Colin Montgomerie is heading to the Hall of Fame. Love him, hate him or hate him more, the guy belongs in the Hall for his press conferences alone.
Alistair Tait in Golfweek has a great candid piece on what a miserable guy Monty could be and his mixed feelings on his induction.
That said, Monty will likely give a polished speech at the ceremony -- which is a shame. While he doesn't have the career to match, it would be more fun if he gave an aggressive me-against-the-world speech even in induction a la Michael Jordan (Jordan's cringe-inducing speech is here if yo can bear it). We can always hope.
You Also Can't Drink Beer While Rowing or Velodroming
Via a link from a quick article by Adam Fonseca on Back9Network.com, the British Medical Journal in a recent paper appears to conclude that high intensity (both cardio intensity and impact intensity) athletes don't seem to live any longer.
Our results show that former Olympic athletes who engaged in disciplines with high cardiovascular intensity had similar mortality risks to athletes from disciplines with low cardiovascular intensity. This would indicate that engaging in cycling and rowing (high cardiovascular intensity) had no added survival benefit compared with playing golf or cricket (low cardiovascular intensity).
There is also something notable in the article aside from this minor issue of mortality. It becomes obvious from the chart categorizing each sports' levelof static and dynamic intensity: golf does not really belong in the Olympics. Plus, now golfers can be satisfied in the knowledge they are going to live as long as those show-off marathoners anyway.
Equipment Based Handicaps? Please Tow This Idea
Reported by David Dusek at golf.com, this crazy idea of handicaps based on your equipment from the Chairman of Ping John Solheim.
Now granted, I'm one of those nuts that knows the index, the course handicap and how they are actually calculated. But you, me and the cart girl know that most golfers really don't understand the handicap system, the index and the course ratings. Now add equipment to the calculation? Funny and nutty, but this can't be a good idea.
Fortunately, we know it is not really a serious possiblity. First, Solheim actually took out a patent on the idea. Aside from whether you can actually patent an idea, do we really think everyone else will go along (i.e. other manufacturers) if Ping holds the patent and somehow makes money off of this. The entire patent system is broken as it is without bringing in golf's handicap system. If Solheim was serious, he would make the idea public and free.
Dottie the Rebel
Is it possible not to like Dottie Pepper? I don't think so. I think golf, like tennis, is a bit different from team sports because, for most guys, women commentators and reporters that were ex-players don't bump the viewer as much as, say football or hockey (I'm not saying it it right or wrong, that's just the way it is). It is probably because these women reporters in individual sports that played at a high level did so in a relatively prominant women's sport, like the LPGA or WTA for tennis. Unlike excellent women reporters in hockey, basketball and football, women golf reporters give the feeling to the viewer they have been there before and can relate to the situation ... and also probably because you know she could kick your ass on the course.
In honor of a great career, we can also agree that Dottie is just a great name for the screen: big or little or even peewee.
More on the Most Famous British Bird Guy Since Eddie the Eagle
Who knew six seconds of screen time of that weird bird-calling guy during Webb Simpson's US Open interview could generate an entire column from Jason Sobel at thegolfchannel.com. Not to encourage this type of thing (okay, maybe a little), but everyone comes out looking good in the article. Webb Simpson is cool. Mike Davis can laugh about it too and this bird-guy Andrew Dudley is essentially harmless.
While it does make for great YouTube, baseball stadium security should take a cue from this -- keep your taser holstered and let's just move on.