Golf Guy Grill Room: Movies and Snacks.

By Golf GuyMay 18, 2011, 1:26 pm
'Hey Bartender...'

Bartender Scootdog: 'Do you like watching match play or stroke play, Professor Golf Guy?'

Golf Guy: 'Good question Scootdog. Without getting waaaaaay into this topic, I perfer stroke play. Granted, there are certain aspects of match play that may turn out to be awesome, but ultimately, stroke play is the best format for TV.'

Scootdog: 'Does The Ryder Cup ring a bell, you dumb, silly fool?'

Golf Guy: 'Does shutting up and getting me another drink ring a bell, Scootdog? The reason I enjoy stroke play is because it usually comes down to the 72nd hole of an event. Anything can happen. And a lot of times it does. As far as the Ryder Cup, yes, it's an absolutely wonderful event in which the match play format works to perfection – a team event.

Scootdog: 'The Ryder Cup is easily the best, most exciting event in golf. How you could argue against that is beyond me.'

Golf Guy: 'Scoot, you know I love you, but please, just keep it zipped. If it were reversed and most events were match play formats, do you understand how many Sunday afternoons would end at the 15th hole with an hour of coverage left? I want my 72 holes of satisfaction. Plus, I like having more players on the leaderboard and in the mix.'

Scootdog: 'Do you understand that I'm cutting you off right now and you will be silenced?'

Golf Guy: 'But wait ... '

 

Caption of the Week 

 Martin Kaymer and Luke Donald

'Where are we going? Well, first, we are flying home from The Players Championship and once we land in Europe, we will be heading over to Lee Westwood's house to wrestle the world No. 1 ranking from him. Cheeky bastard decided not to play in the Players and somehow kept his No. 1 spot in the world rankings.'

 
Kibbles 'n Bits

The Golf Guy

In honor of the much anticipated movie 'The Hangover Part II' coming out next week, the Golf Guy gives you not just one, but two completely useless, non-golf related Top-3 lists:

Top-3 movie snacks:

1. Sugar Babies (birdie). Not even sure what they actually taste like - and pretty sure they will one day take out one of my fillings, but I love me a couple of Sugar Babies when watching a movie.

2. Hot Tamales (birdie). My mouth can't handle spicy food, yet I can't seem to get enough of these little fireballs during a movie. Seeing as I have a rule against drinking rum during movies, I counter-act the heat with a free cup of ice water and the following...

3. Malted milk balls (eagle). Oh yes, a movie snack classic. I send my father a tub of these sum bitches every Father's Day, for his birthday and for Christmas. Like father, like son, the malted milk balls don't even last through one phone conversation.


And with that, my Top-3 all-time movies (with videos describing the hilarity instead of myself):

1. The Jerk. 'I have it written down, I can show it to you tomorrow if you want to see it...'

2. Raising Arizona. 'Unless round is funny...'

3. Animal House. 'Was it over when the German's bombed Pearl Harbor...?'

Honorable mention: Caddyshack; Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy; Shawshank; Love, Actually (yes, I'm a softie); No Escape (Ray Liotta – 1994); Goodfellas; Groundhog Day (the movie I've watch the most - over 100 times?); The Birdcage; Wedding Crashers; Annie Hall; Dances with Wolves; Gladiator; Crash; Sideways (golf scenes!); On Golden Pond.

 
Quotes ... From the Vault

 

'Reverse every natural instinct and do the opposite of what you are inclined to do, and you will probably come very close to having a perfect golf swing.' – Ben Hogan (five-time winner at this week's Colonial), apparently conjuring up his inner-George Costanza, with some thoughts about the the golf swing.



Stat-O-Licious

 

Talk about ill-timing: David Toms hadn't missed a putt inside of 5 feet all week at The Players untill ... gag ... his miss at the first playoff hole. Which raises the question: Should he have just missed the great putt on the 72nd hole to avoid the embarrassment on 17 in the playoff? Oh calm down, I love to kid Les Miles' LSU boy. ... The Players Championship was the fourth tournament in a row on the PGA Tour to go into a playoff. Somewhere, Jim Mora's wife is freaking out. ... Dirk Nowitzki went 24 for 24 from the free throw line in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals. I can't even go 1-1 when standing at a urinal. Bernhard Langer would be proud.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 5, Sergio Garcia

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 1:00 pm

This was the year it finally happened for Sergio Garcia.

The one-time teen phenom, known for years as “El Nino,” entered the Masters as he had dozens of majors beforehand – shouldered with the burden of being the best player without a major.

Garcia was 0-for-72 driving down Magnolia Lane in April, but after a thrilling final round and sudden-death victory over Justin Rose, the Spaniard at long last captured his elusive first major title.

The expectation for years was that Garcia might land his white whale on a British links course, or perhaps at a U.S. Open where his elite ball-striking might shine. Instead it was on the storied back nine at Augusta National that he came alive, chasing down Rose thanks in part to a memorable approach on No. 15 that hit the pin and led to an eagle.


Full list of 2017 Newsmakers of the Year


A green jacket was only the start of a transformative year for Garcia, 37, who heaped credit for his win on his then-fiancee, Angela Akins. The two were married in July, and months later the couple announced that they were expecting their first child to arrive just ahead of Garcia’s return to Augusta, where he'll host his first champions’ dinner.

And while players often cling to the notion that a major win won’t intrinsically change them, there was a noticeable difference in Garcia over the summer months. The weight of expectation, conscious or otherwise, seemed to lift almost instantly. Like other recent Masters champs, he took the green jacket on a worldwide tour, with stops at Wimbledon and a soccer match between Real Madrid and Barcelona.

The player who burst onto the scene as a baby-faced upstart is now a grizzled veteran with nearly two decades of pro golf behind him. While the changes this year occurred both on and off the course, 2017 will always be remembered as the year when Garcia finally, improbably, earned the title of major champion.


Masters victory


Article: Garcia defeats Rose to win Masters playoff

Article: Finally at peace: Garcia makes major breakthrough

Article: Garcia redeems career, creates new narrative


Video: See the putt that made Sergio a major champ


Green jacket tour

Article: Take a look at Sergio's crazy, hectic media tour

Article: Garcia with fiancée, green jacket at Wimbledon

Article: Watch: Garcia kicks off El Clasico in green jacket


Man of the people


Article: SERGIO! Garcia finally gets patrons on his side

Article: Fan finally caddies for Sergio after asking 206 times

Article: Sergio donates money for Texas flood relief


Article: Connelly, Garcia paired years after photo together


Ace at 17th at Sawgrass


Growing family

Article: Sergio, Angela get married; Kenny G plays reception

Article: Garcia, wife expecting first child in March 2018


Departure from TaylorMade


Article: Masters champ Garcia splits with TaylorMade


Squashed beef with Paddy

Article: Harrington: Garcia was a 'sore loser'

Article: Sergio, Padraig had 'great talk,' are 'fine'


Victory at Valderrama


Article: Garcia gets first win since Masters at Valderrama

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 12:30 pm
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Montana parents can't watch kids play high school golf

By Grill Room TeamDecember 11, 2017, 9:47 pm

Well, this is a one new one.

According to a report from KTVQ in Montana, this line in the Montana State High School Association rule book all but forbids spectators from observing high school golf in that state:

“No spectators/fans are allowed on the course except for certain locations as designated by the tournament manager and club professional.”

Part of the issue, according to the report, is that most courses don't bother to designate those "certain locations" leaving parents unable to watch their kids compete.

“If you tell a parent that they can’t watch their kid play in the Thanksgiving Day football game, they would riot,” Chris Kelley, a high school golf parent, told KTVQ.

The report lists illegal outside coaching as one of the rule's chief motivations, but Montana State women's golf coach Brittany Basye doesn't quite buy that.

“I can go to a softball game and I can sit right behind the pitcher. I can make hand signals,” she is quoted in the report. “I can yell out names. I can do the same thing on a softball field that might affect that kid. Football games we can yell as loud as we want when someone is making a pass or a catch.”

The MHSA has argued that unlike other sports that are played in a confined area, the sprawling nature of a golf course would make it difficult to hire enough marshals to keep unruly spectators in check.

Meanwhile, there's a lawyer quoted in the report claiming this is some kind of civil rights issue.

Worth note, Montana is one of only two states that doesn't allow spectators on the course. The other state, Alaska, does not offer high school golf.

PGA Tour suspends Hensby for anti-doping violation

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 11, 2017, 8:02 pm

Mark Hensby has been suspended for one year by the PGA Tour for violating the Tour’s anti-doping policy by failing to provide a sample after notification.

The Tour made the announcement Monday, reporting that Hensby will be eligible to return on Oct. 26, 2018.

The statement reads:

The PGA Tour announced today that Mark Hensby has violated the Tour Anti-Doping Policy for failing to provide a drug testing sample after notification and has been suspended for a period of one year. He will be eligible to return on Oct. 26, 2018.

Hensby, 46, won the John Deere Classic in 2004. He played the Web.com Tour this past year, playing just 14 events. He finished 142nd on the money list. He once ranked among the top 30 in the Official World Golf Ranking but ranks No. 1,623 today.

The Sunshine Tour recently suspended player Etienne Bond for one year for failing a drug test. Players previously suspended by the PGA Tour for violating the anti-doping policy include Scott Stallings and Doug Barron.

The PGA Tour implemented revisions to its anti-doping program with the start of the 2017-18 season. The revisions include blood testing and the supplementation of the Tour’s prohibited list to include all of the substances and methods on the World Anti-Doping Agency prohibited list. As part of this season’s revisions, the Tour announced it would also begin reporting suspensions due to recreational drug use.

The Tour said it would not issue further comment on Hensby's suspension.