Friday, July 21, 2006

10 Reasons We Love Golf

10) Q School

This is the greatest measuring stick ever. Imagine if any team not in the top 20 in Major League Baseball were forced to qualify again to play the next year, and if they didn't, they went back down to AAA. Wouldn't we all really love to see this happen to the Royals and Pirates?

9) The 1987 Masters

We've lived in or near Augusta since 2000, and we've learned something. Augusta loves its golf. That being said, the story of Larry Mize holing out a chip shot to win a playoff is something we can all love, and the fact that he was born in Augusta just made it that much better...

8) The 2006 U.S. Open

Colin Montgomerie misses the final green, FIGJAM hits it into the trees, Jim Furyk misses a 6 footer, and Geoff Ogilvy wins by not throwing up on himself. Try writing that about hockey...

7) Earl Woods

Say what you will about his son, the man was an excellent teacher and a wonderful person. Not only did he help craft the greatest golfer of this generation, he made that golfer learn what it means to be a good person before all else. Maybe Michelle Wie's dad should study Earl and how he made Tiger wait to go pro and experience life outside of golf...

6) Augusta National

If you have to ask why, you've obviously never been there...

5) Jason Gore

At last years U.S. Open Jason made his mark by playing in the final pairing. Unfortunately he shot an 89 in the final round. But when he asked Retief Goosen if he wanted to bet 20 bucks on a hole "just to make it interesting", he made us love him for life...

4) John Daly Winning the 1991 PGA as the 9th Alternate

Read that again... as the 9th Alternate. He had as much chance of winning as we do of hooking up with Jessica Alba, yet, he he won.

3) Ben Crenshaw Winning the 1995 Masters 4 Day's After Harvey Pennick's Funeral

The caddie in this picture, Carl Jackson, is a wonderful man that we've had the honor of meeting. When he became sick in 2000, Ben Crenshaw made sure he got proper treatment. Things like that just don't happen in real life...

2) Payne Stewart Winning the 1999 U.S. Open

Really, it became a bigger deal 4 months later when he died in a terrible plane crash, but it's the first tournament we remember watching from start to finish. This pose is indelibly etched into our golf subconscious, and we hope it never leaves...

1) Jack Nicklaus Winning The 1986 Masters

Jack making the charge on the back 9 on sunday wasn't just amazing, it was unbelievable. To this day if that tournament is on TV, we're forced to sit and watch. Never gets old. Never...


At 11:19 PM, Blogger Mini Me said...

I played Pinehurst. My caddy and I for 10 minutes talked about Payne's putt. It was great.

At 5:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love the list. I wish more people payed attention to golf (on all levels), because there is much more to it than hitting a small ball into a hole.


At 3:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

GREAT list! Two comments:

1. More than even Payne Stewart's pose, the indelible memory I have from that day is him consoling Phil Mickelson (who finished 2nd) by telling him, "You're going to love being a father." Becomes even more poignant in light of the plane tragedy that would occur just a few months later.

2. Regarding Jack's miraculous win at the '86 Masters: no joke, EVERY TIME that CBS shows the promo with him sinking his putt on 17 (?) -- you know, the one with the Verne Lundquist call of, "Maybe...yes SIR!" -- I get goosebumps.

Keep up the great work!


At 7:12 AM, Anonymous sherlock said...

Great list. Only people who actually play the game will understand how significant each of those listings is.

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