Without further ado:
Mark writes: Whatever. Anthony Kims got game. So do a lot of other players. Every year the media desperately tries to find the next One. In one short week, the golf world forgot about Adam Scott, who was supposed to be the one to dethrone Tiger. And then there are the others: Justin Rose, Sergio, Villegas, Luke Donald, Jason Day, Ryan Moore, Baddeley, Romero, Sean OHair, J.B. Holmes to name a few. Reality check. There are dozens of young talented players, but the Next Big Thing is not on the Tour yet. Unless and until Kim, Scott, or anyone else wins 5 or more times on the PGA Tour in a single calendar year, the only Big Thing out there remains to be Tiger.
Dont forget Jamie Lovemark (still in college). And dont be surprised if Kim does something dramatic this week. And, by the way, I dont think anybodys forgotten Adam Scott just yet.
Rich writes: The Olympics is a druggy fest. The judges cheat and play favorites. It behooves golf (the most pure sport on the planet) to stay away from the Olympics at all costs. All the baseball players (put together) in the world have yet to take enough steroids to equal the yearly indulgences of any one Olympic team. Once golf is an Olympic sport it will be infected with the cancer of cheating. Any PGA, USGA, or other golf leader who promotes Olympic golf deserves nothing less than a public spanking on the 18th hole at the British Open.
So let me see if I understand you on this, Rich: You dont support golf in the Olympics?
K writes: During the conclusion of the BMW Asian tournament I noticed that Darren Clarke had himself a Nicotine Fix (Smoke) before playing the final hole. Since he had just dropped shots on three of the four holes #14 through #17, I found it discomforting that he should birdie the final hole following his fix. I like Darren Clarke as a player and I'm happy that he won, but was there an advantage in the Nicotine fix calming his emotions on the final hole?
Its a European thing.
Jack writes: Is it just me or should Finchem require these young guys to shave regularly? They look like hell! What's next, tank tops and cut offs and cold beer on every tee box?
Theres a bad John Daly joke here somewhere. But what? You want them all to look like Ben Crane?
Kaddyshack writes:I play golf with a lady who is in her late 70s. My wife calls her my babysitter because she plays in any kind of weather, all winter long, with me. This lady and I bet $1.00 every time Tiger plays, she takes Tiger & I take the field. I'm certainly not rejoicing about his injury in any way, shape or form . . .but thank goodness he is rehabbing . . I was on the verge of having to take out a loan.
First rule of betting: Dont make wagers with women in their late 70s who play golf in any kind of weather. By any chance is her first name Madge?
Matt writes:I just read your article, Restoring the Masters Roars and I think your source is off base. Throughout the history of the Masters tournament Augusta National has not had to use multiple tees to create drama during the final round (With the exception of the 4th hole where they have used the members tees in the recent past). Before the length explosion Jack Nicklaus gave us great drama in 1986 without the need of multiple tees. Actually it is Mr. Nicklaus who has the answer. He has pointed out more that once that Bobby Jones designed the course to provide the players a variety of ways to play each hole. While I do agree there was a need to lengthen the course to maintain shot value, I think the lack of drama stems from the tightening of the golf course. I have been an active and happy patron for the last 15 years and it has been my observation that the drama went away when all the trees were planted to tighten the golf course. The open fairways were part of the beauty and uniqueness of the first major of the year. Now it looks like a US Open course. Take out the trees, reduce the rough back to the original second cut and you will see the drama and creativity of the players return to Sunday at Augusta.
Actually, I agree on this one. The need for multiple tee boxes would lessen if the trees were removed and the first cut given a haircut.
George writes: No one is going to doubt that Adam Scott is a great player and deserves a top 5 ranking. Anyone who wins a PGA (TOUR) event is the best man for that day. No question. That being said why cant we all call it as it is. Sunday, on the third playoff hole at EDS was a Hail Mary of putting. He stroked it hoping it would go close. I mean come on, the guy missed a close one on the 17th to clinch. If Scott is the putter, the media (with the exception of Andrew Magee) is trying to make him out to be, that playoff wouldnt have gotten to a third hole. And we all know its not the first time Adam has missed a short putt in the clutch. Every major winner will tell you that in order to win a major you HAVE TO GET IT DONE on the putting green. I believe that one day Scott will have a major championship on his mantle, but until then wouldnt the right thing be to call it as it is instead of lifting Adam Scott up as some sort of iron man?
Still cant figure out why everyone wants to bash Adam Scott. I think Sergio Garcia, to name one, has a lot more to be taken to task for than Scott.
Randy writes: Anyway, as much as I love the Masters, I have no desire to go back right away if they keep the set up the same as this year. The new tee boxes would be a good idea in my opinion.
Unless they remove the trees and trim the first cut.
Michael writes: I can understand having multiple boxes to help create a different feel for the course; however, moving the tee boxes so the pros can get more birdie and eagle opportunities is a bad idea. This is a major championship. Pars should be a good score. The 2008 event wasn't a birdie feast, and it proved to be plenty exciting. I bowl professionally on the Denny's PBA Tour, and have won a major championship, so I know what it takes
to get it done. Augusta has always been a sought after win on the PGA, let's keep it that way and not taint it by making it too easy to achieve a great score. It's about playing the course and the elements. Testing your mental strength as well as good shot making, and of course, some good uck.
Have you ever converted the 7-10 split and is that harder than getting a hole-in-one? Just asking.
Tom writes: I'm amused by all the uppity comments about John Daly's conduct. While he's working he sometimes shows up and draws a crowd. The PGA (TOUR) can't really penalize him for poor play no matter what reason. His quitting tournaments isn't against the rules of golf however rude it may be to the tournament. If everybody will be patient all his endorsements and money will be gone anyway. He's a good example of how not to act. Take it easy man. He's on the way out anyway.
Yeah, but the hard part is watching such a public self-destruction. Nobody should take any pleasure in that.
John writes:You know a pig is a pig no matter how much money they have. It seems obvious that he (Daly) needs help but where is Dr. Phil? Doesnt he normally have intervention at times like these? Good lord at least John has a gut and not boobies! Great talent, apparently a great guy but not a great model, swimsuit or role!! My rant.
Rants are what The Comebacker is all about. Not sure Im down with the pig reference, though.
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