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Big C

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  1. My 2 cents on Bryson's strokes gained ranking. 1. Give Bryson an additional stroke for the quality of field. The depth of today's tour is so much better than 40-50 years ago. 2. Give Bryson a quarter stroke for playing in the last pairing. None of the other 3 rounds above him came from the final group. Heck, Miller and Palmer both finished almost an hour before the final pairings. Nicklaus was in the second to last group. Having all eyes on you from shot 1 is just harder than playing under the radar for the first several holes. 3. Take away half a stroke for not playing in front of fans. Psychologically, I think this was a big deal for the players. And for someone as touchy as Bryson, I think being able to execute his gameplan without getting rattled or (potentially) heckled by fans was a big help. Add it up and the intangibles vault him ahead of Nicklaus but keep him firmly behind Palmer and Miller. Very scientific analysis I know.....
  2. I agree with you. I'm sure sometime very soon, we will find out where Bryson's round ranked in terms of all time great final round major performances (strokes gained vs. the field). But wherever it falls, in terms of raw numbers will be understated. This wasn't some guy posting a great round early to backdoor a great finish (think Tommy Fleetwood at Shinnecock in 2018). This was a guy who won the tournament, playing in the last group of the day, which is immeasurably more difficult. I think this round will deservedly be remembered as one of the all-time greats.
  3. Pretty sure Harris English just got 4-5 minutes search time to look for his ball. When the camera cut to him, there were about a dozen people searching. I forwarded my DVR 3 minutes and they were still looking (although it was called pretty shortly thereafter). But you have to assume he was looking for at least a minute or more when the camera first cut to him.
  4. I feel like the men's club events should be reserved for amateurs, but I don't see the logic in excluding former college players or former pros who have regained amateur status. When you say "ex tour player," that is a bit of a grey area. I believe you have to apply for reinstatement through the USG&A to play in any sanctioned amateur events here in the US. Do you know if he has gone through that process? If not, and he is technically still a professional, I can see some of the argument for excluding him. The other consideration is what level of participation should be required in other events to qualify for the Club Championship. For instance, our club requires that you have had to play in at least 3 club events the prior 12 months in order to sign up for ours. This is to prevent "hired guns" from joining the club and winning the big prize without actually participating in the ancillary events throughout the year. From your description, this guy plays in the club events, but generally with his tight knit group. If my understanding is correct, then I don't see an issue with that. I mean for me personally, if I joined a men's club and were good enough to compete for the gross championship, then I sure as hell would get to know some of the other members, but that's not everyone's style. Maybe the guy is just a bit more introverted.
  5. Someone needs to tell Mike Whan to cut back on the interlocking finger gestures. He went to the well a few too many times on that one. Other than that, I agree his reasoning is sound.
  6. After 15 years of gaming mostly second hand clubs, I am finally prepared to make a modest investment in some new equipment. I plan to start with the putter. Based on some feedback from members here, I was leaning towards Edel, but I have heard great things about Club Champion as well. My understanding is that Edel's fitting process is free if you end up purchasing one of their putters. Club Champion charges $100 for a putter fitting regardless of whether you purchase or not. Club Champion does carry Edel, as well as all the other major brands. Long story short, if I end up getting fitted into an Edel putter by Club Champion, it will cost me an extra $100. But there is a reasonable possibility that Club Champion would recommend something different that suits my eye better. Is it worth it to take the plunge with Edel or should I spend the extra $100 to keep my options open through Club Champion. Thoughts appreciated.
  7. Flash in the pan is a bit much. The guy finished 1st-1st-2nd in the last 3 US Opens. Aside from Tiger, there probably aren't many (any?) who had a better 3 year run in majors than Brooks from 2017-19. Regarding the poll question: Am I considering the financial ramifications? If so, then I'll go with DJ, the 22 wins and massive career earnings. But if we are leaving that aside, then it's Brooks all the way for me. 4-1 advantage in the majors trumps the 22-7 tournament margin and it's not particularly close. Give DJ one more major and then it's a close call.
  8. You might be surprised how much people can dig up on you. If they start with your name and your general location, and then have an inclination to dig back through details of your posting history, your identity can be narrowed down in a hurry. And again, I'm not saying that really matters on TST, or any golf related forums. But to the extent that people want to have outlet to discuss more sensitive topics in the world in good faith and relative anonymity, I think they should be able to do that.
  9. When you meet someone for the first time, shake their hand and have a conversation, the scope of that conversation is pretty tightly bounded. The contents will be known to the two parties, maybe a few third parties, and perhaps a bystander or two. When you engage in a conversation with that same person over the internet, the contents of your conversation are available to just about anyone with a computer and access to the internet. Now on a golf forum, that's a fairly low risk proposition. Even if someone knows who I am, where I live and what I do for a living, they aren't going to find much on here that could get me into trouble. On a political message board, that's an entirely different story. I don't know the type of forum that Erik is referring to above, but I do think it is valid in some cases for people to want to remain completely anonymous online.
  10. Get comfortable with this technique posted here. Quickie Pitching post That should basically be your "go to" shot for the situation described here.
  11. I read somewhere that the Padres coach threw Tatis under the bus. I didn't get that at all from watching the video. In essence, all he said was, "We gave him the sign to take the next pitch. He missed it and that's a learning opportunity." Aside from some mild criticisms from the Rangers coach (who I don't agree with), I don't see anyone giving Tatis a hard time. Honestly this seems to be the MLB media blowing a story out of proportion.
  12. Postscript to this unfortunate incident: Pinto's opponent Tyler Strafaci won his next 3 matches - including a comeback from 5-down in the championship match yesterday - to win the 2020 US Am. Golf.com story As quoted in the above story, Strafaci said after the Pinto ruling: "...I feel really bad for him. I'm gonna make it worth something. I'm gonna go out tomorrow and win my match and try to keep moving." And that's just what he did. Congrats to Strafaci.
  13. One instance (I think) is around 20:58 of the linked video. The audio is a bit muffled due to wind, but it sounds like he said "I didn't touch it."
  14. I don't think it was defensible - saying "I didn't touch it" when that was clearly false and easily disprovable was just the wrong thing to do. That said, I sort of understand the mentality that @Golfingdad alludes to above. I think he realized the gravity of his mistake, he panicked, and by that point he would have said or done anything to reverse his actions. Kind of like a "fight or flight" type of response. That said, while the majority of the focus will be on the caddie's actions, I hope Pinto gets plenty of kudos for handling the affair with grace and understanding. Had the same thing happened to me in my men's club match play B-flights, I don't think I could have shown the same poise. Yes I'm not 100% certain but, that is my understanding. I think they were paired together the whole week, but had no relationship prior to the Championship.
  15. Bonehead move by the caddie. It was a mistake and I'm sure he regrets it. But his repeated denials that he touched the sand afterward look really bad. Apparently he is a long time local looper at Bandon. I wonder if they will keep him around after this? As for Pinto, the kid is a complete class act. I'm sure he was gutted to lose that way but he handled it with grace, both in the moment and in the interviews afterward. Good for him and I hope he gets a chance at redemption down the road.
  16. Not really. I don't care about looking for "smoke" - it's just a bad comparison. There are other golfers that had a lot more in common with Morikawa at age 23 than Anthony Kim.
  17. I think that comparison falls a bit flat. AK was a party-guy. Confident? Sure, but also a bit brash. Morikawa seems like as polished and low-key as a guy could be. Honestly, neither their personalities, nor their games strike me as very similar to one another.
  18. Played the back 9 at first dawn this morning and birdie hole 16 - the easiest par 4 on the course, but a first for me this year. I am now sitting at 8 under, but the bad news is that every "easy" hole on the course has now been checked off. Every birdie from this point forward is going to take some good golf shots and/or some luck, both of which have been in short supply this year....
  19. I think that is exactly what happened. Unreal....
  20. In fairness, that 8th is a really tough hole. Schauffele, Cauley and Z. Johnson are all tied for 2nd and each of them bogeyed the 8th as well.
  21. If your group is not out of position, then I agree it seems rude. The only time I will start walking to the next tee is when we are obviously falling behind. And usually then I will acknowledge by saying something like, "hey I'm gonna go tee off so we can keep up the pace." Whenever possible, I will wait for everyone to putt out. In a casual round, it's just a courtesy. And in a competition, it's a necessity if you are attesting to their score. Yeah, in this case, there is really no justification for this behavior.
  22. I read the article when it was first published a few days ago and I re-read it more closely this morning. Honestly, I found it poorly argued and logically inconsistent. The author essentially admits that players have been lining up the trademark on their ball for decades (and presumably he sees no issue with that), but that drawing a line with a sharpie is just going too far. So what then? What happens when the manufacturers respond by making their trademarks longer and longer until they start to resemble a line? Do you then start to restrict the size of what can be stamped onto golf balls? And if someone orders a custom imprint on their balls (a feature that many manufacturers offer), do they need to have those balls approved by someone before they can be put into competitive play? And if so, who? And what about those handful of guys in my men's club that underline their number as a way of marking it. Do they have to start using dots or hearts, because lines are no longer allowed in any capacity? Jeez, talk about opening a can of worms to solve a problem that doesn't really exist.
  23. I think there are two different issues here. One are the laws and county guidelines, which can vary based on the region. The other is what are "best practices" in terms of managing risk during a pandemic. I know that when Los Angeles County decided to re-open their courses in early May, they mandated that all city and county courses would need to limit the carts to single rider. Even two people in the same household could not share a cart (although that stance has since been softened). In those cases, golfers were not charged extra for single rider carts because the decision was made for them. Incidentally, green fees were raised by about 5%, so that revenue was partially being made up in other areas. But LA County was the outlier. Almost every other county in California and just about everywhere else in the Midwest and East Coast have no such requirements. So basically, 99% of the courses can dictate whatever policy they want. Now, the question becomes - is it "right" that courses would charge extra for single rider carts? It is not just an ethical issue but a risk management question as well. If a course charges based on double rider carts and someone gets Covid because they are paired with someone who is asymptomatic, could that course be sued for not following CDC guidelines and endangering their customers? I don't think it's out of the realm of possibility. But taking it a step further, I think it's fair to debate whether golf courses have a moral duty to the golfing community as a whole. Recall that when government shutdowns started to hit thousands of small businesses back in March, the overwhelming refrain among golfers was that our courses should remain open. The rationale? That golf was an outdoor activity that could done safely and in full compliance with social distancing guidelines. And when the courses did start to re-open here in California, the mentality among most was - "hey guys this is great news. Let's everyone do our part to golf safely and not screw it up." For the most part, golf courses have taken this to heart - eliminating bunker rakes, turning cups upside down, eliminating common touch points, etc. But the policy to charge based on double occupancy carts really does fly in the face of that, and a criticism could be made that it does more harm than all the aforementioned precautions do good. I mean seriously - what is more likely: That I'm going to catch Covid because I happen to touch a rake that some guy two hours earlier touched? Or that I'm going to catch Covid because I have to share a cart with some stranger that may be an asymptomatic carrier? I think the answer is self evident. Of course, @iacas is right that courses can set whatever policies they feel are most appropriate. And financially, it just makes more sense to charge extra for a single rider. But whether that policy is in the best interests of the golfing community in the near term is up for debate.
  24. Intuitively, this makes no sense whatsoever. And unlike some things that seem surprising at first glance, but come together once you start to dig a bit deeper, I am having trouble connecting the dots on this. This Coach is saying that as his players' total number of birdies increases, their scores also rise? Is this just an anecdotal comment, or does he have actual data to back it up?
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