He Said/She Said: Dream foursome? Favorite movie?

By Bailey MosierOctober 13, 2011, 2:28 pm

'Caddyshack' may be the easy answer to the 'Favorite golf movie?' question, but that doesn't mean it's the only answer. The Golf Guy and 'Birdie' Bailey Mosier share some of their classic golf favorites from movies to swings and all things in between.

By The Golf Guy

Favorite golf movie? At this point, this question has become cliché, as the only answer is ‘Caddyshack.’ The only real question is if it’s one of the greatest movies of all time in general? Take that, ‘Gone with the Wind,’ ‘Citizen Kane’ and ‘Casablanca.’ And if you have any doubts, this scene should pretty much sum up my love for the movie.

Favorite dream foursome? I could rattle off Greg Norman, Phil Mickelson and Jack Nicklaus rather easily. Or Johnny Miller, Sir Nick Faldo and Brandel Chamblee. Or even Annika Sorenstam, Michelle Wie and Natalie Gulbis. But no, gonna give this one a little more thought. My dad? Nope, he sucks. And after every shot he just usually says, ‘Aaaaaaahhh sh*t, Richard!’ My brother? Nope, he beats me every time. Nope, I’m gonna go with three guys you’ve never heard of: Joel F., Jimmy L. and Sammy T (their last names taken out for a reason). They are the three guys that I have most enjoyed ever playing golf with. And that’s the name of the game, isn’t it? Yes, a far cry maybe from Jack, Lefty and the Shark, but you get the point.

Favorite all-time golf shot? The sheer number of great golf shots by Tiger would seem to lock up this question, but I’m going with the only time I’ve ever jumped out of my chair and started hugging co-workers: the 2004 Masters. Phil Mickelson’s winning putt on the 72nd hole. Was it the greatest golf shot ever? Hardly, although it was a damn good putt. But the joy on his face with the weight of the world finally off his back … I still get goose bumps thinking about it. 

Favorite golf swing? Let’s start with whose it’s not: Mine (of course), Craig Parry (of course – Part II), and Sir Charles Barkley (of course – Part III). As for who it could be, let’s start a list: Sam Snead, Ben Hogan, Fred Couples, Ernie Els, Tiger Woods (circa 2000) and Luke Donald. I love them all. But if I had to watch one swing over and over and over, I’m taking Freddie Couples. A golf swing is inherently a violent motion, yet Freddie has always made it look like two butterflies making love. I have no idea what that just meant, as I have never seen two butterflies making love. Anyway, his swing is … aaaahhh, never mind at this point.

By 'Birdie' Bailey Mosier

Favorite golf movie? Conventional wisdom tells me I should choose ‘Caddychack,’ but I’m going to go with ‘Tin Cup’ instead. A rugged, unrefined, unlikely golf pro from west Texas who drinks too much and dreams too little gets both the glory and the girl in the end? 'Nuff said.

Favorite dream foursome? I’m going to go with my father, Jack Nicklaus and William Shakespeare. My dad is the reason I got into golf, Nicklaus is his favorite golfer and Shakespeare would craft insightful, meaningful and original commentary that would undoubtedly entertain the group on the course and afterward at the 19th hole.

Favorite all-time golf shot? It’s got to be the Tiger Woods chip-in on No. 16 in the final round of the 2005 Masters. Shakespeare himself could not have scripted something like that. Still gives me chills every time I watch it

Favorite golf swing? You’re going to call me crazy, but my favorite golf swing is that of Jim Furyk. Not because it is the most technically correct or because it looks the prettiest. I like it because it’s quirky, different and unique. And because Furyk has figured out a way to make it work for him – the man has 26 professional wins including the U.S. Open and the Tour Championship, after all. 

Watch: Pros try to hit 2-yard wide fairway in Dubai

By Grill Room TeamNovember 18, 2017, 5:20 pm

While in Dubai for the DP World Tour Championship, the European Tour prestented a little challenge to Ross Fisher, Richie Ramsay, Nicolas Colsaerts and Soren Kjeldsen. On a stretch of road outside of town, the four players had to try and hit a 2-yard wide fairway. Check out the results.

Rose (65) leads Rahm, Frittelli in Dubai

By Associated PressNovember 18, 2017, 3:24 pm

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Justin Rose will take a one-shot lead into the final day of the season-ending Tour Championship as he attempts to win a third straight title on the European Tour and a second career Race to Dubai crown.

The 37-year-old Rose made a gutsy par save on the final hole after a bogey-free round for a 7-under 65 Saturday and overall 15-under 201.

The Englishman leads South African Dylan Frittelli, who produced the day's best score of 63, and Spain's Jon Rahm, who played in the same group as Rose and matched his 65.

Rose is looking to be Europe's season-ending No. 1 for the second time. His leading rival for the Race to Dubai title, Tommy Fleetwood, is only two shots behind here after a second straight 65 on the Earth course of Jumeirah Golf Estates.

Fleetwood did his chances no harm by overcoming a stuttering start before making eight birdies in his final 11 holes to also post a 65. The 26-year-old Englishman was tied for fourth place at 13 under, alongside South African Dean Burmester (65) and Thailand's Kiradech Aphibarnrat (67), who closed with five birdies in a row.

''So, last day of the season and I've got a chance to win the Race to Dubai,'' Fleetwood said. ''It's cool.''

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Masters champion Sergio Garcia, the only other player with a chance to win the Race to Dubai title, is tied for 13th on 10 under after a 67.

Fleetwood had a lead of 256,737 points going into the final tournament and needs to equal or better Rose's finishing position to claim the title. If Rose doesn't finish in the top five and Garcia doesn't win, Fleetwood will have done enough.

Rose is hoping to win a third straight tournament after triumphs in China and Turkey.

Rose, who made some long putts for birdies apart from chipping in on the 13th hole, looked to be throwing away his advantage on the par-5 18th, when his second shot fell agonizingly short of the green and into the water hazard. But with his short game in superb condition, the reigning Olympic champion made a difficult up-and-down shot to stay ahead.

''That putt at the last is a big confidence-builder. That broke about 18 inches right-to-left downhill. That's the kind of putt I've been hoping to make. That was a really committed stroke. Hopefully I can build on that tomorrow,'' said Rose. ''I know what I need to do to stay at the top of the leaderboard. If I slip up tomorrow, he's (Fleetwood) right there. He's done everything he needs to do on his end, so it's a lot of fun.''

The last player to win three tournaments in a row on the European Tour was Rory McIlroy, when he won the Open Championship, the WGC-Bridgestone and the PGA Championship in 2014.

Fleetwood was 1 over after seven holes but turned it on with a hat trick of birdies from the eighth, and then four in a row from No. 13.

''I wanted to keep going. Let's bring the tee times forward for tomorrow,'' quipped Fleetwood after closing with a birdie on the 18th. ''Just one of them strange days where nothing was going at all. A couple sloppy pars on the par 5s, and a bad tee shot on fifth and I was 1-over through seven on a day where scoring has been really good ... Ninth and 10th, felt like we had something going ... it was a really good last 11 holes.''

If Park is nervous, she sure doesn't show it

By Randall MellNovember 17, 2017, 11:24 pm

NAPLES, Fla. – Sung Hyun Park says she can feel her heart pounding every time she steps to the first tee.

She says she always gets nervous starting a round.

You don’t believe it, though.

She looks like she would be comfortable directing a sky full of Boeing 737s as an air traffic controller at Incheon International Airport . . .

Or talking people off the ledges of skyscrapers . . .

Or disarming ticking bombs . . .

“In terms of golf, I always get nervous,” she insists.

Everything about Park was at odds with that admission Friday, after she took control halfway through the CME Group Tour Championship.

Her Korean nickname is “Dan Gong,” which means “Shut up and attack.” Now that sounds right. That’s what she looks like she is doing, trying to run roughshod through the Tour Championship in a historic sweep of all the LPGA’s most important awards and honors.

Park got just one look at Tiburon Golf Club before this championship began, playing in Wednesday’s pro-am. Then she marched out Thursday and shot 67, then came out Friday and shot 65.

At 12 under overall, Park has a three-shot lead on Caroline Masson and Sarah Jane Smith.

She is six shots up on Lexi Thompson, who leads the CME Globe point standings in the race for the $1 million jackpot.

She is 11 shots up on world No. 1 Shanshan Feng.

And 11 shots up on So Yeon Ryu, who leads the Rolex Player of the Year point standings.

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There’s a long way to go, but Park is in position to make an epic sweep, to win the Tour Championship, that CME Globe jackpot, the Rolex Player of the Year Award, the Rolex Rookie of the Year Award, the Vare Trophy for low scoring average, the LPGA money-winning title and the Rolex world No. 1 ranking.

Nobody’s ever dominated a weekend like that in women’s golf.

It’s all there for the taking now, if Park can keep this going.

Park has another nickname back in South Korea. Her fans call her “Namdalla.” That means “I am different.” She’ll prove that if she owns this weekend.

Park, 24, isn’t assuming anything. She’s humbly aware how much talent is flooding the LPGA, how the tour’s depth was underscored in a year where five different players have reigned as world No. 1, five different players won majors and 22 different winners stepped forward in 32 events.

“I don’t think it’s quite that far a lead,” Park said of her three-shot advantage. “Two, three shots can change at any moment.”

About those nerves that Park insists plague her, even Hall of Famer Judy Rankin can’t see it.

Not when Park unsheathes a driver on a tee box.

“She’s the most fearless driver of the ball out here,” Rankin said. “I would put Lexi a close second and everybody else a distant third. She hits drivers on holes where you shouldn’t, and she hits it long and she just throws it right down there between hazard stakes that are 10 yards apart, like it’s nothing. Now, that’s a little hyperbole, but she will hit driver almost everywhere.”

David Jones, Park’s caddie, will attest to that. He was on Park’s bag when she won the U.S. Women’s Open in July and won the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open in August.

“She reaches for driver a lot because she is a good driver,” Jones said. “She isn’t reckless. She’s as accurate with a driver as she is a 3-wood.”

Park and Thompson played together in the first round. Park is eighth on tour in driving distance, averaging 270 yards per drive, and Thompson is third, averaging 274.

Thompson loves to hit driver, too, but . . . 

“Lexi hit a lot of 3-woods compared to us when we played together yesterday,” Jones said.

Jones doesn’t find himself talking Park out of hitting driver much.

“It’s really simple,” Jones said. “When you hit driver as straight as she does, why mess around?”

Count Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee, a student of the swing, among admirers of Park’s abilities.

“No other swing in the game comes close to her technical perfection and elegance in my opinion,” Chamblee tweeted Friday.

Come Sunday, Park hopes to complete a perfect sweep of the LPGA’s most important awards.

National champion Sooners meet with Trump in D.C.

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 17, 2017, 11:10 pm

The national champion Oklahoma men's golf team visited Washington D.C. on Frday and met with President Donald Trump.

Oklahoma topped Oregon, 3 1/2 to 1 1/2, in last year's national final at Rich Harvest Farms to win their second national championship and first since 1989.

These pictures from the team's trip to Washington popped up on social media late Friday afternoon: