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Volume Three Hundred Seventy-Five

Feb. 24, 2014     By     Comments (0)

From cacti to bikini shots, Michael Sam to Miguel Angel Jimenez.

Hittin the LinksHello fans of golf, and welcome to this week's Hittin' the Links. We take a look at the PGA Tour's first great finish at 2014 at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, then meander our way from Michael Sam to Miguel Angel.

During a week when the northeastern United States experienced it's first snow melt of the year, the PGA Tour heated up just as fast, thanks to a few unbelievable shots from Frenchman Victor Dubuisson. Let's hit the links.

Hole #1: Jason Day outlasts Victor Dubuisson to win WGC-Accenture Match Play
It took 23 holes, but Jason Day won the first World Golf Championships event of 2014 in likely the best playoff we'll see all year. [Link]

Hole #2: Dubuisson Escapes Cacti Twice in Playoff
After hardly even taking a practice swing, Dubuisson got up and down twice from the desert, first from under a cactus (more from those later), and second from behind a fallen tree branch. [Link]

Hole #3: Sergio Garcia Concedes 18-Footer, Loses to Rickie Fowler in Third Round
After a run-in with a beehive delayed Sergio's approach shot, Garcia decided to concede Rickie Fowler's 18-foot putt. [Link]

Hole #4: ESPN's Bob Harig: WGC-Match Play Should Change Formats
I disagree with Harig about the event changing to stroke play, though a new date and venue wouldn't be the worst thing. I like the one match play event of the season, but the idea of moving it overseas is an interesting one. The problem, of course, is getting the mostly-U.S.-based field to play an event on another continent without the promise of appearance fees. As move to Harding Park, as rumored, seems more likely. [Link]

Hole #5: Sports Illustrated Asks: Does Golf Have a Michael Sam?
The obvious answer is that, since nation-wide homosexuality levels are about 10%, you'd expect a similar representation in the golf community. Ultimately, aside from a few whiners, the first openly gay PGA Tour professional should see nothing but embrace. [Link]

Hole #6: Miguel Angel Jimenez Gives a Stretching Lesson
Putting greens read him, and they like what they see.
For him, only 30% of his putts left short don't go in.
He yells "MASHED POTATOES" at the fans.
His trees are 100% air.
All of his bounces are members' bounces.

He is ... The Most Interesting Man in Golf. [Link]

Hole #7: Big Break Participant Meghan Hardin Places 83rd on AskMen's Top 99 Women of 2014 List
Men: "…And she plays golf?"
Viewers of Big Break Atlantis and Big Break NFL: "Nope." [Link]

Hole #8: Animated .gif Comparison of Cheyenne and Tiger Woods
It should be noted that this is a recent, Foley-fied swing of Tiger's, rather a clip of his own 23-year-old swing. [Link]

Hole #9: Overanxious Fan Attacked By Cactus
Dubuisson apparently never saw this video. [Link]

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