Vegas Virgin, Martin Snags First Title: Final Thoughts On Shriners

From Outhouse To Penthouse

Last week at the Frys.com Open in Napa Valley, journeyman Ben Martin missed the cut by more than a dozen shots and barely broke 80 in his Thursday and Friday rounds. A week can be a big difference on the PGA Tour, because somewhere between Napa and Vegas Martin found a swing that can win a golf tournament.

As that tweet says, through 54 holes Martin was 30 shots better versus par than his prior week. Yes, the track in Vegas is a bit easier, but golf is such a mental game that going from playing like shit to being ‘in the zone’ is a complete shift in your thinking. Perhaps he got a lesson and a brain transplant.

After playing well this week Martin had to sleep on his first 54 hole lead in Vegas of all places, where they pump oxygen into your hotel room to keep you awake so you can gamble. That couldn’t have been fun. I feel like a meth addict when I try to sleep in Vegas. Maybe Ben did too as he clearly fought through an early round malaise with a strange calmness to close his first win.

As I noted in a tweet, Martin was even par for his round when he walked off the 14th green. He hadn’t made a birdie since the 2nd hole. I thought he was cooked and shooting a round in the 70s as a 54 hole leader won’t get the job done most weeks on tour. Plus, there were several tour players like Webb Simpson, Kevin Streelman, and Jimmy Walker, who’ve all won in the last year, trying to run him down and take his 1st win away.  Martin took his driver out at the short par four 15th and….well….got lucky. He said to his caddie that he necked it (hit on the heel a bit) and asked for the ball to get up. It did and landed in the fairway just short of the green and rolled out to be pin high. His 2 putt birdie was the confidence boost he needed to get his head back in the game.

With Streelman pouring in birds all over the place, Martin had to do something to keep up and catch up. Streels made birdie on 17 and was sitting in the 18th fairway with a short wedge shot to the green. Martin hit the par five 16th in two and faced a long eagle putt. From 46 feet away he fucking drilled it to retake the lead. Streelman heard the roar and he had to be stunned, although he appeared un-phased, he then missed his short birdie putt. From there Martin cruised to victory and spiked the ball after he crossed the goal line by sinking his birdie putt at the 72nd hole when he only needed to two putt to win.

The Field

Jimmy Walker shot a 3rd round 62 to get into contention on Sunday, but his 69 in the final round wasn’t enough to make up any ground on Martin. Still, Walker is showing signs of life this fall. He played great at the Ryder Cup and looks to be close to winning again, soon. Webb Simpson must love Vegas. The defending champ of the Shriners has played like shit for some time now, but looked pretty good this week until some questionable decisions down the stretch that ensured that he wouldn’t retain his title.

Outside of Martin, Streelman was the only other true man of the moment on Sunday. As TGC’s Jason Sobel pointed out above, Streelman’s pursuit of Martin in Vegas was eerily similar to what he did in Hartford at the end of June. Streels was 5 under over his last 6 holes. He was fun to watch, sticking irons, bombing drives, and making putts. I thought he had the tourney wrapped up when he stiffed his approach at 18. He’ll be thinking about that missed putt for a while. I have no doubt the roar of Martin’s eagle putt behind him added pressure and helped cause the miss.

Streelman is a good guy. Everybody likes him and vice versa. But I wonder what he was thinking as Martin surveyed his putt at the 18th. A 3 putt would have putt Kevin in a playoff. There’s no way he was rooting for that to happen, but what are you thinking when you need the other guy to fail for you to succeed? I’d love for a tour pro to speak the truth about something like this.

Winner’s WAG

You fuckers saw Mrs. Martin embrace her hubby after he cashed in for a million bucks. When it looked like Ben had the tourney locked up I went to the Google machine to see what turned up for her. What I found out is the Martin’s met at Clemson and have been married about a year and a half. Here’s the Mrs. for your viewing pleasure:

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Definite girl next door look.

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She’s in the black and red, hard to judge her cans there.

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The happy couple. Hey, that’s all I’ve got. It’s not like she’s out on Instagram showing her tits like some of these broads. They did register for their wedding at William Sonoma. Feel free to send them something if you’re that generous.

Not Enough T&A? 

Mrs. Martin didn’t show us much. Thank god the organizers of the Shriners are forward thinking and took care of that problem for us (unknowingly). You see, there is a sort of fad going on in pro sports that involves creating a viewing area within a stadium where fans can watch the action from a pool. This started in the late 90s with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Lately, NFL teams are following this trend. In Vegas this week, the Shriners did the same.

Ahhhh Vegas. That seems just about right. And I suppose that could be done in Scottsdale next February too. Why not? Just don’t expect to see that at the John Deere or Arnie’s Invitational.

Shot of the Day

This one is easy. Ben Martin’s eagle putt at the 16th hole on Sunday was simply perfect. Eagles are big, and they’re obviously even bigger when they move you from 1 behind to 1 ahead. Then figure in the timeliness of it and the length and you’ve got the Shot of the Day.

Next up? Back to the Shutters for the Whiny Bitch of the Year award. Stay tuned.

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Is Horse Face Fucking Thunder Bear?

Two Nike Athletes, One Bitter Girl

In more celeb-athlete hook up news, rumors are circling that Rory’s ex-fiance, Caroline Wozniacki, might be hooking up with Euro golfer Thorbjiorn Olesen. This post from the Chicago Duffer, Adam Fonseca, has the full speculation.

IS CAROLINE WOZNIACKI DATING ANOTHER NIKE ATHLETE? 

It might not be anything other than a close-knit friendship, but it looks like Caroline Wozniacki has been spending some up-close-and-personal time with another Nike Golf athlete: Thorbjorn Olesen.

Wozniacki — best known for her triumphs on the tennis court and as the former fiance of Rory McIlroy — posted a Twitter photo of herand Olesen laying down in what appears to be a boxing ring. As you’ll see by the tweet, Wozniacki asked her Twitter followers to guess “who came out on top.”

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Again; I’m not sayin’…. I’m just sayin’.

To be fair to both Olesen and Wozniacki, the commonalities the two athletes share are more than enough to spark a budding friendship: both are from Denmark, both work out like crazy people, and both have sporting schedules that mold well together. There’s likely nothing to see here; move along.

But then again, it wouldn’t be the weirdest thing in the world for these two crazy kids to start something a little more exclusive. After all, McIlroy has been rumored to have re-entered the dating pool as of late.

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Thanks, Adam.

Follow Adam on Twitter @AdamFonsecaGolf.

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Poulter Leaving Puma/Cobra, As Told By Adam Fonseca

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Friend of SFG, the Chicago Duffer – Adam Fonseca, has his own website and perhaps you frequent it like you do my shit hole here. If not, you’re going to start getting some cross over posts from Adam on this site. You might get some of mine over there if he wants to slum his place up with my drivel. Here’s the first contribution to ShutFaceGolf from the Duffer in which Adam discusses Ian Poulter moving on from his Cobra/Puma deal:

Adam can be read at ChicagoDuffer.com and followed on Twitter @AdamFonsecaGolf.

IAN POULTER LEAVES COBRA-PUMA GOLF

In a somewhat surprising move, European Tour/PGA Tour star Ian Poulter has announced on Twitter that he is no longer sponsored by equipment brand COBRA-PUMA Golf.

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Poulter didn’t have the greatest season in 2014, recording his highest finish on the PGA Tour (2nd) at the WGC-HSBC Champions tournament way back in November 2013. He also missed the cut four times throughout the year, which includes an abysmal performance at The Open Championship last July.

Where Poulter will land next is anybody’s guess. According to GolfWRX, the Brit recently filmed a commercial promoting Titleist’s golf balls, which indicates he will not choose a new sponsor that would require him to make a change to his ball. Of course, there are plenty of players who have a “mixed bag” of sorts when it comes to equipment sponsorships, especially when Titleist golf balls are in the conversation.

Which company do you think would be the best fit for Ian Poulter’s new sponsor?

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The Shutters: Round Of The Year

A Round And A Round We Go

Back from our first commercial break, the year end awards show at SFG.com continues. Next up, as you can see by the title, is the award for the Round of the Year. While this year includes only nominees from professional events sanctioned by the PGA Tour, the category is wide open to anyone. As you may recall, last year I nominated a mini-tour buckeroo from Kentucky that shot a 56 while playing with his pals. Fuck, if I ever post a number good enough to qualfity for the U.S. Mid-Am I’ll nominate myself.

Before we get to the nominees, I’ll allow the winner of the last award to complete their acceptance speech. The fellas at No Laying Up were over come by emotion, as you can tell:

Now, on to the Round of the Year.

The Nominees Are…… 

Kevin Sutherland, 2nd Round of Dicks Sporting Goods Open/En-Joie Golf Club/Endicott, NY – Having only one regular tour win in your career before you join the Champion’s Tour isn’t a bad thing if you also have $15 million dollars in career earnings. Once you start playing against the old men you’re likely to start adding to that total. Kevin Sutherland wasted no time in trying to do just that this year on the Senior Circuit. He shot a scorching 59 in his Saturday round at the Dicks in upstate New York to vault up the leaderboard and into contention. Like Jim Furyk’s 59 last year, Kevin’s magic number also included a bogey. He could have shot 58!

Unfortunately for Kevin he backed that round up with a very average one in the final round and didn’t win. Bummer. That and the bogey will hurt your chances just a bit in this category.

Martin Kaymer, 2nd Round of U.S. Open/ Pinehurst No. 2/Pinehurst, NC - Martin Kaymer shot 65-65 to lap the field heading in to the weekend at America’s Championship. You could pick either of those rounds as a nominee in this category. The 1st round is probably better in relation to how it compares to the rest of the field. However, the stats from the 2nd round are hard to overlook so I’ll stick with it. He hit 12 of 14 fairways and then hit 15 of Ross’ fabled table top greens. He didn’t make a single bogey to offset his 5 birdies. MKOpenRnd2

That’s filthy. Martin’s didn’t have much competition at the U.S. Open thanks to rounds like that. His problem in getting this award might be the competition he gets from…… himself??

Martin Kaymer – Round 1 Players Championship/TPC Sawgrass Stadium Course/Ponte Vedra Beach, FL - Rounds like this are a big reason why Kaymer’s 2014 season was so special. Taming Pinehurst and Sawgrass like he did is ridiculous. I doubt Martin had any idea this round would end up ‘special’ when he made the turn from the back nine (started on 10) to the front nine on Thursday at the Players. Then he came home in 29 shots to set the front nine record and tie the course record at 9 under par.

Of course Martin went on to win the Players thanks to a par putt that will be nominated for a Shutter for Shot of the Year (foreshadowing!!!), but this round set the tone for his big win, and it might have also set the tone for what happened a month later at Pinehurst.

Rory McIlroy – Ryder Cup Singles Match/Centenary Golf Course at Gleneagles/Perthshire, Scotland - Because of the format, there’s no number on this round from Rory to gauge it against his fellow nominees. What he was asked to do by his captain was go out early and dominate, put blue on the board, give the team confidence, and earn a point at all costs. Oh yeah, and do it as the number 1 player in the world against an American that has had one of the best years ever in major championships across the board. No problem, at least not for McIlroy.

Getting off to a fast start in match play is usually a good idea. Rors put his singles match against Rickie Fowler away quickly by being 6 under par through the first 6 holes. He made 7 birdies and an eagle for his match that ended after the 14th hole in a 5 &4 prison-sexing of Rickie. Obviously that’s exceptional, but to do it at the Ryder Cup in front of the home crowd, that only adds to the legend of McIlroy’s 2014.

And The Winner Is……

Whew. This is a tough one. There’s no clear cut favorite, in my opinion. Kaymer’s play in the two rounds he’s nominated for was exceptional, but an opening round 63 on a calm day at Sawgrass loses some luster when others in the field weren’t too far off his mark. I’d like to give the Shutter to Sutherland because his 59 is the only one in the history of the Old Guy Tour. Then I see that bogey on the card and realize he kind of choked on the 58 and stumbled into his 59. That leaves Rory at the Ryder Cup. Can you give an award for the Round of the Year to a round that only included 14 holes?  You bet your ass. And there you have it. The Shutter for Round of the Year goes to Rory’s singles match v. Rickie Fowler at the Ryder Cup.

Did I fuck that up? I don’t think so, but here is your chance to tell me. A comment below will do just fine. If you simply disagree, hit up the poll for a chance to be heard. Did I forget someone’s stroke of genius? Go ahead and write them in.

Next on the docket is everyone’s favorite Shutter: Golf’s Whiny Bitch of the Year.

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Task Force Schmask Force – Play Better If You Want To Win A Ryder Cup

Be Proactive, Not Reactive

By now you’ve likely heard that the PGA of America is assembling an 11 man task force to figure out how to get the Ryder Cup back in the hands of Team U.S.A. The group includes Steve Striker, Davis Love, Jim Furyk, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Ray Floyd, Rickie Fowler, and the top 3 dip shits from the PGA. This group will address strategy, how the team is selected and when the captain’s picks are made. You need a fucking task force for that?

What needs to be done is to go back to the Paul Azinger method of using pods for the players, to having four captain’s picks, and moving at least two of those picks to being made after the Fed Ex Cup Playoffs are complete. Then make sure the players have some skin in the game, give them ownership of the pairings, how much they play, and with whom …..poof. You’re done. This shit is fixed. And the boys in red, white, and blue play their asses off and are next seen partying at Hazeltine in 2016 with the Ryder Cup on Sunday night.

What the PGA has done here is an over-reaction to losing a 3rd straight Ryder Cups. This is Ted Bishop’s ego fellating itself. If you want so badly to put your finger prints on Team USA victories in your term as the PGA’s prez, why didn’t you follow Zinger’s road map to victory in the first place? This makes the Team USA stakeholders look like they didn’t have a plan in the first place. Or worse. It proves they had no plan. The PGA brass simply let points be accumulated and stuck their thumbs up their asses by selecting a senile captain and allowed him make ‘safe’ and cliche picks. They got what they deserved.

Eleven Losers 

What makes the task force idea worse is that they’ve picked 3 former losing captains and 3 of the all-time losing-est players to be a part of it. Is that irony or intentional? I suppose the ‘learn from your mistakes’ strategy could hold some water. Phil, Furyk, and Tiger have more losses in the history of the event than any other 3 participants you can name. Lehman, Love, and Floyd were all players that won matches in spades, but lost their asses when it was their turn to captain. Stricker was a vice captain this year, and is a strong candidate for the captain job in 2016 and perhaps even more so in 2020 when his home state of Wisconsin hosts the matches.

What, Corey Pavin wasn’t available? The task force member that I least understand is Rickie Fowler. Rick has been on two losing teams, so he has the ‘pedigree’ to be on this sad sack task force, but he’s not even a lock to make the next team. Why is he on it? Having these guys provide ideas on how to fix the Ryder Cup is akin to asking long term politicians to fix Congress. Their Ryder Cup records show results that no one can argue with. Getting them all to agree on something will be even more difficult, and getting them in the same room at the same time might require its own task force.

My hope is that having Tiger and Phil on this will result in one obvious conclusion, that being, Fred Couples as the next captain. Fred has won Presidents Cups and it is clear as seeing Phil’s nipples through his shirt that the players respond to his methods, or lack there of. His laid back nature would be a breath of fresh air for the uber intense Ryder Cup unlike this year in which Captain Tom Watson yelled at and scolded his team. Get Fred on board, at a home game, get another win…..and then go right back down the loser road when you give 2018 to Furyk and 2020 to Stricker. It should be that easy, right? Not exactly. No matter what the task force comes up with, the obvious answer for what needs to happen for the Americans to win again is for them to play better. That is far more likely to occur with the solutions I’ve laid out above than it is thanks to anything Ted Bishop does. No offense, Ted.

Lee Is Flattered, But His Trophy Case Is Empty

The news of the task force being created spread fast, and the stalwart members of team Europe didn’t waste the opportunity to provide instant reactions. Lee Westwood took things to another level.

And why shouldn’t he say that? The Euros have 5 guys that get together every so often to talk about such issues on their side of this fight. They don’t over analyze, they don’t find every player that’s ever lost a match to give them more bad ideas, and they don’t try to fix what isn’t broken. The Euros have won enough cups for the last 15 years to earn their gloating.

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They even found a way to shut Patrick Reed up this week at the World Match Play. Is it too late to add them to the task force?

 

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Bae Wins In Bay Area: Final Thoughts On Frys

The Shortest Off-Season In Sports Is Over

That’s right, golf’s off-season is over and the boys of the PGA Tour were back in action this week in Napa Valley at the Frys.com Open. Sang-Moon Bae entered the final round at 16 under with a huge lead. He played great through 3 rounds and put the cruise control on in the final round to ease into what ended up being a 2 shot victory. For Bae, this was one of those weeks in which a world class player could summon his many talents to outclass the field. While dominant and back in the winner’s circle, his great play makes you wonder, where the fuck has he been?

Bae won the Byron Nelson Invitational in 2013 and hasn’t had a top ten finish since. If you’re scoring at home, that’s 36 tournaments played in which he didn’t finish better than 12th place. On the Golf Channel telecast today the Terry Gannon and Roger Maltbie discussed this issue with Johnny Miller and Miller noted that several guys take a mental vacation right after they win. I think he’s on to something here. Once you win you get exemptions into any event you want and don’t have to worry about your card for 2 years. I think it is only natural for a player to let up on the gas after their virgin victory.

2014-2015 could be different for Bae. Now he knows he belongs and he’ll have a 2nd victory in his back pocket going forward. He might just stay hot and win again soon like Jimmy Walker did last year, or Patrick Reed. We know he has the talent, now he’s playing with house money.

The Field

At one point in the final round Bae had a putt for birdie that would have resulted in a 7 shot lead. After making 3 bogies out of 4 holes in the middle of his back nine, Bae saw his lead dwindle down to 3 when Hunter Mahan pulled off the Shot of the Day.

That makes up for also having the Shit Shot of the Week. Mahan double hit his chip from the fairway in round 1 on Thursday to remind us all of his failure at the 2010 Ryder Cup and why he hasn’t won a major.

Now, back to his eagle for a second. Having closed the gap with that shot, Mahan went on to bogey the 15th hole, par the downwind par five 18th, and barely held his ground in the top 5 in doing so. Outside of one good week in New Jersey this year, that seems to be Hunter’s M.O. It starts with his short game, which cost him big again today.

The rest of the field didn’t put up much of a fight to take down Bae either. Conditions were tough thanks to the firm ground and gusts of wind. Kuchar, Koepka, Laird, and others simply could string together enough birdies to mount a charge.

Lyle Livin’ Large

One player that did show some fight at the Frys, albeit for other reasons, was Jarrod Lyle. As you might know, the Frys was Lyle’s first official event back after beating cancer. Jarrod had to Monday qualify this week to get into the field thanks to having limited status on the tour. The tournament staff of the Frys denied his request for a sponsors exemption. That seems shitty, doesn’t it? So he showed up Monday determined to stick that snub up their ass. He survived a playoff and then then stuck around for the weekend to make a decent check.

Lyle took nearly 2 years off to fight leukemia for the 2nd time in his life. Because of his story, beating the disease again, and his limited status on the tour, I think you’re going to see plenty coverage of Mr. Lyle’s plight over the next 6 to 9 months. And why wouldn’t you? Shit like that is a feel good story for everyone. Let’s hope the big Aussie stays healthy and plays well in this wrap-around PGA Tour season. Good luck, mate.

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The Shutters: Tweeter Of The Year

The Shutters Are Finally Here!!!!

Hide the women and children, the best roll out of golf related awards on the internet made available via a hack blogger begins now. If you’re new here, just know that the Shutters are ShutFaceGolf.com’s year end awards for all things golf. We’ll have some new categories this year just to change things up, but you’ll have to keep tuning in to see what those are. With that short intro, let the fun begin with the first award…..Tweeter of the Year.

What you have to remember for this award is that while it is called “Tweeter”, the nominees can come from all forms of social media. If I felt Ben Crane’s YouTube videos were worth a nomination, he’d be eligible. Fear not, that previous sentence is the last time you’ll see ‘Ben Crane’ typed anywhere in this post. Fuck him. Also, you may recall that Golf Channel’s Jason Sobel won the Shutter last year in this category. That makes him ineligible for the 2014 award even though he gave a great acceptance speech at last year’s show.

And The Nominees Are……

@BrendanPorath – Mr. Porath is a Cleveland boy that works for SB Nation and covers more than just golf. If you don’t want all things Ohio in your timeline, he’s not for you. Outside of Browns, Cavs, Indians crap his tweets are typically entertaining, filled with smart-ass humor, and current with whatever is going on in the golf world.

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He’s also big on tweeting out Vines or Gifs that are also good for a chuckle. No offense to him, but BP is probably the weakest nominee in this category, but he’s an up and comer and a voice to keep on eye for golf.

@DougFerguson405 – Doug is a golf writer for the associated press. The California boy is a true grinder as far as golf journos go. He’s seemingly at every event and tweeting real time action that is full interesting stats, facts, and other nuggets you’re not likely to get elsewhere. Doug won’t hesitate to throw some dry humor in his tweets as a bonus, but that’s not really what you’re following him for.

Unlike most of his contemporaries, Doug’s tweets are welcome in any golf nut’s time line because they’re more than just a link or continued advertisement for an article he just dropped. If you’re on Twitter, reading this, and not following him, I’d suggest changing that with one quick click.

@NolayingUp -  The boys of No Laying Up are the likely front runner in this category for 2014. From what I understand, the handle and corresponding website are run by three young bucks that seemingly never miss a minute of golf on television. They’ll live tweet every Sunday back nine on tour for you with smart, witty, and harsh commentary. If you want a statistical breakdown of picks to click each week at an event, they probably have that for you two. They don’t hold back on who they target either. If you’re a major champion, and they’ve got a reason to call you out, it will happen. See Simpson, Webb.

NLU also nailed the Rory McIlroy/aspiring model story from Akron in August and turned it into one of the funniest side shows of the golf season. They’ll be awarded huge bonus points in this category just for that.

Ahhhh, but there’s more. Have you heard of #toursauce ? Yeah, that’s them too. They started that craze as best I can tell. If you don’t know what #toursauce is, you just haven’t been given the label for it. You’ll know it when you see it. It is all the cliche’ antics that tour players partake in after bad shots, good shots, fan acknowledgement, etc. The NLU site has a primer for it if you need a refresher. Will they win? Wait and see. Bribery does work for the Shutters and if they’d dropped some NLU swag on me they’d had this thing locked up and would win the Shutter in a landslide.

@BillyHo_Golf – Billy Horschel is the hottest golfer on the planet. He has a new baby at home. He has a fresh $10 million in his bank account. And he’s also a pretty decent follow on Twitter – if you can get past the Florida Gator shit he likes to discuss. What’s great about Bill’s tweets is the bluntness of them. Not many guys who aren’t Ryder Cup stalwarts would openly advocate for a specific person to become the next Team USA Captain. Billy didn’t hold back.

He was also very active in 140 character statements during the Ryder Cup action late last month. For a tour pro that knew he should have been on that team, the event in itself had to be hard to watch from his couch. Bill didn’t mope, he tweeted away cheering on his future teammates and giving insight. Bill’s tweets also provide some pretty cool views for fans to see how he lives, what makes him tick, and what he works on with his teacher. Aforementioned Gator tweets aside, Bill’s tweets are gold. He interacts with fans plenty too. Such fan interactions lead to bonus points for a tour player making the list of finalists in this category.

The Winner Is…..

I don’t think this one is really that close. I certainly appreciate the tweets from all the finalists, but this really comes down to Horschel v. NoLayingUp. Ironically, Billy is a big fan of the NLU guys. If you read my weekly tournament wrap ups, you’ve seen plenty of the NLU tweets embeded in them because they’re that good. That’s reason enough to give them the edge over Billy. So congrats to the NLU Squad, they’ve earned it.

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Did I get this right? Did I infringe on NLU’s logo? That’s likey a yes to both. Now it is your turn to weight in. If you’ve got a write in vote, leave your nominee in the comments below. Otherwise hit the poll to provide an opinion. The Shutter for Round of the Year is next. Stay tuned.

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No Wonder Why Fowler Had a Good Year

I Was About To Give Up On Rickie

I have frequently lamented about the stupidity that must stir about in Rickie Fowler for having let go his former girlfriend Alexandra Browne. Browne is the daughter of Champions Tour player Olin. She’s easy on the eyes and if he can kick her to the curb it made me wonder……would he rather be Martin Kaymer’s power bottom, or is he simply getting so much side ass that it was time to fuck everything that walked without the concerns of monogamy? Rick is a bit of a Bible thumper like his boy, Bubba Watson, so I doubt the latter is part of this. But what we did find out on Wednesday is that Rick does indeed still have an interest in chicks. He’s been spotted with former model and Arizona State student Alexis Randock. However, she did not accompany him to the Ryder Cup. This is Alexis.

That a boy, Rick. Of course, being a former model, there are plenty of other pics of Miss Randock available for us to ogle.

Rick made his connection to her known over Twitter and Instagram a few times in the last few weeks. Then on Wednesday he tweeted this:

She seems a bit more ingrained in his life than merely his Wednesday Crush, but I guess that’s what one would want a beard to appear as.

What’s that? You want more of her? Well have at it. Joe at Busted Coverage has a whole gallery of her for your enjoyment. Give it a look.

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SFG Back From Hiatus

You Missed Me, But You Don’t Have To Admit It

If you’re scoring at home, you know I’ve been absentee for nearly a week now. No, the Ryder Cup didn’t send me into a severe drinking binge, well….it did, sort of, but that didn’t have much to do with the Ryder Cup. I’ve been away golfing, going to family weddings, etc. I’m back now and your regular scheduled posting will continue. Some equipment and course reviews are on the horizon, plus…..the 2014 Shutters (those are my year end awards in case you missed the 2013 show) are coming back soon.

On top of that, this week is the start of the 2014-2015 PGA Tour season. You almost forgot, didn’t you? The boys are back in action at the Fry’s in Napa Valley starting Thursday. If I had to take a week to be away, the week off between the Fry’s and the Ryder Cup was the safest bet. Now, let’s get after it.

Tom Watson Is A Sad Sack

If you are a Hall of Famer and once captained the U.S. Ryder Cup team to a victory in Europe, why taint your legacy by taking on the challenge again? You have nothing left to prove, but everything to lose, and simply taking the job tells the world you have a small dick and too big of an ego to let your legacy be good enough as is. That’s my theory as to why Tom Watson accepted the Ryder Cup captain job for a 2nd time and I’m sticking to it. What followed was the shit show you saw two weekends ago at Gleneagles. I won’t rehash it, you’ve all had enough of it by now.

In the days following the Watson-led disaster, rumors began to leak out of the U.S. team room about how the captain yelled as his players for their shitty efforts, berated them for the gift they gave him, as well as said several derogatory things about their European counterparts. I suppose this was Tom’s old school thought of how to motivate his team to rally from their 10-6 day 2 deficit. What it tells us is how much he just doesn’t get it. The rumors sparked a Watson apology released on Monday.

In response to all of the recent discussion about our Ryder Cup loss, I would like to make a few comments.

First, I take complete and full responsibility for my communication, and I regret that my words may have made the players feel that I didn’t appreciate their commitment and dedication to winning the Ryder Cup. My intentions throughout my term as Captain were both to inspire and to be honest.

Secondly, the guys gave everything. They played their hearts out. I was proud to get to know each and every one of them. I know they are all going to win tournaments, be on future Ryder Cup teams and have wonderful careers.

Our team certainly showed guts when it took it to the other team early in Sunday’s singles matches. We were indeed tied with them as the scoreboard turned wonderfully “red.” Our players started fast as I had asked them to in my comments the night before. I asked them to really concentrate on holes 2-5, as the Europeans had won too many early battles on these particular holes. But in the end, the facts are that the other team played better. My hat’s off and congratulations to them.

As for Phil’s comments, I completely understand his reaction in the moment. Earlier this week I had an open and candid conversation with him and it ended with a better understanding of each other’s perspectives. Phil’s heart and intentions for our Team’s success have always been in the right place. Phil is a great player, has great passion and I admire what he’s done for golf.

The bottom line is this. I was their Captain. In hindsight whatever mistakes that were made were mine. And I take complete and full responsibility for them. I want to say again to the players, their families, the PGA and our country how proud and honored I was to captain this talented group of golfers, and how privileged I was to spend the past two years working this labor of my love for the Ryder Cup.

Watson’s comments don’t matter much after how the matches transpired. They matter even less knowing now what went on in the team room. His actions and decisions were terrible and will be 2nd guessed for years. He had no control of Tiger Woods being injured, when Billy Horschel got hot, or getting stuck with a choker like Jim Furyk on the team. But he did pick guys like Mahan and Webb Simpson that gave the U.S. practically nothing. He also picked Keegan so that he could pair him with Phil to form a team that was close to unbeatable….then sat them all day on Saturday. These decisions, as well as taking Simpson when he told the team he was going to select Bill Haas, were plain foolish. The way he treated the U.S. players is laughable.

Does this taint Watson’s legacy? It probably does and it should, but only until (or if) he next does something in golf that’s amazing and was previous thought to be impossible for a man of his age. Either that, or when he takes his farewell tour around St. Andrews next year and says goodbye to the British Open….that will change his narrative because perception changes quickly when memories fade.

One Billion Dollars Cannot Buy You A Sense Of Style

Tiger Woods resurfaced today at the site of his golf course reclamation project in Texas. Why is this news? It isn’t, but what he was wearing became news. Tiger of course has a history of dressing like a full blown dork. He’s been spotted in Walmart jeans too often to call this an isolated incident. Today’s digs were an all time faux pas. Please look, but don’t stare too long for fear of permanent damage to your retina.

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Grandpa ShutFace would wear that. Do the shoes have velcro? The belt? Bro, you can’t wear a white belt with jeans. The jeans are bad enough, then you match their color with the shirt? That is a nightmare. How does Lindsey Vonn let him out in public dressed like this? How is it that Phil Knight doesn’t send a stylist with him to do $woosh damage control on their brand and image? Ugh.

Next Up

As previously mentioned, the Shutters are coming. That’s right. SFG’s year end awards start now. Tweeter of the Year is first up and now’s your chance to nominate someone. Post in the comments to give your idea. This category is wide open and no one is off limits.

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The Ryder Cup Sucks When Your Team Loses

You Get What You Deserve For Wearing Red Pants

Forgive me for being a little out of the loop over the last three days. Life in the ShutFace household is full of change and I was in Wisconsin all weekend playing golf on some major courses. Of course, if you follow me on the Twitter you already know that. More on these topics later when life gets a little more normal again. In the meantime, let’s talk Ryder Cup, if only briefly.

Unless you too were also playing 72 holes over the weekend, you already know what happened in the Ryder Cup. You probably watched more of it than I did. The short story is that the United States team lost as expected, and it really wasn’t close. Patrick Reed had a breakout – dare I say ‘top 5′ performance, Phil took a swing at Tom Watson (verbally), and Europe looks as unbeatable as ever. Maybe if the Americans weren’t too busy playing grab ass like they are in this picture they’d be able to focus on golf.

Hunter Mahan

Did they have to do that after losing a bet to someone on the Euro team…..I dunno. Either way fuck them, these two are both top 10 players in the world right now and they nabbed a whole 1.5 points between them. Those points were largely due to Rick getting three halves thanks to his partner, Jimmy Walker, carrying Fowler across the finish line.

I’m With FIGJAM

The big news after the Euro’s kicked American ass was what Phil Mickelson said in the post-cup presser. Phil questioned why the U.S. ever went away from the pod strategy used by Paul Azinger in 2008. That’s fair enough. I could question a lot more about what Watson did. Like why did Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth sit on day one when they were the hottest to players on the course? Both said they were shocked with Watson’s decision to sit them and that they did their best to change his mind, to no avail.

Then Watson sat Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley all fucking day on Saturday during team matches. What?!? How can you do that? The two are nearly unbeatable together and especially in the four ball format. If you want to sit them for foursomes because Phil can’t find a fairway, fine. He could use the rest for Sunday. To not play them and to give no acceptable reason for it is asinine. Yet Jim Furyk plays 4 times? Watson looked like a senile old man when trying to justify any of his decisions to the press……and don’t even get me started on picking Webb Simpson.

Watson’s ideas for fourball teammates were the reasons the U.S. got lambasted in the first place. @NoLayingUp’s tweet shown here sums it up perfectly.

I certainly couldn’t have said that any better. What we know for sure is that something has to change for the U.S. First, don’t let PGA Prez Ted Bishop have all the control he seems to have. He’s not getting it right. Let someone with some fresh ideas take charge. Second, change when captain’s picks are made. Take the hotter players and don’t make an arbitrary date for the cutoff. And third, make sure the next captain actually cares about winning. We’ve had a decade or so of guys playing in these that are not gutsy winners. If anything they’re chokers. And now they’re all primed to become captains. Please no, no Stricker, no Furyk, no old guys from the Champions Tour. Let Phil put his money where his mouth is, or just take Zinger or Couples again. They’re proven pricks………errrrrr picks.

Reed Breaks Out

If there was any good that came from losing these exhibition matches it was seeing Patrick Reed look like he was ready to take on the world all by himself. Reed of course backed that up by going 4-0 in the matches. Earlier in the year when Pat and Jimmy Walker were playing so well I questioned both of them as for how they could contribute to the Ryder Cup and likely called them some derogatory word to indicate that I didn’t think they should be on the U.S. team. So of course they turn out to be the most reliable dudes on the squad. I’ve been critical of Reed, and his play has been awful since April (likely due to his child being born), but his perfect record and crowd interaction has won me over.

That will make you public enemy number 1 in Europe for a long time. I love it, obviously, even if he is wearing red trousers.

Party Time

What do you do when you win the cup for your country/continent? You get fucked up, and Rory couldn’t wait to get started.

This Vine has lead to a good 456 premature ejaculation jokes being made around the interwebs. That seems fitting after his talk about how he’d be a virgin without golf only last week. Rors and his ‘mates got all hopped up after the big win and then things god weird.

Rory McIlroy

I guess he lost the same bet as Bubba and Rick.

 

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