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The State of Golf - 2017


Been way too long since I’ve put my two cents out there on state of golf.  So here goes;


  • Tiger Woods – sorry to see him out, game of golf is more interesting when he’s competitive. Hopefully this latest rounds of surgery will make competitive golf a reality in 2018.

  • John Daly – great seeing his first Champion win right here in Houston. Here’s a pro that either love or hate but when he’s in contention the TV ratings go up.

  • The Masters – Congratulations Sergio! You are now a member of the elite fraternity of major championship winners.   Been way too long in waiting for it but what a win.   Now let’s add a British Open to the resume.

  • Jordan Spieth – where are you? Missed cut again at the Player’s Championship and then a quadruple bogey in your backyard at the Nelson to miss the cut.   Come on Jordan you are better than this.

  • PGA Tour schedule changes – I’ll believe it when it happens. But didn’t they move the Players from March to May because of the weather?  Sounds like taking a step back.

  • USGA and the R&A announce possible rule changes for 2019 – just do it. Everybody knows they need to be made simpler and golf is about the individual – no more TV refs.

  • Lexi Thompson – the LPGA blew it and yes you should have a major championship trophy on the counter. Okay I can go with not marking her ball but signing the wrong scorecard is ridiculous – she didn’t know she had a penalty and neither did the LPGA till a TV viewer with way too much time on their hands called in with the rules infraction.  First of all what phone # do you call and how do you get that #?  Second what satisfaction does the viewer get out of making the call and causing the controversy?  The LPGA lost, Lexi lost and would you really want to win the tournament that way?  Oh by the way do you remember who won it?

What do we have to look forward to? Exciting golf starting with the Men’s NCAA championship then we head to Erin Hills Wisconsin for the US Open – brand new course with huge expectations.  British Open at Royal Birkdale where Mark O’Meara followed up a Masters win with the Claret Jug in 1998.  PGA Championship at Quail Hollow and close out the year with the President’s Cup at Liberty National in New Jersey with the Statue of Liberty looking over the competition.
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