|Spieth on the way to the drop - courtesy of ESPN|
Spieth’s Collapse at the 12th
The 12th at Augusta National is the single best tournament par three in golf. And this year it played a stunning role at The Masters. I had all settled in to watch an easy walk to victory by Jordan Spieth … and then the first ball went in the water at the 12th. OK, fine, no problem … and then the second ball went in the water. Huh ... Who won, Danny Willet with a fine 67, but just like Faldo, he will take a backseat to Norman and Spieth because we seem to remember Vandervelde long after we forgot Lowrie.
No Open at Muirfield
Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of The R&A said this, “The R&A has considered today’s decision with respect to The Open Championship. The Open is one of the world’s great sporting events and going forward we will not stage the Championship at a venue that does not admit women as members.” I love the game, The Open and Muirfield. I respect any club’s right to maintain their traditions. But I’m with the R&A, with public money and public corporations involved, the Open must reflect society’s values. Hope the club changes its mind, but won’t hold it against them if they don’t.
Players Skip Olympic Golf
Zika became the perfect excuse for the professional golfers whose primary focus is on the majors and money. Despite medical experts insisting there was minimal risk and the games took place in Rio’s winter months, many top players largely abandoned the event. If you believed this might impact your family, I respect your choice, but I think more took a pass to keep their patterns for performance. If golf gains a foothold in the Olympics, the Gold Medal will have the same career weight as a major championship.
The Debacle at Oakmont
|End of great duel - courtesy of CBS New York|
PGA – Part One
|Arnold Palmer at Weston - courtesy The National|
|Partick Reid at Ryder Cup - courtesy of Fanside.com|
|It's as good as a major - courtesy of Golflife|
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