Golf Guy Grill Room: Movies and Snacks.

By Golf GuyMay 18, 2011, 1:26 pm
'Hey Bartender...'

Bartender Scootdog: 'Do you like watching match play or stroke play, Professor Golf Guy?'

Golf Guy: 'Good question Scootdog. Without getting waaaaaay into this topic, I perfer stroke play. Granted, there are certain aspects of match play that may turn out to be awesome, but ultimately, stroke play is the best format for TV.'

Scootdog: 'Does The Ryder Cup ring a bell, you dumb, silly fool?'

Golf Guy: 'Does shutting up and getting me another drink ring a bell, Scootdog? The reason I enjoy stroke play is because it usually comes down to the 72nd hole of an event. Anything can happen. And a lot of times it does. As far as the Ryder Cup, yes, it's an absolutely wonderful event in which the match play format works to perfection – a team event.

Scootdog: 'The Ryder Cup is easily the best, most exciting event in golf. How you could argue against that is beyond me.'

Golf Guy: 'Scoot, you know I love you, but please, just keep it zipped. If it were reversed and most events were match play formats, do you understand how many Sunday afternoons would end at the 15th hole with an hour of coverage left? I want my 72 holes of satisfaction. Plus, I like having more players on the leaderboard and in the mix.'

Scootdog: 'Do you understand that I'm cutting you off right now and you will be silenced?'

Golf Guy: 'But wait ... '


Caption of the Week 

 Martin Kaymer and Luke Donald

'Where are we going? Well, first, we are flying home from The Players Championship and once we land in Europe, we will be heading over to Lee Westwood's house to wrestle the world No. 1 ranking from him. Cheeky bastard decided not to play in the Players and somehow kept his No. 1 spot in the world rankings.'

Kibbles 'n Bits

The Golf Guy

In honor of the much anticipated movie 'The Hangover Part II' coming out next week, the Golf Guy gives you not just one, but two completely useless, non-golf related Top-3 lists:

Top-3 movie snacks:

1. Sugar Babies (birdie). Not even sure what they actually taste like - and pretty sure they will one day take out one of my fillings, but I love me a couple of Sugar Babies when watching a movie.

2. Hot Tamales (birdie). My mouth can't handle spicy food, yet I can't seem to get enough of these little fireballs during a movie. Seeing as I have a rule against drinking rum during movies, I counter-act the heat with a free cup of ice water and the following...

3. Malted milk balls (eagle). Oh yes, a movie snack classic. I send my father a tub of these sum bitches every Father's Day, for his birthday and for Christmas. Like father, like son, the malted milk balls don't even last through one phone conversation.

And with that, my Top-3 all-time movies (with videos describing the hilarity instead of myself):

1. The Jerk. 'I have it written down, I can show it to you tomorrow if you want to see it...'

2. Raising Arizona. 'Unless round is funny...'

3. Animal House. 'Was it over when the German's bombed Pearl Harbor...?'

Honorable mention: Caddyshack; Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy; Shawshank; Love, Actually (yes, I'm a softie); No Escape (Ray Liotta – 1994); Goodfellas; Groundhog Day (the movie I've watch the most - over 100 times?); The Birdcage; Wedding Crashers; Annie Hall; Dances with Wolves; Gladiator; Crash; Sideways (golf scenes!); On Golden Pond.

Quotes ... From the Vault


'Reverse every natural instinct and do the opposite of what you are inclined to do, and you will probably come very close to having a perfect golf swing.' – Ben Hogan (five-time winner at this week's Colonial), apparently conjuring up his inner-George Costanza, with some thoughts about the the golf swing.



Talk about ill-timing: David Toms hadn't missed a putt inside of 5 feet all week at The Players untill ... gag ... his miss at the first playoff hole. Which raises the question: Should he have just missed the great putt on the 72nd hole to avoid the embarrassment on 17 in the playoff? Oh calm down, I love to kid Les Miles' LSU boy. ... The Players Championship was the fourth tournament in a row on the PGA Tour to go into a playoff. Somewhere, Jim Mora's wife is freaking out. ... Dirk Nowitzki went 24 for 24 from the free throw line in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals. I can't even go 1-1 when standing at a urinal. Bernhard Langer would be proud.

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Chamblee comments on Choi's unique step-through swing

By Golf Channel DigitalJune 24, 2018, 3:55 pm

The golf world found itself enamored with a largely unknown journeyman this weekend.

Ho-sung Choi went from 554th in the world to No. 1 in the hearts of all those who swing the golf club just a little bit differently thanks to his run at the Korean Open.

The 44-year-old with the exaggerated step through impact found himself two off the pace through 54 holes and in contention for one of two available invitations to this year's Open Championship at Carnoustie.

Choi fell out of the hunt for tournament title and the Open exemption with a final-round 74, but nonetheless left an impression with his tie for fifth.

Asked about Choi's swing Saturday night, Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee offered the following:

"If Chi Chi Rodriguez and Gary Player had a golf school, what would their first professional golfer swing like? Voila," Chamblee said.

"Both those legends had walk through finishes, but Ho Sung has taken this move to a new level with a borderline pirouette to keep from hanging back.

"In an era when professional golfers get accused of having golf swings that all look alike, I’ve never seen anyone swing quite like Ho Sung Choi.

"I can’t wait to try this on the range tomorrow."

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Wallace holds off charges to win BMW International

By Associated PressJune 24, 2018, 3:43 pm

PULHEIM, Germany - England's Matt Wallace shot a 7-under 65 to hold off a record-breaking charge from Thorbjorn Olesen and win the BMW International Open on Sunday.

Wallace finished on 10-under 278 - just ahead of Olesen, Mikko Korhonen and 2008 winner Martin Kaymer, whose chances took a blow with a bogey on the 17th hole.

''I want to keep building on this,'' Wallace said after his third European Tour win. ''Obviously this gives me a lot of confidence to go on and play well and I want to kick on and hopefully do this in the bigger events from now on.''

Full-field scores from the BMW International Open

Olesen had played himself into contention with the lowest round in tournament history, with nine birdies and an eagle for an 11-under 61. It was the lowest round of his European Tour career and it gave the Dane a three-shot lead before the final group had even teed off.

''I was just trying today to go out there and build on my game, see if I could shoot a low score,'' Olesen said. ''Obviously as the round progressed I kept on thinking birdies and trying to make the round better. Finishing with four birdies was pretty nice.''

Wallace turned in 34 but then made five birdies in seven holes from the turn to edge a shot past Olesen. He waited as Kaymer and Korhonen went close with rounds of 68 and 67, respectively.

England's Aaron Rai and Denmark's Lucas Bjerregaard finished joint-fifth with rounds of 69.

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Choi, Park qualify for Carnoustie from Korean Open

By Nick MentaJune 24, 2018, 2:54 pm

Two players - Minchel Choi and Sanghyun Park - qualified for next month's Open Championship at Carnoustie via the Open Qualifying Series on Sunday.

Choi (69) held off Park (66) to win the Korean Open by two shots.

This was the Qualifying Series debut for the Korean Open, whiched awarded Open Championship exemptions to the tournament's top two finishers inside the top eight and ties who were not already qualified.

Choi, the 532nd-ranked player in the Official World Golf Ranking, punched his ticket in his first professional win.

Park, the 146th in the world, is a six-time Korean Tour champion who has already won twice this season. 

Both players will be making their first ever major starts.

“I am absolutely honored to be playing in The Open and I wanted to win this championship to give me [that] opportunity," Choi said. "I cannot believe that I have won today. I am so happy and excited."

“It is a great honor to have qualified for The Open and make my first appearance in the championship," Park added. "I’ve watched The Open on television every single year and I can’t really believe that I have qualified, it is amazing."

The Open Qualifying Series continues next week at the Open de France, where as many as three exemptions will be awarded to the three leading players inside the top 10 and ties who are not already qualified.

The 147th Open will be held at Carnoustie from July 19-22.

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Minjee Lee co-leads Walmart NW Arkansas Championship

By Associated PressJune 24, 2018, 12:25 am

ROGERS, Ark. - Minjee Lee wasn't all that concerned when she missed her first cut of the year this month at the ShopRite LPGA Classic.

The ninth-ranked Australian has certainly looked at ease and back in form at Pinnacle Country Club in her first event since then.

Lee and Japan's Nasa Hataoka each shot 6-under 65 on Saturday to share the second-round lead in the NW Arkansas Championship 13-under 129. Lee is chasing her fifth victory since turning pro three years ago. It's also an opportunity to put any lingering frustration over that missed cut two weeks ago behind her for good.

''I didn't particularly hit it bad, even though I missed the cut at ShopRite, I just didn't really hole any putts,'' Lee said. ''I'd been hitting it pretty solid going into that tournament and even into this tournament, too. Just to see a couple putts roll in has been nice.''

The 22-year-old Lee needed only 24 putts during her opening 64 on Friday, helping her to match the low round of her career. Despite needing 28 putts Saturday, she still briefly took the outright lead after reaching as low as 14 under after a birdie on the par-5 seventh.

Full-field scores from the Walmart Arkansas Championship

Lee missed the green on the par-4 ninth soon thereafter to lead to her only bogey of the day and a tie with the 19-year-old Hataoka, who is in pursuit of her first career win.

Hataoka birdied six of eight holes midway through her bogey-free round on Saturday. It was yet another stellar performance from the Japanese teenager, who has finished in the top 10 in four of her last five tournaments and will be a part of Sunday's final pairing.

''I try to make birdies and try to be under par, that's really the key for me to get a top ten,'' Hataoka said. ''Golf is just trying to be in the top 10 every single week, so that's the key.''

Third-ranked Lexi Thompson matched the low round of the day with a 64 to get to 11 under. She hit 17 of 18 fairways and shot a 5-under 30 on her opening nine, The American is in search of her first win since September in the Indy Women in Tech Championship.

Ariya Jutanugarn and Celine Boutier were 10 under.

First-round leader Gaby Lopez followed her opening 63 with a 75 to drop to 4 under. Fellow former Arkansas star Stacy Lewis also was 4 under after a 72.