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August 23, 2012

2012 Favorite Olympic Moments

Posted by MB
I didn't see everything, of course (or even a tenth of it), but of what I did see these were my favorite moments.
  • Women's 10K final - Tirunesh Dibaba from Ethiopia
  • Men's Gymnastics Gold Medal High Bar Routine - Epke Zonderland from Netherlands
  • Usain Bolt running
  • The last few minutes of the Men's 10 Meter Platform Diving final
  • Women's 4 X 100 Meter final (flying!)

July 22, 2012

The Big Ernie

Posted by MB
Well, he was very close at Olympic last month, so it's not really a surprise, is it? Congratulations to the big EE (wonder if that is also his shoe width...)   smile
June 17, 2012

2012 U.S. Open - Sunday - Father's Day

Posted by MB
Okay, now that's more like Olympic weather (though the greens and fairways are still way harder than normal. I watched the final round with my dad - pretty cool! I was the color commentator in the living room. smile

A lot of guys really had a chance until right down to the last couple holes. Exciting. Congratulations to the very steady Webb Simpson. To me, every time he had a makeable putt it just looked like he was going to make it.
June 16, 2012

2012 U.S. Open - Saturday

Posted by MB
So, the fog may come in and save the greens. But doesn't feel like it's gonna save E.T. Woods... and it was startin' to feel like maybe...
June 15, 2012

2012 U.S. Open - Friday

Posted by MB
  • Friday, and  this  can no longer legitimately be called green.
  • I really enjoyed the second shot Michael Thompson hit on hole number 1.
  • What an excellent putt on No. 18 by P. Mickelson, and those two chip-ins by Jacobson and Bradley were even less likely smile
  • Get all the long putters out of there -- looks even worse than plaid pants. Let's see, how can I put this more gently... ugly, stupid-looking, inelegant, Elaine Benis dancing, inconceivable that it is allowed within the rules. That's probably gentle enough.
  • Wow, this is not at all the usual Olympic. You have to understand how different this is from the way Olympic Club usually plays: it is almost always chilly and damp (even in the summer, and even on the rare occasions when the sun shows itself). You can usually find your ball mark on your drives... closer to the green than your ball. For the fairways to run at all is just plain weird to anybody who knows the course. Hole number 16 is being reached in two regularly? You've got to be kidding. That monster usually plays SO long and curves so much that even the longest hitters don't consider getting there in two, without perfectly shaping two career shots.
  • Byron's wondering Tuesday about the scores being absurdly high didn't come to pass for the first two days, because the wind didn't blow like he saw it in the practice rounds, but he could easily have been right -- and there are still two days left.

June 14, 2012

2012 U.S. Open - Thursday

Posted by MB
Man, if the greens are  that  color today, I shudder to think what they might look like by Sunday.
June 13, 2012

Special report from U.S. Open Site

Posted by MB
Former Nationwide Tour player and special correspondent smile, Byron Schlagenhauf, followed some players in a practice round at Olympic Club yesterday and had this to report:

"Rough is thick, fairways are really tight for how much slope they have. 7100 yard par 70 in Daly City -- plays like 7600. Greens are small and firm. If the wind blows like it did this afternoon there will be guys shooting 90."

Sounds like a bad dream to me (although Olympic is [never easy, but] usually a pleasure, under normal playing conditions). Best of luck to the field - sounds like survival skills will come in handy. MB

June 3, 2012

T. Woods wins Memorial, scores 2-fer

Posted by MB
Yes, but he won at Bay Hill the week before The Masters (some would quip -- not me, though).

Nice 2-fer, winning both Arnold Palmer's and Jack Nicklaus' tournaments. Cool.

April 16, 2012

New Hank Haney book

Posted by MB
I saw an interview with Hank Haney about his new book "The Big Miss: My Years Coaching Tiger Woods." Looks great.

April 8, 2012

Masters post game

Posted by MB
Congratulations to Gerry Lester Watson, Jr. on his Masters win. And how lucky we all are to have seen the work of art double eagle by Louis Oosthuizen on hole number two in the final round. Wow!

April 2, 2012

Iron, Wood, Hybrid Conversion

Posted by MB

Entry moved to new location, "Iron, Wood, Hybrid Conversion" in the "Ask the Pro" section

March 27, 2012

Meaning of "breaking the wrist(s)"

Posted by MB

Entry moved to new location, "Meaning of 'breaking the wrists'" in the "Ask the Pro" section

March 25, 2012

Okay. Here we go...

Posted by MB
Well, that Bay Hill result certainly makes things stimulating going into The Masters. I can hardly wait.
February 17, 2012

Spine aligning, "splining" or puring of shafts

Posted by MB

Entry moved to new location, "Spine aligning, 'splining' or puring of shafts" in the "Ask the Pro" section

February 7, 2012

Nice Comeback

Posted by MB
Okay, well, that was quite a nice comeback for Kyle Stanley, wasn't it? And the very next week, imagine that. How quick and efficient: no wallowing or messing around. smile Congratulations and well done.

January 29, 2012

Using a tee to help keep head still

Posted by MB

Entry moved to new location, "Using a tee to help keep head still" in the "Ask the Pro" section

January 18, 2012

Putter angle of approach, face, shaft

Posted by MB

Entry moved to new location, "Putter angle of approach, face, shaft" in the "Ask the Pro" section

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