The Shag Bag
06 SEP 2017
An Unlikely Transgressor
Over the past few years, there have been quite a few instances of high-speed car chases ending on golf courses. However, none of those pursuits were as bizarre as what occurred in Kirkwood, New York last week when 79-year-old Freddie Maliwacki Sr. led 15 state troopers on a 30-minute car chase across Broome County and onto the Golden Oak Golf Course. According to reports, Maliwacki refused to stop for an officer after getting flagged for going 93 mph on Interstate 81. He then turned onto the golf course after a spike strip that officers had laid out on State Route 79 punctured his front tires. Incredibly, the chase still did not end there. Maliwacki continued to drive around on the golf course for some time, damaging several of the club’s greens and fairways in the process. It was only after he crashed his vehicle into an embankment next to a hazard that authorities were able to swoop in and arrest the septuagenarian.
Many of golf’s biggest stars responded to the disastrous flooding and destruction that ravaged Houston last week with numerous donation pledges and an outpouring of support for those who have been affected by Hurricane Harvey. Grove, Texas resident and Barracuda Championship winner, Chris Stroud, turned his home — situated just north of Houston — into a refuge shelter. He also pledged $10,000 plus 10% of his winnings at last week’s Dell Technologies Championships to the Red Cross. The PGA Tour responded to Stroud’s charitable actions with a $250,000 donation of its own. Additionally, last week’s tournament sponsor, Dell, pledged $500,000 to the Red Cross, while company owner, Michael Dell also announced that his foundation would be donating an additional $36 million to relief efforts. Dustin Johnson, Sergio Garcia, Phil Mickelson, Justin Thomas, and Patrick Reed also pledged substantial donations to relief efforts, with many more household names expected to join that list in the coming days. On the women’s side, Houston resident Stacy Lewis pledged that she would donate all of her earnings from last week’s Portland Classic to relief efforts and, wouldn’t you know it, Lewis went on to win the tournament! As a result, the 32-year-old will be mailing her $195,000 winner’s cheque to the Red Cross! Meanwhile, the Symetra Tour’s Shannon Fish pledged to donate $100 for each birdie and $500 for each eagle made last week. The former Big Break Atlantis contestant’s pledge inspired identical donations from more than twenty of her colleagues.
Hole Outs Galore
It was a hole-in-one fiesta at the Dell Technologies Championship last week with Kevin Tway, Grayson Murray, and Lucas Glover all recording aces on TPC Boston’s par 3s. Tway’s ace came on Friday when he jarred his 231-yard tee shot on the 11th hole. Grayson Murray, who was paired with Tway for the opening round, congratulated the Oklahoma native with a high-five after the shot before remarking “drinks on you, buddy!”
As fate would have it, Murray responded the following round with a 213-yard ace of his own on the 8th hole. The ace was Murray’s second of the season and gave the Raleigh, North Carolina native a share of the lead at the time.
Incredibly, Glover’s ace came just 65 seconds after Murray’s, when the 37-year-old jarred his tee shot on the 16th hole from 187 yards.
It appears that a large part of the Golden State Warriors’ NBA roster might just be obsessed with golf. We already knew that Steph Curry and Andre Iguodala both love the game. Curry was tremendous in his Web.com Tour debut in August, where he posted consecutive rounds of 74 at the Ellie Mae Classic, while a delighted Iguodala made his first appearance as part of the broadcast team at the PGA Championship a couple weeks ago. Now, it turns out that Kevin Durant is probably the biggest golf nut of the three! The NBA Finals MVP appeared on “Hot Ones”, a YouTube series where the guests answer questions while eating spicy chicken wings, and admitted that he plays seven to eight hours of Rory McIlroy PGA Tour video game golf every day. Durant noted that he doesn’t care whether he is playing against friends at home or random strangers online — as long as he gets his daily dose of birdies and eagles!
After leaving his eagle putt 13 feet short of the cup on the 4th hole on Sunday, Sergio Garcia slammed his putter into a sprinkler head cover with such ferocity that he bent the shaft. A rules official on site noticed the bend and informed Garcia that his altered putter would not be eligible for the rest of the round. So, the Spaniard pulled out his 3-wood instead and drained his putt for birdie anyway!
Unfortunately, Garcia’s putting magic did not last for too much longer. The 37-year-old went on to make four bogeys over his next five holes using an assortment of clubs — including his driver — as substitutes for the flat stick.
Video of the Week
Guess who is practicing his short game all of a sudden? Tiger Woods posted this short video of himself hitting pitch shots on Thursday with the caption, “Dr. gave me the ok to start pitching.” Does this mean that an imminent return to action is on the horizon for Woods? I wouldn’t count on it …
Shot of the Week
This might just be the most impressive shot we’ve seen all year. Even though it should go without saying, do not try this at home or there will be glass everywhere!