Friday, August 30, 2013

Let's Talk Golf This Thursday...!

I played a little golf in my younger days, but no more. Honestly I was never any good at it!

That being said, I do know several folks that play and are passionate about the game. My brother-in-law for one and, of course, ol' Billy Bob! While I don't share the passion, I do understand the love of the game! This would be a story that they would enjoy!

In 2001, Andrew Magee became the only golfer in the history of the PGA Tour to sink a hole-in-one on a par 4. It wouldn’t have happened had the previous golfer’s putter not been laying on the green: The ball deflected off of it.

For the uninitiated, the par rating on a golf hole corresponds to the number of strokes the average golfer should take to reach the hole. To maintain an even score, one must reach a par 3 in three strokes, a par 4 in four strokes, and so on.

Holes-in-one are obviously, then, only achieved on par-3 holes: They’re the shortest holes on the course, reachable in the fewest number of strokes. (Well, that’s not entirely accurate—while some par 4 holes are technically shorter, hazards and other environmental conditions like steep declines, uphills or doglegs will combine to justify the extra stroke.) On the PGA Tour, no hole-in-one had ever been achieved on a par 4—until 2001, when Andrew Magee did it with a little incidental help from his competition.

On the 304-meter (332 yd) 17th hole at The Players’ Club Scottsdale, Magee said he had a little trepidation—his previous drive had gone into the water, and he wasn’t even necessarily trying to make it onto the green. “I wasn’t expecting much,” he said. “But I just killed it straight at the hole.”

Fellow competitor Tom Byrum was still playing the green, squatting down with his putter next to him sizing up a putt when Magee’s drive suddenly arrived. Those watching say Byrum’s putter was about 2.4 meters (eight feet) from the hole; the ball clinked off of it, causing a slight change in direction—right into the hole.

It was later determined that no rule infraction had occurred. The applicable rule states that “If a player’s ball is accidentally deflected or stopped by an opponent, his caddie or his equipment, no penalty is incurred.” The golfer may, in such instances, choose to either play the ball from where the deflection happened or where it lies. Magee chose the latter, as the ball’s current lie—at the bottom of the cup—gave him three strokes on his scorecard and a historic sports feat that may never be matched.

OK, now that we have all shared a bit of exercise by reading about golf, we can have some more coffee. Reading about a sport is the same as exercise, right?

Let's all have coffee out on the patio this morning. It's hot, but that can't be helped.


Glan Deas said...

How are you??? Sorry for very long time Hermit. But now I will regular.

Kopi Luwak

Chickenmom said...

My sister-in-law was a real golf fanatic. She never played the game but could tell you about all the players and their wins. I never really found the game interesting - too quiet! 67 here already and humid.
I'll bring a nice, cold watermelon for all!

Sunnybrook Farm said...

An interesting break for that guy that is unheard of.
I found some golf clubs at the dumpster a while back, I have yet to find a use for them.

linda m said...

Thanks for the "exercise" this morning. This old body sure does need some. My Ex was a big golfer and still is. He has even "volunteered" at a number of PGA tournaments out in CA. Have a great weekend. I think I need a nap now after all that exercise. :)

JO said...

Golf clubs make great canes. I have no interest in the game at all. But know lots of people who love it.

Yuban has a great coffee Pacific roast love the stuff. I'll bring a pot full.

Dizzy-Dick said...

I just heard on the news that someone just got a hole in one in a tournament.