April 7, 2014

It’s Masters week and here in the Richard household the question isn’t who’s going to win (my pick is “The Mechanic”, Miguel Angel Jimenez), but whether we’ll be listening to the soothing tones of Jim Nantz and that lovely Masters theme while drinking Bloody Marys (extra spicy for me!) or mimosas:

I’ve got to believe that PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem is well aware of the recent spate of withdrawals by high-profile players Bubba Watson and Dustin Johnson after putting up a big number in the first round of recent tournaments. The fact is, people pay good money to support the Tour’s events and its charities, and there’s no room for pussies who can’t handle the thought of hanging around another 24 hours just to miss a cut. Knowing the Commish as I do, I’m guessing the message is being handled out of the public eye but very forcefully.

I guess I don’t understand the outcry over Golf Digest having Paulina Gretzky (Dustin’s significant other) on the cover. Sure, if it were up to me I would have had either Azahara Munoz, Pornanong Phatlum in one of her on-course go-go dancer get-ups, or, better yet, personal fave Paula Creamer, whose swing is as sweet and adorable as she is. But Golf Digest exists to sell magazines, and if they think they can sell more of them with Gretzky on the cover, more power to them. Knowing the FemiNazis out there, they’d probably prefer Sandra Fluke holding a putter in one hand and the remains of an aborted baby in another. I’ll take Gretzky.

Anyone who believes the spin from Tiger Woods’ camp that they expect him to be back playing by mid-summer will find this post and this post sobering indeed. Sure, in regards to the latter, much of the content is NSFW, but the person seems to know what he’s talking about. The guess here is that Tiger misses the U.S. and British Opens and is hoping to give it his best shot at the PGA in August. All in all, this appears to be a lost year for Woods, and one has to wonder just how much major champion golf he has left in his body.

I think every passionate golfer has his/her own Augusta National in mind when they turn into their favorite course with a round of golf ahead of them. For me it’s the right turn onto the oak-lined lane into Portsmouth Country Club. It’s my favorite golf course in the world, and some nights when it’s hard to sleep I think about hot summer days spent out on its links or, on a few occasions, just pulling my rental car over to the side to hit a few dozen 8- and 9-irons in the field in preparation for that year’s Goodboys Invitational. It’s a special place for me – as much of a golf “religious experience” as there is. God willing, can’t wait to tee it up there again this coming July.

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