The RV isn’t what I expected it to be. I imagined that we would be listening to music, reading books, watching videos and taking naps. But there has been none of that. Jim hasn’t even cracked open his “Deadwood” CDs. Dan attempted to play the radio, but abandoned it. We owe postcards to followers but the movement keeps us from writing them. It is noon. This must be Souix Falls, South Dakota. No, it’s not. We’re in Mitchell.
CBC Network News wants to interview us live via Skype at 1:15 pm. We select the Corn Palace, a public auditorium made primarily of corn stalks, to serve as our set. I phone the Corn Palace’s director and he assures me that there is WiFi. But I’m finding there’s none, and so I panic.
Doris, the doe-in-the headlights receptionist, doesn’t know what WiFi is, so she’s unable to help us. Even Martin – a techno whiz, who insists on remaining detached from what we do for the sake of directing the film objectively, isn’t able to access the service. Finally, Dan figures out that the antenna on my computer has been shut off by accident. We’re in business, I think, for a minute.
Things I don’t need to have happen to us happen in rapid succession. First the light isn’t right for the computer to pick up our images. I discover an email from a CBC network representative that suggests we were supposed to be interviewed an hour earlier than I planned. Jim decides that the way he can cool me down is to Skype his friend John Gleeson. Gleeson answers the video call, appears on the screen and, to pay sick respect to our predicament, dons a cowboy hat.
I’m not looking for humor. I am looking for Valium. You don’t need to know what happens next, but I’ll tell you.
Dan decides it’s time to check his email. Jim decides he wants a photo of himself with a girl in a corn cob costume. I can’t talk any longer because my vocal chords are shot. A guy rolling a noisy trash can disturbs the relative peace. I check my computer’s battery life and it’s running on empty.
Now high as a kite, I get the call from CBC and the guy on the other end says we’re on in two minutes. The guy sees Dan and me on camera, Mike’s urn and a mailbox made of corn that I placed in the shot as scenery, and I tell him that Jim is off with the corn cob. He then asks, “Would you get him, please?” with typical Canadian calm.
Well, in any case, the interview goes smoothly. Once it’s over I collapse with relief. The producer calls me and says, “We just love you guys. Can you do this again?” Of course we can I tell her, not really certain that I mean it.
Till Next Time,
Panic at the Corn Palace
Rose leads halted Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs
JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters when bad weather stopped play Friday during the second round.
The Englishman, who shot a 10-under 62 on Thursday, had completed 13 holes and was 5 under on the day at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course.
Kiradech Aphibarnrat (64) was in second place.
Brandt Snedeker withdrew wit on the 11th hole at 2 under for the day after shooting an opening 72.
There was no reason given for his withdrawal, but the American has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.
Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump
Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.
Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.
None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.
Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.
An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.
In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.
Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.
Playing with the pros
Tiger, DJ and Faxon
President at the Presidents Cup
Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham
Cart on the green
Presence and protests at U.S. Women's Open
Trump golf properties
Reportedly fake TIME covers
Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story
Pros comment on the president
Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017
GolfChannel.com is counting down the top 10 Newsmakers of the Year as voted on by Golf Channel’s writers, editors, reporters and producers. Check out the list below, including future release dates. And click here for the full collection of articles.
No. 1: Dec. 18
Spieth, Thomas headline winter break trip to Cabo
Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth. Really good at golf. Really good at vacationing.
With #SB2K18 still months away, Thomas and Spieth headlined a vacation to Cabo San Lucas, and this will shock you but it looks like they had a great time.
Spring break veteran Smylie Kaufman joined the party, as did Thomas' roommate, Tom Lovelady, who continued his shirtless trend.
The gang played all the hits, including shoeless golf in baketball jerseys and late nights with Casamigos tequila.
In conclusion, it's still good to be these guys.