Women’s professional golf continues to have a great year but the elephant in the room is still slow play. The amount of time Suzann Pettersen took on the 72nd green Sunday, effectively “icing” Brittany Lincicome, was inexcusable and an embarrassment to sportsmanship.
The hardest thing to watch at Greensboro near the end was not Nick Watney pumping his drive out of bounds on the last hole; and it wasn’t Freddie Jacobson’s bogey on the final hole to miss a playoff by one. It was Heath Slocum’s three-putt on the 72nd hole that cost him a spot in the FedEx Cup playoffs and his card for next year.
The player to follow on the European Tour is Scot Marc Warren, an impressive winner in Denmark during the weekend after a sneaky good T15 at the PGA Championship the week before.
Brandt Snedeker had an open path to locking up a Tom Watson Ryder Cup captain’s pick Sunday at the Wyndham Championship and just plain didn’t get it done. Same with Webb Simpson. Bill Haas, on the other hand, raised his hand and said, “What about me?” after going 66-66-64 the last three rounds for a T2.
The LPGA can decree that it has five “majors.” But the final two of the year don’t come close, in cachet, to the first three – Kraft Nabisco, U.S. Women’s Open and Ricoh Women’s British.
If there were more Greg Kunkels, the world of golf would be a much, much better place.
I didn’t “get” the Ice Bucket Challenge until I learned that it has increased funding for the search for a cure for ALS by 400 percent. So keep pouring it on.
The most pleasantly surprised I have ever been after finishing a round of golf was at the Old Course at St. Andrews. Missed a 10-footer for 79 on the last hole and settled for 80. Ten minutes later my playing partner realized I had miscalculated my score by one and informed me I really had shot 79. Everybody’s got a story, right?
There’s a lot of chatter about what underdogs the Americans are for the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles next month. Tom Lehman should have had it so bad. Saddled with Brett Wetterich, Vaughn Taylor and J.J. Henry, Captain Lehman was sent off to Ireland in 2006 and expected to win. Never had a chance.
The next great American player will be Ollie Schniederjans. And if you’re wondering who will be dueling Lydia Ko on the woman’s side 10 years from now, try Canada’s Brooke Henderson.
Meanwhile, off the course: The best show on American television at the moment is Ray Donovan. The best sleeper movie of 2014 is Begin Again.
The most underrated golf course architect who ever lived is the late H.S. Colt.