"Bomb and Gouge" is out of control- Pavin shoots 26
Enough is enough. I’ve been somewhat of a fence sitter on the distance issue in golf, maybe leaning slightly in favor of controlling the distance of the ball rather than shredding great golf courses. But now, my mind is made up. We’ve got to do something about the tour guys and the unbelievable length they are driving the ball.
Corey Pavin, notoriously the shortest hitter on tour, has clearly realized it is no longer 1989 (his first step was losing the mustache), and decided to play the same game as everyone else. In route to shooting his record-setting 26 (I think I have actually had 26 penalty shots in one round), Pavin must have used the new “bomb and gouge” technique, hitting only three of 13 fairways, an relying on his new overwhelming power to hit 16 of 18 greens in regulation.
Pavin came out of nowhere to break the record score for 9 holes. The PGA has Pavin weighing in at a diminutive 155, but something has to be wrong. Surely we’ll have to hear rumors from the locker room that Pavin’s visor is three sizes bigger than it was two years ago. Clearly the only way Pavin could do this is if he has gained unbelievable distance from an unnatural source, right? There’s no way to go this low without blowing it over bunkers and flying it around doglegs, right?
Wrong- Pavin currently ranks 121st in driving distance for the tournament, averaging 261 off the tee. His new style of play- “Bomb and Gouge"- is referring to the fact that he was dropping Bombs from everywhere around the greens.
Pavin only had 10 putts on the front 9. If he had even two-putted an additional 4 times (giving him a very acceptable 14 putts on the front), we might not even know Corey Pavin was in the field at this point. Good to see that putting really is still far more important than distance and endorsement deals.
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You are right. Hitting the ball long isn't necessary.
All it takes is 10 putts in 9 holes. Easy isn't it.
What is the math on a 26? Is that 8 under a par of 34? 9 under a par of 35? A little help, please.
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