The Rise and Rise of Lanny H Golf

Make no bones about it.  I was disappointed not to win this year’s Nobel Prize for Literature.

But the prize we won this week — the admiration and acknowledgement of our peers — was even more special.

Emily Kay at SB Nation started things off with her wonderful article on the Players Page change, which resulted in a lot of traffic coming our way.  Shortly after that, we got a ton of attention thanks to a “mystery link” at PGATour.com.  (I still don’t know the source of that; if anyone figures it out, please let me know.)  Next, George Mackenzie referenced us in a nice piece at ClickOn Golf.

The sky is the limit from here.  I envision a lot of additional opportunities in my future.  Perhaps I’ll be asked to solo host a Morning Drive replacement show.

Who knows, perhaps this will be the bump I need to finally win that Nobel.

Addendum:  This episode shows one thing clearly:  I’d have more readers than J.K. Rowling if I had one of those megacorps pushing my work.  However, that is impossible, as they want to influence content, and Ole Lanny don’t play that game.

*****

The CIMB tournament… they might as well be playing it on Mars.  Bad time zone for U.S. golf fans.  It’s strictly a check the results in the morning kind of tournament, and that’s a shame because the leaderboard is getting interesting.  Justin Thomas, Hideki Matsuyama, and Spencer Levin are all in the top five after two rounds.  Levin is playing some decent golf of late; it would be nice to see him finally break through this fall.

Brenden Steele is in the top five as well, and doesn’t get near the attention he should.  Here’s what we wrote about him last summer after watching the CBS Documentary, “Coming Home”:

“Every segment was first-rate, but there is one other I will mention, and that is the one about Brendan Steele and Idyllwild, California.  Idyllwild, a town of 4000, is a remote and beautiful mountain town which has no golf course.  Steele, who didn’t take up the game until age 13 (another point worth stressing) seems to have learned the game and grooved his swing largely from hitting into an outdoor net.”

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37 Responses to The Rise and Rise of Lanny H Golf

  1. Ken says:

    How does a tournament Malaysia get a far better field than ones in CA wine country or Las Vegas?

  2. JoseyWales says:

    Officially, they are not allowed…under the table, they are (donation to my “Foundation”, free stuff, etc. wink, wink).

    • lannyh says:

      Well, also off-course activities. There is no limit on what you can pay a golfer to give a “clinic.”

      I like the PGA Tour’s ban, in theory, but can it be enforced? Also, from a libertarian standpoint, it’s hard to justify the ban. On the other hand, forbidding 19-year-olds from playing in the NFL is far, far worse.

  3. JoseyWales says:

    Great interview with Feherty on Golf.com page…here’s a Feherty quote on Tiger:
    “Even though he hasn’t been on lately. It’s freakish and an indication to how important he’s been to the game, that anytime Tiger is playing, it’s still a circus. He’s still relevant even when he’s not relevant!”

    • lannyh says:

      I’d have to be paid, handsomely, to read an interview with Feherty. He’s as milquetoast as they come. They are really scraping the bottom of the barrel to keep Woods from being forgotten. He’s entered the phase where he’s Caitlyn Jenner, or Paris Hilton, or as Beavis once put it, “famous for being famous.”

      Feherty is playing the role of Dick Cheney. Ignore reality to tout a Used To Be that never was. He’s probably getting money from Nike; they are pretty much the only ones with a stake remaining in Woods. It’s just sad. The comparison is to Mountain Rivera at the end of Requiem for a Heavyweight, with Steinberg/Nike as the Jackie Gleason character.

      • DanishDude says:

        “milquetoast”, that’s a great word – had to look it up. Surely the Nobel Prize Committee can’t ignore you forever. So, you think Feherty is wimpy? Or how does milquetoast translate in this context?

      • lannyh says:

        I was going after a guy who doesn’t want rock the boat, who doesn’t want to upset the golf Power Elite. After looking up the word, I think I attributed an aura of blandness to the word, as well, which is perhaps not so precise. I wasn’t at all trying to say Feherty was a “coward,” just that he is pretty much a flunky for the golf powers. Very much a “go along to get along” type.

        I have no knowledge of the cartoon character from which the word springs, and I probably confused, to a degree, “milk toast,” which is often described as bland, with “milquetoast.”

        There’s probably a better word, but that one popped into my mind. But I did see an example of “a milquetoast composer,” and I think that meant the composer was afraid to step outside the accepted boundaries. That’s the closest usage I saw to what I was going after. The composer wasn’t AFRAID of the notes he put on paper, but he didn’t want to ruffle any feathers. (At least that was my interpretation.)

    • Mr Merrick says:

      Woods is the golfing equivalent of the Elephant Man. The use of ” circus” is very apt. The use of “freakish” is also very apt. In reality he is a side show in golf.

  4. Kris says:

    Justin Thomas was on 59 watch last night. Of course once they put the 59 Watch bug up on the screen he started playing timid and missing fairways. Maybe if he wins the media will stop referring to him solely as “Jordan Spieth’s good buddy”. It would also be nice to see Levin win since he’s never won and he’s had a rough 3 years.

    Congrats on your newfound fame, Lanny. I was afraid you weren’t posting new articles because you were either too nervous or too busy basking in your own glory. Haha.

    • lannyh says:

      Well, Kris, thank you very much! It all worked out so well. I just happened to check that Players page when I was cleaning up some bookmarks. As as I saw it I sent an article link to Emily Kay saying, “Victory!” I did that because she’s the reason I even knew about that page. It was my way of thanking her. She didn’t respond, and I thought no more of it.

      Then her article appeared and the website was swamped. Then the PGATour website had something (I assume a reader comment, but I still do not know), and the website was quadruple swamped.

      Honestly, I’m trying to post less during what I’m calling the off-season, but there’s been a lot of interesting stuff, even if fantasy sports gambling made up a large part of it. Of course, Grillo and Smylie winning is darn interesting — and gave me a chance to pat my own back!

  5. TigerFan says:

    I don’t know why it’s so hard to understand. In every sport “the best” player of the current generation is revered and talked about non-stop, even well past their prime. Tiger is no different. Give it another couple years and the page will turn and you can find another media issue to bitch about.

    • lannyh says:

      It’s interesting you say that because this morning I was thinking how I can’t think of a single athlete in history which the media tried to pump up so far after their prime. They usually start bashing them early in the process. Brett Favre became a joke. Kobe Bryant. The list is long. Even Lebron is starting to get some knocks. Jordan playing for the Bobcats (?) was routinely mocked.

      • TigerFan says:

        But they were still talked about is the point. Positive/Negative, they garnered attention, just like Tiger is. Yeah, maybe people are still talking more positively about TW than those other guys but the tide is turning.

        Like I said, give it another couple years, maybe less, and it’ll fully transition to Spieth/Rory/Jason et al.

        Which by then, I’m sure there will be some other up and comer that won’t be getting enough attention and you’ll be bitching about that.

      • lannyh says:

        “just like Tiger”

        No, not at all “just like Tiger.” Which is the point, some of us have been making for six years or longer.

        It’s a matter of magnitude. People still talk about former players and players past their prime. Or ever players IN their prime for that matter.

        Never in the history of sports has there been such a bizarre — twisted even — focus on one person.

        It’s like some kind of massive experiment on controlling public perception. I don’t think the term “brainwashing” is hyperbole.

      • lannyh says:

        Oh, just yesterday, I was reading some comments — probably to Emily Kay’s article that referenced this website — and I saw a person saying, “Never before did anyone Tigerproof a golf course.” Well, any knowledgeable golf fans know that Augusta had already Jack-proofed Augusta long ago. But this misinformed person will go through this life believing to his dying breath that the Augusta National people were “out to get Tiger.” I’m sure they’ll have no trouble coming up with a nefarious reason. Even though the precedent was set with Jack. (Or perhaps predating Jack; I don’t know all the history of Augusta National.)

      • TigerFan says:

        The records are 82 and 18 and Tiger got to 79 and 14, which is obviously as close as anyone had gotten to the all time records. Media folk don’t exactly ignore that. But, again, don’t worry, in two years TW will be an afterthought.

      • lannyh says:

        Yeah, right, all we heard about was Sam Snead This and Sam Snead That. Right?

        Sam Snead IS golf, and Sam Snead hit shots no one else could hit, and golf will die without Sam Snead. Yeah, that’s exactly right. How could I have forgotten that? And Sam Snead’s every shot shown when he was battling to make the cut line.

        Thanks for reminding me of that.

      • TigerFan says:

        And thanks for reminding me that Sam Snead played in an era that had heavy TV/Media/Social Media coverage.

      • lannyh says:

        So, wait, are you changing your position? Are you saying that there IS more obsessive coverage of Woods?

      • TigerFan says:

        I’m saying that the over coverage of Woods has everything to do with outlets today. If Sam Snead or Nicklaus or Palmer had their primes in the same atmosphere (same time period) as Woods, there is no doubt you’d have the same over coverage.

      • lannyh says:

        So you’ve gone from saying Sam Snead was covered the same way to saying Sam Snead was not covered the same way. I see.

      • TigerFan says:

        The level of your stupidity is profound.

  6. JoseyWales says:

    Breaking News…from Tiger Woods website…

    Tiger Woods announced Friday that he has undergone a “successful” procedure as a follow-up to his latest back surgery.

    According to a release on his site, the procedure was performed on Oct. 28 and intended to “relieve discomfort.” It was done in Park City, Utah, by the same neurosurgeon who performed Woods’ microdiscectomy surgery on Sept. 16.

  7. JoseyWales says:

    In defense of Lanny…here’s the kind of stuff the golf media has been feeding us for 20 years:

    “When Tiger Woods joined the PGA Tour, in 1996, it wasn’t enough to say he could be the greatest golfer ever. “Tiger will do more than any other man in history to change the course of humanity … ” Earl Woods told Sports Illustrated. “He is the Chosen One. He’ll have the power to impact nations. Not people. Nations.”

    • TigerFan says:

      That’s just it. You see/hear shit like that and you have two choices. Laugh it off as complete ignorance/stupidity. Or, bitch and moan about it. The bitching and moaning is as ridiculous as the statement itself.

      • lannyh says:

        1. Why is pointing out propaganda “bitching and moaning”? I like it as an exercise in logic. It keeps your brain from getting sloppy. Like playing chess or bridge or doing a crossword puzzle.
        2. Why is it “ridiculous”? People discuss current events and the way they are reported. It would be easy enough to write off all sports as “ridiculous.”
        3. It seems more like you don’t like the points being made, so you attack the messengers.

      • Mr Merrick says:

        Why didn’t Woods take the moral high ground and say his father was totally over the top with his predictions? The reality is Woods didn’t end up influencing nations. He ended up as a cheat on and off the course.

      • lannyh says:

        Woods was an extreme case of oversell and underdeliver.

      • TigerFan says:

        Sports is entertainment. Commentary about it is static (worthless noise).

  8. Mr Merrick says:

    I totally disagree A craftsman with a pen is magic. Monty once stormed off an 18th green having missed a short putt. A journalist penned ” After missing the putt Montgomerie had the look of a bulldog licking piss off a nettle” the journalist brought his expression to life.
    The spoken and the written word can add so much to the image.

    Chamblee’s. ” Woods is cavalier with the rules” was one for the ages.

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