President’s Cup Day Three Gimmes

As the third day of the Presidents Cup has come to a conclusion the Ernie Els led International Team is up by two points leading 10-8. Heading into “Sunday Singles” the Americans have closed the gap. Here are my gimmes from Day Three.

  • Marc Leishman. I don’t know. Obviously, I’m not Ernie Els but all that I know is that after the first three matches that he played in, I would have benched him regardless of him being Australia’s own. As far as I’m concerned, Leish has just not “brought it”. He looks out of sorts out there although coming down the stretch he did come through. Good on him and playing partner Abraham Ancer to claw back after being 5 DN to salvage half a point in the afternoon session.

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  • Tied in with that storyline. Rickie Fowler and Justin Thomas. They were 5 UP. I’m not suggesting that they choked but…
  • Tiger sitting all of Day Three. Alright, so there might be some speculation involved here. Maybe he was feeling “off”. Maybe he didn’t have time to sufficiently warm-up before the afternoon sessions. Maybe he liked the way that Rickie Fowler complimented Justin Thomas in the morning session. Or maybe, he just wanted to play the role of Captain. Clearly, the best player on the American team sitting out the entire day is a curious decision.
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  • Alright, I’m tired of reporting on Patrick Reed. but, in a case like this how do I refrain from doing so? As if he wasn’t bad enough, his caddie Kessler Karain got involved in a physical altercation with a fan. The caddie has a few jobs. Give course information, carry the bag, talk to his player throughout the round to keep him focused yet relaxed and tell the fans “quiet please” and defend his player when needed. At no time, however, does that mean getting into a physical altercation. It can’t be easy being Reed’s caddie these days and after days of hearing the heckling, I’m sure he got tired of it. Karain, will not be on Reed’s bag for the Sunday singles after a meeting with PGA TOUR Commissioner Jay Monahan. I’m curious to see if any criminal charges come against him. It was an assault.

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  • Speaking of caddies. Is it caddie or caddy? I prefer to go with “ie”.
  • The Presidents Cup is up for grabs. It’s anyone’s trophy. Ancer is leading off in a head to head match vs Tiger. Something he wished for in November. Well kid, you got it! Honestly, though, I think Abe has played very well in his first Presidents Cup. He has made some big putts this week.

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2019 Presidents Cup Day 1 – “Gimmes”

In this post, I’m going to summarize my “hot takes” called “Gimmes” on my observations from Day 1 of the 2019 Presidents Cup. Because the post itself would be too long on social media (Twitter, Facebook, etc) I thought that right here in these pages would be the perfect way to make some observations. Oh, if you have Twitter and Facebook here are my links to follow me.

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  1. The hype on the Golf Channel is just too extra. I know that you have to hype the event. Going into Day One, there really wasn’t much to get excited about. Other than Tiger being a playing Captain and Patrick Reed’s wrongdoing. Intentional or otherwise. Oh, and the teasers videos for the lead-ins or promos? You can’t call it “Home Turf” when the International Team is from around the world. Hey Golf Channel. Nice shank!! All of the talking put me to sleep. Literally. Until…
  2. The carolers. Or singers. Or fans that think that they’re singing but they really aren’t. I wish that I was tone-deaf. Your scintillating renditions of The Backstreet Boys (I Want Patrick Cantlay) or “The Lion… err Tiger Sleeps Tonight” might be witty but it was awful. But, the parody of “Wind Beneath My Wings” (Adam Hadwin) was beyond reproach.
  3. You knew someone was going to say something about Patrick Reed on the first tee. It was inevitable. The Aussie fan that yelled out though won the day. “Reed, are you going to make your caddie carry 14 clubs and a shovel?”. Ironically, Reed landed in a bunker with his first shot of the Presidents Cup. The irony.
  4. Is there any doubt who the star is of this Presidents Cup. It’s the golf course itself. Royal Melbourne Golf Club… “You complete me”. What a stunner! Firm conditions, bounces, and a lot of undulation to the greens. This ladies and gentlemen is a golf course.
  5. The snap hook is an ugly shot. Even if you have the swing of Adam Scott. Gadzooks! Or Great Scott!. That was ugly.
  6. Tiger was being Tiger. He carried Justin Thomas around in that match that they won 4&3. Conversely, Leishman let me down being in the first group off in front of his fellow Aussies. I expected more. Especially, teeing it up against Tiger.
  7. Sticking with Tiger. I know I said that he should have stepped aside in favour of someone else. Na most notably. I was wrong. The Captain led by example but his underlings let him down on Day One.
  8. The Internationals. Wow! Who had them going 4-1 after Day One? I know that I didn’t. There’s a ton of golf left to be played. Wasn’t that Eagle on the first hole by Sungjae Im fun and exciting? North America will soon know what Im is all about. Oh, and not a bad clutch putt by fellow Canadian Adam Hadwin on the 16th. Actually, he had two putts that could be defined as clutch.
  9. I’m still not sure about Joaquin Niemann being on the team. But the kid has moxie. Gesturing for Tiger to speed up. Hey kid, I appreciate it. I really do, but win or lead your matches and then you can chirp.
  10. Hulk Smash! Bryson DeChambeau bulked up. But his swing looks tight and rigid. Moreso than prior to him going full “Bulk Mode”. Mark my words, the genius is going to end up injured.

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It’s Presidents Cup Week – 2019

Well, here it is. It’s Presidents Cup week. I admit it, I’ve been just a tad harsh about the Presidents Cup. I’ve used the term second-rate and afterthought among others to describe the event. It will never be the Ryder Cup but it’s still newsworthy in the world of golf.

Upon completing the Hero World Challenge the United States team departed The Bahamas to head to Melbourne, Australia to get set for a few days of practice at Royal Melbourne Golf Club before the event takes place. Of course, the International Team was already assembled in Australia as the Emirates Australian Open was played last week (won by Matt Jones).

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Personally speaking, it is my opinion that the event itself will be a “bloodbath” in terms of the results. Unless something miraculous happens, “Divine Intervention” or otherwise I expect the American team to win in a rout. Honestly, as a golf writer, golf lover, and golf fan I just hope that we see some good golf and some close matches Are there any matches to really pay attention to?

Well, I guess that all depends on who you are and what you’re looking for. Of course, when Captain Woods is on the course playing that will garner a ton of viewers. It goes without saying right?! Gee, thanks for pointing that out Captain Obvious… Or in my case is it Oblivious? Either way. You know that native Aussie’s Adam Scott and Marc Leishman are going to be the sweethearts of the fans (Cameron Smith as well) because both are Aussies playing in their “home and native land”. Speaking of “home and native land I’ll have an interest in anything that Adam Hadwin does during the week. Honestly, I still select Corey Conners between the two golfers… Or both. And then there’s Patrick Reed.

Oh Patrick! Everybody and their “proverbial” uncle have weighed in on last week’s controversy, debacle or whatever you want to refer to it as. If he intended to cheat than you know what… bad on him. But, I suppose if he can look at himself in the mirror with a clear conscious than good for him. Was he looking for a slight advantage to use the rules of a waste bunker to his advantage? I think that’s a clear yes. You could suggest that he set a precedent in 2015 at the same event in the same situation. In that event, no penalty strokes were assessed. Hey, if his teammates aren’t in that much of a lather about it, than why should we be? It’s over!! If anything, Patrick’s “demonic ways” (I use that term tongue in cheek) will fire up the Australian galleries and could breathe life into what is otherwise a pretty mundane event.

It could be great from a viewer rating point of view. That’s all that matters right? It’s a business.

Gimmes 

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  1. With little fanfare last week was the Junior Presidents Cup. Won by the American Team 13-11. Let’s hope that the big boys are as entertaining. Congratulations to Canadian  from the Canada National Junior Squad LAURENT DESMARCHAIS on his selection to the the team.
  2. Isn’t it funny? Patrick Reed is the scourge of the Earth. Yet, fans rooting for the American team love Patrick in these events. He is after all… Capatain America.
  3. I’ve seen comments on social media suggesting that the Aussie fans will be extra hard on P Reed asking and hoping for them to be classy. Seriously, like the American fans have been classy on their side of the pond during Ryder or Presidents Cup. Folks, it goes both ways.

 

Until The Next Tee!!

Els Adds CanCon But Not CoreConn

CanCon is the abbreviation for Canadian Content as used by Canadian radio and television stations.

The President’s Cup. The team golf competition that pits the best male professional golfers from the United States versus a team of professional golfers from the rest of the world (from anywhere but Europe). My opinion of the President’s Cup has always been the same. While I know that my opinion isn’t likely shared by many (and I’m okay with that) I have long felt that it was a second-rate event… Almost an afterthought.  To me, the event falls in third place behind the Solheim Cup and the Ryder Cup but not necessarily in that order.

The one good thing (for me) that comes out of the President’s Cup is that unlike the Ryder Cup there’s a chance that a Canadian will make the International Team. As a golf fan, who would ever forget the Weir vs Woods showdown at Royal Montreal in 2007? Surely not I. I felt a lot of national pride by watching the diminutive lefty take care of Tiger Woods. Who doesn’t love a good old-fashioned “David vs Goliath” storyline? Just because I said how I felt about the event doesn’t mean that I ignore the event altogether. Going back to 2007 it was that match that salvaged watching the event. Bear in mind that at the time I wasn’t a golfer as I am now. That’s been an evolution in itself.

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Royal Melbourne. The venue for the 2019 Presidents Cup. (Photo Credit: Presidents Cup)

The 2019 President’s Cup will be taking place in Melbourne, Australia from December 9th to the 15th. The International Team is being captained by legendary silky, smooth swing Ernie Els and is led by the 17th-ranked (OWGR) Adam Scott. Joining him are fellow international stars Hideki Matsuyama, Marc Leishman, Louie Oosthuizen, Abraham Ancer, and Haotang Li. The evening of November 6th was the night that Captain Els would make his 4 Captian’s picks. There was speculation over social media, some of which I took part in. See my prognostication below.

When the picks came out I was correct on all but one. From South America, Chile’s Joaquin Niemann made the team marking my only mistake on the predictions. I’m hoping that Els didn’t make a mistake in this selection. If it were me, regardless of my patriotism I would have taken Conners over Niemann and likely Hadwin. He has the hotter hand in 2019 and especially over the last two months or so. Don’t get me wrong I’m stoked for Hadwin’s selection but it’s the Niemann selection I’m not crazy about. Some people agree.

Ultimately, I hope it wasn’t a matter of pick adhering to political correctness and selecting a guy from South America to make that part of the world happy. Think of it as a “sort of” Participation Ribbon. Maybe there’s a little “homer” and “maple syrup” in my blood. I get it, Niemann currently sits 54th in the OWGR and Corey Conners 55th. But their recent results over the last two months sees the record of Conners blowing those of Niemann out of the water. When it comes to captain’s picks you have to go with the hot hand and that was Conners over Niemann.

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Niemann at the 2018 RBC Canadian Open.

Personally speaking, if I’m Captain Els I want to give my team the best possible chance at winning. I’m not suggesting that Conners is the savior here, I’m just suggesting that he’s the better, smarter pick. Especially seeing that Team USA is so top-heavy with talent and that’s not including their Captain’s picks who have yet to be selected. Out of the Top 17 spots in the OWGR 11 are occupied by Americans. Some of whom are likely Captain’s picks like Gary Woodland. Who at #16 is ranked higher than the top-ranked International player. Not including that we’ll likely see their Captain (Tiger Woods) being one of the said picks.

Folks, it’s going to be a bloodbath.

Until The Next Tee!!

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Open Prognosticating

Alright, I admit it I love The Masters. I look forward to that tournament every year. Of course, this year I received my usual “Dear John” letter stating “We regret to inform you… you’re a loser and you will not be going to the 2019 Masters” yadda yadda. So as is my usual custom I develop a faux dislike of The Masters and everything they stand for. At any rate…

The reality here is that its Open Championship week and this is my favourite week of the golf season. I look at the courses in the rota and think a few things. Golf courses the way that golf was meant to be played. Of course, there’s the obvious. The history. This year, the venue is Carnoustie Golf Links. The grand old gal was designed by Allan Robertson with an assist from Old Tom Morris and consequently opened in 1842. The venue hosted its first Open Championship in 1931 (Tommy Armour won The Claret Jug). Many duels have been won and lost at Carnoustie with one particular championship being synonymous with the course. “The Van de Velde” in 1999. Coming up the 72nd hole of the 1999 Open Championship Jean Van de Velde just needed to card a double bogey to win. He would card a triple bogey instead and would lose the championship. Paul Lawrie would eventually win in a playoff.

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Oh the humanity! (Photo Credit: Golf Digest)

So this year. The field is set and many players from the PGA Tour have been overseas for a week or two. In full preparation mode getting ready for the season’s third Major. I didn’t do any sort of predictions for the U.S. Open and quite frankly I don’t know why. But this time around I will no be denied. So in the same manner that I did for The Masters (where I boldly predicted Patrick Reed’s victory) I will handicap the odd separating my picks by using the odds. So without anything else to say here we go…

Favourites (12-1 to 20-1) – The usual suspects adorn this category. Guys like Dustin Johnson (12-1) and Tiger Woods (20-1). However, sitting at 16-1 is Justin Rose. He’s my pick in this grouping. He’s had a nice season, he’s straight and quite frankly I can see him planting a kiss on The Claret Jug come Sunday. #TeamRose

Not Quite The Favourites (25-1 to 40-1) – Jason Day leads the pack of this grouping. But I don’t like him to win The Claret Jug. I have no real basis for saying this but I do. Yes ,he’s quietly won twice on Tour this season but in this range I’m going with the most underrated golfer in men’s professional golf. Marc Leishman! He’s 40-1 and a bit of a longshot already without being a longshot. Even though Sergio Garcia, Masters Champ Patrick Reed and Hideki Matsuyama are in this pod… Leishman sits lurking in the bushes. Like a stealthy assassin he lies in wait. You don’t even know he’s lurking but then all of a sudden.. there he is!!!

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All of a sudden.. he’s there! (Photo Credit: Golf Digest)

 The Darkhorse (50-1 to 80-1) – These are the interesting picks with some real notable names in the mix. I love Zach Johnson but not this week. Ian Poulter could be a mover and shaker and you never know what ‘The Wizard” Bryson DeChambeau has up his sleeves. However, there is one golfer that has had a great season in 2018. Sitting at 66-1 is Bubba Watson. Yes, he had a rough tourney at The Military Tribute (Greenbrier) but I simply dismiss it. He was really pressing to win at his second home and maybe just maybe he was thinking too far ahead to this week. Imagination, length and a total arsenal of crazy shots that he can. Bubba will be there Sunday… if he doesn’t wound too tightly (like at Greenbrier).

The Longshot (100-1 to 300-1) – If you’re a betting type (I’m not) then someone in this category could win you some money. These guys aren’t in the conversation during your morning coffee or round but there are a few names that would make for an intriguing pick. In this case my eyes just can turn away from Austin Cook. Admittedly, I don’t know much about him and quite frankly I know more about his caddy (Kip Henley of Big Break fame) than I do about the 250/1 man. Cook has serious game and has shown flashes of brilliance thus far in his career.He does hold a PGA Tour victory so he does know how to win. He’s ranked 24th in the FedEx Cup race and also finished Top-5 at Greenbrier.He’s pretty steady with greens and fairways hit (albeit nowhere near the top echelon) but he’s just long and accurate enough to win at Carnoustie.

The Off of the Board (500/1 to 2000/1) – So you want to hold lightning in a bottle and seriously cash in on a $20 wager. These are the guys for you. Using my highly scientific methodology I look at names like 500/1 crowd Bernhard Langer and Ernie Els. But can the old man really win this? Sure he can… anybody in the field can. Heck, even a 2000/1 guy can win this thing. I mean if you’re in the field you have a chance right? SO looking up and down I actually feel really good about a name on the list. At 1000/1 I like Sean Crocker!!! Enough to make him my overall pick? We shall see but not likely. He’s won before granted many others in this category have won. But it’s just a gut instinct and maybe worth a “penny of your thoughts”.

So, I’ve tabulated my picks over the six categories and placed them into my “Magic Eight Ball”. My fearless prediction is…

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Greenbrier was an anomaly and he has loftier goals than winning at his second home. Green Jackets are always nice but Jugs are pretty nice too!! He’ll be focused. Keep him in line Ted Scott!!

**Pulling for Rose

Until The Next Tee!!

Callaway Footwear Debuts At The Masters Leishman and Hadwin To Wear New Styles

It feels like Christmas. It’s Masters Eve. So in the tradition of giving and presents Callaway Golf has given us the gift of newly introduced footwear. The new styles are slated to make their debut tomorrow when Callaway Golf staff members Australian Marc Leishman and Canadian Adam Hadwin.

The two models are spiked designs and named after two towns that happen to be in California. La Grange and La Jolla. For more information please see the press release below.

 

 

Callaway Footwear Debuts At The Masters

Leishman and Hadwin To Wear New Styles

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Amesbury, Mass., April 3, 2018 – Callaway will have two of its new footwear styles walking the fairways this week at the Masters.

Marc Leishman, who has 3 top 10 finishes this year, will be wearing the recently launched LaGrange golf shoe. The golf shoe features the POWERdrive™ platform with a Duo-Max™ midsole, that has a soft and comfortable top layer of EVA foam, surrounded by a more supportive bottom layer of foam, to provide optimal support and stability. The LaGrange also features a waterproof full grain leather upper and a TPU heel stabilizer for additional support during the swing. Leishman will be sporting the white LaGrange golf shoes this week at the Masters.

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Canadian Adam Hadwin, also with 3 top 10 finishes this year, is wearing the LaJolla golf shoe. The LaJolla is a contemporary classic look with a microfiber leather upper, EVA midsole and a Opti-Vent™ mesh liner for breathability and heat management. Hadwin will be wearing the white and black models of LaJolla this week at Augusta.

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