Tuesday Thoughts

6:15 pm Update: Marlin Perkins?

I apologize, but unless the guy closest to Rory is Marlin Perkins, I can’t identify him:


BREAKING:  Sarah Palin to endorse “Golf’s Presidential Candidate”

5:10 pm Update:  This is a huge moment in the Trump campaign.  It will really help in Iowa, which is the focus right now.  Every golf fan should be celebrating tonight.  Love him or hate him, Donald Trump brings the spotlight to golf.  If Trump is elected president, golf could return to the levels of popularity it enjoyed in its Golden Age with Arnie and Jack and President Eisenhower!

Trump is on the cusp of becoming the Most Influential Person in Golf!  And that can only be good for golf. [By the way, you can still use the stream if you like, but know this: Every news net will be covering the announcement, which is coming at the top of the hour.]


A New Entrant:  A new entrant in the When Does The Golf Season Really Start derby.  Phil Casey of the Irish Independent suggests “the real golfing season starts in Abu Dhabi this week.”

Real Journalism From Golf Channel:  No, this is not a joke, or a setup for a putdown.  I stumbled upon Will Gray’s Monday Scramble while doing a Google search and was shocked at how good it was.  Chock full of interesting tidbits and darn near dinosaur-free.  I don’t know if Monday Scramble is a new feature or not, but it might be worth looking for on Monday mornings.

A couple of comments on Gray’s column…  If the PGA Tour has a rule regulating beards, fine, but while Gray’s comparison was to Duck Dynasty, it could have been to a golfer of some renown, Old Tom Morris:


The second comment is about Jamie Donaldson’s hand injury, or rather a story it reminded me of.  Chet Atkins, the extraordinary fingerstyle guitarist, once decided to take up woodworking.  His manager came over one day, and Chet proudly showed him the many electric saws he had acquired.  The manager reminded Chet that one accident with an electric saw could end his career.  Chet Atkins gave up woodworking.

Tuesday Trump:  Donald Trump has a very busy day ahead of him.  We are pleased to provide three — count ’em, three! — embedded live streams today.  Find those and more at our sister website.

McIlroy:  Sounds like Rory got to the UAE around January 10.  Nearly two full weeks to acclimate by the time Abu Dhabi starts.


Spieth: Looks like Jordan traveled to Abu Dhabi yesterday:


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19 Responses to Tuesday Thoughts

  1. Anon says:

    You are a dipshit lanny. no one cares about trump and politics. He was kicked out of golf as I know youu know. Stop writing about him or I am gone.

    • lannyh says:

      Trump wasn’t “kicked out of golf.” That doesn’t even make any sense. Like I wrote a while back, ESPN is running placement ads for Trump golf resorts — after last year making a big deal out of moving some event or other from one of his courses.

      I plan to write more on this tomorrow, but anyone who loves golf should back Trump 100 percent. He would be our first “Golf President.” Talk about “growing the game!” Apart from all that, the things he is doing with revitalizing dying coures is nothing short of remarkable.

      • Lanny.. I think that you have gone overboard with your desire to eliminate Woods from your blog…Now you have decided that Trump is worthy of blog time.?… C’mon man..If you want to be taken as a serious golf blog you had better get your priorities straightened out.

    • Sports-realist. says:

      Anon, whose using the family brain cell at the moment?

  2. lannyh says:

    FYI: The first Trump stream of the day is now active. Also, the rumor is that Sarah Palin is going to endorse Trump today. She could bring a lot of women supporters. This is no trivial development. Of course I’m assuming Palin is the announced endorser, and we don’t know that yet…

  3. HennyB says:

    If Trump were to be elected president do you think the R&A will allow Trump Turnberry to host future British Open Championships? Back in December the R&A said Turnberry will no longer be in the rotation to host the championship due to his controversial remarks.

    • lannyh says:

      Yeah, if he is elected, there are going to be a lot of people feeling very uncomfortable. They over-reacted to comments which were way overblown by the media, and they may wind up looking like fools.

      HennyB, if you put in an e-mail address (a fake one is fine; just use it each time), your comments will post without have to be approved.

  4. Rufus says:

    Henny and Lanny…a match made in dumbfuck heaven. Both have been banned and deleted from every golf website in the universe, and now they end up here, together. Perfect. This place has officially gone to the dumbfuck graveyard.

  5. HennyB says:

    No kidding! Please Rufus enlighten me. How does merely asking a question in regards to the site of a future major championship constitute labeling me a moron?

  6. Jaybird77 says:

    Trump looks like the front runner because, among other reasons, he looks like the best of the pile. That said, I’m not sure he really is good for the game of golf. For all his properties, he dumps a boat load of money into them and turns them in to multi-hundred dollar courses (greens fees).

    That’s not what golf needs. Golf needs to scale back the current supply of courses and focus on improving the affordable courses that are out there. It’s seems like a situation where Trump, at least right now, caters more to his likes and that of the 1% and not what is good for golf as a whole.

    Please, Lanny, tell me you’re joking and do actually know who is next to Rory.

    • lannyh says:

      I do if it is Henrik Stenson. I saw another photo later showing their entire bodies and I thought it was Stenson. But, assuming it’s him, I didn’t know from just the face.

      I agree regarding affordable courses, but the courses Trump targets (the ones I know of) were never affordable to begin with. So I don’t think he has much bearing on that trend (which hopefully has started reversing in the past couple of years).

      • Jaybird77 says:

        I suppose that’s kind of my point. Trump targets “unaffordable” courses and essentially makes them more “unaffordable”. If he was really going to be “good for golf” he’d use his position to help make golf more affordable to the masses by, for example, making a concerted effort to improve the “every golfers” courses.

  7. Kris says:

    If you sincerely have trouble recognizing Henrik Stenson you have no business running a site with golf in the title. I suggest changing the name to Lanny H Trump. By the way, Monday Scramble was started by Ryan Lavner last January. It’s a consistently good editorial recap.

    I understand there’s a dearth of golf media blunders to mock, but wouldn’t it be better to post less than promote Trump’s campaign rallies? The fool didn’t even care enough to learn how to properly quote the bible before he spoke at a religious college. I understand your game most of the time, but since I can’t find a recent example of the golf media licking Trump’s boots (a few ads on ESPN doesn’t count), it’s coming off as fishing for page views.

    • lannyh says:

      I did not recognize Henrik Stenson. Sue me.

      I write about Donald Trump because his campaign interests me, and he has a huge connection to golf. I’m fascinated how Trump is being demonized and torn down by the lockstep media (and the PGA Tour establishment) in a manner precisely opposite to the way they deified Woods and built him up. That’s a story worth telling. In fact, in a lot of ways, the Trump campaign is a continuation of the “dose of reality” worldview that Lanny H Golf pioneered some five years ago.

      By the way: This is a golf website that just went Tiger Woods-free. Does that sound like page views are a concern?

      • Jaybird77 says:

        Not to defend but Trump and “That Guy” are pretty different. That Guy plays golf. At the end of the day what he does or doesn’t do off the golf course, really doesn’t effect the population. Trump on the other hand is running for President of the Country. If he were to win, he would be running the country which means he’ll be impacting everyone. That would indicate what he says and does is much more “important” than some guy off sleeping around like millions of other dudes.

      • lannyh says:

        Understood, but “Man who lives in glass house should not throw stones,” and, Finchem, with his history of “Move along, nothing to see here,” very much lives in a glass house.

        Furthermore, Trump did not say anything wrong. What he said is backed up by facts, and Americans, by and large, agree. The only problem whatsoever was that he used coarse, awkward language. Well, that and he said something non-PC.

        More and more, I’m getting fed up with Americans who are afraid of their own shadows. Check out this guy in California. He’s a LEGAL Mexican immigrant who played by the rules only to see his city appoint two illegals to the city commission instead of him, a guy who had been helping the community for 35 years.

        “I can honestly tell you guys, I’ve been here for 35 years, and I’ve looked at you straight in the eyes, every single meeting. I never even knew these guys existed ’til now! I’ve never seen them in my life! All of a sudden they’re gonna get rewarded by breaking federal laws, ladies and gentlemen?”

        “I don’t have anything against immigrants. But there’s a difference between “immigrant” and “illegal immigrant.””

        This guy is a legal Hispanic immigrant incensed at the illegals. Does that make him racist? He even described many of the illegals in harsher terms than Trump.

        It’s worth a read: http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/08/18/watch-latino-immigrant-blasts-city-over-illegal-aliens/

        So now, think about your intrepretation. Trump didn’t say anything even remotely racist, yet he is savaged. Woods did creepy things no serious person would defend and Finchem stood by his man.

        Again, Finchem scuttled the Bermuda event to punish Trump who said nothing bad. Now there is talk of vacating Doral for the PGA event. Trump is getting this treatment for… saying nothing wrong.

        One more quote from the legal Mexican immigrant in California:

        “And I ask myself: what part of “illegal” don’t you guys understand?

        (Cheers, applause)

        I mean, even a two-year-old—…”

      • Jaybird77 says:

        As happens from time to time, I’m not necessarily trying to disagree with you as I largely agree. I just enjoy from time to time coming at it from a different perspective.

        Right or wrong, I don’t find it surprising that FInchem would take a stand on an issue related to a Presidential Candidate just as I don’t find it surprising that he would not comment on the personal transgressions of his meal ticket.

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