2017 The Honda Classic – What to Watch FORE!

 

Congratulations goes to Dustin Johnson for his win at the Genesis Open.  I honestly was looking for any excuse not to write this week, but I picked a winner and must take up my forum to gloat. Nonetheless, this will be quick.

DJ hasn’t really been all too impressive prior to the Genesis Open.  He has been quite low in overall ranking with regard to Strokes Gained Putting and GIR.  This all changed in LA.  Of course, what else would you expect?

Johnson overpowered the field (315.3 yds) and made everything on the greens.  Even with a final round 71, Johnson won by 5 strokes.

The Tournament

We can finally focus our eye on golf in Florida.  The PGA Tour, lets say swings, to Florida with a little stop in Mexico sandwiched in.

The first stop on the Florida swing is PGA National.  For a lot of players, PGA National is a local course.  Many residents of Jupiter, FL will be able to take the quick trip down the road to Palm Beach Gardens.

The shift to Florida rings in Masters season.  Players begin preparing and playing towards their goals of donning the Green Jacket in April.  Only 42 days away.

PGA National is 7,140 yards playing to a par 70.

Adam Scott is the defending champion.

My Pick

Last Week: 1st    Season Stats: Winner – 1, Top 10 – 2, Top 25 – 1, Top-50 – 2, MC – 2

Sergio Garcia

I don’t know why I’m picking Sergio.   Honestly, I know better.  The favorite in this event is the defending champion, but I don’t see it.  Especially for a guy who tends to find trouble late in events, this course doesn’t seem to be the best fit for Serg.  I’m picking him anyway.

****Sellstant Week Long Challenge****

With no Podcast in the near future, I asked the staff a sports radio question.  Who will win more money on tour this season?  Vijay Singh or Tiger Woods.  This will be a running tally. 

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Tiger Woods: $0 – Missed press conference at Genesis Open

Vijay Singh: $50,303 – Missed cut at Genesis Open

Some Stuff to Look For

  • Bear Trap– Holes 15-17 will provide a lot of drama for players and viewers alike.  For players, the holes play nearly a half stroke over par.  Golf is tough.  For viewers, this means some late round drama.  Will a young player fold?  Who can make some birdies and gain on the field?
  • Ian Poulter– Remember that guy? After dealing with injuries last season, Poulter’s status is on the line.  The British Bulldog, I just made that up don’t call him that, needs to earn $347,634 in 10 events.  As of now, he’s about $220k short.

Who is broadcasting the event this week?

CBS.

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What Bugged Me This Week?

Reality TV

Have we reached the point where its no longer interesting?  I’m sure some people want to say, “When was it interesting?”

I’ve watched almost every episode of 3 series over the last 4 years;  “The Bachelor/Bachelorette/Bachelor in Paradise”, “Vanderpump Rules”, and “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills”.  I used to enjoy what would come of the various casts situations.  On Vanderpump, I remember a scene where Jax had to admit he cheated on his girlfriend with his friend’s girlfriend while they were all in the same room:

Now the episodes are carried by sniping back and forth by one of the least interesting relationships the show follows.

“Real Housewives” has had a number of different dust-ups.  Even with some of the characters from “Vanderpump”.  Women’s husbands have slept with other guys, the group jumps down one another’s throat for a myriad of reasons.  Addiction included:

I don’t even know what I’m watching with this now.  Vidal Sassoon’s daughter is a faux-therapist.  I think?

With “The Bachelor” viewers are stuck with a guy who is a boob.  No doubt about it, this guy is boring as drying paint.  We’re confronted with this face too often to count:

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All of that being said, my point is these shows used to provide enough entertainment to keep one’s attention through a whole episode.  I think the issue is the people within the shows are too self-aware to act like maniacs anymore.  Maybe we have walked over the edge and TV will start providing us with better entertainment.  For now, I’ll keep crawling back hating myself a little more each week.

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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Jeremy will be writing about some things on the PGA Tour and those that plague everyday life.  Feel free to contact Jeremy via email (Jeremy@sellstant.com) or on twitter (@jeremyparch).  As always, you can write your thoughts in our comment section.  

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