Have a Holly Jolly Bacon

I’m desperately trying to get into the spirit.  It’s going to take a win by Rory or Jordan, though.  Or something special like a Long John Daly coming out of nowhere.

I read a piece on Fox’s upcoming coverage.  Holly Sanders will (mercifully) not be doing post-round interviews, awkwardly fiddling with a big screen TV monitor.  In fact, she’ll be in the studio this time around.  Her job — sans the TV monitor — is being filled by… Shane Bacon!  Which I think he worked at CBS with Mr. Elling, and maybe even worked at NBC Golf back when that was a really cool little club of posters.  I think he predated Ballengee there, but I might be delusional.  I’ve seen him do TV a couple of times, and he handled it capably.  Such interviews are annoying at best, excruciating at worst, so Bacon will have his hands full.  One the positive side, the bar is pretty low after Holly last year.  Let me measure… the bar is set at 1-1/4 inches.  Yeah, Bacon should be able to clear that.

You know, speaking of Holly, I wonder how much money she makes in relation to her salary at Golf Channel.  How many days a year does she work?  I’d set the over/under at ten.

You know, I thought Fox’s coverage was great last year.  The problem was the brown greens, which made following the ball difficult.  And of course the fans had to watch from Canada and Oregon, so the on-screen gallery often had that high school district finals look about it.  I certainly didn’t think Norman was awful.  And they seemed to limit stupid crap like graphics.  The truest thing in life is that less is more.  I got the impression that Fox is going the more route this year.  Oh, well, we’ll know in two or three days.  Unless they cameras jiggle and pan and zoom to the point of causing dizziness, eye-strain, and nausea, it’ll still be better than anything NBC/GC (excepting when Gannon is on) in a decade.

Speaking of coverage, I sure hope Mr. Elling’s article at Bleacher Report was a sign he’s going to be covering the U.S. Open.

After that, I read a Tour Confidential.  It was pretty decent.  Lots of discussion of Oakmont, which was useful since I’ve done exactly zero prep work up until now.  I didn’t even know what state it was in.

Picking players ahead of time is pretty useless, if you think about it.  The pickers rattle off the same five or six players who happen to be — surprise, surprise — the betting favorites.  Once in a blue moon someone will point out a logical match between a particular longish-shot player and a course, but not often.  Also, too, while recent form is not nothing, it doesn’t always mean much.  Was it James Hahn who earlier this year missed eight cuts in a row then won?  They’d be better off listing the betting odds for the top players and let it go at that.

That said, I wouldn’t think this course suits Rory if it is dry.  If it is wet, well, any course wet suits Rory.  But what do I know?  My sum knowledge of the course comes from today’s Tour Confidential.  Hey, did you know an Interstate splits the course in two?

Anonymous Pro said: “Oakmont’s fairway bunkers are very shallow front to back, so the ball almost always comes to rest against a steep, deep face.”  I totally don’t know what that means.  Shallow, yet deep.  M’kaaaay.

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8 Responses to Have a Holly Jolly Bacon

  1. Jaybird77 says:

    “Oakmont’s fairway bunkers are very shallow front to back, so the ball almost always comes to rest against a steep, deep face.” I totally don’t know what that means. Shallow, yet deep.

    Look at the bunkers and you might…..maybe…..figure it out.

    • lannyh says:

      Maybe someone else can enlighten us.

      • Jaybird77 says:

        Okay, fine. If you look at the bunkers (the sand itself), they are very flat and shallow. However, if you look at the grass around the bunkers (the faces), the bunkers are sunk with slopes of 6-8+ feet to clear in order to advance the ball down the fairway (or onto the green).

      • lannyh says:

        “Oakmont’s fairway bunkers are very shallow front to back, so the ball almost always comes to rest against a steep, deep face.”

        Maybe someone else understands what that means.

      • Ken says:

        Strange wording. It doesn’t seem like “shallow” is the right. work. Do they mean that the bunker openings aren’t very long or wide? Like the total bunker area may be a small number of yards but they’re deep, so once you’re in the bunker, you will always be close to the face.

        Sounds like the church pews. I played Oakmont once. The church pews are narrow bunkers. Each one isn’t very big, but once you’re in, it’s difficult to get the ball up over the lip.

      • lannyh says:

        You played Oakmont? No way! Sweet!

        I decided to go straight to the horse’s mouth. Well, actually to the trainer’s or jockey’s mouth is more like it. Gary Van Sickle takes part in Tour Confidential, and is not anonymous, so I asked him. He’s pretty good about responding, so I hope to have his take soon.

      • Ken says:

        And even if they’re not deep, since they’re not long and wide, once you’re in you’ll always be close to the face; there’s nowhere else to be. So even if the bunkers are shallow, they’re still difficult because your ball will be always be close to the face and you’ll have to raise the ball quickly.

      • Ken says:

        Yeah I got to play it in 2007. I was lucky. A friend won a foursome at Oakmont at his church’s carnival, donated by a member.

        Tee-to-green it wasn’t that bad, but of course we weren’t playing the championship 7200 yard tees (about 6400 if I remember correctly). And the rough was probably nothing like it will be this weekend. The greens though were unbelievable, like putting on a hardwood floor. I eventually got the hang of it a little bit. I shot 98 and was really happy to keep it in double digits.

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