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In response to: What does Greg Norman have to do to lose the choker tag?

Bajasurfer [Visitor]
Greg Norman is no longer the Shark but the undisputed Boss of the Loss.
PermalinkPermalink 08/05/09 @ 00:51

In response to: Golfing on or off Phuket Island.

Mike [Visitor]
Although I agree with the less hectic atmosphere at Thai Muang, my favourite remains the Blue Canyon course. Earlier this year, Harry Scott did join me and my two friends for a few days of wonderful golfing, which also included the new Red Mountain course. As for the Thai caddies, they are all sweeties :-)
PermalinkPermalink 07/21/08 @ 04:17

In response to: What does Greg Norman have to do to lose the choker tag?

Dave [Visitor]
You're kidding, right? "Just because he let a few winning margins slip by"? You mean the way E.J. Smith let a few iceberg warnings SLIP BY?

Greg Norman is known as a choker because he led the Masters by six strokes on Sunday, and lost it by four. That's called a choke, me bucko, and there ain't a thing you can say to make it anything different. And he's remembered for it because it was so... well... MEMORABLE.
PermalinkPermalink 04/12/08 @ 10:56

In response to: What does Greg Norman have to do to lose the choker tag?

Tony Mitchell [Visitor]
Greg Norman may or may not deserve to be remembered as a choker but he should go down as the most talented golfer to only win two major championships. No other golfer in the history of the game "snatched defeat from the jaws of victory" as often or in so many ways as he managed to do.
He is the only player to have ever lost all four major championships in play-offs - the 1984 U.S. Open, the 1987 Masters, the 1989 British Open and the 1993 U.S. PGA. He is the only player ever to lead all four major championships after 54 holes in the same year and he went on to win only one of those. Now, these achievements don't necessarily make him a choker but we need to ask why his record in major championships (the events by which great players are judged) was so poor.
To use the argument that he was "robbed" by freak shots is both inaccurate and unfair. This happened only two times and only after Norman was unable to deliver the "killer blow" on both occasions.
In the 1986 U.S. PGA Norman blew a 4 shot lead going into the back nine and was tied with Bob Tway going down the 18th. Tway drove into the rough and did well to make the greenside bunker while Norman, with only a wedge from a perfect lie on the fairway (after his ball had landed in the rough and "luckily" bounced out) managed to spin his ball off the green and into the thick greenside rough. Any decent player would have, at the very least, put his ball reasonably close to the hole but he couldn't. This took all the pressure off Tway who then only needed a par to tie and his ball went in. Sure, it was a lucky shot but Payne Stewart did exactly the same thing about half an hour earlier.
In the 1987 Masters we all remember Larry Mize's terrible 5-iron approach to the 11th green. After a shot like that he deserved to be beaten but again, from the middle of the fairway and this time with an 8-iron Norman could only manage to put his ball 40 feet below the hole. Mize now only needed to get the ball close and we all know what happened. Norman seemed unable to deal with these situations, unable to go in for the kill. Instead, he seemed to take things easy and in the end he stuffed up.
In the 1989 British Open Norman began the final round with an incredible 6 straight birdies and got himself into a 4 hole play-off with Mark Calcavecchia and Wayne Grady. Norman was tied with Calcavecchia coming to the 18th and saw the American carve his tee shot into the long rough. Norman then inexplicably hit his driver down the short hole and found a deep pot bunker some 300 yards away. Even the Australian television commentators were aghast at the idiocy of hitting such a pointless shot. Again, as with Mize and Tway, Calcavecchia had all the pressure taken away and he hit a fantastic shot from the rough to about 6 feet.
Norman seemed incapable of analysing a situation even though he was a three time winner of the World Matchplay title. When it came to pressure situations his thinking seemed to go out the window. Is this choking, bad decision-making or just bad luck?
What happened to him at the 1996 Masters? It should have been a Norman procession to a wonderful and deserved victory but right from the beginning of the final round he played poorly and nervously. Why? Was it because he was paired with Nick Faldo? Was the sense of occasion too much for him? We will never really know but to squander a record 6 shot lead and shoot a 78 after shooting an opening round 63 is not the sort of thing a champion golfer would do.
By my reckoning Norman should have recorded at least 6 major championship victories, possibly even 9, which would have ranked him alongside some of the greats of golf, including Faldo, Ballesteros and Watson. Instead, he will be remembered only as a prolific international winner but with a major championship record equal to that of Andy North and Bernhard Langer.
PermalinkPermalink 12/28/07 @ 23:16

In response to: LPGA is awesome viewing

robert chrystall [Visitor]
The Ladies pga is indeed wonderful viewing but the mesn PGA tour events including the maters have such CRAP coverage, I ran my stop watch during thr John deere classic and over 2 hours , there was onyl 23 minutes of actual golf televised. During tennis coverage , say flushing meadows , veiwers see ALL the play but alas at us pga golf viewers see almost no golf, I dont bother now and even the highlights are crap , all score boards trees water blimp ryder cup everything but golfers making swings. Ive wrtten heaps of letters but never a reply. AND you say , well u cant change anything ? bUT the British open is televised SOO bloody marvelously , ITS ALL golf all golfers making golf swings , golf u know golf ?? so i only watch euro tour golf , THE americans cant do anything right.
i have tried to get BILL Macatees email so i can relate this imminent disaster to him VERY soon there will be no viewers
PermalinkPermalink 08/09/06 @ 05:55

In response to: What does Greg Norman have to do to lose the choker tag?

Fawad [Visitor]
All Greg Norman needs in One Win, afer that he would have chance to win the majors.
PermalinkPermalink 07/19/06 @ 12:49

In response to: What's it really like living on a golf course?

Pepsi [Visitor]
I live ON a golf course.

At night when the greenkeepers have gone home I climb over the razor wire topped fence, pull my hammock from its hiding place in the trees and climb in to dream of times when I will be able to afford my own shanty somewhere warm and dry.

The only problem is the bats that attack me for my scraps of food and leave guano all over my meagre belongings and my poor face. When it gets into my eyes it stings like crazy and I don't see as well as I used to. I tried sleeping with my head in a bag, but that just made it easier for the possums to sneak up and defecate in my hat.

Oh if only I had a Bigger Brother to help me through into the life of unbelievable luxury that you so obviously enjoy without even a thought of how we lesser folk exist.

Truly yours,


Pepsi
PermalinkPermalink 06/20/06 @ 22:03

In response to: Bubba Watson gets the thumbs up in my opinion

LionsHead [Visitor]
In relation to your second para, I too have played with similar people. However, the comments that I remember seem more like:

"What are you a homo?"
"Soft!!!"
"Does your husband play?"
"Pussy!"
"No that's good . . . for you"

etc.

Sound familiar to anyone?
PermalinkPermalink 06/20/06 @ 21:49

In response to: Wie's just another golfer

LionsHead [Visitor]
Are you kidding? I know the world is a beautiful place and all, but you strike me in your post as the most fair-minded, sensitive and caring individual in the world. I KNOW that this is not the case!

Hypocrisy! Hypocrisy they all cry!!!
PermalinkPermalink 06/20/06 @ 21:44

In response to: Scott to win U.S. Open at Winged Foot

LionsHead [Visitor]
Well an Aussie won. But not the one you tipped. I think that Ian's tipping is a joke. He looks like a clown too. ;-)
PermalinkPermalink 06/20/06 @ 21:36

In response to: Scott to win U.S. Open at Winged Foot

Bob Balfe [Visitor]
Good call...
PermalinkPermalink 06/19/06 @ 15:34

In response to: Scott to win U.S. Open at Winged Foot

Thomas [Visitor]
Even i m sure they gonna win. They ve an art of dodging and wat not?
PermalinkPermalink 06/13/06 @ 00:44

In response to: LPGA is awesome viewing

kimo [Visitor]
Just when I was beginning to think the day would be determined by who made the worst mistakes, MW tanks a long one. Se Ri begins to tanks hers. Then oops--the yips to the Playoff. And what a play off.

Se Ri's win was incredible. A clunker off the tee. I don't think that was planned. Then the shot to inches from the pin.

Yes, it was exciting--just like the Kraft -Nabisco. I can't wait for the US Women's Open and the British Women's Open.

Take care.

PermalinkPermalink 06/12/06 @ 03:23

In response to: Wie's just another golfer

Judge Smails [Visitor]
Ian,

I congratulate you for having the clarity of thought to realize what so few express; namely, that Bubbles is being treated differently precisely because she is a girl. However, it's an illusion to believe that we live in a "world of equality"; we live in no such place and never will.

This is a world wherein quotas and affirmative-action carry the day, if not in a de jure sense then in a de facto one. It's a place wherein Title IX is applied under the pretense of equality when it can be used to limit men's opportunities, but not when equality can only be achieved by limiting women's.

Why is equality so elusive? It's partially because man isn't inherently fair, but more to the point here, it's also because complete equality is thoroughly unworkable and unrealistic. Hey, why not let the developmentally retarded fly airplanes?

No, not everyone is equal, and he never will be. And if we'd stop laboring under the illusion that equality is the highest value, we'd restore some sanity to this degraded world.
PermalinkPermalink 06/07/06 @ 17:38

In response to: Wie's just another golfer

Alex [Visitor]
Ian, your point that she is a woman competing against men and that that should not be part of any argument is, of course, obvious. Her ardent admirers do , however, bring her age and sex into the equation. As you peruse these blogs, all too often the phrase, "she's only a 16 year-old girl," will surface as an excuse for her substandard performance. Her devotees can't seem to fathom that she voluntarily turned professional and that her age and experience are not valid points of reference. You certainly realize this, but most of her fans do not.
PermalinkPermalink 06/07/06 @ 17:38

In response to: Wie's just another golfer

ronmon [Visitor]
Well written. When she gets "there", the golf world will be a better place.
PermalinkPermalink 06/07/06 @ 13:54

In response to: Bubba Watson gets the thumbs up in my opinion

Alex [Visitor]
Ian, I saw quite a bit of Bubba Saturday at the Memorial. His driving was stupendous, but the rest of his game needs work. He consistently outdrove his two playing partners by 30 to 60 yards. On 13, a 460 yard dogleg left. he decided to cut off the dogleg and ended up at least 100 yards ahead of Ryan Moore. However, his ball was in the rough on a severe downhill lie. He took a bogey on the hole, while the other two made pars. He is a crowd pleaser, I'll say that for him.
PermalinkPermalink 06/06/06 @ 10:34

In response to: With World Cup on tap, European Golfers at a huge disadvantage

Ian Warren [Visitor]
A few points of order for Mr Lenton:

"With the Soccer World Cup starting tonight..." - erm, actually it starts next week.

"Soccer World Cup" - just the World Cup will suffice. I suspect the expected 1.5bn viewers from Asia to Africa, Europe to North and South America warrant the moniker The World Cup.

"I can imagine Paul Casey holding up the starter for five minutes while David Beckham shoots a penalty goal for England." - two birds with one stone here, a swipe at Casey and a reference to "shooting a penalty goal", whatever that is.

PermalinkPermalink 06/04/06 @ 06:13

In response to: What's it really like living on a golf course?

Kiel Christianson [Visitor]
Hi Ian--Good to have you aboard!

I'm in the "assumed risk" camp: You buy a house on a course--especially about 250 yards down a fairway--and you assume a certain risk. Granted, golfers should not trapse into the yard to play shots, but no matter how much you mark "Private Property," you have to expect that they will retrieve balls. And if you're any sort of a golfer at all, you should expect wayward shots. If you don't want to get hit, buy a house next to a tee box or behind a green (as long as you don't mind the occasional loud curse). Some golfers are inconsiderate--even overtly malicious--and they should be held strictly accountable. But there is a certain margin of error in the game, and if you build a house within that margin, incidents are bound to occur.
PermalinkPermalink 05/24/06 @ 13:17

In response to: Golfing on or off Phuket Island.

Wibur Authur III [Visitor]
Hello again, this Thai Muang course I know it as I played it a couple of times. Know what you mean about being off the tourist track, that was what I liked about it. I played pretty ok but caddy no. 17 was a bit of a diddy so she distracted me a bit. Can't argue with you there about it being a great spot, sitting outside the 19th hole hearing the waves crashing was bliss, actually I found the 19th to be the best watering hole outside of Phuket, literally lol.
PermalinkPermalink 05/21/06 @ 21:07

In response to: What does Greg Norman have to do to lose the choker tag?

Tom Vomideux [Visitor]
Whilst Greg Norman was undoubtedly a fantastic golfer and your points about him are valid, I think the answer to your question of what he needs to do to lose the choker tag is to win a major on US soil! Sadly, it looks to be too late for that now.
PermalinkPermalink 05/18/06 @ 12:36

In response to: A good stretch before that first drive is sage golf instruction

Jan Molby [Visitor]
Yes Ian golf can be a real eye opener for middle aged men like yourself. A good warm up is really required and I recommend something that my Father used to use way back when. Get some old cheesey bits you can find around and put them in a blender. To this paste then add to some oil and rub on your back before the game. It will feel fine the next morning after the game but just be sure you wash your hands before playing as we dont want your 1 wood slipping out of your hands and landing in the clubhouse do we? Glad to hear the shoes were good. Which make did you buy?
PermalinkPermalink 05/18/06 @ 11:39

In response to: A good stretch before that first drive is sage golf instruction

David Hatch [Visitor]
Ian, it sounds like you may have pulled more than a back muscle. I find if you stop pulling it helps.
PermalinkPermalink 05/16/06 @ 07:47

In response to: A good stretch before that first drive is sage golf instruction

Tom Vomideux [Visitor]
Maybe you should go easy on those Thai green curries, and walk to the mall occasionally rather than drive your pick-up truck, and you might find 18 holes of golf a little easier. You're not even 40 yet! Jack Nicklaus was still winning majors in his 40's! Gary Player still plays major championships in his 70's! Don't just stretch, get in shape!!
PermalinkPermalink 05/12/06 @ 03:44

In response to: A good stretch before that first drive is sage golf instruction

Wibur Authur III [Visitor]
Where exactly are you playing golf? on the mainland Thailand or somewhere else?
PermalinkPermalink 05/11/06 @ 08:56

In response to: A good stretch before that first drive is sage golf instruction

Wibur Authur III [Visitor]
Well I can sympathise with you on this point, I went to a shopping mall once while in Phuket and asked for 3 left handed golf gloves and ended up with 3 right handed gloves in my shopping bag, too late to go back and change them, funnily enough I played quite well
PermalinkPermalink 05/11/06 @ 08:51

In response to: A good stretch before that first drive is sage golf instruction

William K. Wolfrum [Visitor]
Ian,

I'm on the other side of 39 and know of what you speak. Where exactly did all those back muscles come from that hurt so much after a round of golf. Sadly, I get to play just enough to stay sore.

And, man, I played basketball he other night. Full-court. For 15 minutes at least before my lungs lept out of my body and threatened to kill me if I didn't stop.

When you first start feeling the effects of age, it's a real drag, man.

I think I'm going to go stretch.

--WKW
PermalinkPermalink 05/11/06 @ 07:16
 
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