Then Vs. Now

Louise SuggsI was very sad to learn that Louise Suggs passed away on Friday.   I’ve been a fan of the LPGA since I started playing golf and Ms. Suggs’ legacy, as a feisty competitor and quick-witted personality, is legendary.  But it’s not her golf I’ll miss – there’s great golf today – it’s her personality.  Players today just don’t seem to have the same spontaneity and, well, fun.

Ms. Suggs once said:  “Golf is very much like a love affair – if you don’t take it seriously, it’s no fun. But if you do, it breaks your heart.”   Today’s LPGA players are great, but I just can’t picture any of them saying something like this.

Maybe today’s players are just products of their times.  They seem to be unable to take golf seriously AND have fun.  They have “peeps” that manage them, they […]

Then Vs. Now2019-04-28T11:13:46-04:00

The Lexi Thompson Controversy:  I’m stunned

The Lexi Thompson controversy is shocking to me.

It was a pretty big golf story so I’m guessing you heard about it:  after marking her ball, Thompson replaced it in a different spot.  The LPGA was alerted to the infraction by a TV viewer a day after it happened.  LPGA Rules Officials reviewed the video tape and ended up assessing a heavy penalty which cost Thompson the coveted championship.

I was at the course when the news broke.  Fans were outraged at LPGA Rules officials.  People were screaming, “They screwed her,” and “They stole this from her!”  Given their reaction, I wondered if Thompson had replaced her ball just a blade of grass from the correct spot and some viewer, some trigonometry buff using signs and cosigns, had calculated a 1/100th of an inch breach.

As Warner Wolf used to say… let’s go to […]

The Lexi Thompson Controversy:  I’m stunned2019-04-28T12:05:58-04:00