Before Phil Mickelson won the 2004 Masters, he was perpetually at the top of the “best player to never win a major” list and much of that was attributed to his consistently aggressive play that in a lot of instances, seemed completely unnecessary. Sure, part of what has made him a fan favourite to this day is that there really isn’t a shot that he thinks is impossible, but that arrogance certainly got in the way of him having more success early in his career and you can argue that it’s still plaguing him at the U.S. Open to this day. Sometimes the flop isn’t the most prudent play, you know?
In his fifth start back from a six month leave of absence, Dustin Johnson was able to pick up his ninth career PGA Tour victory on Sunday, outlasting J.B. Holmes and Bubba Watson at Doral to win the 2015 WGC-Cadillac Championship.
Due to a variety of factors, I didn’t get much of a chance to watch the coverage of the Honda Classic, so I’m going to skip doing a full recap of the event since I don’t really feel like I watched enough but before we get to the GIFs of the Week below, I do have some quick thoughts.
Punch Shots is a collection of stories that I didn’t get around to earlier or didn’t fit into another article. I’ll give a link to a larger story and have some quick thoughts below.
The last Punch Shots: Lawsuits, Tiger and Charlie Sifford
It was a busy week in golf, with Anirban Lahiri winning for the second time in three weeks on the European Tour, James Hahn taking the playoff at Riviera over Dustin Johnson and Paul Casey, and Lydia Ko continuing her ridiculous dominance on the women’s game with a win at the fantastic Royal Melbourne. The best photos, GIFs and videos from the week are below.
Well, the last repeat captain worked out just fine, right?
After months of speculation and task force meetings, the PGA of America have apparently decided who will lead Team USA at the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine. Tim Rosaforte is reporting that Davis Love III will be back for a second term as captain, four years after his last appointment when Team Europe staged an incredible Sunday charge at Medinah, stunning Love and the Americans by erasing a four point deficit on the final day and matching the largest ever comeback in Ryder Cup history. Love takes over from Tom Watson, who is still recovering from being thrown under a bus at Gleneagles, and will be the eighth repeat captain in U.S. Ryder Cup history.
Every year, I look forward to the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, mostly because the field is usually solid and the courses are gorgeous to look at, but then the coverage comes on and it can honestly feel like a chore to watch the tournament. None of these are new complaints really, but it always just feels like this tournament should be better than it is, so let’s take a look at the problems and attempt to fix them with some (unlikely) suggestions.
On Thursday of last week, I was able to join Adam Stanley for the third episode of Canadian Golf Radio. We talked about Tiger, the young players in the game, Twitter and Canadian golf. Kyle Porter from CBS also joined the show, which you can listen to below.