Jason Day, (25) Louis Oosthuizen, (42) Jason Dufner, (56) James Hahn

    Teeing off: This pod has a Presidents Cup flair to it, but Day and Oosthuizen should hope for a better outcome considering the International side’s awful record in the biennial bout.

    Group 9: (9) Tommy Fleetwood, (26) Daniel Berger, (33) Kevin Chappell, (58) Ian Poulter

    Teeing off: We showed up in Austin and a Ryder Cup broke out. Fleetwood is all but a lock to make this year’s European team, and fellow Englishman Poulter (23-14) has forged a career on his match-play prowess. For Berger and Chappell, who both played last year’s Presidents Cup, it’s a chance to impress U.S. captain Jim Furyk.

    Group 10: (10) Paul Casey, (31) Matthew Fitzpatrick, (45) Kyle Stanley, (51) Russell Henley

    Teeing off: Casey has a stellar record at the Match Play (23-13-1) and having finally ended his victory drought two weeks ago at the Valspar Championship the Englishman could likely seal his Ryder Cup fate with a solid week at Austin Country Club.

    Group 11: (11) Marc Leishman, (23) Branden Grace, (35) Bubba Watson, (64) Suri

    Teeing off: The best part of March Madness is the potential upsets, and while Suri, the last man in the field, isn’t exactly UMBC over Virginia, don’t be surprised if the little-known player from St. Augustine, Fla., stuns some big names this week.

    Group 12: (12) Tyrrell Hatton, (22) Charley Hoffman, (36) Brendan Steele, (55) Alexander Levy

    Teeing off: If Levy hopes to make the European Ryder Cup team he should consider this his audition. That is if captain Thomas Bjorn is watching.

    Group 13: (13) Alex Noren, (29) Tony Finau, (39) Thomas Pieters, (61) Kevin Na

    Teeing off:  Finau and Pieters have the firepower to play with anyone in the field and Noren’s record the last few months has been impressive, but Na looks like one of those Princeton teams who can wear down anyone.

    Group 14: (14) Phil Mickelson, (17) Rafael Cabrera-Bello, (40) Sotashi Kodaira, (59) Charles Howell III

    Teeing off: Mickelson has been rejuvenated by his victory at the last World Golf Championship, Cabrera Bello is poised to earn a spot on this year’s European Ryder Cup team and Howell is playing some of the best golf of his career. Note to Kodaira, don’t try to introduce yourself to Lefty before your match. 

    Group 15: (15) Pat Perez, (24) Gary Woodland, (37) Webb Simpson, (50) Si Woo Kim

    Teeing off: Perez explained that during a practice round on Monday he was talking trash with Branden Grace. Not sure Kim will be down for some trash talking, but it would certainly be entertaining and probably a little confusing for him.

    Group 16: (16) Matt Kuchar, (27) Ross Fisher, (47) Yuta Ikeda, (54) Zach Johnson

    Teeing off: If any of these matches comes down to a tie, may we suggest officials go to a sudden-death ping-pong match. No one can compete with Kuchar on a table, but it would be must-see TV nonetheless.

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    Randall's Rant: Hey, loudmouth, you're not funny

    By Randall MellMarch 19, 2018, 10:30 pm

    Dear misguided soul:

    You know who you are.

    You’re “that guy.”

    You’re that guy following around Rory McIloy and yelling “Erica” at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

    There was something creepy in the nature of your bid to get in McIlroy’s head, in the way you hid in the shadows all day. Bringing a guy’s wife into the fray that way, it’s as funny as heavy breathing on the other end of a phone call.

    You’re that guy telling Justin Thomas you hope he hits it in the water at the Honda Classic.

    There are a million folks invested in seeing if Thomas can muster all the skills he has honed devoting himself to being the best in the world, and you’re wanting to dictate the tournament’s outcome. Yeah, that’s what we all came out to see, if the angry guy living in his mother’s basement can make a difference in the world. Can’t-miss TV.

    You’re that guy who is still screaming “Mashed Potatoes” at the crack of a tee shot or “Get in the Hole” with the stroke of a putt.

    Amusing to you, maybe, but as funny as a fart in an elevator to the rest of us.

    As a growing fraternity of golf fans, you “guys” need a shirt. It could say, “I’m that guy” on one side and “Phi Kappa Baba Booey” on the other.

    I know, from outside of golf, this sounds like a stodgy old geezer screaming “Get off my lawn.” That’s not right, though. It’s more like “Stop puking on my lawn.”

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    Because McIlroy is right, in the growing number of incidents players seem to be dealing with now, it’s probably the liquor talking.

    The Phoenix Open is golf’s drunken uncle, but he isn’t just visiting on the holiday now. He’s moving in.

    What’s a sport to do?

    McIlroy suggested limiting liquor sales at tournaments, restricting alcohol consumption to beer.

    I don’t know, when the beer’s talking, it sounds a lot like the liquor talking to me, just a different dialect.

    From the outside, this push-back from players makes them sound like spoiled country club kids who can’t handle the rough-and-tumble playgrounds outside their prim little bailiwick. This isn’t really about social traditions, though. It’s about competition.

    It’s been said here before, and it’s worth repeating, golf isn’t like baseball, basketball or football. Screaming in a player’s backswing isn’t like screaming at a pitcher, free-throw shooter or field-goal kicker. A singular comment breaking the silence in golf is more like a football fan sneaking onto the sidelines and tripping a receiver racing toward the end zone.

    Imagine the outrage if that happened in an NFL game.

    So, really, what is golf to do?

    Equip marshals with tasers? Muzzle folks leaving the beer tent? Prohibit alcohol sales at tournaments?

    While the first proposition would make for good TV, it probably wouldn’t be good for growing the sport.

    So, it’s a tough question, but golf’s governing bodies should know by now that drunken fans can’t read those “Quiet Please!” signs that marshals wave. There will have to be better enforcement (short of tasers and muzzles).

    There’s another thing about all of this, too. Tiger Woods is bringing such a broader fan base to the game again, with his resurgence. Some of today’s younger players, they didn’t experience all that came with his ascendance his first time around. Or they didn’t get the full dose of Tigermania when they were coming up.

    This is no knock on Tigermania. It’s great for the game, but there are challenges bringing new fans into the sport and keeping them in the sport.

    So if you’re “that guy,” welcome to our lawn, just don’t leave your lunch on it, please.