GR PGA running diary: Merchandise, HOF on Day 3

By Jason CrookAugust 10, 2014, 12:35 am

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – I don’t know how I haven’t mentioned it yet, but this week the media center has bombarded us with the new Rory McIlroy Omega commercial featuring the song "Hall of Fame," written and recorded by Irish alternative rockers The Script. If you haven’t seen it, you can watch it here. I would advise against it. It really wasn’t that bad a song, on Tuesday. Today, after hearing it for the 3,764th time, it’s the song I imagine is on repeat in hell. As hard as I've tried, I can't not hear it. 


10:30 a.m. ET – Alarm clock doesn’t go off. My eyes open. I want to sing "It's a Beautiful Morning," but instead the only song my brain can recall at the moment is ... you know.

11:15 – Don't make it down in time to take the media shuttle to Valhalla, but who cares, I’m not missing anything. I take the next one about a half hour later. Our bus driver informs us that he was an extra in the 1996 classic film “A Time to Kill” featuring Matthew McConaughey, Sandra Bullock and Samuel L. Jackson Just thought I’d pass along. Do with that information as you wish.

12:15 p.m. ET – I open the door to the media center, and you guessed it, the sound of evil that is the Omega commercial starts to emanate out of the open space in front of me. I close the door and pace around like a crazy person. That should buy me a good five minutes or so before I have to hear it again.

12:37 – In case you were wondering, here’s what goes on before the leaders tee off on a major championship Saturday.


12: 53


1:15 – Decide I’m tired of typing ellipses. Head to the merchandise tent. The holidays are right around the corner, and Jesus’ birthday just wouldn’t be the same without a shot glass from Valhalla.

1:36 – Pick up a sweatshirt. See the price is $75. Slowly place it down and step away from the sweatshirt.

1:37 – Pick up a T-shirt. $35. Repeat.

1:39 – Find a pair of socks. $9. Still ridiculous, but at least you get two of them. PGA Championship socks for the whole family it is.


2:04 – Make it back to the media center in time to resume doing nothing. Overhear two women ogling Adam Scott on my way. He is apparently playing the hole I’m walking past. I didn’t break the news to them, but there’s a very good chance it’s not a mutual sentiment between the two parties. Hope he lets 'em down easy.

3:05 – Head out to follow the final pairing of McIlroy and Jason Day. The heat is intense. I can feel it in the form of sweat running down my brow and I can hear it in the form of crying children and an older, bickering couple. Nothing brings families together quite like Moving Day at the final major championship of the year. They should hire me to write their slogan next year. This is Argument.

3:15 – Day hits his drive way, way left on No. 2. Guy next to me quips, “He ain’t gonna beat Rory playing like that.” Someone, get this man a microphone and a TV camera, stat.

3:18 – Day takes his shoes off. He would later say he was "too lazy" to put them back on. It's a good thing he's good at golf because i'm pretty sure being too lazy to put shoes on is the first step to living on the street.

4:05 – Spot Rory’s dad in the crowd. He poses for pictures a little differently than most people. Instead of standing still and facing the camera, he runs in the opposite direction. To each his own I guess.


4:12 – Day sails another drive left on No. 6. The Mobile Device Policy Enforcement team is the first on the scene. “No pictures, please! Out of respect for the players!”

4:17 – Day hits his shot. Someone screams out, “bloomin’ onion!” Just so I have this clear, yelling out terrible appetizers from chain restaurants at players is respectful, but taking their picture is not? Got it.

5:22 – Overhear a couple of fans concocting a plan to get hit by a golf ball in hopes that they can score a signed glove out of the deal. Do a quick eBay search on signed golf gloves. A McIlroy glove sold in June for $32. Totally worth it.

5:34 – Fan shouts out to David Feherty telling him what a great job he’s doing. Fan giggles about it. He’s got a story to tell his future grandkids. Those poor, poor grandkids.

6:01 – Come across this bachelor party (below). They’ve been boozing. I didn’t ask or anything, but what other explanation would one have for wearing a Harris English T-shirt jersey? Not like he's ever going to be in the hall of fame. Damn it. I'm going to go beat my head against a wall. Can't wait for Sunday.


Tune in tomorrow for more of Grill Room's exclusive PGA Championship coverage. Click here for a link to today's gallery, and check out yesterday's running diary here.

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Snedeker starts slow in effort to snag Masters invite

By Will GrayDecember 14, 2017, 4:22 pm

Brandt Snedeker flew halfway around the world in search of a Masters invite, but after one round of the Indonesian Masters it appears he'll likely return home empty-handed.

Snedeker made only two birdies during his opening round in Indonesia, shooting an even-par 72 that left him in a tie for 77th and 10 shots behind leader Justin Rose. This is the final OWGR-rated event of 2017, and as a result it has drawn several notable entrants, including Snedeker, who hope to crack the top 50 in the world rankings by year's end to secure a trip to Augusta National.

Snedeker started the year ranked No. 28, but after missing five months because of injury he entered the week ranked No. 51 and is projected to slip even further by the end of the month. As a result, he likely needs a top-3 finish in order to secure a return to the Masters, which he has missed only once since 2007.

World No. 55 Dylan Frittelli also struggled, shooting a 4-over 76 in the opening round, while No. 56 Kiradech Aphibarnrat is tied for 14th at 4 under. Yusaku Miyazato, currently 58th in the world, is tied for ninth and five shots behind Rose.

Should Snedeker and the other hopefuls fail to crack the top 50 by the end of the year, two paths to the Masters remain: win a full-point event on the PGA Tour in early 2018 or be inside the top 50 in the world rankings when the final cutoff is made on March 25.

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Crosby selected as 2019 U.S. Walker Cup captain

By Will GrayDecember 14, 2017, 3:19 pm

The USGA announced that former U.S. Amateur champ Nathaniel Crosby will serve as the American captain for the 2019 Walker Cup, which will be played at Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake, England.

Crosby, 56, is the son of entertainment icon and golf enthusiast Bing Crosby. He won the 1981 U.S. Amateur at The Olympic Club as a teenager and earned low amateur honors at the 1982 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. He also played in the 1983 Walker Cup, coincidentally held at Royal Liverpool, before embarking on a brief career in professional golf, with his amateur status reinstated in 1994.

"I am thrilled and overwhelmed to be chosen captain of the next USA Walker Cup team," Crosby said in a statement. "Many of my closest friends are former captains who will hopefully take the time to share their approaches in an effort to help me with my new responsibilities."

Crosby takes over the captaincy from John "Spider" Miller, who led the U.S. squad both in 2015 and earlier this year, when the Americans cruised to a 19-7 victory at Los Angeles Country Club.

Crosby is a Florida resident and member at Seminole Golf Club, which will host the 2021 matches. While it remains to be seen if he'll be asked back as captain in 2021, each of the last six American captains have led a team on both home and foreign soil.

Started in 1922, the Walker Cup is a 10-man, amateur match play competition pitting the U.S. against Great Britain and Ireland. The U.S. team holds a 37-9 all-time lead in the biennial matches but has not won in Europe since 2007.

Rose (62) sets blistering pace in Indonesia

By Associated PressDecember 14, 2017, 3:06 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia – Justin Rose shot a 10-under 62 Thursday to take a two-stroke lead after the first round of the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, starting on the back nine at Royale Jakarta Golf Club, had five birdies to go out in 31, then birdied four of five holes midway through his final nine and another birdie on his last hole in the $750,000 tournament.

Full-field scores from the Indonesian Masters

Gunn Charoenkul (64) was in second place and Kim Giwhan and Phachara Khongwatmai (both 65) were tied for third.

Brandt Snedeker shot 72. Ranked 51st in the world, the American is aiming for a strong finish in Jakarta to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

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LaCava: Woods wouldn't talk after H.O.R.S.E. match

By Will GrayDecember 14, 2017, 2:27 pm

The competitive streak within Tiger Woods knows no bounds - even on the basketball court, according to caddie Joe LaCava.

LaCava has been on Woods' bag since 2011, and he recently shared a story on "Inside the Ropes" on Sirius/XM PGA Tour Radio about a clash between the two men over a seemingly friendly game of H.O.R.S.E. Actually, it turned into nine straight games (and nine straight wins) for LaCava, who exploited a weakness in Woods' on-court strategy while leaning on a mid-length jumper of his own:

"The thing with him was if I missed a shot, which I missed plenty of shots, but if I missed the shot he'd go back down to the 3 (point line) because he liked to make the 3," LaCava said. "But it's harder obviously to make a 3, and I'd go right back to the baseline 12-footer, and he couldn't make it."

It's a short list of people who have beaten Woods nine times in any athletic pursuit, let alone in a row. But for LaCava, the fallout from his afternoon of on-court dominance was less than subtle.

"He did not talk to me the rest of the day," LaCava explained. "I didn't even get the old text, 'Dinner is ready,' because I stay across at the beach house. I didn't even get that text that night. I had to get take-out. He didn't announce he wasn't (talking), he just did it. I'm telling you, nine games in a row. Like I said, he's so competitive, even at something like that."