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ScouseJohnny last won the day on April 2 2018

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  1. ScouseJohnny

    Who Is Your "Golf Villain"? And Why?

    I never could get excited about Phil. Even back in 1991 watching him being interviewed as the lowest scoring amateur at the Masters the year Woosnam won it, his "Aw shucks" shtick rang hollow. Over the next three decades it never got any better. It was a real pain watching the 2013 British Open and finding myself being pleased for him. I suppose once in 30 years is permissible.
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    The Match: Tiger vs. Phil Showdown for $9M

    I'm assuming this is match play? The 13th green seems like a likely place for this contest to end.
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    2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National - Paris, France

    He must be very proud of being Spain's third best golfer of modern times. It's not surprising he was feeling so ebullient.
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    Ian Poulter - Ass

    I'm not sure it's all that complicated at all. The guy just seems to have a monumental chip on his shoulder. His autobiography is illuminating. For someone who came from humble beginnings and became a millionaire through his natural talent and hard work, he just can't seem to let go of things. Nearly 30 years later, with a mansion in Florida, a fleet of Ferraris, prestige and substantial wealth, he's still angrily having a pop at some pro shop manager who did him wrong back in England in 1991 or what-have-you. A guy who's probably eking out a retirement in a semi-detached on a Barratt development outside Croydon and driving a second-hand Mondeo. In Poulter's position, I really couldn't be bothered... Let it go, man. I also suspect that a lot of his ire arises because he never completed the rags-to-riches story by becoming a true great of the game. The book contains a clear reminder to its reader that the young Poulter had it much, much harder than the likes of Luke Donald. There is grudging admiration for Faldo in the book at one point, followed by a fair bit of invective later on. Faldo, albeit a representative of an earlier generation, grew up pretty close to Poulter's neck of the woods, and also came from a fairly modest home. But then, of course, Faldo also won 6 majors. He remains the greatest English golfer of the modern era. But Faldo's personality flaw appears to be his aloofness. Poulter's strikes me as incredible sensitivity. Or, if you prefer, he's just whiny. Poulter seems to be a strange man. The cockiness serves to provide a very, very thin veneer over a certain fragility. But then he's scarcely unique in being such a person, in the public eye, in these times.
  5. ScouseJohnny

    2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National - Paris, France

    If that's now true, then it's a sad situation. It sure as hell meant a lot to Americans like Payne Stewart, 20 years ago.
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    2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National - Paris, France

    Pity there are automatic selections. It would be interesting, if your theory is correct, to hear the excuses the top players would make for not flying across the pond to play in a mere Exhibition match. Of course, some of them seem very disappointed not to be picked as a Captain's pick. Guess those must be the mediocre ones...
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    2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National - Paris, France

    The handicap of having to take a player to France who can't seem to play good golf outside of the US (preferably the South). And the foolishness of picking a fading superstar a couple of years away from the Champions' Tour.
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    2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National - Paris, France

    I'm not sure why the US team spent the money on an airline ticket to Paris for Phil.
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    2018 Tour Championship - FedExCup Finale

    I am officially jealous. I just Googled that, the scenery looks out of this world and the locos look remarkable.
  10. ScouseJohnny

    2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National - Paris, France

    That's a fair point.
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    2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National - Paris, France

    Coming to this story a bit late (the first weeks of the semester are crazy). I don't understand why on earth he picked Sergio over Russell Knox. I appreciate 19-11-7 is a respectable record. But balanced against that is the fact he's getting on a bit, is temperamental, and is horribly out of form. Knox has had a good season, and performed very well at Le Golf National only a few weeks ago. I think a beer or two might have been opened by US team members when the Euro picks were announced. Because I think Poulter's best Ryder Cup years are likely well behind him, too.
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    Need Some Advice on Playing Golf With Higher Handicappers

    I have played golf with 28 handicaps who played to their handicap and respected golf etiquette perfectly. I have also played with quite a few single figure handicap arseholes. Sometimes, there's nothing worse than being paired with a "good golfer" when he's "just having a bad day." It makes you wish you'd been paired with a 28 handicap instead...
  13. Is there any distinction, in terms of assumption of risk, between what might be termed reasonable, anticipated events for attending a sporting venue, and ones that are not foreseeable? In other words, being hit by a stray golf ball seems to be an entirely reasonable accident when choosing to attend a golf tournament. A player smashing his club in rage, injuring a spectator in the process, is a little different.
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    Tiger Woods Master Catch-All Discussion

    Ah, the old school of golf.
  15. ScouseJohnny

    Jack vs. Tiger: Who's the Greatest Golfer?

    And that young guy is intriguing. One of the interesting attributes to the "strength of field" discussion is that the quality of the field has improved so much over the decades, that outliers - remarkable players operating far, far above the rest of the field, like Tiger - are going to be extremely unusual. Of the seemingly most-talked about major winners post-2008, Rory is, as some kindly call it, "streaky." At present, he seems to be playing well, but just can't get back to where he was earlier this decade. Spieth has an interesting quantity of vulnerability which we never saw in Tiger or Jack - Mr. Willett can thank this for odd situation for his annual trip to Augusta for the rest of his career. Mickelson is like a '90s golfer who managed to have an incredibly long career and picked up his majors over a long period of time, so he's almost excluded from this analysis - he never dominated like an outlier, just kept on plugging away and doing well - besides which, this is about young guys, not ones almost ready for the Champions' Tour. Bubba can turn it on at the Master's every so often, but he'll never win a different major and I suspect he'll never win another Master's, either. DJ and Day are arguably far behind the number of majors that many expected of them, at this point in their careers. The likes of Rickie have yet to get one. Sergio got his and I wonder if that's the last we'll really see of him. And then there's this rather strange young man, Koepka, who's a fascinating study in sports psychology. Never showed any hint of choking yesterday in an environment where 99% of the people at the course were desperate for a 1986 moment for Tiger. Unassuming, sufficiently sanguine about his moment in the sun that he couldn't care less if the final putt of the competition was hit by the guy who came in third. It's like he's won three majors without anyone really noticing. Of all the possible outliers for this generation, I find him the most fascinating.

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