Golf Words That Must Go

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For decades golf, spoken and written, has too often lent itself to overdramatized and maudlin usage of the English language.
 
Dont expect that to change any time soon.
 
But there are a few clichs increasingly infecting our sport, taken from the vernacular, that must be stricken from the records immediately.
 
At the end of the day, has got to go.
 
Its a verbal crutch that means little and adds nothing other than to prop up the self-esteem of its users who, for some misguided reason think, at the end of their sentences, it makes them sound smarter.
 
At the end of the year, lets hope at the end of the day is at the end of its rope.
 
Even more annoying is the younger cousin of at the end of the day.
 
Yes, Im talking about: It is what it is.
 
Anybody who responds to a question by saying, it is what it is, is simply a verbally lazy person.
 
At the end of the year lets hope it is what is has also disappeared. Then we can say, it was what it was.
 
Another crutch that has increasingly worked its way into golf's spoken and written words is something of a ...
 
As in: Tiger Woods is something of a wizard with the short game.
 
Or: Sergio Garcia is something of a whiner.
 
Or: Hogans secret is something of a mystery.
 
This construct is something of a crashing bore. It all sounds too much like somebody named Basil talking to somebody named Nigel over high tea. And its a bad habit.
 
Three more:
 
Each and every.
 
Hello, people.
 
If you say each of the shots I hit in my round today was solid, why would you ever have to say each and every shot I hit in my round today was solid? Its the same thing.
 
And, at the end of the day, you used two more words than you needed. And every does not need to accompany each ad nauseam. Nor does each and need to accompany every.
 
And while were at it, Tiger Woods training method is not his regime; its his regimen.
 
Tiger Woods regime is the far-reaching golf kingdom over which he holds sway.
 
Finally, If you make two or more aces while playing golf, you have scored two holes-in-one not two hole-in-ones.
 
No explanation necessary on this one. It is what it is. Just make sure, at the end of the day, you buy drinks for each and every person at the bar. Its something of a tradition. And be careful not to imbibe too freely because it could throw off your training regime the next day.
 
Peace out, dog.
 
TIGERS LEAD:
Meanwhile, back at the golf course, Tiger Woods decision to sit out the FedExCup opener in New York has already effectively cost him the points lead it took him all season to earn.
 
According to the numbers crunchers at the PGA TOUR, who have been peering at the computer printouts at their headquarters in Florida, The likely scenario is that two or three players will pass Woods and he will be in third or fourth going into the Deutsche Bank Championship (next week). He could be as many as 8,000 points out of first if (Vijay) Singh were to win The Barclays.
 
Moreover, according to the TOUR, anybody sitting better than 60th on the current point standings can pass Woods with a win at Barclays.
 
Anybody better than 21st can jump past Woods with a second place finish and anybody better than ninth can pass Woods with a third.
 
Vijay Singh, Phil Mickelson and Jim Furyk could wrest away Tigers lead with a fourth; Singh or Furyk could take Tigers lead with an eighth or better; and Singh could pass Woods with a 13th or better.
 
For his part, Woods could drop all the way to seventh this week. It is also mathematically possible for him to retain his lead after The Barclays.
 
Tiger Woods, according to one source who has studied all the scenarios closely, can still win the FedExCup with two very strong finishes in the final three events. He will almost certainly need to win one and finish in the top two or three in another. He might also need a good finish in his third event'perhaps even as high as a top 5. ... In summary, Woods strategy of skipping The Barclays is dangerous.
 
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