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Comebacker duties have once again been taken over by the Golf Guy, as Brian Hewitt has the week off ' tanning in Jamaica or saving dolphins in China or something.
Without further ado:
Raymond writes: I'm not sure which of you is the more pathetic loser. Her (Michelle Wie) for failing to understand the purpose of the scoring tent or you (Brian Hewitt) for pampering her and claiming the LPGA should have prevented the incident. True, the LPGA was wrong in not identifying the problem and should have DQd her prior to round three. But, all said and done let's put the fault squarely on the shoulders of the person responsible, Michelle! The scoring tent is not a stupid rule. The scoring tent is not old school. The scoring tent has a distinct purpose, that is, it is the first opportunity for the golfer to 'see and validate' their score. Period! You view your 'official score card,' make corrections if necessary, AND SIGN THE CARD!
The Comebacker
Heres the thing, Ray. Can I call you Ray? OK, then: making a player enter a scorers area to check and verify the numbers on his/her card is legit. Telling them that they are disqualified because they walked out of said area without penning their signature is D-U-M-B. How did them leaving and coming back affect anything? Its not like this is a test and a player can leave the area, get the proper answers and then come back and change their card. Golf is full of antiquated rules that need to be updated. This one falls in that category.


Jim writes: 1. I think that the American team will do a lot better than the pundits think in the Ryder Cup. 2. Why is Mike Weir not shown in the standings for the FedExCup? 3. A few years ago, during a Wednesday show at the Dublin course, (Padraig) Harrington was asked to give a demonstration by Jack (Nicklaus) as to his touch with the shorter clubs. He used a 7-iron to demonstrate the various shots he could use with the one club. He said that this was the first club he was given and he used it on the tees, fairways and bunkers. He hit it long, low, high, hooked and faded the ball. He said he missed the creative ways to play a course now that the emphasis was on distance. I agree with him and am fed up with the long drive and then a choice of four wedges into a rather large green. It was interesting to see how many of the regular PGA TOUR players handled the conditions at 'The Open' this year. The creativeness of the player came to the fore; surprise of surprises when Harrington won going away. 4. What has happened to Vijay Singh? He did not play for three weeks before 'The Open' and I assumed that he was getting ready in England. He never made the cut. The poor Canadian Open was last week. Singh, who has won it at the expense of Weir, was always a show. This year he failed to come, why? 5. I can solve Michelle Wie's problem. Someone should kidnap her father for at least ten years.
The Comebacker
1.) An American team filled with Hooters Tour players couldnt fare worse than the last collection of All Stars. 2.) Its because hes Canadian and FedEx doesnt deliver up there. No, actually hes 35th in the standings. 3.) If the tournaments really wanted to make their events more challenging all they have to do is raise the rough one inch. Make it a penalty to miss the fairway. Creativity and planning is instantly brought back into the game. 4.) Vijay is 45 years old and completely confused with his swing. Why wasnt he in Canada? He probably needed a break with the WGC event this week and the PGA next week. 5.) In his absence someone else would probably get in her ear and fill her head with bad advice.


Ken writes: Want to compliment you (Brian Hewitt) on the proper term for what I humbly submit is THE major of all majors ... I wish you would give a tutorial to the majority of your GC colleagues who insist on calling it the British Open. Case in point: watching Golf Central and listening to VC (Vince Cellini?) & BL (Who the hell is BL? Bruce Lee?) using the wrong term repeatedly in the broadcast. It is universally known as The Open except the vast majority of U.S. based writers & TV announcers. Please Brian, pass on your 'wisdom' to the others & give THE OPEN the respect it deserves!!!!
The Comebacker
We at GOLF CHANNEL are supposed to refer to the Open Championship as such. And so we do, for the most part. However I cant speak for Hewitt, but the U.S. Open is referred to the U.S. Open because it is played exclusively in the United States. When The Open is actually contested outside of the United Kingdom Ill consistently refer to it as something other than the British Open.


Roy writes: Look for Brandt Snedeker to contend (this) week at Bridgestone and ,yes, you heard it here the PGA. He is focused like his good friend Kenny Perry to win and make the Ryder Cup team. A few missed cuts have gotten his attention and time is short. By the way, Kenny is looking smarter and smarter to skip the Opens. Unlike many Tour pros, he knows what he can and cannot do at this stage in his career.
The Comebacker
Snedeker shot 2-under 68 in the first round of the WGC-Bridgestone. Will he win the PGA? Golf Guy says no, but if he does we will give Roy major props in the subsequent Comebacker. As for Perry, count Golf Guy as among the group of people who feel Perry can play whenever and wherever he likes but theres no way Golf Guy would have ever skipped a major championship. Ever.

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