2017 Franklin Templeton Shootout – What to Watch FORE!

Well last week was a big deal, huh?  Tiger Woods made his long-awaited return at his tournament in The Bahamas.  Turns out Tiger still has it.  He led the field in birdies or better with 23.  Of course, there is rust after 440 some-odd days.  The key is, there was a lot of good to take away.

I am curious to find out his reasoning for choosing Bridgestone golf balls.  This is by no means a slight.  I have played Bridgestone and really enjoyed their balls.  I just want to hear what it is that made Tiger settle on the brand.  I’m excited to see Tiger play the equipment with which he feels most comfortable.  So far, it looks good.

We’re not allowed to forget about Hideki Matsuyama.  The Bullet Train truck-sticked the field just as he’s done all fall.  If Matsuyama can keep the putter hot through the summer, this could be a historic season.  In the last 5 tournaments, BT (Bullet Train) has 4 wins.  The only event he didn’t win, he placed 2nd; that was the HSBC.  He’s a good player.

Matsuyama is also a player made for HD.  Why you ask? No player provides more pump fakes than Matsuyama.  If you watch the guy finish a swing, you have absolutely no idea where the golf ball will go.  Well, he never misses, so you know where its going, but he’s fun to watch.  If there was no high-def, you might not believe your eyes.  Watch this video from Skratch –

The Tournament

It’s actually vacation time out on tour.  The PGA Tour isn’t hosting any events until we get into January.  I just wanted to check in one last time before year end.

The Shark Shootout (Franklin Templeton for you corporate types) brings together a bunch of friends to compete in a team event.  12 teams compete for the trophy.

This year will be the first for a women’s competitor.  Lexi Thompson will be held back by Bryson DeChambeau’s side saddle putting stroke.  Which is a shame.

lexi-thompson

Tiburon Golf Club is the event’s course.

Jason Dufner and Brandt Snedeker are defending champions.

My Pick

Last Week: T-50     Season Stats: Winner – 0, Top 10 – 1, Top 25 – 1, Top-50 – 1, MC – 1

N/A

Kuch has lost his place in my picks for the season.  What a disappointment from a guy playing his home course.

Some Stuff to Look For

  • DeChambeau– Officially touring now as a professional freakshow, Bryson will be playing single-length irons and putting side saddle.  I didn’t realize this was legal until 3 days ago.
  • Kaufman/Thomas– Smylie is my favorite player in the field.  He and Thomas will be out there reliving their spring break trip drinking free Natty Lights and bombing tee balls.

Who is broadcasting the event this week?

Golf Channel & Fox Sports.  I hope Azinger will be there.

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What Bugged Me This Week?

Jeff Walz

Ok, there’s clearly a lot to unpack with what Jeff is saying here.

Let’s get a little out of the way first.  Jeff makes over $1mil a year recruiting unpaid labor to win basketball games.  I can argue the value of unpaid labor and scholarships for weeks, months if you like.   The key to the first statement is that Jeff’s staff, and Jeff’s staff alone, are the people recruiting talent for his basketball team.  If there are certain types of players, or kids, he wants on his team, it’s his prerogative to select said talent.

My favorite excuse from people these days is that a generation is growing up and everyone gets a trophy.  There are a couple points I’d like to make regarding this conversation.  If Jeff is so unhappy that younger generations receive participation trophies, it could be time for him to look into the generation providing trophies.  Take a second and think about it, it’s precisely people of Jeff’s ilk who truly are to blame.  Don’t blame kids who are going to soccer games and receiving trophies, blame the people providing the trophies and those enabling them by paying entry fees for said leagues/tournaments without complaint.  Beyond that fact, the athletes being recruited by Louisville haven’t been growing up just receiving participation trophies.  The women who play for Jeff Walz have lost very few sporting events in their lives.  Some may have lost a state championship or a national AAU tournament when they were younger.  These women have grown up winning every trophy they’ve competed for.  The complaint that a whole generation has been ruined, using Division-1 athletes as an example, seems unfounded based on those points alone.

Now, in the full video, Coach Walz mentioned kids need to understand people never get a trophy for 5th place.  This statement alone would make sense to a lot of people.  If you finish 5th, you don’t get a trophy, you don’t really deserve anything.  Let’s put this into context of Coach Walz’ career as a head coach.  In 2011, Walz’ Louisville team lost in the 2nd round of the NCAA Tournament.  The team ended up being ranked 6th Nationally; Jeff Walz accepted a pay raise from his athletic director prior to the following season.  Of course. Clearly a, “Do as I say, not as I do” guy.

GET. THE. FUCK. OUT.

Good Song 

Generally this song will keep me from hitting something/somebody due to the above.

‘Til next week.  Tee it high and keep it dry.

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