Welcome to another edition of The Grind where we have underestimated the difficulty of working from home in these unprecedented times. As someone who does it often enough, I thought it would be easier than Ernie Els’ swing, but I didn’t think I had a wife who worked from home at the same time and most importantly, I had a two year old boy at home. doing everything except the job. I’m extremely proud of his morning grazing skills, though.
To be honest with you, most adults don’t know what time it is or what day of the week it is. Heck, part of the reason I’m still writing The Grind is just to keep track of when it’s Tuesday. Anyway, here’s the latest rundown of what’s (still) going on in golf.
WE ARE PURCHASING
Lefty Brooks / DJ: Inspired by a left-handed game between Rickie Fowler and Justin Thomas (Rickie won with a 94, so maybe “inspired” is a bit strong), Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson showed their switch shot – and made those look like guys like amateurs. Apparently, Koepka can carry 194 (!) 8 meters of iron:
And a driver 293 (!) Yards:
And here’s the DJ biting his bud with a 294 (!!) carry:
These guys are good (like left-handed people). Phil Mickelson must also be hit.
Erik van Rooyen: The South African continues to amaze even during quarantine, albeit with a slightly more useful skill. Check out his latest destruction sessions:
Talk about some ELECTRIC contents. When everything is over, EVR could be on tour and leaving up on tour.
Seamus Golf: Congratulations to this golf company for escalating during these frightening times. Instead of making their famous headgear, Seamus is mass production masks to be distributed to healthcare professionals across the country. “We are not loading the kits,” the founders Akbar and Megan Chisti wrote in an email to customers. “This is our way of saying thank you for serving right now.” Fantastic stuff. Please email [email protected] for further information.
Matt Wallace: I had a good chat with this four-time European Tour winner who is crouching in a Florida rental house during the coronavirus madness for this week’s Digest Golf podcast. Among other things, we talked about that bizarre Thursday to the Players, a caddy accident that went viral and the title he hopes (not) to defend against the Masters. Matt is in my book for A.) doing the interview and B.) being a good sport about my daughter who interrupts this interview. Please listen:
Other postponements / cancellations: The PGA Tour canceled all events until the end of May. The PGA championship it has been posticipated. The US Open is at risk of not taking place in June. The Olympic Games are moving towards 2021. Get the point. There is not much golf, or anything else, in our country for at least the next two months. Here is our updated list. On the (potentially) positive side, it was the first major of the women’s golf season, the ANA Inspiration rescheduled for September. IS some fish in the hotel in Augusta it seems to indicate that the Masters is organizing an October tournament. Fingers crossed. And stay safe inside / outside, everyone.
Phil Mickelson: Everyone’s favorite follow-up on social media went silently without “Phireside” videos and just a tweet in the past week. What does it give you, Phil ?! This is when we need you most! Do something! Nothing!
Do not bet on the Cactus Tour: I knew Anna Nordqvist was a win to win the Cactus Tour last week!
The PGA Tour was supposed to be at this week’s WGC-Match Play, the AKA that event where Miguel Angel Jimenez, Keegan Bradley and Keegan Bradley’s caddy had almost made a hit. What a great tournament! And in honor of this, here’s a look back 13 memorable moments of the WGC-Match Play, including Roger Maltbie involved in one of the biggest snowball fights of all time. Rog also provided one of the all-time great reactions to a Tiger Woods shot last year:
Dude, I miss watching golf.
Random Tournament Information: As mentioned in that listTiger Woods has won 13 consecutive games at this event from 2003 to 2005. I’m not sure what’s more surprising, that or the fact that Nick O’Hern, who broke the series, beat Woods again in 2007 to become the only player to beat Tiger like a pro twice in the game. Well, not to mention the Ryder Cup or the Presidential Cup. There are few Europeans who can say that. . .
RANDOM PROP BETS OF THE WEEK
—Nick O’Hern won’t point it out this week: 1 million out of 1 odds
—Haley Moore will win this week’s Cactus Tour event: odds 4 to 1 (actual odds)
—Roger Maltbie also fails to watch golf: BLOCK
PHOTOS OF THE WEEK
Check out this amazing LEGO replica of Augusta National’s iconic twelfth hole, built by self-taught “golf nut” and “date nerd” Lou Stagner and his nine-year-old daughter Abby:
Very beautifull. There is also a video on how this engineering marvel, which the two hope to sell for charity, has become:
Very well. And I thought the kids kitchen I put together last week for my daughter’s second birthday was a project.
VIRAL VIDEO OF THE WEEK
Don’t you think tour professionals are habitual creatures? Check out Brandon Hagy who is going through all his pre-shooting routine, including a waggle, before hitting a exploding golf ball announcing that he and his wife are expecting a girl:
Congratulations guys. I just hope you will never have to work from home with her for a long time.
PGA TOUR PRO GOLF WRITER AFFECTION PUBLIC DISPLAYS (FOR GOLF)
Here’s how Golf Digest does Zoom meetings:
Do you expect something different?
THIS WEEK IN OTHER TOUR PROFESSIONALS WILL BE QUARANTINATED
Byeong Hun An, who is a sneaky and funny follower on Twitter, is launching a YouTube channel, ANmazing Golf (understand?), Where he is open to talking about anything related to golf. Well, anything but offering suggestions. Here is showing off his incredible collection of Scotty Cameron putters:
Meanwhile, Andrew “Beef” Johnston hits the gym hard:
And Rory McIlroy and Billy Horschel hit the bike hard. Through their Peloton battles, they created the most heated and sweaty rivalry currently on the PGA Tour. Just look at a soaked Rory after an intense 45-minute session that saw him burn more than 1,200 (!) Calories:
In fact, I’m not sure “rivalry” is the right word since Rory always wins. Anyway, I haven’t seen an athlete sweating like this since Patrick Ewing was the best.
THIS WEEK IN THE CELEBRITY GULFERS
This week, a couple of former NFL therapists stood out. First, what do you think of the golf setup in Danny Woodhead’s backyard and the silky smooth short game ?!
AND O.J. Simpson has some outlets on the country’s golf courses that may close:
“If you close them, it’s better to open a mental hospital, bring me a bed,” he says in the video. “Because I know that I won’t be able to play golf for the next month, I’ve gone crazy.” Hmm. It doesn’t sound good to anyone. . .
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
I love a good “main” reference. Among this, its left handed pop and fundraising / donation for the COVID-19 Response FundBrooks Koepka was clearly the MVP of golf of the week.
THIS AND THAT
If you have time (as if you haven’t had LOL these days), you should take a look The deep dive of Joel Beall about why members of a Rhode Island golf club sue Brad Faxon. Just a bizarre and sad story. . . . More reading assignments for you! Check out our Masters Rewatch series while we count the last 23 Masters every day preceding the original start date (tear) of this year’s event. So far I have participated in the 2001 tournament and it has been nice to watch golf again. Although it was a tournament almost two decades ago. . . . The USGA is relaxing its rules regarding holing due to coronavirus problems and acceptance of scores at the moment. I can only hope that this will reduce the handicaps of those participating in our annual golf trip in August. . . . And finally, I shout to my wife for solving some delicious BLTs since I haven’t been able to bring them to our business cafeteria:
It’s not exactly the same as the BLTs that my man Alberto carries around, but they did their job.
RANDOM PONDER QUESTIONS
How many BLTs have I eaten in my life?
Which PGA Tour pro would get the best left-handed score?
When can I go back to the office?
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