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  1. Don't necessarily have an answer for the OP, think most who have played for many years go through some flat periods where you think maybe I could be doing something else. One of the sites in Australia had this comment which I liked (albeit a bit flowery). The Peter Thomson reference is that he is not considered a very good architect (has a fondness for bunkers in the middle of fairways):

    The fun in golf is to overestimate our ability and then, just occasionally when the stars are aligned, we succeed in playing the shot, or having the round, or winning the tournament of our dreams. Overestimation is essential for the success of golf because it is linked to hope. The same hope that encourages us to turn up again next week, allows us to believe that we will have a better year this year and inspires us to play just one more Peter Thomson course. It is the same hope that links us to Alan Robertson and Old Tom Morris, to Hagen and Hogan and Todd Hamilton. It is the hope that, after years of searching, proved an African American man could be found that was worthy to join Augusta National. It is the hope that makes golf what it is, the true embodiment of greatness for all men, creating in its participants a noble spirit that embiggens the smallest man.

  2. Originally Posted by Fourputt

    Doesn't the bill or brim of the cap sort of get in the way for that?  Or are you one of those challenged individuals who hasn't figured out what the bill is for, and puts it on backwards.


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  3. If it is all about the money and not winning which is the OPs premise, the money a multi year tour pro earns needs some perspective.

    You can google up numerous articles on the PGA Tour's pension plan, there was an article indicating that Stuart Appelby (hardly a prolific winner) would retire with $200m after a 20 yr career, not sure on what compounded rates this was based.

    Regardless, the rich get richer and continue to accumulate wealth, tax free.


  4. We missed the game, didn't really understand when people at the bar were getting so excited at 10-0. Best that someone else had our seats. Love travelling in the States (California only thistime), everything works, easy to get around (apart from SF this afternoon), weather has been great, people are always pleasant, I could easily live here.
  5. Massive bump, anyway, we are done on our trip (Go Anthony Summers, Aussie qualifier). Staying somewhere around North Beach in San Fran, we are keen to go to the baseball. To suggest we are clueless would overstate our knowledge. Seems there is an Astros game on Thursday 13th, do we pay for good seats ( 3 of us) or just roll up and take our chances? Objective is to have a few beers and enjoy ourselves.

  6. Originally Posted by cheffdiddy_45

    As I said, the AVERAGE golf fan, doesn't know who Matt Every is.  The AVERAGE golf fan, isn't watching Big Break.  The AVERAGE golf fan, the season begins at the Masters and ends at the FedEx Cup Tour Championship, if not before because of football season.  Hell, the AVERAGE fan now thinks Matt Every is a dope head that lucked into leading a golf tournament.

    So, the world is going to blame ME for saying Matt Every's interview was off base, if he doesn't rebound from it?  Um. Ok.  Pretty sure that no one (Golf Digest, Golf, Golf World, Golf Channel) is combing the Sand Trap for 30 something Missourians thoughts on Matt Every.  At least, no one that matters that is.  I posted on Facebook earlier that I wasn't going to stand in line to meet Cardinal great, David Freese.  Will I also be responsible for him possibly batting .245 this year in an injury plagued season?  C'mon.  You might as well say, "I don't like what you are talking about, so shut it".  Given your responses, it appears that anyone having an opinion other than your own strokes you the wrong way.  Like I said, it's all good, I deal with your type all the time.

    You say in one post you are a political operative, whatever that means. In other walks of life when you condescendingly say to someone "I deal with your type all the time" do they normally react positively?  Post that little gem I doubt whether I would take much notice of what you said.

    Yu also mentond you iked the discussion yet when someone disagrees you accuse them of getting personal. FWIW I agreed totally with iacas's post and I am a golf fan who lives thousands of miles from the US.

  7. I did a trip with some mates from London when the Euro and the Celtic tiger were roaring so golf at that stage was outrageously expensive in Aussie dollar terms. Given events since then I presume things are more resonanble. My caddie at Lahinch had lived in Australia, we went out for some drinks with them in town and they were taking the piss because I paid as much for one round as they did for a years fees.

    I think it's about planning where you really want to play and then working around that as a plan. Royal County Down is a must play, so you know you will be driving north from Dublin, do you push on and play Portrush, perhaps County Louth, that sort of thing.

    The drivng is easy for me however I suspect Americans will have a coronary at the "gas" prices. Make sure you car isnt a manual. Given you are on a budget, I presume an escorted tour thing is off the menu.

    I played predominately in the southwest, Waterville, Tralee, Lahinch, Ballybunion but as the man with the blog points out these will likely be expensive. Heaven for golfers. You can still fly from Dublin into Shannon for all these.

    Good luck, it's a fantastic place. Food is shite, stick to the black stuff.

  8. Originally Posted by I-league

    Tiger took the high road one again in his response. Well done, lets move on. Steve Williams is an idiot.

    Yeah cause Tiger dominates the high moral ground. Please, those two deserve each other, dumb and dumber.

  9. Fuss seems to have died down however with a potential Tiger vs Scott match up at some stage in the Presidents Cup, the pot is only on simmer.

    From our main Sydney paper


    Consensus out here is similar to the article, that he is someone who would be described as, "not the sharpest tool in the shed".

    I would march him after the Preseidents Cup. Whatever the outcome piece he is / isn't, having him carrying on and trying to be the centre (sorry center) of attention cannot be a positive for Scott's game.

  10. Originally Posted by iacas

    I fully understand that it's possible that the sense of humor is different in Australia. But Stevie's been in the U.S. long enough to know that the Aussie/New Zealand sense of humor isn't the same. He should have known better.

    When referring to Steve Williams or his new moniker, "Stevie", can we not associate the bonehead with being or having anything much to do with Australia. The "Full of Boneheads" sign went up years ago here, we don't need him.

    Nobody was actually there to hear the context of how it was said, nevertheless as someone else pointed out its strike 2. Maybe if the players offerred anything other than formula sports speak this fool wouldn't have a forum.

  11. Not having been around very long, I haven't got the religion/non religion ennui. I do understand having endured more "how far can you hit a driver" threads on other forums than I care to remember

    The overtly religious comments don't actually bother me, more so they bore me. However equally, so does the psycho babble stuff, have just seen an interview with Roger Tambellini where he was so desperate to trot out, "Ï need to get out of my own way" that he actually got in his own way trying to say it twice in a sentence.

    Makes an easy point of reference to spew out the same stuff everytime, don't ever say what you actually think. Rory knows never to do that again even though when asked about Tiger he made a measured, thoughtful statement and was then attaked.

    Potrayals of Americans in the European and certainly my press would often have you believe that you guys are all living in some type of "Footloose" town. There is a BBC guy called  Louis Theroux who specialises in running around America finding these types of people.Guess when you see the Webbs, Badds (infected by his time in the US :)), Bubba et al, it reinforces the stereotype

  12. Growing up in Australia, there was only one golfer to follow, G.Norman. Striding global fairways, winning everything (except what he craved most), the best driver of a golf ball, charismatic and larger than life.

  13. All,

    Will be going over for a boys trip (from Australia) a week either side of the 2012 US Open in June.

    We have never been to San Francicso so if anyone has tips on where to stay, eat etc send them through. Will likely try and rent a house if that is possible.

    Happy to travel to play golf in the week before, 100 mile radius is OK assuming the traffic is not as horrendous as Sydney (this place is gridlocked). On the costing front our dollar is good so up to US$200 per game is palatable. Really want to play Pasatiempo and Mare Island but probably not go as far as Monterey.

    We will also be driving up to Bandon Dunes after the Open, any advice on a golf / place to stop on the way would be good as well as tips when we get there.

    Thanks in advance for any help and look out on the roads next June. With you people driving on the wrong side, we are dangerous


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