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ghalfaire last won the day on January 21 2015

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  1. ghalfaire

    Ever Played While It Was Snowing?

    I voted something else. I did once, but not purpose. Snow wasn't in the forecast when we teed off.
  2. ghalfaire

    The Match: Tiger vs. Phil Showdown for $9M

    Well I watched and as I expected, it was entertaining. Worth the $20 in my opinion. I was a little disappointed in that neither played as well as they are capable of but, a $9M purse is a lot of pressure, even if it isn't your $9M.
  3. I lived on a golf course for several years. I was luck in that my back yard faced the area between a green and the next tee box. So you had to be reasonably "unskilled" to put one in back yard. It was a busy course in winter so I did get about a dozen or so a year. What I hadn't planned on was across the street behind my neighbor's back yard was a dog leg left par 5. I never imagined that one could hook a drive 50 yards left (or left hand slice) and still get it over my neighbor's house (bounce off his roof) into my front yard. But they did and so I got around a dozen or more a year in the front yard too. I just lived with it and repaired the stucco damage once a year of so. Never had any broken windows. The HOA wouldn't let you put up nets without permission and if you didn't have solar on roof or could show significant damages, you didn't get permission. In my case it was OK as due to my location relative to the course, I never had any significant damage. Some in my neighborhood did put in unbreakable windows and roof tiles that was more durable. That was about all you could do. Have to say though, speaking only for myself, the views were worth it.
  4. ghalfaire

    The Match: Tiger vs. Phil Showdown for $9M

    I guess I am just a simple fellow who doesn't see any deep meaning in this match. But it ought to be entertaining and I'll fork over the $20 to watch it. I am pretty sure for the competitors that at least as important money is winning. I can't imagine either one of these guys wanting to lose to the other now or ever. I'm not saying they would do it for free, I'm sure they wouldn't. After all this is their business. But, both are such competitors I suspect they will be giving it their best efforts.
  5. ghalfaire

    Paul Azinger to Replace Johnny Miller on NBC

    Good with me I guess. I enjoyed Johnny's comments. Found them interesting, if not a little caustic at times. But I like Zinger too. I think he will do fine.
  6. I voted no. If there are no flights and your handicap has two digits, you're wasting your money playing.
  7. ghalfaire

    What Has Happened to Golf?

    @BCoggins I feel your pain too. Although my injuries happened long before I ever picked up a club. But they have to some degree caused me to have to adapt my swing to my capabilities. Good luck with your rehab and return to the game. For what ever it is worth my first set of clubs I bought at a department store. I couldn't afford persimmon so bought a 2 and 4 wood (laminated) and a half set of irons (2, 4, 6, 8, PW) all blades. I don't recall any GI irons in those days. Today's equipment is much better for hackers like me and make the game more enjoyable, however it is still the archer and the bow or arrow. The largest Iron I carry is a 6 iron, all longer clubs are either hybrids or metal woods. But these days I play mostly for fun and the joy of being out with my buddies and the challenges of the game. I did spend a few $ on some new irons here about 3 years ago, but my driver and 3 wood are probably 15 years old (Cobra when Cobra was Cobra) and my putter is an old bull's eye. I am thinking this year I might invest in a new driver and 3 wood. Probably from some second hand store like 2ond swing. Take care, work hard at rehab, and enjoy the game.
  8. ghalfaire

    The Match: Tiger vs. Phil Showdown for $9M

    Maybe, what are the odds?
  9. ghalfaire

    U.S. captain for 2020 Ryder Cup

    I hadn't though of this, but DeMarco would be a great captain. However I believe it will be Stricker and he is good choice too.
  10. ghalfaire

    Assigning Credit and Blame in the Cups

    I give the players most of the credit (90%+) for the outcome. They are the ones with the stick in their hands, not the Captain. As to the course set up. Both sides have to play the same course under the same conditions. These guys are professionals and I would think they have the ability and experience to "adjust" their game to conditions. I think the course set up had little if anything to do with the outcome.
  11. ghalfaire

    Is pace of play (or slow play) a real problem?

    Probably late to the party here but I was surprised at the results of the poll. My personal experiences is that not very often do I have any problems with slow play. I'm not a slow player or particularly fast ether and my foursome averages about 3:45 minutes if not held up anywhere. I do play the munis and do also belong to a club. Pace of play at the club can be slow too at times and don't see a big difference in the pace there Vs the munis. If the poll is representative of the golfing population I would guess than just makes me lucky in not running into traffic very often.
  12. I too cover my head and duck any time I hear "fore". I have only been hit by another golfer once. It was drive and it caught me in the left shin, on the fly. I went down like I'd been shot with a 30-30. Certainly hurt and the fellow did yell "fore", but I didn't hear it. Anyway the fellow was very apologetic and I was able to walk after a minute or so, but didn't finish the round. It hurt.
  13. ghalfaire

    2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National - Paris, France

    Well I'd say that knowledge of the players, the sport, venue are probably necessary to be a good captain. But apparently not sufficient to produce a winning record. Europe is 9-3-0 the last 25 years. Do you believe we're just that over matched? I don't. I don't put it all on the captain either, but I would say being an elite player and being a good captain are not the same thing. Also worth of note is it would seem somehow the European team seems to be able to raise their games for the RC, while often several of our players don't even play to their abilities (I'm not saying they don't care, I'm sure they do). I don't pretend I know the answer, but I know when you consistently get beat by what would appear on paper less talented teams, you're doing something wrong.
  14. ghalfaire

    2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National - Paris, France

    For a set of random thoughts, I assume that was tongue in cheek also, you're pretty much on the mark in my non-professional opinion. I would add that for some reason the Euro's seem to be able to raise their game for the RC, especially in Europe. My conclusion is that for some reason winning is more important to the European team than to the US team. I'm not saying the US team doesn't care, just a matter of degree. If this isn't true how can one explain how the dominance of the European team over the US teams recent years when on paper they often are the lesser talented team? I really liked your comment on playing the course. No reason the big hitters don't hit irons off the tee to keep in on the short grass. The distance penalty wasn't nearly as severe as penalty for being in the rough.
  15. ghalfaire

    The Match: Tiger vs. Phil Showdown for $9M

    Certainly that's the way to bet. But I've seen some unexpected results in match play, so you never know. I know Tiger surely does take his legacy seriously, not sure just how important it is to him to win an exhibition match compared to a PGA tournament. Also I think Phil's arthritis is a factor. My experience with arthritis is every day your body is different. Sometimes really good and sometime not so good. Not like either one needs the money to pay rent. I believe Lee Trevino said "real pressure is playing a $5 Nassau with $2 in your pocket. Playing for other people's money is no pressure". Or some sort of words very close to that. But it should be an interesting match to watch and if I can, I will.

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