The Shag Bag
17 OCT 2017
From Dawn ‘til Dusk
Even the best ball strikers in the world will admit that making a hole-in-one requires at least some luck. For a tee shot to find the bottom of the cup, the ball must be hit a precise distance on a perfect line. However, even if the ball is struck just right, it still will not drop into the hole unless it also takes a perfect bounce. That is why the odds of a professional golfer making an ace at any given time are 2,500-1. Last week, the European Tour decided to test those numbers by challenging Edoardo Molinari to jar a 145-yard tee shot in 500 shots or less. The Italian accepted the challenge and spent nearly 12 hours on the same tee block on Tuesday trying to make a hole-in-one. Unfortunately, he did not! Nevertheless, the 36-year-old did come extremely close on several of his 500 strikes, including his first shot of the day which came to rest just a few inches from the cup. Over the course of the video, Molinari hilariously descended into near madness as he watched one tee shot after another flirt with, but fail to drop into, the cup. Poor guy!
A Grand Finale
The PGA of Canada had its year-end Levelwear Fall Scramble at Glencairn Golf Club last week and it was a scoring bonanza as all 35 teams that participated in the event finished under par for the tournament. The event, a three-player team scramble featuring club professionals and golf instructors from all over Ontario, is always the circuit’s most exciting event of the year. This year it was the trio of Brian Cvetkovic, Bryan Overland, and Chris McClure from RattleSnake Point Golf Club who split a winner’s share of $3000 after the team posted a 15-under 57 on the ClubLink course! “The RattleSnakes” made the turn in 29 after carding five birdies and an eagle on the front nine (Scotch Block) and then absolutely decimated the back nine (Leithfield) with birdies on every hole except for the 470-yard par-4 sixth. After the round, McClure offered some key advice on how to navigate Glencairn’s tricky greens. “Be aware of where the escarpment is or you will start second guessing yourself on the break,” McClure said. “If you just base it off of where the escarpment is and trust your reads you can make some very key putts at key times."
Out of Range
TPC Kuala Lumpur’s diminutive driving range caused some logistical issues at the CIMB Classic last Friday when all 78 players in the field attempted to warm up at the same time following a four-hour rain delay. Unfortunately, there were only enough spots for about half of the field on the range. As a result, many golfers were forced to make their own makeshift practice areas wherever they saw fit on the property, including on TPC’s Kuala Lumpur’s East Course where the LPGA Tour is scheduled to play at the end of the month. The scattered warm-up session certainly made for some hilarious photos.
However, several members of the LPGA Tour did not appreciate the divots that the players were leaving on the fringes and fairways and took to Twitter to call the PGA Tour out for it.
Photo of the Week
Canada’s Austin Connelly was paired with Sergio Garcia on Saturday at the Italian Open. And to commemorate the occasion, Connelly’s mother, Bridget, dug this photo out of the family archives of the two golfers sharing a moment 18 years ago when Connelly was just a toddler.
Connelly and Garcia responded to the nostalgia by hilariously recreating (and posing for) the photo before teeing off later that day.
Shot of the Week
Jamie Donaldson nearly holes this driver off the deck from 291 yards for an albatross on Friday at the Italian Open!
Video of the Week
Looks like Jason Day’s son, Dash, might have inherited some of his father’s soft touch around the greens.