Hillary Clinton: Lanny H Golf endorses Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election. The entire golf world should embrace Hillary because if elected she will become our first woman president, thereby ensuring higher television ratings for her inauguration speech. As all golf fans know, politics will die without high television ratings, and Hillary will move that needle!
Tiger 100: Lanny H Golf called it. (Not that it was difficult.) Do a Google news search (filtering to get just the past 24 hours) on “Tiger Woods 100” and look at the total articles found. And the American golf media hasn’t even awakened and sharpened their pencils yet. Don’t forget you can win a year’s free subscription to Lanny H Golf if you point out the stupidest Tiger 100 report from the media.
Lan Sanity: This is not golf-related, but I wanted to mention the best piece of sports journalism I’ve seen lately. Pablo S. Torre, of ESPN the Magazine, wrote a piece on Jeremy Lin entitled “Isolation Play.” I am not much of a basketball fan — I have literally not seen a single minute of March Madness — but still found the article fascinating. While the article is not golf-related, the parts about the perception of Asian athletes definitely apply to golf. Recall the golf media bashing of Kevin Na when you read this quote from Jeremy Lin:
And Asians are very easy to make fun of. We’re the model minority. So everyone can joke about Asians: They’re nice people, respectful people; they won’t do anything.
The Dinah Shore: To me, this is the top women’s event, period. It defines women’s golf, and it’s a shame they have chosen to disassociate Dinah Shore’s name from the tournament. She was no less important to the LPGA than Vince Lombardi was to the NFL, and the NFL championship trophy is still called the Lombardi Trophy.
Tiger Golf Channel: I have Morning Drive on as I write, and Geoff Shackelford is in the middle of his seventh straight minute talking about Tiger Woods. Nothing else has even been mentioned. Incredible. However, in all that time spent discussing whether Woods will play Augusta, not one single word was uttered about whether Woods could be serving a non-suspension suspension.
The Masters Needs Tiger Woods: Did you see this article at golf.com? They provide nine reasons why the Masters needs Tiger Woods. They are all asinine, but this one particularly so:
3. TICKET PRICES WILL DIVE
In the run-up to last year’s No-Tiger Masters, Forbes reported that Thursday grounds passes were selling on the secondary market for an average of $800 versus $2,494 in 2013. That was a 67.9 percent drop-off year on year. At press, TicketCity was asking $988 for Thursday tickets to this year’s tournament. Look for that number to tumble if Tiger pulls out again.
First off, ticket prices ROSE this year. A 4-day pass went from $250 to $325, a 30 percent increase. Second, why would anyone even want ticket prices to rise? Should also hope for higher gasoline and food prices?
All of the reasons given are stupid. (And three of them — #1, #5, and #6 — are rewordings of a single point.)
The Lies That Keep Giving: I have used this Churchill quote before: “A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.” This comes from the Pattaya Mail, Pattaya being in Thailand, halfway around the world:
As at the end of the 2013/14 season, Woods had won 26 percent of his starts on the tour as a pro. By comparison Jack Nicklaus won 13 percent of his starts.
Of course, Nicklaus’s percentage includes all his post-40, post-50, and post-60 starts, many of them ceremonial. My readers know that, but less-informed people are left thinking Woods won at twice the rate of Nicklaus. The article also makes the “point” — steals the “point”? — made by Kyle Porter and CBS about the gap Woods had (back in the day) over second place in the OWGR and the gap Rory has now. Neither of the two points out the methodology used to calculate OWGR point averages underwent a massive change in the interim, making the comparison apples to oranges, and that using the current system under which Rory’s gap is computed, Woods gap would be cut nearly in half.
By the way, I made a comment pointing that out at CBS, and they deleted it. Go figure; a comment stating an obvious truth undermining their Woods propaganda gets deleted; what a shock. At least my followup providing the estimate of the actual numbers was allowed to stand.
I plan to write a piece this afternoon about the “Tiger made golfers rich” myth. So you have that to look forward to!
From Mr. Elling: