Monday, August 13, 2012

Rory McIlroy PGA Championship Winner by Eight Strokes as United Kingdom Golfers Take 4 of 6 Top Spots

Golfers from the United Kingdom took 4 of the top 6 spots at the 2012 PGA Championship as Rory McIlroy blew away the field in winning the 2012 PGA Championship by eight shots. Could the Olympic flame in London 2012 at the 30th Olympiad cast such a distant shadow? Apparently.

Golf's Gary Player by Adam Schupak at the New York Times

A wonderful story about the truly remarkable life of golf's Gary Player, written by Adam Schupak at the New York Times in the wake of Ernie Els win at the (British) Open Championship 2012.

See Globetrotting Gary Player Helped Golf Discover the World.

Hat tip to CaryGEE.



Monday, July 02, 2012

Tiger Woods 74th PGA Tour Win Passes Jack Nicklaus in All-Time PGA Wins with Sam Snead's Leading 82 PGA Tour Wins Still to be Topped

Tiger Woods won again, for the 3rd time in seven starts this year, and 74th time on the PGA tour, passing Jack Nicklaus in the all-time PGA tour win list, as Farrell Evans reports for ESPN at

Tiger Woods triumphs again at AT&T National for 74th PGA Tour win.

With the win, Tiger passed Jack Nicklaus in the all-time PGA wins list.

Hey, Tiger is getting "better" again.
You can tell by the visibly much softer touch on putting and chipping,
which are what makes championships -- the short game has to be there.

More importantly for his long term health and golf, he appears to have regained his easy-going competitive "edge" while also recovering his "youthful" friendliness, cheery attitude and good spirits, a development which forecasts problems for his competitors in coming tournaments. Either you battle the golf course or the world, not both.

The younger generation of golfers is good and getting better all the time, but Woods is still in a class by himself -- when he has his act together, which has not been the case in recent years -- but that is a part of life.

None of us are demigods and we all have to go through various development periods as humans, and make mistakes. No one gets through without them.

His 3rd win this year is more than any other golf professional in 2012.

Woods still trails Sam Snead's 82 leading PGA tour wins, but that record may fall before Woods hits age 40. He will turn 37 on December 30, 2012.

If someone like the present writer can win a club golf championship at age 61 3/4, then Tiger still has a lot of wins left in his now 36-year old physique. In fact, if, as it appears, Tiger has matured emotionally through his personal problems, he will be more formidable than ever on the golf course.

So what do we know about golf to justify writing these things?
Check out SportPundit.

Or take a look at this candid driving range drive
of the present writer on Vimeo.

Sorry for the non-golf attire, shirt and suspenders, but it was very windy,
so I left my golf shirt in the clubhouse. No need to change for 20 balls. I will try to get a better video soon, when my game is in shape.

In any case, that was only my 3rd or 4th time out on the range at all this year, and I have not played a round of golf since last September.

So it looks like time to start again.
Hey, I'll be 66 in December
and still knock some drives beyond 300 yards.

2012 looks like a good golf year,
not just for Tiger.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Golfers as Dependable Republican Voters ? The Golf Channel and Political Nanotargeting


Perhaps one of the most interesting articles we have read this year is found at the New York Times in Let the Nanotargeting Begin, by Thomas B. Edsall.

You really have to read the article to get the whole picture here, and be sure you click on and enlarge the fantastic graphs, which confirm the disappointing truth that people primarily read what they agree with, which is hardly the way to learn anything new, now is it?

I did learn, as a life-long golfer, that the Golf Channel is right up there with Fox as a Republican voters' bastion, indeed, that viewers of the Golf Channel are just about your most dependable Republican voters -- i.e. not only are they Republican supporters, but they do get out and vote.

Gee, I had always thought that golf had turned into a broad people's sport, which apparently is not so.

Perhaps the solution to the achievement of Republican majorities is the opening of the game of golf to a larger public?

There might be a lesson there.

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