This year, I decided to begin a new personal tradition – watch Tin Cup every year over U.S. Open weekend. I figured that since The Masters is a tradition unlike any other, I might as well create a new tradition for my second-favorite golf major of the year and our very own national championship. And that new tradition involves all things that are good – a true underdog story about the U.S. Open starring Kevin Costner, Rene Russo, Cheech Marin, Don Johnson, and a myriad of real-life golf announcers and players from Jim Nantz and Ken Venturi to Phil Mickelson, Fred Couples, Lee Janzen, Corey Pavin, Peter Jacobson, Craig Stadler, and the man whose stories inspired parts of the film, Gary McCord.
Golf in the Garden (of Eden?) by Joseph Williams
Since starting to date the beautiful woman that is now my wife, I’ve been to the final round of the Open Championship at St. Andrews and the third and final rounds of The Masters in 2011. Prior to that, the only pro golf tournament I’ve ever been to is the Memphis PGA Tour stop. Now although I absolutely love the TPC Southwind and love the tradition of attending the (Insert Sponsor Here) St. Jude Classic, it doesn’t hold a candle to two major championships at two of the world’s most prestigious courses. So there’s an extra flutter in my heart and magical memories in my mind as I prepare for the tradition unlike any other, The Masters (on CBS?). (The debate about what the “tradition unlike any other” is one I continue to have with my friends over drinks annually. Is the tradition THE MASTERS or is it that THE MASTERS IS ON CBS? The world may never know.)
So for our column previewing and predicting The Masters, I’ll present my Top 5 Favorite Things about attending The Masters live last year. Read more
I’d like to take a brief step aside from our usual shenanigans to tell you a little bit about a non-profit program that you NEED to know about and support. It’s called The First Tee of Memphis and even if you think you’re familiar with it, there’s a lot more to it than you think. The organization is now in its 21st year in Memphis and it has flown under the radar throughout its entire existence.
The program was founded in 1991 as the Mid-South Junior Golf Association by a man named Charles Hudson at Pine Hill Golf Course. He was managing the golf course and noticed how there were no African American youth playing the sport he loved, so he decided to do something about it. He created the program not just to teach golf, but because he wanted the area youth to learn a set of life skills that would transform the way they viewed the world.
Golf is a very different sport from every other sport out there. It has many life skills inherently built into the game. For example, you call penalties on yourself in golf. You don’t have a referee constantly watching your every move. Integrity and honesty are things you have to practice on every shot. Read more
“He’s Back.” The cliche phrase of the day on Sunday. But you know what, they are right. I write this post as a former Tiger hater, Phil was my boy. My hatred stemmed from the have-nots, the things Tiger did better than him. I was jealous that my guy couldn’t perform as well under the pressure as Eldrick Woods.
When the proverbial “shit hit the fan” moment happened with Woods I was disappointed, not in the evidence revealed, but how he handled the pressure. Here was a man who was able to focus and wield shots with sheer will and thought; but after running into a tree and his scandalous truths revealed, he cowered more than Lebron in the 4th quarter. I yearned for Tiger to embrace his bad boy image, if fans could cheer and follow John Daly, surely they could pull for a pill poppin’ adulterer with worlds more talent. I wanted him to wear black, smoke cigarettes, curse, dominate, and just be himself. Read more