Monday, July 30, 2012

Battle of the Sexes Golf Debate: Do #girlsgolfbetter or do #boysgolfbetter?

Can a man who has played on both the PGA Tour and Champions Tour beat a current LPGA Tour sensation? An age-old "Battle of the Sexes" match has just been announced between CBS Sports Commentator Gary McCord and the "Pink Panther" of golf, Paula Creamer, to determine if #girlsgolfbetter or if #boysgolfbetter.

 

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Forsgate Country Club will host head-to-head stroke play on its premier Banks Course and has called in David Feherty to add his colorful, irreverent analysis to this quirky golf match-up between a 64-year old who went 0 for 422 in PGA Tour event wins and a girl more than half his age who is a major tournament winner currently ranked thirteenth in the world.

 

Feherty remarked, "Battle of the Sexes? It's more like Beauty versus the Beast. My money is with Paula...plus I love pink."

 

Creamer queried, "I'm playing against Gary McCord? You mean the CBS Commentator? I didn't event realize he played golf! Wow...you learn something new every day."

 

McCord jabbed back, "Beating Paula will be fun and another win in my already memorable career."


The real challenge for the two golfers especially McCord, in my opinion, is that they will be hitting from the same tees. Does McCord have the sharper irons and short game needed to restrain The Pink Panther?


Expect more trash talking from Gary as this Battle of the Sexes gets closer to event date. McCord is not one to mince words which has ultimately made him persona-non-grata at The Masters to which Gary eloquently stated that he could give a s**t if the Masters ever invites him back and that the divorce has worked out famously for all concerned.

 

Although much of the taunting is pure fun, there is an edge to this quirky one-on-one, remembering back to the Billie Jean King/Bobby Riggs televised tennis matches in 1973 where a boastful, and much older, Riggs masterfully promoted the sport as well as his own abilities while demeaning King and all other women. The spectacle struck a nerve throughout the country and the term "Battle of the Sexes" was coined.

 

This isn't the first Battle of the Sexes event held at Forsgate Country Club although it seems to be the oddest pairing.

 

Annika Sorenstam played golf against PGA Tour pro J.B. Holmes and went up against  Brad Faxon in a similar May-September golf event @ForsgateCC but, in every match the winner is always the same, namely charity beneficiaries of The Forsgate Foundation, a non-profit organization that has donated over $400,000 to worthwhile organizations since 2003. This year's beneficiary is the Make-A-Wish Foundation which grants wishes of children with life threatening illnesses.

 

Forsgate Country Club will host two days of golf and entertainment beginning on Saturday, October 6th where Creamer will first come face-to-face with McCord, hopefully without too much blood shed nor too many epithets tossed about ;-)

 

For more information visit either Forsgate Country Club, ForsgateFoundation or call (732) 656-8911.

 

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So, whose team are you on? Pick your winner using the hastag #girlsgolfbetter if you are rooting for Paula Creamer or #boysgolfbetter if you think Gary McCord will cream the Pink Panther. For me it's #girlsgolfbetter...go Paula and use her Twitter handle too, @ThePCreamer!

 

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Adam Scott moonwalks while Ernie Els takes leap forward to win The Open Championship

Ernie Els showed his true mettle during the final round of The 2012 Open Championship as Adam Scott did the golf "moonwalk", serving up four bogeys in the last four holes of the tournament and ending another major bid. Here are a few pictures that I took while watching The Open hoping to capture the final breathless moments of this third major of 2012.

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In his approach to the 18th green, Ernie Els needed a single stroke to induce a playoff with Adam Scott who, although not having a comfortable lead, was still in the lead.



Ernie Els birdied the 18th hole using a joyous fist pump as an exclamation point, probably thinking, at least at this point, that he had a chance at a playoff with Adam Scott.

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Ernie Els spreads the good word about his amazing birdie putt on the 18th green while waiting patiently for Adam Scott. I noticed Ernie looking a bit anxious, perhaps wondering if he should practice or nosh on a sandwich; he wound up doing both.




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Adam Scott, in the meantime, was walking up the 17th with caddy Steve Williams. Did Steve do everything he needed to as Adam's caddy to help Scott in his time of need?



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With not a breath in the air, fans watched as Adam's Scott's chances of winning The Open Championship faded.





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This picture of Adam Scott, in my opinion, caputred the agony of defeat. So taken with the sad ending to this tale was SportsBettingOnline which sent out a press release announcing that management was refunding all players who lost money betting on Adam Scott.

"With so many of the favorites including Woods not cashing, it was a good day for sportsbooks. But that wasn’t the case for those who dropped money on Scott,” stated Dave Johnson, head oddsmaker for SportsBettingOnline.ag.  “We feel it’s our duty to refund the players for taking such a bad beat. His collapse was historic and we know the bettors who had him must feel as awful as he does.”

And so the final tally had a reserved Ernie Els taking rightful ownership of the Claret Jug as Adam Scott shook his head in disbelief stating, "I let a great chance slip through my fingers today, and I know it."

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PS: The title of this golf blog is dedicated to Sally Ride, the first U.S. Woman to travel into Space. Although Ms. Ride never moon walked, she forever "changed the face of America's space program."


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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Does the designation of British in The Open diminish the Championship?

I don't understand what all of the hullabaloo is about regarding adding the term "British" to "The Open Championship" yet it seems to be a sticking point for some golf fans.

 

When I posted this question on my Golf4Beginners Twitter page, "British Open or The Open Championship?" the responses came at me fast and furious. 

 

There were those folks who were adamantly against adding the term "British" such as @ray_matthew, " according to the R&A it's #TheOpenChampionship end of story" and the @Mobitee golf rep who said, "The Open Championship is what's on their site so that's what it's called."

 

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While it is true that The Open Championship has officially been in existence since 1860, people on this side of the pond add "British" simply as an identifier to assist the more casual fan and is in no way, in my opinion,  a sign of disrespect nor does it lessen the importance of the event.


 hat being said, when I questioned the group as to how Golf Channel and NBC Sports continually preface The Open Championship with "British", @Matt_Dart91 responded, "Just because they work in TV doesn't mean whatever they say is correct. It's The Open, nothing else." 


Tiger Woods and Bubba Watson are two PGA Tour golfers who use the term #BritishOpen both with hastag and conversationally:


Tiger Woods, on his official website states, “You can have so many different weather conditions. You just don’t know. That’s one of the unique things about the British Open and why it’s my favorite Major championship.”

 

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Tweeters who agreed with Tiger and Bubba were equally as vocal on the subject:

@rdjames01 commented, "I call it the British Open because I live in the US! Drop the country when you are from there!" and @LVGolfInsider who stated, "official name for sure is The Open Championship but leaves room for confusion here in States...Name Confusion for casual fan, speaking as one who writes about the game..."

 

@MilesDowsett claimed, "It's obviously The Open as it was the first one and thus oldest.....case closed."

 

But is the case really closed? Just because Ford was the first mass produced automobile, does that make it "The Car" with all other autos having name designations?

 

 In my opinion, I think anything that identifies a tournament to attract the most viewers is good for the game. I guess whatever makes the fans tune in is the best name for The Open Championship. Would I officially change the name of this major tournament? No, but I personally like adding "British" to the name. When I hear the name "The Open" I often wonder which Open?

 

“What’s in a name?

That which we call a rose      

By any other name would smell as sweet”  …Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare.

 

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Friday, July 13, 2012

Will Phil Mickelson hang up his golf shoes for cleats?

Although FedEx golf rankings show Phil Mickelson in ninth place with a chance to win ten million dollar prize at the end of the 2012 season, his weekly record is not so good begging the question, "Is Phil Mickelson making his last stand in golf?" Is it time for Lefty to move on to his next adventure...in baseball?

PGA Tour golf tournaments from January through the present show an uneven season at best for Phil with one win at Pebble Beach, two cuts and one withdrawal at the Memorial in May. Although Mickelson played admirably at the Masters, he considers Augusta National to be one of his favorite and "fun" golf courses to play in spite of course changes which he believes to have hampered his birdie-making abilities.

The U.S. Open, on the other hand, was a complete disaster for Phil this year finishing in a tie for 65th position.

The European Tour may help to put Phil's golf game on the right track for the Open Championship. Mickelson left his family in Rome to grab the last sponsor's exemption in the Scottish Open hoping that preparations here will lead to a win at Royal Lytham next week. Lefty struggled yesterday stating, "I’ve played very poorly, and I added this week because I need to play a bit more,” Today Phil rebounded with a 64 to lie five shots off the pace further proving his uneven tendencies.

So what is a professional golfer who is playing poorly supposed to do? If it's Phil Mickelson, hedge his bets and buy into a baseball team!

Although it has been in the news for weeks that Mickelson wants to buy into the San Diego Padres along with an investment group that includes former Dodgers owner Peter O'Malley, the deal said to be at $800 million is close to finalizing with Phil excited at the prospect of ownership and creating  "a personal involvement with the players and the community."

Is Mickelson planning a move on to the next stage of his life, namely a career as a baseball team owner? Well, Phil cited fatigue when he W/D'd at the Memorial and he has Psoriatric arthritis which hampers his ability to play golf. Mickelson is also in the 'over-forty" crowd on the PGA Tour with young guns easily pumping out 350 yard plus drives, forcing Phil to work harder at playing safe, which is not in his DNA.

That being said, I think that if the San Diego Padres deal goes through, expect to see Phil Mickelson sporting a baseball cap in 2013 and ditching his KPMG logo (although there's still plenty of room for that sponsorship on his cap too!)

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Monday, July 09, 2012

2012 U.S. Women's Open Comes Full Circle from Se Ri Pak to N.Y. Choi

The final round of the 2012 U.S. Women's Open was an exciting look at how both skill, spirit and a little bit of luck played a part in the golf tournament. Although Na Yeon Choi pulled several tee shots into the woods, she never lost her cool and bowed briefly before her idol, Se Ri Pak, as if to say "thank you" for paving the way for Korean dominance in women's golf.

 

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Here are a few quirky and funny notes and quotes from the final round of the U.S. Women's Open.

 

On Na Yeon Choi’s par-save from the tall grass on No. 12:


Dan Hicks – “She has experienced every type of emotion you can possibly have on the last three holes.”

Dottie Pepper – “Houdini would have been proud.”


On Na Yeon Choi’s tee shot off the rocks on 13:


Dan Hicks – “This is one of the biggest roller coaster rides I have seen in a long time on the back nine at an Open.”


On Na Yeon Choi’s lucky bounce past the bunker on her drive at 15:


Dottie Pepper – “I’m thinking if I’m Na Yeon Choi, I send my manager to go buy a lottery ticket.”


On Na Yeon Choi as she set up for a long putt on 16:


Dottie Pepper - “She’s put enough stress on herself to go around for a few people.”


On Na Yeon Choi after she made a long putt on 16, to go 8-under-par:


Dan Hicks - “It’s starting to look like destiny.”


On Na Yeon Choi:


Dan Hicks - “South Korean domination. We are going to have the tenth different Korean to win a women’s major, all in the last 15 years. Na Yeon Choi looks like she will be the latest.”


After microphones captured Na Yeon Choi speaking with her caddie before a shot on 18:


Annika Sorenstam – “Did you talk a lot with your caddie?”

 

Dottie Pepper- “I did, but I liked comparisons from other rounds. I have a really good memory for numbers. I always wanted to know how the hole I was playing compared to other holes. I could then make the appropriate decisions.”


On Na Yeon Choi:


Roger Maltbie - “She just never seemed to lose her cool. This girl is a solid player. She is going to be around for a long time.”


On Na Yeon Choi winning the 67th U.S. Women’s Open:


Dan Hicks – “This championship has come full circle. From Se Ri Pak in 1998 to Na Yeon Choi in 2012.”

 

 

Thanks to the NBC Sports Group for providing me with this information.

 

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Friday, July 06, 2012

Lexi Thompson Sports Independence Day Golf Spirit at U.S. Women's Open

From the patriotic spectators watching the U.S. Women's Open Championship to superstar golfer Lexi Thompson out on the fairway, many showed off their red, white and blue spirit in Wisconsin this week.

 

Take a look at these people wearing a flag on their pants and tell me what you think. Personally, I don't believe in wearing the flag on my bottom but that's just my opinion. Old Glory should be displayed but perhaps instead flying majestically from a pole?

 

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Below is seventeen year-old Lexi Thompson hitting a chip shot in her red, white and blue outfit at the 2012 U.S. Women’s Open at Blackwolf Run Golf Course in Kohler, Wisconsin. With a strong start and currently in a tie the lead, Thompson's sixth U.S. Women's Open could be her winning moment.

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Lexi has the right idea about how to attack Blackwolf Run. "I would definitely take four rounds at 2-under par, but I’m just going to try to do the same thing I did today and stay confident, patient,” Thompson said. “That’s pretty much all you have to do in an Open out there.”

 

Finally, in my opinion, amateur Samantha Marks rocked the course with this terrific Independence Day golf outfit:

 

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Photo: Zimbio.com

 

The U.S. Women’s Open runs July 2-8 and children seventeen and under receive complimentary admission with a ticketed adult, all week-long. If you can't watch the action live in Kohler, Wisconsin, make sure you check out the extended TV coverage on ESPN2 and NBC on the weekend.

 

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