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Bernhard Langer calling critics “jealous” isn’t going to end this anchoring debate

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Instead of kicking dirt on the fire and walking out of the forest of public disputed, Bernhard Langer is instead fanning the flames of the ongoing debate about his putting stroke.

“It’s human to be jealous, let’s put it that way,” Langer told The Telegraph. “If I was 180th on the money list, I don’t think anybody would be talking about it.”

Whoa, who’s he saying is jealous? Brandel Chamblee, because he’s sitting in a studio while Langer is out winning golf tournaments? Is he suggesting his fellow Champions Tour competitors are making a stink?

It’s an interesting (and vague) argument. It’s also extremely curious Langer would make any incendiary remark regarding the powder keg situation. Why say anything?

The German already released an official statement in defense of his stroke on July 7 in which he said,

“I’m certain that I am not anchoring the putter and that my putting stroke is not violating the Rules of Golf.”

Leave it at that. Why continue talking about the matter? The USGA says you aren’t in violation, carry on.

He restated his case further.

“I personally don’t understand it. Because I’m a man of integrity, and the last thing I want to do is break rules and be known for cheating. I’m not touching any part of my body, and I know I’m within the rules.”

“I have conferred with the rules officials on a regular basis, and they have wholeheartedly said, ‘You’re not breaking any rule.’ You have a few people who question my integrity, which is really hurtful.”

Again, the issue, in the minds of Chamblee and others, is Langer places himself in a position of suspicion. Even given the silliness of permissible strokes under Rule 14-1b, when Langer places his hand so close to his body that it touches the material of the shirt, he looks like he’s anchoring. Is he? The USGA says if doesn’t intend to, he isn’t. He says he isn’t.

That was the bizarre point of resolution we’d arrived at, until Bernhard inserted his unnamed “jealous” adversaries into the discussion.

So, the band plays on.

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  1. Michael Thomas

    Jul 28, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    ANOTHER FORUM FOR “IDIOTS” !!!

  2. Bob

    Jul 28, 2017 at 10:34 am

    Well judging by the post here I guess Langer is right, You guy’s are jealous

    And JP, 49 year olds can’t play on the Seniors Tour. You have to be 50 or older, that’s the rules

  3. Matt

    Jul 28, 2017 at 1:20 am

    Never watched a champions tour event. Don’t see the point of old guys past their prime creaming more than the millions they made on the regular tour.

  4. Richard Bruss

    Jul 27, 2017 at 5:41 pm

    The rules state that a putter must have at least 10 degrees of shaft angle so as not to have a croquet type of swing; so if Bernhard, has that, and complies with other data…. What’s the Beef?
    So that being stated, what your saying is Bernhard should turn the other cheek ( Mat 5:39 ) and suck it up; cave into this Political Correctness and Liberalism that seems to have permeated every facet of life. Most of the time these announcers are saying … Wow! “What imagination this man has!”

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  5. JD

    Jul 27, 2017 at 3:42 pm

    Two comments he’s made in the last year make it clear he’s not the guy I thought he was. I don’t watch the Champions tour anymore because it’s just the Langer anchored putting show. It used to be legends, timeless men of skill that played into their late years, and I liked it as well or better than any tour. Now it’s guys that are 49 or 50, couldn’t hack it on tour, so they get in shape and anchor (take any advantage) and go out and win. For every Fred Couples or Tom Lehman there are two Paul Goydos and Scott McCarron, I’ll watch Kenny Perry, but don’t care to watch Steve Flesch. This tour shouldn’t be a place for average 49 year olds to win their only tournament.

    • Obee

      Jul 28, 2017 at 11:09 am

      How about they were already in shape, and they continue to play solid golf.

      There would be no Champions Tour if it was just the 10+ time and major winners out there when they turn 50. In order to have an actual Tour, you need nice-sized fields that people can come watch–and that means that you are going to have Paul Goydos and Steve Flesch out there battling to see who is the best 50+ year old golfer week in and week out.

      Sounds like you want to attend exhibitions where you get to see your heroes play golf.

      “Timeless men of skill,” indeed….

  6. slicemixer

    Jul 27, 2017 at 3:25 am

    His putter shaft looks as long as my driver shaft. Com’on Man!

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WATCH: PGA Tour players play hole blindfolded and it’s hilarious/amazing

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As part of a Srixon campaign, four PGA Tour players recently participated in a three-hole challenge, with each hole being a different game; hole No. 1 was blindfolded, hole No. 2 was costumes and distractions, and hole No. 3 was alternate shot with a baseball bat. The teams were Smylie Kaufman and Sam Ryder against Shane Lowry and Grayson Murray.

Watch the full video below, since it is quite entertaining (albeit not the type of golf that Old Tom Morris surely had in mind), but in particular, make sure to check out the first hole where Lowry and Ryder play a full hole completely blind folded. It’s amazing to watch how badly Ryder struggles, and how Lowry nearly makes par.

Cleveland-Srixon’s marketing department has been hard at work crafting these viral-esque ad campaigns; if you remember, former long-drive champion Jamie Sadlowski recently dressed as 80-year-old Grandpa Jamie to fool range-goers. That video has since gathered over 1.2 million views on YouTube.

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Think you had a bad weekend on the course? At least you didn’t do this

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We hope this golfer didn’t take the ultra-premium golf equipment plunge before sending his clubs to a watery grave. Either way, this was an expensive (and strangely calm) reaction to a bad round.

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Tiger Woods battles terrifying deep-sea creature, wins

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With four tweets since July 21st, Tiger Woods is exposing himself on social media in a way we haven’t seen.

And with his latest tweet, he’s…exposing himself in a way we haven’t seen.

A shirtless-and-swimsuited Woods appears holding what he purports to be a lobster (but what looks more like a monster of the deep sea).

Nothing like it, indeed.

He’s lucky to have escaped with his life after battling that horrifying crustacean. Spiny lobsters, apparently, don’t have claws, but somehow that doesn’t make them any less terrifying, as they look poised to impale you and carry you off to their reefy lairs.

Not sure how big the beast in Woods grasp actually is, but it pales in comparison to this 14-pound creature from your nightmares.

14_pound_lobster_caught_near_Bermuda_0_48217534_ver1.0_640_480Anyway, Woods has been on something of a grand tour of late it seems, taking in a friendly version of El Clasico in Miami and posing with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.

All of this is good to see. It was two months ago that Woods entered rehab following his now-infamous Memorial Day arrest for impaired driving.

What this portends for his future on the golf course is unclear, but you’d assume the 14-time major champion is feeling pretty good if he’s free diving after monsters of the deep.

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