Must See TV: Tainted Tiger Woods Win; He won using special distance ball no one else had!

9:40 pm Update: Curtis Strange with some hilarious commentary — in retrospect!  Tiger Woods, in this 2000 British Open, was playing the Rock Ishii distance ball which gave him ten extra yards off the tee.  So here’s what Curtis said:

See that gourse?  That’s trouble for everybody, but tiger with his length doesn’t have to worry about it.



Don’t forget to watch the 2000 British Open replay on Golf Channel tonight.  This is one of the Rock Ishii-aided “wins” Tiger Woods accumulated in that “dominant” (wink, wink) year.


“That was an historic and transformational moment for the golf ball industry,” says Ishii.


“Everybody now is using the same type of equipment so it’s hard for any one player to get that technological jump ahead that I believe Tiger had in 2000.

“He obviously had skills too but that’s why it wasn’t a fair fight.”

While waiting for the program, you might want to read this earlier article I wrote about the 2000 British Open.  Skip down to the quotes starting with Nick Price.  Watch for that No. 17 drive tonight!

 Jordan Spieth on CNBC:  A very nice interview!  He talks a bit of business (Under Armour) because, after all, it is a business channel.  Pretty sure stock was part of his contract — watch until the end.  People talk about his maturity and composure all the time, but he handled that final question like the CEO of a Fortune 500 company!

He also pointed out, when discussing Dustin Johnson, that he himself three-putted ten times during the week.  I guess Dustin’s misfortune was to do it on the 72nd hole.

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23 Responses to Must See TV: Tainted Tiger Woods Win; He won using special distance ball no one else had!

  1. Sports-realist2 says:

    I’ll let you watch that exciting finish(The coverage would be just too annoying, and I don’t have enough alcohol in the house)……
    But wait, I thought when you blew out the field on Sunday, the event was dull, boring, ect….At least that’s what was SAID/WRITTEN when Kaymer blew everyone out in 2014’s US Open(won by 8 strokes)…
    So now this event is supposed to be RIVETING, EXCITING and AMAZING, even though it was a bigger blow out? Kaymer was 29( 2nd major) and Eldrick was 24(3rd Major)….
    No one knew at the time about the golfball advantage, but we know now, so it’s even more– ‘less’ fascinating to me now, then it was in 2000…..

    • lannyh says:

      Well, that’s what I want to see. Things like, “No one else could blow it by that bunker! My gosh, he’s like a Superman!” It will be funny knowing about the Rock Ishii ball.

      Speaking of the Brit Open, the one coming up, Oostie is getting hot, and I think he’s been known to get around St. Andrews okay once in a while…

  2. Riddler says:

    I have a question.

    How much did this Rock Ishii ball assist in making more putts?

    • lannyh says:

      It made the putts shorter.

      • Riddler says:

        Yeah, because hitting longer leads to shorter putts (ask Rory about that).

      • lannyh says:

        Rory, the guy who has won two of the last four majors?

      • Riddler says:

        Yeah Rory the guy who has won two of the last four majors while being middle of the pack in proximity to the hole while being one of the longest drivers of the golf ball.

      • lannyh says:

        Dude, you are just running around in circles. You already went through your “driving distance is no advantage” schtick. It’s just as asinine tonight as it was then.

      • Sports-realist2 says:

        IMO, those greens last week would make it hard to judge ANY golfers approach shots skills…..You did here all the complaints by the PGA golfers…. One guy said he hit it in the middle of the green and it ended up off the green 40 yards away…..US Opens are unique in that regard, BUT those were the hilliest, strangest greens I’ve seen in a while…..

      • lannyh says:

        Yeah, one or two holes like that is one thing. All of them is too much.

        This Brit Open replay thing, man, it’s boring. I’m having trouble getting into it. Although Curtis Strange was already doing the “He can catch Jack” narrative. A presage of things to come.

    • Sports-realist2 says:

      I’m sure the pga has those stats about ‘avg distance to the hole’ and ‘avg distance putts made’ for that week……

    • Sports-realist2 says:

      Plus St Andrews is a dull, flat, predictable golf course…This is why scores of 18, 19, 14, and 16 under have been the winning scores in the recent past….
      What’s ironic about the St Andrews is BOTH Nicklaus and Woods won 2 of their 3 British Opens at St Andrews, which IMO is no longer worthy of holding a PGA Major tournament—just too easy……

      • lannyh says:

        Letting the equipment manufacturers decide equipment rules is not a good idea. A lot of good courses have been ruined. Look at Augusta.

  3. Riddler says:

    DJ was #1 in driving distance. Jordan was T69 at the US Open. good thing DJ had a 20+ yard advantage.

    • Sports-realist2 says:

      DJ was a 12 footer away from winning the tournament…..So that means longer distance was a BIG advantage vs the rest of the field……12 foot on ANY other style greens and DJ wins, which would negate your attempted point on how driving longer doesn’t matter…..
      Those US Open greens were goofy….DJ must have missed 10 putts inside 10 feet on Sunday, and MOST of his putts looked like SOLID putts with proper lines, which could have easily gone in, but it was down to the luck of the poena, as opposed to skill on those greens…
      IF DJ hits it off the tee at St Andrews, like he did last week….He will win the British Open and break the course record……..

    • Kris says:

      Look at it this way. Two players have identical stats. One player starts using equipment that gives them a distance advantage that other doesn’t have. The player with the distance advantage is going to have a better chance of winning. That’s essentially what the case was between David Duval and Tiger Woods in 2000. Tiger was pretty good at everything, but he had an unfair distance advantage during this time period. I believe I’ve said this to you before, that’s what made the difference between it being a close victory or a top 5 and a guaranteed runaway.

    • Ken says:

      If someone said before the US Open that DJ would contend but that in the end, his putting would let him down, no one would have thought that was an outrageous assessment. Then it actually happened snd it’s all the fault of the greens.

      It wasn’t the greens. It was the player. It’s a pattern with him.

      Before Sunday Rory missed everything. He was consistently pulling his putts. On Friday, Phil had many makeable birdie putts. He kept pushing them until he finally overcompensated and pulled a few. It was the players, not the greens.

      By Sunday, most of the field figured it out. DJ did not. The scores for Sunday and the week were low for an Open. They were all putting on the same greens.

      • Sports-realist2 says:

        I’ve said many times that DJ’s putting holds him back, on the other hand, I saw the replays of all his missed putts from Sunday, and you’d SWEAR half of them were going in the hole with a foot or less to go….In other words, I couldn’t fault him for the lines or the speed he was putting…..I thought they were quality putts, that just didn’t happen to go in that day….
        Since ALOT of the PGA guys were very vocal about the greens(most complaining I’ve heard from PGA guys, maybe ever), it’s hard to ignore that it wasn’t a factor….
        I’d say most of the putting was awful, with MOMENTS of good putting….Considering the size of the field, and the winning score was ONLY -5, no one was lighting it up on the greens consistently………

      • Sports-realist2 says:

        DJ was tied for 5th in the field in putting….

      • Ken says:

        Yeah but at a US Open, -5 is low. It was +1 at Merion. And last year, Kaymer was the only low scorer at Pinehurst. In 2010 at Pebble no one broke par. They’re heading back to Oakmont where no one broke par the last time in 2007. Those greens will be smooth as glass, but you can bet that there will be complaints about the speed. Or the rough. Or something

        When you look at the top 15, most of the guys that you’d expect to see were there.

        I’ve heard more than a few people say that it was all luck. I just don’t think that’s fair at all to Spieth

    • Sports-realist2 says:

      Then you don’t get out much…

  4. Sports-realist2 says:

    Turned it on for a few minutes, then turned it to something else…..I actually like the summary versions of tournaments done by Jim Nance instead of just replays(most of the time)…

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