Comebackers Mixed Bag


This weeks Comebacker is a potpourri. Even a few leftover pet peeves. By the way, how about the opposite of pet peeves? Things you love, or even just like, about golf.
Like the sound of metal spikes crunching on a hard floor. Or the sound the ball makes when it drops in the cup. There are thousands of others. Let me know your favorites.
Meanwhile back to this week. Without further ado:
Mark writes: How much longer will the PGA Tour continue to let John Daly be an embarrassment to himself and the Tour without taking some kind of action?
The Comebacker
Thats a very good question.

Andrew writes: On the latest news about John Daly and the N.C. Hooters incident, one thing that has been missing from the reports I have read ' and perhaps you can shed some light on this ' how is this latest issue Butch Harmon's fault? Has John or his representatives connected those dots yet?
The Comebacker The Comebacker is sensing public opinion, which has been putty in Dalys talented hands for a long time, is starting to turn against him.

Dale writes: Who cares (about the FedEx Cup)? This to me is just another event in the silly season anyways. What prestige is there in winning the FedEx Cup? Fifty years from now will we be talking about how Vijay won the Cup? Not likely. Golf is and will always be the majors.
The Comebacker But 50 years from now the $10 million Vijay won, even if he just invested it in certificates of deposit, will be worth a whole pile of money.

Stanislas writes: I suppose the next American Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup teams will refuse to go to the White House if invited? Seriously, I would be extremely curious to know the election results among the American players on the PGA Tour and Champions Tour. My guess would be 80-20 for John McCain, maybe even more...given that they will all be concerned by President Obama's tax raise!
The Comebacker Who knows?....Maybe a few of them voted for a third party candidate. (Thats an in joke and you need to have been watching Golf Central to get it. Shame on you if you havent been watching Golf Central.)

Steve writes: I dont know whether this has made the list yet, but my pet peeve is the player who cant stand still for 10 seconds and every time you look at the pin/hole, hes in the background doing his version of the mashed potato. I have the attention span of a gnat, so it doesnt take much to distract me. So I end up over the shot, thinking of different ways I can politely tell him to stand still without appearing to be a twit, instead of concentrating on the shot at hand.
The Comebacker The Mashed Potato? What about The Swim, The Boogaloo, The Monkey, The Jerk and The Philly Dog? Twit, indeed.

Richard writes: Perhaps the motivation for this column was nothing more than to build the number of hits at the Web site. I've wondered if advertising costs are based on number of hits.....Please consider a column about things we like, things in golf that make us smile or feel good.
The Comebacker
Please go back to the first paragraph.

Dennis writes: My favorite announcing team is Julian Tutt and his cohorts on the European Tour. Unfortunately they are the worst abusers of my Pet Peeve, the term unlucky. A shot that's a little too short or long is just that, whether or not it ends up in an awkward position ' it's golf! If someone hits a sprinkler head or course marker that sends their ball into a hazard or out of bounds, that's genuinely unlucky.
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The announcer bashers: Theyre baaacckkkkk!!

Mark writes: My one pet peeve that I have found to be fairly new to the courses where I play is golferbillies spitting sunflower seeds on the greens. It annoys me to have to remove sunflower seeds from my line, plus it can be disgusting as well. I wish these players would head back to the softball diamonds that they have frequented for the past 20 years of their lives and give up golf or carry their spittoon with them.
The Comebacker I have no Comeback for this one. Mark, you write about a game with which I am not familiar.

Bigboy writes: My ultimate pet peeve is the guy who gets out of his giant SUV and carries his Tour Staff bag (big enough for a family of six) to the clubhouse and then heads for the Black Tees, all after parking in a designated handicap spot. I can only hope that this individual shoots the worst 17 holes of his life before breaking an ankle on 18 after stepping into a burrowing animal hole.
The Comebacker
Al Czervik lives!

Craig writes: You need to give your head a shake if you think the players would vote Tiger Comeback Player of the Year (in 2009). How could someone 'come back' after ending the year atop the world golf rankings? A comeback player plays poorly one year and well the next.
The Comebacker
Tell that to Steve Stricker.

Barry writes: You know the only way for Phil to become No. 1 was for Tiger to stop playing and by osmosis Phil is now No. 1 by default, not a manly way to get there.
The Comebacker Actually, last time I checked, Tiger was still No. 1. And for that matter, Phil is closer to No. 3 (watch out for Sergio) than he is to No. 1 in the Official World Golf Rankings.

Maury writes: I remember reading a quote from Amy Alcott years ago in that she tried to paint beautiful pictures with her golf clubs, referring to how she wanted to play golf. Certainly no one has ever painted as compelling, magical and beautiful pictures with his clubs as Seve. I join in the chorus in wishing him a speedy recovery.
The Comebacker For now, Ballesteros delicate condition continues to improve. We can all only hope that progress continues.

Chip writes: Whether from the tee, the rough, the fairway, the bunker or the parking lot, Seve routinely made shot after shot that left the gallery, as well as his playing partners, with slack jaws. The most creative man to ever play the game. I pray that he can play this shot that faces him now with just as much grace and character as he has always exhibited. Thanks for the memories.
The Comebacker At the risk of sounding like an old-timer, how is it that there arent any young players with Ballesteros creative gifts? Maybe they just dont come around every generation.

Marvin writes: Boo is more than an embarrassment to the PGA, he should have been sit down for his actions on the first tee (at Valhalla). He is the poorest sport I have ever seen.
The Comebacker Hey, get over it. Boo is Boo. The horse gallop thing was good theater. The Ryder Cup needs to have more players having fun.

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