The Shag Bag

Faldo Makes a Funny

The Open is the oldest of the four major tournaments in golf, but its name certainly is not! The tournament, which used to be known simply as the British Open here in North America, has undergone numerous name changes and revamps by both America’s sports networks and the R&A in recent years. This has created considerable confusion from broadcasters and fans about what to actually call the event. In the UK, the tournament has always been known as The Open Championship. That designation, however, was only adopted by ESPN in 2005, after the network had previously called it the British Open for years. The PGA Tour did not immediately follow suit and only started calling the event The Open Championship in 2014. Since then, however, the tournament’s name has been changed once again. In an attempt to distinguish its flagship tournament from other famous Open tournaments around the world — i.e. the US Open, the Canadian Open, and the Irish Open, to name but a few — the R&A has made it clear that it wants its tournament to be succinctly called “The Open.” This has prompted many sneers and jabs, including, most recently, a hilarious remark from Sir Nick Faldo. “It’s gone from the British Open to The Open Championship. Now it’s The Open,” the NBC/Golf Channel broadcaster said during a teleconference for the Open Championship last week. “In another five years it will just be called ‘The’!”

A Southpaw Showdown

Before the Scottish Open got underway last week, the European Tour challenged several of its more prominent stars in attendance, including Rory McIlroy, Henrik Stenson, and Rickie Fowler, to participate in a closest to the pin, left-handed challenge. Not surprisingly, a wild assortment of ugly shots ensued. Martin Kaymer duck-hooked his shot way to the right, Patrick Reed sent a low missile into the grandstands, and Chris Wood missed the ball completely! However, there were also some surprisingly excellent golf shots — as you would almost come to expect from athletes of that calibre — including lefty strikes from Stenson and Branden Grace that nearly dropped into the cup for aces!

Shank of the Week

Cody Gribble hit such a terrible second shot on the par-5 17th at TPC Deere Run on Thursday that even he broke into laughter immediately afterwards.

Sometimes you just have to laugh it off.

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Recovery of the Week

After firing his tee shot into the grandstands on the 17th hole at TPC Deer Run, Kelly Kraft elected to take a free drop on a narrow strip of AstroTurf directly behind the bleachers. Somehow, Kelly hoisted the shot back onto the fairway and then went on to make a par on the hole! It was rather ‘Krafty’ of him!

Video of the Week

The secret to being a good putter is to practice your stroke constantly … even at the airport, while waiting for your luggage!

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