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  1. Lee Trevino won his last major 10 years after his previous one. Ernie Els won his last major 10 years after his previous one. Phil Mickelson won his last major 8 years after his previous one.
  2. He's only 32 though, so probably a while to gloat quite just yet.
  3. I think we've seen so many players have mid-career dips and recover, it's a long career for these golfers, 20-30 years is very difficult to maintain level constantly, only a few players have done that (Rory better than almost anyone actually). Fowler looked done and looks much better again. Spieth lost it completely, now looks like he can win majors again. Garcia struggled to swing the club for a while, then eventually won the Masters in stunning fashion. Westwood finished a year 5th, then two years later finished one 182 in the world, then eight years later finished up 1st in the world. Moral of the story, never write anyone off. Golf is a fickle game, for better or for worse, and something could click for Rory all of a sudden - just look how he was at the Ryder Cup to how he was last week.
  4. Rickie's driver swing looked really good, hit some cracking drives. Strangely an old strength of short to mid-range putting has completely deserted him. But getting the swing back will put him in good shape going forward.
  5. Rory is listed on PGA Tour website as 5 foot 10, but that's very generous, I'd say 5 foot 8-ish. Looks small in person. Not quite 5 foot 1 small, but averages 320 off the tee, so height isn't everything.
  6. The course was so easy there wasn’t actually any drama at the end. Rory wasn’t at any risk of bogeying the final holes. The courses they play need a bit more danger in them.
  7. The marketing of the PGA Tour needs to change from always boasting about how much money they get. Nobody really cares if a millionaire gets $15 million instead of $10 million for the Fed Ex Cup, or gets $2.5 million instead of $2 million for the Players. It's the trophies and tournaments that matter, not the money. It's why more people were interested in the Solheim Cup than the Tour Championship this year. The money part of it matters for the players, but should be mentioned in a more subtle way I feel.
  8. Surely this is just a $10m payoff a year for Tiger for the next 10 years? If Tiger tops this without playing or doing anything for several months, then I can’t see anyone touching him for as long as he’s alive and eligible.
  9. 13th hole at the last Masters saw quite a few doubles last year if I remember, and plenty don't manage to birdie the hole. It's still one of the best holes in golf, an intentionally short par 3 or a short 4 is never lengthened, whereas a par 5 always seems to have to be. Leave it be.
  10. They reduced it to 12 holes so to fit the time for TV reasons, but they obviously haven't seen how Bryson plays golf.
  11. So true but you hear that in every clubhouse across the country taken as fact that putting is all that matters. If one guy is putting for birdie and almost misses them all and another guy is putting for par and almost gets them all, then the guy who missed all the putts still has a better score. "There are two things that won't last long in this world, and that's dogs chasing cars and pros putting for pars."
  12. People are taking the title too literally, it's obvious it's implied "can't putt at anywhere near the same standard as their peers". If you're a professional at any sport, you can do every basic very well compared to the average person. Some really good ball-strikers that would have won ever more with better putting: Rory McIlroy, Lee Westwood, Sergio Garcia, Adam Scott, Vijay Singh. Funnily enough Sergio always seems to be able to putt in the Ryder Cup.
  13. Cantlay shouldn’t be riling up the crowd when he’s taking a putt, it’s gamesmanship. Can see why he was pissed off at that. But that’s why we like the Ryder Cup, there’s a bit more spice to it. Cantlay knew what he was doing and it worked.
  14. That's my experience too, I actually have two memberships at the moment on two different courses for less than €1,000 in Ireland, most of the people at one of the clubs especially are just "working-class" jobs.
  15. I don't know if that's the case because brilliant ball-striking in golf would give you such an advantage that even mediocre, by far worst on Tour putting if you were GOAT-level ball-striking, you'd still make a career out of it. What's more likely is that some of the best ball-strikers ever were simply mid-level Tour professionals rather than best on Tour. I'm thinking John Senden and Joe Durant-type players (who were always near the top of GIRs but didn't do that much). Meanwhile, I think it's entirely possible the best putter in the world isn't on Tour, because putting is such a unique skill that you could hole everything within 20 feet, but it's for par or bogey, you will never make it on Tour. As Lee Trevino said 'things that don't last long dogs chasing cars and pros putting for pars'.
  16. Jimenez won’t get it or go for it, said when he was in the committee for deciding the captain that he believed the captain should have been someone that was on the Tour and close to the players and system. He said he plays mostly on the senior tour and wouldn’t be interested. He missed his chance when Clarke got it. He was disappointed but thought that was it for him.
  17. You can have too much experience and you can definitely have too much bad experience, America spent years with guys like Furyk in the team that were beaten year after year. It really didn’t work for them, now they’re going down the route of best players. If they worshipped experience then Mickelson would have been there, and I feel he would have been as poor as some of the old Euros.
  18. Really not in Ireland either… But there is some truth to it in continental Europe sadly, I know a lot of French people and none of them like or know about golf and none could tell you the Ryder Cup was even on in 2018. That’s how unaware they are of it. And France would potentially be a fertile land for players (still some good European Tour pros) but the interest simply isn’t there. In fact there’s a general disdain from it for a lot of people that consider it that country club thing that goes against what they think of France. Ditto a lot of Western Europe. Eastern Europe it’s a dot in the ocean is golf, maybe 1 or 2 courses in entire countries, only played by the elite of those countries. If only we could import more of Irish and Scottish style and attitude to golf to the rest of the continent.
  19. I played the next course in Italy, really average course. Bog standard parkland of very little charm I found, Italy doesn’t have the world’s best courses but apart from conditioning (which was excellent), even in Italy there were 3 or 4 better I played.
  20. Well done America, insane performance. Absolute clinic. Maybe the best Ryder Cup team performance ever.
  21. In person I thought Matsuyama was amazing of the modern players, the sound and contact. Only for putting he’d have won plenty more tournaments. Otherwise in modern times Tiger obviously, Westwood, Scott, Rory, Morikawa.
  22. Two amazing shots from Hovland at 18. Pity it doesn’t matter.
  23. America haven’t won away in more than 25 years so we’ll see. If anything it should make for a more interesting match as home advantage narrows the talent gap. I don’t even care that much if America win the next one, all I want is a close match. Hard to care about such a walkover win. 2010 and 2012 Ryder Cup were electric for drama, whereas the last few singles have been boring.
  24. Morikawa really could be the best player since Tiger when all is said and done, amazing talent.
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