I Wish Lazy Reporters Would Stop Asking Jack About Tiger

I have grown weary of lazy golf reporters asking Jack Nicklaus whether Tiger will break his record and what is wrong with Tiger’s game. During a recent Golf Channel, Gary Williams absolutely badgered Mr. Nicklaus into commenting on questions he clearly did not want to answer. When Williams asked what was wrong with Tiger’s game, Nicklaus demurred. Williams persisted; Nicklaus sidestepped. And then finally, Nicklaus made a comment about Tiger’s driver and mental game, which was then trumpeted around the internet as some sort of journalistic triumph.

No one who actually watched that interview, however, could conclude that Nicklaus’ judgment was anything but a ploy to get Williams to stop pestering him so he could get back to talking about his charities. When watching the piece live, I kept thinking: Gary ... he doesn’t want to answer that question ... move on.

Golf Channel is still broadcasting a cut version of the piece. On Sunday Morning’s Morning Drive, Damon Hack twisted the whole thing around and wondered whether Nicklaus was “playing mind games with Tiger.” The house psychologist, Gio Valiante, then responded in the best possible stir-up-controversy manner, saying that Jack was “firing a shot across the bow” and that he was “calling out Tiger.”

These media trolls exhaust me. I have never met Mr. Nicklaus, but I am certain beyond a doubt that he is NOT playing mind games with Tiger. And he is certainly not trying to “call him out.” As a living legend, Nicklaus is far beyond such petty grade school games. This is just about the media trolling for another easy story.

What, exactly, is Nicklaus supposed to say when asked about Tiger and his record? The only classy answer—and Nicklaus is nothing if not classy—is to say “yes,” even if the evidence does not support it. If Nicklaus answers in the negative, he will be accused of calling out Tiger, or of not showing respect. Nicklaus is not going to do that, so his answer will always be that Tiger can still pull it off. When goaded, he might give some opinion on Tiger’s game, but even that won’t be what he actually thinks. Saying that Tiger had historically struggled with his driver and that he has some mental difficulties to overcome is as vanilla an answer as anyone could give. Even the most casual of golf fans could come to those conclusions.  What Jack didn’t say is what everyone else is actually thinking: that Tiger has the yips and that he may not—as so many others did not—ever recover.

I plead with the media to stop asking Mr. Nicklaus these questions. It is unseemly. Find another story. There are plenty of great stories out there on the Tour right now. You’re just going to have to work a bit.

March 1, 2015 |  Category: PGA Tour
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Aerial Video Of Scotland’s Golf Coast

Here’s a beautiful video of Scotland’s “Golf Coast.”

Scotland’s Golf Coast is an alliance of golf courses and accommodation providers in East Lothian with the aim of attracting visitors to play their twenty two courses—and to enjoy that portion of Scotland in general.

One fo these days, when I hit the lottery, I’ll be able to afford a trip ...

 

February 27, 2015 |  Category: Travel
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Honda Classic Pre Tournament Notes - 2015

imageDates: February 23-March 1, 2015
Where: Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
Course: PGA National (Par/Yards: 70/7,140)
Field size: 144
2013 champion: Russell Henley
Purse: $6,100,000 ($1,098,000/winner)
FedExCup: 500 points to the winner
Format: 72-hole stroke play
Twitter: @thehondaclassic

Honda longest-running title sponsor on PGA TOUR

  • Title sponsor of The Honda Classic since 1982, American Honda Motor Co., Inc. is the longest-tenured title sponsor on the PGA TOUR, now in its 34th year. Since its inception, the tournament has contributed more than $25 million to national and local charities, including the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation.

  • The Foundation’s mission is to provide charitable support for activities that advance and enhance the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of childhood diseases and disorders.

    A look back at the 2014 Honda Classic And Russell Henley

  • Russell Henley began Sunday’s final round trailing 2012 Honda Classic champion Rory McIlroy by two strokes at 12-under 198. Despite a 1-over-par 72 in the final round, Henley worked his way into sudden death with McIlroy, Russell Knox and Ryan Palmer. His birdie-4 on the first extra hole, No. 18, was good for his second career PGA TOUR victory (2013 Sony Open in Hawaii).

  • After his victory at PGA National, Henley collected two more top 10s in 2014 (Shell Houston Open/T7, Deutsche Bank Championship/ T2)

  • Henley advanced through all four FedExCup Playoffs events to finish 19th in the points standings, up from 44th in 2013

  • Through six events this season, Henley has already collected a pair of top-10 finishes (The McGladrey Classic/T4, Hyundai Tournament of Champions/T3)

  • An accomplished musician, Henley played guitar with the band O.A.R. last Saturday evening at Riviera Country Club as part of Northern Trust Open week.

    Continued...

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    Real Tree Hybrid

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    February 26, 2015 |  Category: EquipmentHybrids
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    Black Mountain Golf Club, Thailand

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    Add Thailand to the list of places where I’d love to play golf.

    The Black Mountain Golf Club recently was the site of the European Tour’s True Thailand Classic. It opened in 2007, and and has since hosted three Asian Golf Tour events.

    Beautiful.

    February 25, 2015 |  Category: Travel
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