A round of golf with the Golf Guy

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 18, 2012, 7:17 pm


We gave the interns a half-day to play a round with the Golf Guy, just to see what would happen. This is their story.


When I accepted the opportunity to intern at the Golf Channel this summer, never in my wildest dreams did I expect to experience what I did on Thursday, July 12. No, I didn’t meet Jack Nicklaus, take Win McMurray to Disney World, or go to Golden Corral with Charlie Rymer. I went golfing with the Golf Guy. (I think he’s going to edit this, so the description of particular events may not be in original form.)

I had no idea what to expect. How do you prepare for a golf outing with a [Editor’s note: legend]? What I discovered was that the Golf Guy is just like anybody else. If anybody else brought an oversized flask of Admiral Nelson (Captain Morgan’s loser cousin) to a 2:30 tee time. I thought he said he would wait until tee 15 and only take a drink for every birdie on the course, but what he actually said was he would wait until 3:15 and he would take a drink for every bird on the course. Needless to say, with every hole came an increased [as well as welcome and refreshing] level of entertainment

Here is a list of facts that I now know to be true, thanks to the Golf Guy:

  • You can consider yourself to be in the top one percent of putters in the world, even if no one else thinks so.
  • Every young adult out of college should spend a few years bumming around Hawaii.
  • Pebble Beach is overrated.
  • The Beatles are overrated.
  • Sobriety is overrated.

One last thought on the Golf Guy - he is an enigma. It was a sweltering day, as mid-July afternoons are wont to be, but he did his best to cool off. Whether it was taking swigs out of his sweating Styrofoam cup concoction or parking his cart behind mine when the rain came sideways, he beat the heat. Yet the warmth of the Florida sun pales in comparison to the warmth of the Golf Guy's heart, he concluding the round by giving us each a bag of homemade fudge, which was delicious. Thanks Golf Guy.

But now that I think about it, that fudge had nuts. I hate nuts.


The Golf Guy has always been a hero of mine since before I can remember. When I arrived at the golf course, I really didn’t know what to expect, a man dressed in a gorilla costume, or maybe even a woman that simply wished she was a man. However, when the Golf Guy arrived at the course, he seemed like just your average guy, or so we thought.

He lived up to every expectation I had. It was like I was a little kid again in the presence of their idol. I believed everything he said, even the part about him owning the “unofficial” record for most time spent on a putting green at one time. I was in complete disbelief that one man could accomplish so much in life. The man seriously never stopped talking, during our shots and even his own, which I found impressive despite the occasional shank 50 yards straight right.

During my time with him, I discovered some pretty interesting facts about the beloved Golf Guy:

  • It is possible to attend a Golf Academy and actually become worse at golf.
  • He thoroughly enjoys talking to squirrels, even if it does hold up the round by 15 minutes.
  • The only way to prove you rank in the top one-percent of putters in the world is to lose in a putting contest to an intern.
  • The Guinness Book of World Records doesn’t care about the amount of time you spend on a putting green.
  • And finally, the Golf Guy possesses a hidden talent as a world-class meteorologist.

It had been a long round that was full of 20 minute conversations where none of us even thought about hitting a golf shot – multiple groups played through. After a 30 minute rain delay, which the Golf Guy predicted, we approached the 18th hole. We had no idea that it would be a hole that we would never forget. We were atop the leader board at two under par – we were playing a scramble against ourselves and our own pride. As a team, we had set a hefty goal of three under at the start of the round, which meant we would need a key birdie on 18, so we wouldn’t look like a group of losers competing against themselves.

Out of our three approach shots from the middle of the fairway, none of us were able to come close to hitting the green on the lengthy par four. However, the Golf Guy had come through with an approach just short of the green. When it came time for my chip, I said to myself, “If I had one chance to do something special for the Golf Guy, now was the time.” So as I stepped up to the ball, I just hit the chip just like any other shot.

From the beginning, we could all tell it had a chance to go in and to our luck, it did. We embraced each other as if we were The Three Amigos. It was a great feeling and you may even say the Golf Guy took the celebration a little too far – he ran around the golf course giving everyone, golfers and employees, high fives. The guy even brought his own green jacket to the course, so we could hold a ceremony for him and present him with a trophy. It was definitely an interesting and memorable experience.

When all was said and done, our day off with The Golf Guy was quite the memorable experience. It was a perfect blend of education, fellowship and rum. When looking back on our time, we both agreed that it was an experience like no other, truly a day neither one of us will ever forget.

But please, don’t make us do it again.

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After Further Review: Woods wisely keeping things in perspective

By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 19, 2018, 3:17 am

Each week, GolfChannel.com takes a look back at the week in golf. Here's what's weighing on our writers' minds.

On Tiger Woods' career comeback ...

Tiger Woods seems to be the only one keeping his comeback in the proper perspective. Asked after his tie for fifth at Bay Hill whether he could ever have envisioned his game being in this shape heading into Augusta, he replied: “If you would have given me this opportunity in December and January, I would have taken it in a heartbeat.” He’s healthy. He’s been in contention. He’s had two realistic chances to win. There’s no box unchecked as he heads to the Masters, and no one, especially not Woods, could have seen that coming a few months ago. – Ryan Lavner

On Tiger carrying momentum into API, Masters ...

Expect Jordan Spieth to leave Austin with the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play trophy next week.

After all, Spieth is seemingly the only top-ranked player who has yet to lift some hardware in the early part of 2018. Dustin Johnson, Jon Rahm and Justin Thomas have all gotten it done, as have Jason Day, Phil Mickelson and most recently Rory McIlroy.

Throw in the sudden resurgence of Tiger Woods, and with two more weeks until the Masters there seem to be more azalea-laden storylines than ever before.

A Spieth victory in Austin would certainly add fuel to that fire, but even if he comes up short the 2015 champ will certainly be a focus of attention in a few short weeks when the golf world descends upon Magnolia Lane with no shortage of players able to point to a recent victory as proof that they’re in prime position to don a green jacket. – Will Gray

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Davies not giving up on win, HOF after close call

By Randall MellMarch 19, 2018, 3:06 am

PHOENIX – Laura Davies knows the odds are long now, but she won’t let go of that dream of making the LPGA Hall of Fame.

At 54, she was emboldened by her weekend run at the Bank of Hope Founders Cup. She tied for second, five shots behind Inbee Park.

“The more I get up there, I might have a chance of winning again,” Davies said. “I'm not saying I will ever win, but today was close. Maybe one day I can go closer.”

Davies is a World Golf Hall of Famer, but she has been sitting just outside the qualification standard needed to get into the LPGA Hall of Fame for a long time. She needs 27 points, but she has been stuck on 25 since her last victory in 2001. A regular tour title is worth one point, a major championship is worth two points.

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Over her career, she has won 20 LPGA titles, four of them major championships. She was the tour’s Rolex Player of the Year in 1996. She probably would have locked up Hall of Fame status if she hadn’t been so loyal to the Ladies European Tour, where she won 45 titles.

Though Davies didn’t win Sunday in Phoenix, there was more than consolation in her run into contention.

“Now people might stop asking me when I'm going to retire,” she said.

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Davies impresses, but there's no catching Park

By Randall MellMarch 19, 2018, 2:40 am

PHOENIX – Inbee Park won the tournament.

Laura Davies won the day.

It was a fitting script for the Bank of Hope Founders Cup on Sunday, where nostalgia stirs the desert air in such a special way.

Two of the game’s all-time best, LPGA Hall of Famer Inbee Park and World Golf Hall of Famer Laura Davies, put on a show with the tour’s three living founders applauding them in the end.

Park and Davies made an event all about honoring the tour’s past while investing in its future something to savor in the moment. Founders Marilynn Smith, Shirley Spork and Marlene Hagge Vossler cheered them both.

For Park, there was meaningful affirmation in her 18th LPGA title.

In seven months away from the LPGA, healing up a bad back, Park confessed she wondered if she should retire. This was just her second start back. She won feeling no lingering effects from her injury.

“I was trying to figure out if I was still good enough to win,” Park said of her long break back home in South Korea. “This proved to me I can win and play some pain-free golf.”

At 54, Davies kept peeling away the years Sunday, one sweet swing after another. She did so after shaking some serious nerves hitting her first tee shot.

“It’s about as nervous as I’ve ever felt,” Davies said. “I swear I nearly shanked it.”

Davies has won 45 Ladies European Tour events and 20 LPGA titles, but she was almost 17 years removed from her last LPGA title. Still, she reached back to those times when she used to rule the game and chipped in for eagle at the second hole to steady herself.

“It calmed me down, and I really enjoyed the day,” Davies said.

With birdies at the ninth and 10th holes, Davies pulled from three shots down at day’s start to within one of Park, sending a buzz through all the fans who came out to root for the popular Englishwoman.

“People were loving it,” said Tanya Paterson, Davies’ caddie. “We kept hearing, `Laura, we love you.’ It was special for Laura, showing she can still compete.”

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Davies relished giving all the young players today, who never saw how dominant she once was, some flashes from her great past.

“Yesterday, after I had that 63, a lot of the younger girls came up and said, `Oh, great playing today,”’ Davies said. “It was nice, I suppose, to have that. I still am a decent player, and I actually used to be really good at it. Maybe that did give them a glimpse into what it used to be like.”

She also relished showing certain fans something.

“Now, people might stop asking me when I'm going to retire,” she said.

Davies was the LPGA’s Rolex Player of the Year in 1996, when she won two of her four major championships. She was emboldened by the way she stood up to Sunday pressure again.

In the end, though, there was no catching Park, who continues to amaze with her ability to win coming back from long breaks after injuries.

Park, 29, comes back yet again looking like the player who reigned at world No. 1 for 92 weeks, won three consecutive major championships in 2013 and won the Olympic gold medal two years ago.

“The reason that I am competing and playing is because I want to win and because I want to contend in golf tournaments,” Park said.

After Davies and Marina Alex mounted runs to move within one shot, Park pulled away, closing ferociously. She made four birdies in a row starting at the 12th and won by five shots. Her famed putting stroke heated up, reminding today’s players how nobody can demoralize a field more with a flat stick.

“I just felt like nothing has dropped on the front nine,” Park said. “I was just thinking to myself, `They have to drop at some point.’ And they just started dropping, dropping, dropping.”

Yet again, Park showed her ability to win after long breaks.

In Rio de Janeiro two years ago, Park the Olympic gold medal in her first start back after missing two months because of a ligament injury in her left thumb. She took eight months off after Rio and came back to win the HSBC Women’s World Championship last year, in just her second start upon returning.

“I'm really happy to have a win early in the season,” Park said. “That just takes so much pressure off me.”

And puts it on the rest of the tour if she takes her best form to the year’s first major at the ANA Inspiration in two weeks.



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Rose: 'Never' has Rory putted as well as Bay Hill

By Ryan LavnerMarch 19, 2018, 1:20 am

ORLANDO, Fla. – Justin Rose didn’t need to ponder the question for very long.

The last time Rory McIlroy putted that well was, well …?

“Never,” Rose said with a chuckle. “Ryder Cup? He always makes it look easy when he’s playing well.”

And the Englishman did well just to try and keep pace.

After playing his first six holes in 4 over par, Rose battled not just to make the cut but to contend. He closed with consecutive rounds of 67, finishing in solo third, four shots back of McIlroy at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

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Rose said this weekend was the best he’s struck the ball all year. He just didn’t do enough to overtake McIlroy, who finished the week ranked first in strokes gained-putting and closed with a bogey-free 64.

“Rory just played incredible golf, and it’s great to see world-class players do that,” Rose said. “It’s not great to see him make putts because he was making them against me, but when he is, he’s incredibly hard to beat. So it was fun to watch him play.”