Golf Channel Replay Heads-Up: Woods Wins U.S. Open Effectively Playing From Ladies’s Tees

For those interested, Golf Channel is tonight replaying the 2000 U.S. Open won by Tiger Woods.  Why am I pointing this out?  This was the first major Woods played using the Rock Ishii superball that traveled farther and straighter than the balls the other golfers used.  Effectively, Woods was playing from the ladies’ tees, while the rest of the field used the back tees.  It might be worth watching to see if Woods acts all fist-pumpy while playing, and if in his interviews, he shows any remorse whatsoever about winning due to the Rock Ishii ball.  And how many times the announcers will say, “Look how far he hit that one!” with no mention of the Rock Ishii-designed ball.

I caught a little of Morning Drive today, and they spoke quite a lot about the young players, and how exciting they are, and how they are the future of golf, and all that kind of thing.  However, don’t forget that this time last week, all they wanted to talk about was Tiger Woods.  If anyone doubts this, you can scroll through my entries from last week.  I documented it.  Of course, come Memorial, Golf Channel will jettison all the “new, fearless young players” for the old will-he-make-the-cut duck-hooker.

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11 Responses to Golf Channel Replay Heads-Up: Woods Wins U.S. Open Effectively Playing From Ladies’s Tees

  1. JoseyWales says:

    Lanny…just read this comment from Joe Buck in the latest issue of Golf Digest:

    “The days of steroid use and the bulging muscles and acne are long gone. The idea now is to use designer drugs that make you recover faster.”

    In other words, a player can be juicing without looking like he/she is juicing. With the big money athlete, the PEDS are always one step ahead of the testing.

  2. Ken says:

    On Mark Carnevale’s SiriuxXM show yesterday, they were talking about The Players. How great it was, how exciting, how golf can’t get any better than this, etc.

    Then of course someone asked about Woods. And Carnevale said something about how he thinks Woods will get his game together. How “great” that will be and how “golf needs that.” Why? Why after watching the best players on the planet does golf need that? You have a bunch of powerful, great young players who treat people well and behave like mature adults, and we “need” to add a profane, immature, boorish ass to the mix? Why?


    • Anonymous says:

      I agree – if the following is true, he may never be able to recover from this again – only time until the PEDs comes out – it may finally be open season on him by the media – even Porter put out an article on this today. Let the young guys play and enjoy the limelight –

      • lannyh says:

        Haha, I had not heard about this. Funny. This will get a ton of bad press for Woods because it involves sex. The Blood Sport facts of 14 visits from Galea (and 49 from Lindsay) instead of the “4 or more” should have been blockbuster but was basically ignored. This won’t be; I wonder if he has any sponsors that will dump him. He might not have any “classy” ones left. Rolex maybe?

        My question: What is the timetable of Vonn finding out and the Vonn-“precious kids”-Woods dog-and-pony show at the Masters. I couldn’t tell from the article. (The article was kind of clumsy, with a couple of things repeated. They must have been rushing to beat the competition. I wonder if TMZ will track down the woman mentioned in the article.)

        Wasn’t San Diego where Jordan Spieth gave Woods an embarrassing beat-down?

        Thanks for the heads-up on this.

    • lannyh says:

      They are bound and determined no to let Woods fade away. I hope they are making a lot of money off of it, because it would be a shame to sell their souls and not even get paid.

  3. ;JoeJoe says:

    Correction. The “Perfectly legal, completely USGA conforming”, Rock Ishii golf ball.

    • lannyh says:

      Right. It was not illegal for Woods to effectively hit from the ladies’ tees. I would never make that claim. Nor would I make the claim that winning using the Rock Ishii ball was much of an accomplishment.

      • ;JoeJoe says:

        You speak of this ball as if it was some huge advantage. Rory is a perfect example of how hitting it far, and average putting, doesn’t equate to winning. Tiger made a boat load of putts that week and not because he was hitting wedge to 5 feet every time, because he wasn’t.

      • lannyh says:

        1. Long-hitting DJ has won twice on that track, so distance doesn’t suck there. 2. Woods was “blowing it by” the bunkers at St. Andrews. He didn’t hit one all week. Gee, I wonder why.

        Dude, his “slam” is tainted. There’s no two ways about it.

      • ;JoeJoe says:

        Drive for show, putt for dough (and wins).

        You just mad that Rory’s short irons/game, and putting aren’t good enough for him to win more.

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