By Popular Demand: Crickets and Tumbleweeds

A couple of weeks ago, I read this edition of “The Links” by Kyle Porter at CBS Golf.  A certain item grabbed my attention:

Interesting take here on why guys like Brandt Snedeker get hurt by playing on the PGA Tour. (Golf Analytics)

There is a small sliver of truth to that line of thinking, as there is a bit of purposeful bias in favor of the smaller tours (the Asian and Japanese Tours, for example); the idea is to aid in popularizing the sport in new market regions of the world by having their top players compete in big OWGR events and majors.  I clicked the link to see if the author went overboard, as I suspected he might have:

Does anyone actually think that guys like Lahiri, Jaidee, Gallacher, Bjorn, Jimenez, Warren, and Grace would be able to achieve what Snedeker has playing on the PGA Tour?  I think it’s pretty unlikely; those guys feast on the weaker European/Asian Tour events.

That’s crazy talk!  I responded at CBS:

The author asks if Lahiri, Jaidee, Gallacher, Bjorn, Jimenez, Warren, and Grace would be able to achieve what Snedeker has playing on the PGA Tour [then] says he finds it “highly unlikely.” Why so unlikely when 5 of those 7 finished ahead of Snedeker at last year’s British Open?

You don’t get on the Euro Tour by sending in proof-of-purchase seals from a sleeve of Titleists.

A couple of days later, the author, jalnichols, wrote more on the topic; Kyle posted another link; I replied at CBS once again.

Where am I going with this?  Well, this week, there is a little gathering of the world’s top 75 74 players at the WGC Trump Doral in Florida.  Six of the seven players jalnichols mocked happen to be playing.  Suffice it to say that ole Lanny will be watching very closely to see how those six “undeserving” Europeans do:

  • Anirban Lahiri
  • Thongchai Jaidee
  • Stephen Gallacher
  • Thomas Bjorn
  • Marc Warren
  • Branden Grace

 

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CBS Radio’s Craig Carton Points Out Strangeness of Olsen’s About-Face on Woods and PEDs

This video of Craig Carton discussing Dan Olsen’s recent comments about Tiger Woods and PEDs is better than the mundane CBS Headline (“Boomer & Carton: Tiger PED rumors retracted by former pro golfer”) would lead you to believe.  Here are a few excerpts: Continue reading

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Mark Steinberg and PGA Tour Deny (just like Lance Armstrong did…)

8:00 pm Update

I commented over at Geoff Shackelford’s website today.  He was comparing Olsen to birthers, and I thought that was more than a little Continue reading

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Stop what you are doing and listen to this: PGA Golfer Says Woods currently serving suspension for PEDs!

ALERT!  ALERT!  ALERT!

Thanks to a reader for alerting me to this radio interview.   Comments coming later in the day.

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This Monday Morning Coverage

I’m really liking this coverage.  The early start on a bright, clear day reminds me of being out with my buddies on a Saturday morning.  Smaller and soberer galleries; no drunks shouting.  Even the American announcers seem less hyper.

All top 50 players committed to WGC Trump, I just heard.  Nice.  I’m going to highlight several Euros in that field; I plan to follow them in regards to a squabble I have with the guy at Golf Analytics (or something like that).  No big deal, but it will add a nice subplot for me this week.

Mickelson is seeking only his second top ten in forever.  Sits at T-11 right now.

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Rory McIlroy — Master of Playing Golf in the Dark

As the players at the Honda Inverrary Classic raced the sunset, all golf fans were thinking the same thing: Wouldn’t it be awesome if the Ulsterman Cat were in the hunt?  That would have rocked.  To fill the void, here’s the image all of us had in our minds as the players struggled to complete holes in the dark:rodar

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Monday, 8:00 am EST — Rack ‘em up one last time!

They say the Masters doesn’t start until the back nine on Sunday.  This week the back nine on Sunday doesn’t start until Monday.

Casey, Poults, Reed — all within one stroke of each other.  Two back of them is Phil Mickelson and four others.  Paddy is one more back.  Should be fun.

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