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Scott Rushing
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PGA Championship

Went for a practice round today and heading back tomorrow for Round 1.  Was a little wierd seeing the guys playing in shorts today..not everyone did, but seeing Spieth, Sergio, Fowler and Walker in them was a little odd at first.  Bubba didn't, Stricker did...Day didn't...

I likel practice rounds in that you get to see guys hit shots, drop a ball try it again, .. go over to deep rough drop a ball and try to hack it out.... DJ came by and had a big crowd, hit 2 or 3 drives on the tee box we were on. Most interesting thing was seening Danny Willett working with Sean Foley, Tiger's old couch. They liteerally just started working together and it seemed like Foley followed him around each hole, talked about each shot and gave him points, discussed ball flight ... hole strategy, etc.  Interesting to see them work on the course..
 

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 So at the PGA Championship

 So at the PGA Championship today..still was mostly Taylormade drivers and fairway woods, but also saw a lot of their Spider putters being used too...

Saw a lot of good golf shots but the course was tough...so low scores..saw more poor drives that we usually see on TV...was a little strange..no wind today but the weather's supposed to get worse now.  So I don't expect a 20 under par winner ..  hell maybe -1 to -2 a day wins this..

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BTW..Daly was even par coming

BTW..Daly was even par coming into 18..

 

Daly went from contender to curmudgeon after a triple-bogey on the 18th hole capped an eventful 24-hour period at the PGA Championship that included singing a Prince song onstage with Darius Rucker.

Daly tweeted videos taken Wednesday night of himself joining Rucker -- the Hootie & the Blowfish front man-turned-country-soloist -- to sing "Purple Rain" and other songs.   (He was there at like 10:30pm the night before his 8:20 tee time)

The good times kept rolling through Daly's 8:20 a.m. tee time. He was at even par through 17 holes with four birdies to balance four bogeys.

Then came the meltdown on 18 -- the third of Quail Hollow's brutal "Green Mile" stretch of finishing holes. He missed the green with his approach shot on the 494-yard par 4 and hit two poor chips before three-putting from 11 feet to drop well off the pace.

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scomac
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Rather than curmudgeon, I

Rather than curmudgeon, I prefer to think of Daly as colourful.  The PGA could use a bit more of that rather than the sea of faceless specimens that have flawless swings bombing and gouging away!  I actually think that he's got his priorities straight going on stage for a bit of fun the night before.  May as well enjoy yourself!  wink

 

 

 

Scott Rushing
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Colorful is a good way to

Colorful is a good way to describe him.  Perosnnally I like Daly a lot and always follow him to see how he does.  He's battled (and still battling) his deamons, unfortunately many times publically.  but he keeps moving forward. he's not Day or Speith.  But he never wanted to be.  In a sense, where as Tiger keeps trying to figure out who he is, Daly knows exactly who he is and just lives his life as he wants.  Through the good and bad.

He didn't make the cut today...too bad..would  have loved to see his name in contention on Sunday.

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scomac
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We have a syndicated sports

We have a syndicated sports talk show up here called Prime Time Sports with Bob McCowan.  Bob is a former golf pro who originally hailed from Cleveland.  He has the most amazing group of contacts within the industry that he is on a first name basis with.  On Fridays, he hosts a round table with local sports journalists/personalities to discuss the happenings of the week.  The discussion turned to tennis and revolved around Eugenie Bouchard, a Canadian tennis pro who is actively eschewing the limelight and sort of resents the pressure being placed on her to get results.  Joey Vendetta brought up the point that some professional athletes treat their sport as a job, just as we do with ours.  They're not there to be famous or win, but to earn a living at something they happen to be good at.  Most fans cannot get their heads around this mindset as most would give their left arm for a shot and couldn't dream of treating the opportunity as a "job".

At this point I think golf is just a job for Daly.  He's a crowd pleaser and he will get decent appearance fees.  If he happens to make the cut, then he'll cash a cheque which is really just a bonus.  He went on stage because he wanted to and quite frankly so did the fans that were there.  Competing in the tournament with an eye on winning was never part of the plan as he knows that he's not at the same level as the young stars.  Go, get paid, put on a show and have some fun.  That's his job at this juncture.  I've got no problem with that!

scomac
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Congratulations on the fine

Congratulations on the fine victory earned by Justin Thomas!  I turned to the PGA following the ballgame and watched it in it's entirety the rest of the way.  I haven't done that in ages.  Thomas was making Tigeresque shots from all over the place.  It was rivetting!  I just knew he was going to win from the moment he sunk that 50 footer!  Probably the most interesting final round of the four majors as it was up in the air until the last hour or so of play with 7 guys within a shot.

I've been critical of a lot of the younger players in a general sense as no one really stands out; someone to cheer for so-to-speak.  What's unique about this group is how they root for one another.  Ricky Fowler might be the most supportive pro there is on the tour because I've seen him there in the final round after he's finished, rooting on a competitor, time and time again.  I think that's a pretty neat thing to see with Fowler, Speith and Cauley all there in the gallery cheering for Thomas.  It's more like these guys are teammates than competitiors in an individual sport and I think that's pretty cool and bodes well for the future of the game!  smiley

Aimee
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or...are we missing the

or...are we missing the tension you get with rivalries like Jack and Arnie (or Phil and Tiger, more recently) who really didn't like each other, everyone knew it. I think it is more compelling to watch 2 guys slug it out when you know they WANT to beat each other. This buddy thing makes it seem like they are happy for their friend winning when they should be more upset that they didn't win. The root of competition in (individual) sports is superiority/dominance over your competitor. This is a spillover from the concept of team sports for kids now where everyone gets a "participation trophy" so there are no winners or losers. Just my 2 cents.

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Scott Rushing
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You know, these young guys

You know, these young guys know (expect?) they will have another 20 years of chances to win these events, and I do believe that think they can win each time they tee it up.  They're not scared about keeping their cards or making a living, they're trying to win. 

Aimee, to your point, I don't see any competitors like that these days.  These "kids" have been friends all through junior golf and they're still friends today.  I told someone the other day..when I grew up - you didn't hear about junior golf, not in my neck of the woods.  Maybe we were too rural and didn't hang out at the country club and of course we didn't have the media coverage we have now.  but did Jack and Arnie ever compete in junior golf?  I never hear of that.  Clearly they were foes on the golf course, and for far less prize money.  Making a living now is easy for a golfer so money's not their thing.  They want to win.  But I have to say I enjoyed seeing the bond they all have.  Not everyone's like that...Louie wasn't sitting around watching..he'd just lost.  Unlike NASCAR, I don't see many rivalries like that anymore...

Day vs DJ...  would be fun. 

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DON
I rather liked the fact that

I rather liked the fact that some of the top players were there in the crowd pulling for their friends to finish strong and win this event. If's a lot better than haveing a bunch of sore losers conplaining how this or that was not fair and that's why they didn't finish on top. I don't know about anyone else out there, but when I play golf I play to beat the course, hole by hole, NOT to beat my playing partners. Beating a few mid to high handicap golfers is NOT my goal, it's the play as well as I can and try to beat the course. I'd much rather play well and finish last, than play poorly and win, just becasue the others played even worse. Prize money wise, winning is Great, But Pride wise, playing well is what's important to me. And I think a lot of the young players on tour think the same way, ant that's why they are out theire after their round is over and they are there to support their friends. 

Don

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Aimee
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competition

you don't have to be a "sore loser" to be upset about not winning. If you are a professional golfer your goal is to beat EVERYONE you play against. That's not the same as a recreational golfer. There is an interview with Patrick Reed in the current Golf magazine, and I'm not a fan of his, but he goes out there EXPECTING TO WIN. That's the right attitude. Not going out to have fun and cheer on your buddies for taking the trophy, the prize money, and the prestige away from you.

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