This past Sunday was an all-around terrible day in the world of sports. I don’t care if your NFL, MLB or EPL team won or lost, it sucked. The sports world lost two greats at different ends of their lives. Arnold Palmer, the King of golf, and Jose Fernandez, the effervescent young ace for the Miami Marlins, both died on Sunday. Palmer died at the age of 87 due to heart complications and Jose Fernandez was killed in a boating accident, and while Fernandez’ death is a tragedy, what happened specifically in the world of golf is a lesson we should all remember, in sports and in life.Read More
I could begin this article by talking at length about how strong the game of golf is right now. But I won’t, since you probably already know, given that you’re likely a fan since you clicked on an article about golf. It’s strong, and it’s about to get even stronger.Read More
As the Master’s approaches, golf pundits prepare and publish their picks for who they believe will don the Green Jacket this Sunday as the Master’s champion, and justify those picks with a myriad of statistics. I prefer to take a slightly more narrative approach to my pick, for several reasons.Read More
Well folks, it hasn’t been very long since the Tour Championship, but the beauty (or drawback) of the PGA Tour season is that there really isn’t much of an offseason. Which is why it’s not weird to write about golf right now, since the Frys.com Open begins Thursday, officially kicking off the 2015-2016 season.Read More
When the PGA championship returns to Whistling Straits on Thursday, the story lines will abound. Can young gun Jordan Spieth win his third major of the season? Is world #1, Rory McIlroy, fully healthy and ready to compete? How will Tiger Woods perform in what may be his last start of the year? But, perhaps the most interesting story of them all surrounds Dustin Johnson.Read More
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As the third major of the PGA Tour season gets ready to begin at the home of golf, there are quite a few compelling stories developing. This will be Tom Watson’s final Open Championship, an event that he won 5 times in his career. Tiger Woods had a decent week at the Greenbrier and has had plenty of time to prepare at St. Andrews, one of the few courses out there upon which he could still realistically win a major. There is Dustin Johnson’s attempt to put his most recent nightmare at a major championship behind him with a win in Scotland. But Jordan Spieth trumps all, and rightly so.
The 21-year-old has now won four times worldwide this year. He already owns the first two majors of the year by way of blowing away the field at Augusta and outlasting everyone else (and getting a little help from Dustin Johnson) at Chambers Bay. Now, fresh off a win at TPC Deere Run, where he got his first career win, Spieth heads across the pond with the hopes of winning the third major of the year. While most experts will say he’s the favorite to capture the Claret Jug, this will undoubtedly be the toughest test of his young career. But not just because of the pressure of a major, or the added pressure of getting 3/4 of the way to a grand slam in one year.
This specific Open Championship will be the hardest for Jordan Spieth because of its location. The Old Course at St. Andrews may not look like much to the untrained golf eye, but she is a beast when studied closely. The Old Course boast bunkers that are, in some places, ten feet deep. On any given hole, a small unassuming mound near the green can, with one kick, send an otherwise good approach shot careening fifty yards from the pin, and leave even the best players frustrated, confused and struggling to figure out what kind of shot to hit next. And that’s just the beginning.
Spieth doesn’t have a lot of experience playing links golf, which is a completely different style of golf from the usual style played in the US. St. Andrews requires its own version of links golf. Players need an intimate knowledge of what way a ball will kick in the fairway because of all the mounds, and knowledge of where to leave drives for the best angle into the green (which in some cases may not even be the hole the player is currently playing) isn't a bad thing to have either.
Then there is the wind. Gusts of wind can take a relatively easy hole and turn it into a monster. A wind from the east instead of the west completely changes the entire gold course and the way that it is best played. The only way to know the best way to play St. Andrews in the wind is to, well, play it a lot in a lot of different winds. Neither Spieth, nor his caddy Michael Greller, have much experience playing or caddying at the Old Course. He doesn’t possess the intimate knowledge of the particular individualities of St. Andrews that makes it St. Andrews. In an Open Championship with players who have played this course many times, including a large number who have played it twice in the Open Championship, Spieth’s advantage is not so great.
So yes, Jordan Spieth, while technically being ranked second in the world, is without a doubt the best player in golf right now. He's certainly playing the best golf of anyone in the world, but it’s hard to say that he is the clear cut favorite to be the Champion Golfer of the Year. A player like Paul Casey could sneak in and steal that title from Spieth, as could Justin Rose, Brandt Snedeker or even Shane Lowry.
Thus, while the eyes of the world will be on the 21-year-old from Texas as he attempts to defeat St. Andrews, its just as likely that St. Andrews defeats him.
Okay, if we’re being completely honest, the golfing world didn’t really lose a legend as much as it lost its crazy uncle who always wore his Budweiser hat to church. Such was the charm that surrounded Curt and I’s favorite golf course, Hidden Holes. The holes were apparently hidden too well, as the course went out of business and has since been returned to farmland.Read More
The pairings are made, the tee times are set and tomorrow, the 115th U.S. Open Championship will begin. This year, the championship is at Chambers Bay in Washington, and it’s a rather unorthodox course choice by the USGA. It plays like a links course, with very firm fairways and light rough, which is unusual for U.S. Open courses which typically punish players unmercifully for missing fairways with thick, long rough. The greens are usually smaller with lots of undulation. Think of Pebble Beach or Bethpage Black. But Chambers Bay is better compared to an Open Championship course like St. Andrews, Turnberry Isle or Royal Birkdale. In fact, there is only one tree on the entire course.Read More
When it comes to dominant athletes, Tiger Woods may be the most dominant ever. It’s hard to argue with 79 career PGA Tour victories, 14 of which were majors, as well as 12 international wins and 14 other various wins. He is the only golfer to earn more than $100 million in career earnings purely from tournaments. He has an 11-1 career playoff record and has won five or more tournaments in 10 different seasons. He was the undisputed world number one player for a large stretch of his career, for 264 weeks from August 1999 to September 2004 and another 281 weeks from June 2005 to October 2010.Read More
What if I told you that a ticket existed that could get you into any sporting event of your choosing? Being an avid sports fan, I would do almost anything to get my hands on such a rare prize, and luckily for fans of the Milwaukee Brewers, that dream has become a reality.Read More
I will admit, there is nothing I love more than traveling around this great country of ours to see what it all has to offer, but I will always love my small little town. Growing up in Fredericktown, Ohio, there were a few of traditions that everybody had to take a crack at. There is the Christmas Walk, the Tomato Show, Pizza Dock or Peppy’s, and probably most secretive and important of all, Sunday basketball at “The Barn”.Read More
It’s that time of year again! It’s time for long lines, busy stores, and hordes of people who remind you more of the surly elves from the movie Christmas Story than cheerful shoppers. The Christmas season can certainly be a hectic time, especially when you’ve got a lot of people on your list that need presents. Well, that’s where Our Sports Report comes in to save the day!Read More
Chances are good that some school in your area had a levy on the ballot. Did it pass? Did it fail? What will be the consequences of that failure? Will a couple of teachers lose their jobs? Will some classes be cut from the school’s class offerings? Or will more “serious” cuts get made?Read More
The sports world is a rapidly changing one. It never stands still. Yet for years, it has been “illegal” to bet on sports in this country (unless you’re in Vegas, of course).Read More