Press Pass Meltdowns and You Choose the Menu

By Golf Channel DigitalApril 4, 2007, 4:00 pm
Press PassEach week, Golf Channel experts and analysts offer their thoughts and opinions on hot topics in the world of golf with the Press Pass. You can also give your take on our questions. Just click on the link and e-mail your responses to all four questions to us. We'll publish select answers each Friday in our Press Pass: Readers' Forum.
Hot Topic
What is your favorite Masters moment?
Brian Hewitt Brian Hewitt - Columnist,
Has to be Nicklaus in 1986. Jackie Jr. on the bag. Lundquist's 'Yes, SIR!' on 17. Just watching Jack's face change on the back nine. On the 10th tee he looked liked a 46-year-old man. By the time he got to 16 his face was the visage of a 30-year-old.
Kraig Kann Kraig Kann - Anchor, GOLF CHANNEL:
Aside from the Saturday night posting of media members whove won the lottery to play Augusta National on Monday? OK, thats easy. Its actually not a moment ... it's the anticipation of Sundays final round that comes after Round 3 ends. Waiting for that 3:00 p.m. last tee time on Sunday is tough. And I always try to make my way to the tee to watch the leaders go off.
Mark Rolfing Mark Rolfing - Analyst, GOLF CHANNEL:
Ben Crenshaw let all his emotions flow after holing the final putt to win the 1995 Masters. Bens long-time mentor, Harvey Penick, had passed away a week earlier. Ben later said that he knew Harvey was with him all the way. At the 1999 Ryder Cup, captain Crenshaw told the world he believed in fate. I think he said that because he had a big encounter with fate at the 1995 Masters.
Mercer Baggs Mercer Baggs - Senior Producer,
The one thing about working a major is that you don't get to enjoy it as a viewer. Instead of soaking in Tiger's '97 triumph, I was running highlights tapes back and forth between editing machines. One thing that sticks out is the 2002 Masters. A host of top-10 players were chasing Tiger in his repeat bid, and prior to the final round there was a huge buzz. Never more have I wanted to play sick and watch from home. Alas, it was best I didn't as Sunday was a total buzz kill.
Hot Topic
Aside from Greg Norman in 1996, what is your most memorable Masters meltdown/gaffe?
Scott Hoch's missed putt against Faldo in the '89 playoff. Faldo won three Maters to be sure, but a lot of people forget that he had a lot of help from the last man standing against him in each case. Floyd rinsed his second in the 1990 playoff on 11 and Norman flew too close to the sun in 1996.
Scott Hoch. And if you think about it, Nick Faldo has been given some help along the way to some green jackets. Norman sure comes to mind doesnt he?
At the 1985 Masters, Curtis Strange, after an opening round of 80, came all the way back to enjoy a three-stroke lead with six holes to play on Sunday. But the meltdown began when he hit it into the water on No. 13. He continued the bogey streak on No. 15 and No. 18 to finish tied for second with Seve Ballesteros and Raymond Floyd ' two strokes behind the winner, Bernhard Langer.
Roberto De Vicenzo signing for the wrong score in 1968. He should have been in a playoff with Bob Goalby, but instead he will forever be remembered for saying, 'What a stupid I am.' At least he already had a major under his belt (1967 British), though; players like Hoch and Ed Sneed weren't as fortunate.
Hot Topic
What is your favorite hole at Augusta National?
The third hole, a short par-4, is my favorite for several reasons: Nobody knows much about it; the green complex is so demanding that an approach from 85 yards is just as difficult as an approach from 185 yards, because of the precision necessary. The landing area, if you want to get the ball close, is tiny. And it really doesn't matter where you put the pin. In addition, you stand back right of the green and see all of No. 3, plus the tee shots and putts on the adjacent par-3 fourth.
This is tough. I love 13 because of the risk-reward and the beauty of the backdrop behind the hole itself. No. 16 is terrific because of the realization that a hole-in-one can be made if you put it in the right place and get the right roll. But my favorite is actually the hole I teed off on when I was lucky enough to play in 1995. I had to tee off on 10 (which made Amen Corner come up too quick), which is a fun tee shot to hit and watch carry down the hill. Tough, tough second shot which doesnt get talked about enough for its beauty. Im sure Mike Weir likes it, too.
My favorite hole at Augusta is the third and final hole of amen corner ... No. 13. To me it is not only the most aesthetically pleasing hole at Augusta National, but it is also one of the most exciting. A relatively short par-5, No. 13 requires a combination of strategy and shot making which always produces drama on Sunday afternoon at the Masters.
I love the par-3 16th. It reminds me of Woods' and Love's chip-ins; Duval blowing it over the green in '01; Jack's 40-foot birdie in '75; Norman sealing his fate in the water in 1996. The hole always seems to play a dramatic role in the final outcome. And there is always the potential for a Sunday hole-in-one.
Hot Topic
What would you serve for the Champions Dinner?
Baby Spinach greens salad with walnuts and light vinaigrette. Entree: Yankee pot roast, twice-baked potatoes au gratin and creamed spinach. Dessert: Fresh strawberries and Hagen-Dazs vanilla. Beverages: extra-chilled Old Renwick sauvignon blanc from New Zealand or Corona Light with a lime. (Yeah, right. Like 'Light' beer is really going to help me after all those calories.)
Chicago-style pizza and a few cold ones. Add in a few Chicago dogs, too; though, Id be pretty confident the deep dish pizza would be a sell-out.
My Champions dinner: sashimi, cold lobster salad, lamb chops, roasted fingerling potatoes and broccoli.
I'm a simple man: steak, baked potato. Nothing too fancy, just really juicy and rare. Perhaps sushi, too. And since it's on Tuesday night and not Wednesday: bourbon. Lots of bourbon.
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    Watch: Bubba casually hits flop shot over caddie's head

    By Grill Room TeamMarch 22, 2018, 9:20 pm

    We've seen this go wrong. Really wrong.

    But when your end-of-year bonus is a couple of brand new vehicles, you're expected to go above and beyond every now and then.

    One of those times came early Thursday at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, where Bubba Watson’s caddie Ted Scott let his boss hit a flop shot over his head.

    It wasn’t quite Phil Mickelson over Dave Pelz, but the again, nothing is.

    And the unique warm-up session paid off, as Watson went on to defeat Marc Leishman 3 and 2 to move to 2-0-0 in group play.

    Hey, whatever works.

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    Spieth explains why he won't play in a 'dome'

    By Rex HoggardMarch 22, 2018, 9:01 pm

    AUSTIN, Texas – No one at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play was as excited about Thursday’s forecast as Jordan Spieth.

    Winds blew across Austin Country Club to 20 mph, which is typical for this time of year in Texas, and Spieth put in a typical performance, beating HaoTong Li, 4 and 2, to remain undefeated entering the final day of pool play.

    The windy conditions were exactly what Spieth, who never trailed in his match, wanted. In fact, demanding conditions factor into how he sets his schedule.

    “I have, and will continue to schedule tournaments away from a dome, because it's just unusual for me. I like having the feel aspect,” said Spieth, who attended the University of Texas and played Austin Country Club in college. “Places with no wind, where it's just driving range shots, it's just never been something I've been used to. So I don't really know what to do on them.”

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    Spieth used the CareerBuilder Challenge as an example. The Coachella Valley event rarely has windy conditions, and as a result he’s never played the tournament.

    “I played in a dome in Phoenix, and I didn't strike the ball well there. Actually I've had quite a few this year, where we didn't have very windy conditions,” said Spieth, who will face Patrick Reed in his final pool play match on Friday. “I don't go to Palm Springs, never have, because of that. Look at where you can take weeks off and if they match up with places that potentially aren't the best for me, then it works out.”

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    Curry jokes about Romo's 77: 'Got him by a stroke'

    By Grill Room TeamMarch 22, 2018, 8:40 pm

    This just in ... professional athletes are competitive. Even when they're playing their secondary sport.

    Playing in the Corales Punta Cana Resort & Club Championship on a sponsor exemption Thursday, former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo started hot with an even-par 36 on his opening nine holes, but faded down the stretch to open with a 5-over 77.

    According to the San Francisco Chronicle's Ron Kroichick, Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry couldn't help but crack a smile when informed of the score, saying, "I got him by a stroke."

    Curry was referencing his brief foray into pro golf last August, when he shot back-to-back 4-over 74s at the's Ellie Mae Classic.

    So just in case Romo needed another reason to go low tomorrow when he tees off at 1 p.m. in the second round, he's got one.

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    Group standings at WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play

    By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 22, 2018, 7:20 pm

    Here are the group standings for pool play at the 2018 WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Championship in Austin, Texas. The player with the most points in each pool advanced to Saturday's Round of 16 in Austin, Texas. Click here for scoring and click here for the bracket.

    Group 1 Group 2 Group 3 Group 4
    (1) D. Johnson: 0-2-0 (2) J. Thomas: 1-0-0 (3) J. Rahm: 0-1-1 (4) J. Spieth: 2-0-0
    (32) K. Kisner: 0-0-1 (21) F. Molinari: 1-0-0 (28) K. Aphibarnrat: 2-0-0 (19) P. Reed: 2-0-0
    (38) A. Hadwin: 1-0-1
    (48) P. Kizzire: 0-1-0 (43) C. Reavie: 1-1-0 (34) H. Li: 0-2-0
    (52) B. Wiesberger: 1-0-0
    (60) L. List: 0-1-0 (63) K. Bradley: 0-1-1 (49) C. Schwartzel: 0-2-0
    Group 5 Group 6 Group 7 Group 8
    (5) H. Matsuyama: 1-0-0 (6) R. McIlroy: 1-1-0 (7) S. Garcia: 1-0-0 (8) J. Day: 1-0-0
    (30) P. Cantlay: 0-1-0
    (18) B. Harman: 0-0-1 (20) X. Schauffele: 1-0-0 (25) L. Oosthuizen: 1-0-0
    (46) C. Smith: 1-0-0 (44) J. Vegas: 0-1-1 (41) D. Frittelli: 0-1-0 (42) J. Dufner: 0-1-0
    (53) Y. Miyazato: 0-1-0 (51) P. Uihlein: 1-0-0 (62) S. Sharma: 0-1-0 (56) J. Hahn: 0-1-0
    Group 9 Group 10 Group 11 Group 12
    (9) T. Fleetwood: 1-1-0 (10) P. Casey: 2-0-0 (11) M. Leishman: 0-2-0 (12) T. Hatton: 1-0-0
    (26) D. Berger: 0-2-0 (31) M. Fitzpatrick: 0-1-0 (23) B. Grace: 1-1-0 (22) C. Hoffman: 0-1-0
    (33) K. Chappell: 1-1-0 (45) K. Stanley: 1-1-0 (35) B. Watson: 2-0-0 (36) B. Steele: 1-0-0
    (58) I. Poulter: 2-0-0 (51) R. Henley: 0-1-0 (64) J. Suri: 1-1-0 (55) A. Levy: 0-1-0
    Group 13 Group 14 Group 15 Group 16
    (13) A. Noren: 2-0-0 (14) P. Mickelson: 1-1-0 (15) P. Perez: 0-0-1 (16) M. Kuchar: 1-0-1
    (29) T. Finau: 2-0-0 (17) R. Cabrera Bello: 1-1-0 (24) G. Woodland: 0-0-1 (27) R. Fisher: 1-1-0
    (39) T. Pieters: 0-2-0 (40) S. Kodaira: 0-2-0 (37) W. Simpson: 0-0-1 (47) Y. Ikeda: 1-1-0
    (61) K. Na: 0-2-0 (59) C. Howell III: 2-0-0 (50) S.W. Kim: 0-0-1 (54) Z. Johnson: 0-1-1