Pet Peeves The Sequel

By Brian HewittOctober 24, 2008, 4:00 pm
The Comebacker has struck a nerve again. This time it was a column on pet peeves. Turns out tons of readers have tons of golf pet peeves. And they arent afraid to share them.
So without further ado, here are the best of theirs followed by The Comebacker coming back at them:
Emmitt writes: A good imagination is something my wife has! No one but a golf course designer has imagination when referring to a golf course not a golfer. The only thing I imagine when I am playing is that I imagine I may get mad a few times, curse a bit and then when I feel I am getting tired or fried, I can only imagine' having a cold beer at the end. It's the commentators who make the knobby comments about imagination, talking about Tiger and Phil that the rest of us snicker at and as they say in Cape Breton where I'm from: Go chew on yer cud, which is an unflattering reference to a cow's chewing grass and is usually said to someone who is annoying you.
The Comebacker
Chew on yer cud? Sounds like something the Golf Guy would udder er utter.

Joe writes: Thanks for venting. Those have been pet peeves of mine, too ' especially the spin issue. I'm going to play professional golf in a couple of years. I know whether it will spin or not when I hit the shot. To say that I'm good enough to control it all the time would be a laugh, but I do know it's possible to manage it. The guys on the PGA Tour are there for a reason. It's because they're good. The commentators do not need to make them look any better. Or, in this case, they do not need to make a poor shot just seem like bad luck. Most of the players have studied the courses, even played them for years. They should know when to turn it down.
The Comebacker
May you never be a bit unlucky.

Neil writes: Right after a friend of mine flies the green with an 8-iron, he says I just hit it too well. Hit it too well? Boy, do I hear that one a lot; and from some pretty good players. Nice shot, Jerry, you just hit it too well. That bugs me almost as much as tamping down an imaginary spike mark after shoving a 2-foot putt a ball outside the hole. I feel better now.
The Comebacker
There, there now. Much cheaper than paying a shrink $150 for 50 minutes.

Rich writes: Can we please stop seeing the players spitting all over the golf course. More and more of this is shown on television during a tournament. And, the worst offender is Tiger Woods! First of all, I don't really need to see anyone spitting, particularly all over a golf course. Second, in the case of Tiger, everything he does is emulated by most of the golfing world and particularly the younger golfers. Last year I was out on the course. After putting the ball I marked the ball and as I picked it up realized there was a big gob of spit on the ball. Apparently it had rolled through the spot where someone had spit on the green. Maybe it's my imagination, but I don't remember much spitting going on at the golf course over the 35-plus years I've been playing, but lately I see it all the time when I play.
The Comebacker
Reminds of that famous Dickens novel ' 'Great Expectorations.'

Scott writes:: You left out courage, as in, Oh, he hit a courageous putt. I can imagine the troops in Afghanistan getting ready for their night patrol watching on TV. Wait a minute, Sergeant, Tim Herron is about to hit a courageous putt for birdie and win $90,000 for 45th place.
The Comebacker
$90,000 for 45th place?

Mo writes: Add to the list makeable putt. They all are makeable if there is an open hole. Some chances just are not very good; also, the negative or dire predictions about a shot's success chances. As you stated, the guys work on tough shots all day long. It is us country club guys who never practice side-hill and downhill shots because there is no place to do so. Driving ranges are flat. Practice sand traps don't have high sides and fluffy lies. Give the pros the credit they deserve. Those guys are good or they don't survive.
The Comebacker
I could have sworn I saw a couple of putts at Oakland Hills in August at the PGA Championship that were not makeable.

Hugh writes: How about good touch for a big man ' what does a beer gut have to do with a greenside shot? Example: (Craig) Stadler or (Phil) Blackmar ' every time.
The Comebacker
Exactly. Ive been telling anybody who would listen, for years, that a beer gut has nothing to do with a greenside shot.

Jim writes: I've been playing golf for over 65 years and have never had anyone line up my putts nor did I switch to a long-shafted putter. This applies to both men and women professionals. They are professionals and should be able to line up their own putts and throw away those long putters.
The Comebacker
While were at it, Ive never liked those putters with the suction cups on the butt end for people too lazy to bend over and fish their ball out of the cup.

Fred writes: My pet peeve is calling slow players methodical. Call them what they are: slow players. Lets just start with Ben Crane and work our way down through Padraig Harrington, Stuart Appleby, Michael Letzig, etcAll I can say is thank goodness that the broadcast channels doing the telecast know who the slow golfers are and time it where we are just about to see their shots as opposed to going through their whole pre-shot routine.
The Comebacker
Michael Letzig?

Larry writes: I also have a golf telecast pet peeve. It is when a player hits a poor shot and then he or she (or the announcer) terms it a bad break when it ends up in a tough spot. My theory has always been: If you hit a poor shot the only break you can get is a good one.
The Comebacker
But but Michael Letzig?

Rachel writes: So, let me share my favorite pet peeve. Professional golfers have putting gurus, swing gurus, exercise gurus, psychology gurus, etc., etc., etc. Also, a majority of the PGA Tour players went to college. However, only about one in 10 can put together a few grammatically correct sentences when interviewed. I guess they were asleep in English class. Obviously they need a communications guru as well. When I was in English class (back in the Stone Age) the first rule they taught you about public speaking was to avoid clichs. Every other word or two from these guys is the worst clich of all, you know. Here's an example: Announcer ' You certainly had a great game today. What's the secret to your success? Joe Blow from Kokomo replies, Well, you know, I just tried to relax, you know, take one step at a time, you know. It sounds kinda easy, you know, but you have to stay in the moment..
The Comebacker
As they say in Kokomo: At the end of the day, it is what it is.

Jim writes: I can agree with you on the imagination issue which is a much overused phrase. It is true at all levels of golf, those golfers that have the confidence and talents to perform difficult shots are quite simply better players than those who cannot. Everyone has imagination, but not necessarily the ability to pull off miraculous shots on a regular basis. This is what separates the men from the boys.
The Comebacker

Andrew writes: How about an unforced error? For example, the player hits a shot into a bunker from 125 yards or so, and the announcer calls it an unforced error. Please tell me what exactly would constitute a forced error in golf, since there is no opponent acting contradictorily to what a player is attempting on each shot.
The Comebacker
Good point, Andrew. You cant play defense in golf. But Rachel might want to bust you on the grammatical usage of the word contradictorily.
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Storms halt Barbasol before Lincicome tees off

By Associated PressJuly 20, 2018, 11:29 pm

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. - Brittany Lincicome will have to wait until the weekend to resume her bid to make the cut in a PGA Tour event.

Overnight storms delayed the start of the second round Friday in the Barbasol Championship, and an afternoon thunderstorm suspended competition for good. The round will resume Saturday morning with much of the field still to play.

The second stoppage at Champions Trace at Keene Trace Golf Club came 20 minutes before Lincicome's scheduled tee time.

Lincicome was near the bottom of the field after opening with a 6-over 78 on Thursday. The first LPGA player since Michelle Wie in 2008 to start a PGA Tour event, she needs a huge rebound to join Babe Zaharias (1945) as the only female players to make the cut.

Troy Merritt had the clubhouse lead at 15 under, following an opening 62 with a 67.

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Third-round tee times for the 147th Open

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 9:05 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Eighteen major champions made the cut at The Open and will be playing the weekend at Carnoustie, including 60-year-old ageless wonder Bernhard Langer, and both major champs so far this year, Patrick Reed and Brooks Koepka.

Twenty-four-year-old Gavin Green will be first off solo Saturday at 4:15 a.m. ET. Reed and Rhys Enoch will follow along 10 minutes later.

Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

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Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods, both at even par for the tournament, six shots behind leaders Zach Johnson and Kevin Kisner, are in consecutive groups. Mickelson is playing with Austin Cook at 8:05 a.m. and Woods is with South Africa’s Shaun Norris at 8:15 a.m.

Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler, both three shots off the lead, are also in consecutive groups. Fowler is at 10 a.m. with Thorbjorn Olesen and Spieth is 10 minutes later with Kevin Chappell. Rory McIlroy, looking to win his first major since the 2014 PGA Championship, is at 10:40 a.m. with Xander Schauffele. McIlroy is two shots behind.

Johnson and Kisner are last off at 11 a.m.

4:15AM ET: Gavin Green

4:25AM ET: Rhys Enoch, Patrick Reed

4:35AM ET: Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Justin Rose

4:45AM ET: Yusaku Miyazato, Tyrrell Hatton

4:55AM ET: Ross Fisher, Keegan Bradley

5:05AM ET: Ryan Fox, Jason Dufner

5:15AM ET: Bryson DeChambeau, Henrik Stenson

5:25AM ET: Tom Lewis, Sam Locke (a)

5:35AM ET: Paul Casey, Chris Wood

5:45AM ET: Bernhard Langer, Rafa Cabrera Bello

6:00AM ET: Paul Dunne, Brett Rumford

6:10AM ET: Masahiro Kawamura, Shubhankar Sharma

6:20AM ET: Cameron Smith, Brendan Steele

6:30AM ET: Marc Leishman, Lee Westwood

6:40AM ET: Byeong Hun An, Kevin Na

6:50AM ET: Julian Suri, Adam Hadwin

7:00AM ET: Gary Woodland, Si-Woo Kim

7:10AM ET: Yuta Ikeda, Satoshi Kodaira

7:20AM ET: Marcus Kinhult, Thomas Pieters

7:30AM ET: Beau Hossler, Haotong Li

7:45AM ET: Cameron Davis, Sean Crocker

7:55AM ET: Louis Oosthuizen, Stewart Cink

8:05AM ET: Phil Mickeslon, Austin Cook

8:15AM ET: Tiger Woods, Shaun Norris

8:25AM ET: Lucas Herbert, Michael Kim

8:35AM ET: Jason Day, Francesco Molinari

8:45AM ET: Sung Kang, Webb Simpson

8:55AM ET: Patrick Cantlay, Eddie Pepperell

9:05AM ET: Matthew Southgate, Brooks Koepka

9:15AM ET: Kyle Stanley, Adam Scott

9:30AM ET: Charley Hoffman, Alex Noren

9:40AM ET: Ryan Moore, Brandon Stone

9:50AM ET: Luke List, Danny Willett

10:00AM ET: Thorbjorn Olesen, Rickie Fowler

10:10AM ET: Jordan Spieth, Kevin Chappell

10:20AM ET: Zander Lombard, Tony Finau

10:30AM ET: Matt Kuchar, Erik Van Rooyen

10:40AM ET: Rory McIlroy, Xander Schauffele

10:50AM ET: Pat Perez, Tommy Fleetwood

11:00AM ET: Kevin Kisner, Zach Johnson

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Facial hair Fowler's new good-luck charm

By Rex HoggardJuly 20, 2018, 8:12 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Before, during and after the Fourth of July, Rickie Fowler missed a few appointments with his razor.

He arrived in the United Kingdom for last week’s Scottish Open still unshaved and he tied for sixth place. Fowler, like most golfers, can give in to superstition, so he's decided to keep the caveman look going for this week’s Open Championship.

“There could be some variations,” he smiled following his round on Friday at Carnoustie.

Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship

At this rate, he may never shave again. Fowler followed an opening 70 with a 69 on Friday to move into a tie for 11th place, just three strokes off the lead.

Fowler also has some friendly competition in the beard department, with his roommate this week Justin Thomas also going for the rugged look.

“I think he kind of followed my lead in a way. I think he ended up at home, and he had a little bit of scruff going. It's just fun,” Fowler said. “We mess around with it. Obviously, not taking it too seriously. But like I said, ended up playing halfway decent last week, so I couldn't really shave it off going into this week.”

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Spieth (67) rebounds from tough Round 1 finish

By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 7:55 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Guess whose putter is starting to heat up again at a major?

Even with a few wayward shots Friday at Carnoustie, Jordan Spieth made a significant climb up the leaderboard in the second round, firing a 4-under 67 to move just three shots off the lead.

Spieth showed his trademark grit in bouncing back from a rough finish Thursday, when he mis-clubbed on the 15th hole, leading to a double bogey, and ended up playing the last four holes in 4 over.

“I don’t know if I actually regrouped,” he said. “It more kind of fires me up a little.”

Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship

Spieth missed more than half of his fairways in the second round, but he was able to play his approach shots from the proper side of the hole. Sure, he “stole a few,” particularly with unlikely birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 after errant drives, but he took advantage and put himself in position to defend his claret jug.

Spieth needed only 25 putts in the second round, and he credited a post-round adjustment Thursday for the improvement. The tweak allows his arms to do more of the work in his stroke, and he said he felt more confident on the greens.

“It’s come a long way in the last few months, no doubt,” he said.

More than anything, Spieth was relieved not to have to play “cut-line golf” on Friday, like he’s done each start since his spirited run at the Masters.

“I know that my swing isn’t exactly where I want it to be; it’s nowhere near where it was at Birkdale,” he said. “But the short game is on point, and the swing is working in the right direction to get the confidence back.”