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Big C last won the day on May 3 2016

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  1. It sounds like you are referring to a match play - which has different rules regarding the timeliness of a claim for the exact reason you describe. In a perfect world, I agree it would have been better if Kim had said something immediately. But I think she deserves zero blowback for reporting it when she did. 90% of golfers would have said nothing and let the infraction go un-reported. By reporting the incident at all, she is doing better than most tour golfers (and most of us on this message board) would have done.
  2. I think that is unfair. It's easy to say you would do the right thing from the comfort of your own home with no consequences or ramifications. When you are the person witnessing a breach, knowing that speaking up will have major ramifications for your fellow competitors, the easiest thing to do by far is to stay silent - which is exactly what most people would do. Doing the right thing often isn't instinctual. Sometimes it takes a little time to center yourself, give thought to the situation and make the correct decision, even when uncomfortable. Kudos to Kim for doing just that.
  3. If you ever wonder why tour players almost never call out other pros for rules infractions (despite a fairly significant number who have witnessed something, according to the recent anonymous survey), why backstopping persists, etc. - the blowback that Kim is getting for this is the primary reason why.
  4. Surprising responses. I don't fault anyone for wanting to get on Augusta/Cypress Point/Pine Valley, etc. But for me, a 36 hole day where my dad and I were paired with Phil Mickelson and Jack Nicklaus in a friendly fourball competition would be soooooooo much more memorable than playing a great course with 3 random partners. So yeah, I'd pick the foursome and it wouldn't really be a tough decision.
  5. I play as much tournament golf as my schedule will allow. My men's club typically has one main event per month, along with a few other events scattered throughout the year, and I have essentially budgeted all of these into my family calendar. Our local golf association has a ton of other competitive amateur tournaments that they host. Unfortunately, these are almost all played during the week, so I don't participate due to my work schedule. But whenever I retire, I would love to have at least 2-3 tournaments a month built into my calendar.
  6. Romo is 2 under through the first round of the Safeway Open. I knew he had more game then most celebrity golfers but even so, I’m pretty damn impressed.
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    Gambling Game Idea

    Sounds like a fun game. I would be up for giving it a try, although most of my golf buddies play pretty low stakes. It sounds like this could get pretty expensive on a bad day! The optional multiplier seems like it could add a bit too much randomness for my liking, so I would probably ease into the game without that added wrinkle.
  8. I chose 4-6 shots per round. I went over my last round shot by shot and had 8 full swings, where I could not have asked for better contact off the club face. That is probably on the higher end of my norm, but 5-7 might be a better choice for me, if given the option. I suspect that I am probably a more erratic golfer than most people in my handicap range, meaning I hit more "great" shots than your typical 7 handicap, but also more "wtf" shots as well. OB Slices, chunked chips and the occasional hosel-rocket are sadly still in my repertoire.
  9. Big C

    2019 Presidents Cup

    It's an exhibition event and nobody is going to get more eyeballs and more publicity for the President's Cup than Tiger Woods. It's an absolute no brainer for him to play as long as he's healthy, IMO.
  10. I'm pretty sure the impact on short putts is negligible. The benefit to having the flagstick in comes from when the ball approaches the cup at high speeds. Dave Pelz did the most widely referenced study that concluded in favor of leaving the flag in. But his methodology was to roll putts at speeds that would typically go 3 feet, 6 feet and then 9 feet past the hole. You shouldn't be missing too many short putts 3 feet long. And you will almost never miss them 6 or 9 feet long, unless you are truly a terrible putter. So for short putts, my hunch is that there is no real benefit statistically, and it comes down to personal preference and what makes you comfortable visually.
  11. I wouldn't call it special treatment - I don't begrudge anyone their right to leave or pull the flag, regardless of the situation. If the roles were reversed and everyone in my group liked to leave it in, I would still politely ask for the flag out on the shorties. It just feels "weird" to me to putt with it in. I've tried and I don't like it. This guy feels the opposite way apparently. It's bit annoying logistically, but he's totally within his right.
  12. Yeah I can see that. From my experience, this guy is in the minority, compared to the people that like the flag out on the short putts. But it definitely slows things down a bit when that is the case.
  13. Anytime I play with someone new, I try to clarify on the first green. As they get ready to hit their first putt I will approach the flag and ask "Do you like it in or out?" and based on their answer will take that into consideration for the remainder of the round. To the original question, I would say it's sped things up very slightly. I love not having to worry about the "pin-tend" dance for long putts. The only time it might potentially slow things down is if I played with someone that wanted to keep the flag in, even on short putts. For me personally, I take the flag out for anything inside of 15 feet. So if someone wanted it in for a 5 footer after I had the flag pulled for my 10 footer, that could potentially be awkward. But so far, I haven't really encountered that scenario. Almost everyone I have played with prefers the flag out, or doesn't care on the medium to short putts.
  14. Borderline and not enough to suggest cheating in my opinion. Don’t underestimate how much your hand eye coordination deteriorates on a lefty shot. I have whiffed balls trying to hit them lefty before. It’s not out of the question to think his practice takeaway might be a bit too low on a opposite handed shot. And not only did he gain no advantage, there was really no advantage to be gained. Even if he dug a 6 inch trench behind his ball, he still has to make a clean ball first strike, which he did. i vote “nothing to see here”
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