No Sequel to the Carnoustie Collapse

July 6, 2007

Sadly Jean Van de Velde won’t be playing when the British Open returns to Carnoustie for the first time since 1999 next weekend. Van de Velde, of course, is most famous for blowing a three-stroke lead on the final hole in that year’s Open. It was a surreal spectacle that I watched live on TV, and I think it took him about a half hour to play that hole with the whole world watching him. Here’s a recap from Wikipedia.

Despite a three-shot lead, Van de Velde chose to use his driver off the tee, a move widely considered to be ill-advised given the situation. He proceeded to drive the ball very far to the right. Rather than correcting his mistake by playing back to the fairway, Van de Velde decided to go for the green with his second shot. His shot drifted right and hit the grandstands on the side of the green. Had his ball landed in the grandstands he would have been given a free drop, but instead his ball bounced off of them — backwards fifty yards into knee deep rough. Van de Velde still had four shots to work with, and still could have safely played back to the fairway and then onto the green, but he decided to again go for the green. On his third shot, Van de Velde’s club got tangled in the rough on his downswing, and his ball flew into the Barry Burn. He removed his shoes and socks and gingerly stepped through shin-deep water as he debated whether to try to hit his ball out of the Barry Burn, which guards the 18th green. Ultimately, he took a drop (which added a penalty stroke to his total), and then also hit his fourth shot (fifth stroke) poorly – the ball landing in a green-side sand trap. On his fifth shot (sixth stroke) Van de Velde pitched the ball out of the sand trap and onto the green about six feet from the hole. He made the putt from there for a total of seven strokes on the hole. This disastrous triple-bogey seven dropped him into a three-way playoff with Justin Leonard and Paul Lawrie. After the playoff, the Claret Jug went to Lawrie.

Van de Velde’s disaster at Carnoustie


“Go Long or Go Home” Is Told to Stay Home by CBS

April 25, 2007

CBS has banned from its air a Maxfli ad featuring John Daly boozing on a golf course and playing music in a bar.  Of course, this will do nothing but add to the interest in the commercial, which is on YouTube.

My conclusion upon viewing that is that perhaps John Daly should be banned from singing in public, forget about the alcohol stuff.

The CBS advertising policy also confused me.

Wade said that the CBS guidelines do not allow alcoholic beverages to appear in ads when an activity involves a level of alertness, the paper reported.

What is an activity that doesn’t require a “level of alertness”? I guess you can sit on the couch and watch TV while drinking a beer, though that wouldn’t be such an exciting commercial.


Hootie Johnson Was Missed

April 10, 2007

The Masters green jacket ceremony was something I always got a kick out of, as the people who have endured my Hootie Johnson impression can attest. He had such a classically southern charm to him, which you can soak in by watching last year’s ceremony. “I believe they’re coming in now” and “I know Jim’s got a few questions for you” are particularly great in his drawl.

I missed seeing the 2007 ceremony live because I was traveling Sunday night, so I went online to look for the video on Monday. Sadly, Hootie didn’t participate in the ceremony this year for winner Zack Johnson.

Some dude that Jim Nantz calls “Mr. Payne” was there instead. It was fun to hear Zack Johnson thank everyone from sponsor TransAmerica to “my lord and Jesus” but it didn’t come close to matching the campy fun that was Hootie Johnson emceeing these things. Wikipedia tells me that Hootie is no longer the chairman of Augusta National, too bad.


“It’s in the hole!”

April 5, 2007

In honor of the opening round of the Masters today.