The Social: Go ahead, make his day

By Grill Room TeamMay 30, 2017, 1:00 pm

Tour pros share their Memorial Day tributes, Ian Poulter bemoans American bacon, and one young fan makes faces of pure joy when presented with four of his heroes on his birthday. All that and more in this edition of The Social.

We lead off this week with selected tributes to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. In honor of Memorial Day, tour pros and their significant others took to Twitter to say thank you to fallen members of the United States military. Here’s a small sampling:

Home of the FREE because of the BRAVE.. Thank you #memorialday

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Happy Memorial Day. #wewillneverforget

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Our deepest thanks all the men and women serving around the world. It is because of your work that we can publish silly blog posts like this one. Speaking of which …

Ian Poulter – on Memorial Day, of all days(!) – is ripping on American bacon! THE NERVE OF THIS GUY!

It just goes to show you can’t have everything. It’s either the bacon or the Ferraris.

That said, Poulter should avoid advertising his anti-American bacon take around this guy:

Danny Lee played his way into the final group at the Dean & DeLuca Invitational and ended his week in solo sixth, four shots behind champion Kevin Kisner.

It was Lee’s second straight top-10 finish after a tie for fifth at the Byron Nelson.

Needless to say, things are going well for Lee as of late on the golf course … save for this well-intentioned mishap uploaded to Instagram and dubbed over with the sounds of legendary Cleveland Indians announcer Harry Doyle.

Courtesy Pat Perez:

Lee, as best we know, is not a juvenile delinquent during the PGA Tour’s *brief* offseason, nor has he ever played in the California Penal League.

While we’re on the subject of fictional baseball announcers who drink in the booth, best of luck to Jim Brockmire on his recent promotion to Triple-A New Orleans.

The MVP of Super Bowl 50, Von Miller is one of the most-feared pass rushers golfers in the NFL today, as evidenced by this clip from the Denver Broncos’ players and coaches golf outing.

Golfing with @vonmiller #Broncos

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Still can’t believe Miller managed to overcome this spot-on draft profile:

Get that scout more money.

A young golf fan named Aaron was lucky enough to spend his ninth birthday with his four favorite golfers: Beef Johnston, Justin Rose, Henrik Stenson and Martin Kaymer.

At first, he thinks he’s just meeting Beef. But then Beef picks up Justin. And then Justin tells Beef they need to pick up Henrik, who just happened to have the claret jug with him, prompting Rose to take out his gold medal. And then the whole crew meets Marty at Wentworth.

The video is above, and stills of Aaron’s best faces are below:

On Tony Romo’s prospects as an NFL analyst on CBS:

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What's in the bag: CareerBuilder winner Rahm

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 22, 2018, 10:37 pm

Jon Rahm defeated Andrew Landry in a playoff to earn his second PGA Tour title at the CareerBuilder Challenge. Here's what's in his bag:

Driver: TaylorMade M4 (9.5 degrees), with Aldila Tour Green 75 TX shaft

Fairway wood: TaylorMade M3 (19 degrees), with Aldila Tour Green 75 TX shaft

Irons: TaylorMade P790 (3), P750 (4-PW), with Project X 6.5 shafts

Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind (52, 56 degrees), Milled Grind Hi-Toe (60 degrees), with Project X 6.5 shafts

Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour Red

Ball: TaylorMade TP5x

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Strange irked by Rahm-Landry friendly playoff

By Jason CrookJanuary 22, 2018, 9:45 pm

Curtis Strange knows a thing or two about winning golf tournaments, and based on his reaction to the CareerBuilder Challenge playoff on Sunday, it’s safe to say he did things a little differently while picking up 17 PGA Tour victories in his Hall-of-Fame career.

While Jon Rahm and Andrew Landry were “battling” through four extra holes, Strange, 62, tweeted his issues with the duo’s constant chit-chat and friendly banter down the stretch at La Quinta Country Club, where Rahm eventually came out on top.

The two-time U.S. Open champ then engaged with some followers to explain his point a little more in depth.

So, yeah ... don't think he's changing his perspective on this topic anytime soon ever.

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Randall's Rant: The Euros won't just roll over

By Randall MellJanuary 22, 2018, 9:36 pm

The Ryder Cup may not be the King Kong of golf events yet, but you can hear the biennial international team event thumping its chest a full eight months out.

As anticipation for this year’s big events goes, there is more buzz about Europe’s bid to hold off a rejuvenated American effort in Paris in September than there is about the Masters coming up in April.

Thank Europe’s phenomenal success last weekend for that.

And Rory McIlroy’s impassioned remarks in Abu Dhabi.

And the provocative bulletin board material a certain Sports Illustrated writer provided the Europeans a couple months ago, with a stinging assault on the Euro chances that read like an obituary.

McIlroy was asked in a news conference before his 2018 debut last week what he was most excited about this year.

The Ryder Cup topped his list.

Though McIlroy will be trying to complete the career Grand Slam at Augusta National come April, he talked more about the Ryder Cup than he did any of the game’s major championships.

When asked a follow-up about the American team’s resurgence after a task-force overhaul and the injection of young, new star power, McIlroy nearly started breaking down the matchup. He talked about the young Americans and how good they are.

“Yeah, the Americans have been, obviously, very buoyant about their chances and whatever, but it’s never as easy as that. ... The Ryder Cup’s always close,” McIlroy said. “I think we’ll have a great team, and it definitely won’t be as easy as they think it’s going to be.”

McIlroy may have been talking about Alan Shipnuck’s bold prediction after the American Presidents Cup rout last fall.

Or similar assertions from TV analysts.

“The Ryder Cup is dead – you just don’t know it yet,” Shipnuck wrote. “One of the greatest events in sport is on the verge of irrelevancy. The young, talented, hungry golfers from the United States, benefitting from the cohesive leadership of the Task Force era, are going to roll to victory in 2018 in Paris.”

European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn won’t find words that will motivate the Euros more than that as he watches his prospective players jockey to make the team.

And, boy, did they jockey last weekend.

The Euros dominated across the planet, not that they did it with the Ryder Cup as some rallying cry, because they didn’t. But it was a heck of an encouraging start to the year for Bjorn to witness.

Spain’s Jon Rahm won the CareerBuilder Challenge on the PGA Tour, England’s Tommy Fleetwood started the week at Abu Dhabi paired with American and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and won the European Tour event, and Spain’s Sergio Garcia won the Singapore Open in a rout on the Asian Tour.

And McIlroy looked close to being in midseason form, tying for third in his first start in three months.

Yes, it’s only January, and the Ryder Cup is still a long way off, with so much still to unfold, but you got an early sense from McIlroy how much defending European turf will mean to him and the Euros in Paris in September.

The Masters is great theater, the U.S. Open a rigorous test, The Open and the PGA Championship historically important, too, but the Ryder Cup touches a nerve none of those do.

The Ryder Cup stokes more fervor, provokes more passion and incites more vitriol than any other event in golf.

More bulletin board material, too.

Yeah, it’s a long way off, but you can already hear the Ryder Cup’s King Kong like footsteps in its distant approach. Watching how the American and European teams come together will be an ongoing drama through spring and summer.

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Quail Hollow officials promise players easier conditions

By Rex HoggardJanuary 22, 2018, 9:14 pm

Quail Hollow Club - a staple on the PGA Tour since 2003 - debuted as a longer, tougher version of itself at last year’s PGA Championship, receiving mixed reviews from players.

The course played to a lengthened 7,600 yards at last year’s PGA and a 73.46 stroke average, the toughest course in relation to par on Tour in 2017. As a result, it left some players less than excited to return to the Charlotte, N.C.-area layout later this spring for the Wells Fargo Championship.

It’s that lack of enthusiasm that led officials at Quail Hollow to send a video to players saying, essentially, that the course players have lauded for years will be back in May.

The video, which includes Quail Hollow president Johnny Harris and runs nearly five minutes, begins with an explanation of how the first hole, which played as a 524-yard par 4 at the PGA, will play much shorter at the Wells Fargo Championship.

“I had a number of my friends who were playing in the tournament tell me that tee was better suited as a lemonade stand,” Harris joked of the new tee box on the fourth hole. “I doubt we’ll ever see that tee used again in competition.”

Harris also explained that the greens, which became too fast for some, will be “softer” for this year’s Wells Fargo Championship.