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Ted Bishop: Valhalla is “more dramatic and challenging” than Augusta National

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Ted Bishop, former president of the PGA of America, has no problem courting controversy…and sometimes, he even does it on purpose.

Bishop, largely out of the spotlight since his famed “little girl” tweet to Ian Poulter, got out his typing fingers for a piece on the Morning Read.

Now, Bishop’s core suggestion may be worth looking into: Find a permanent home for the PGA Championship, ala the Masters.

OK. Perhaps this could be a good thing and a point of differentiation for the least prestigious of the four major championships (no disrespect to the PGA of America or tournament organizers).

Unable to refrain from entering for salesman mode, Bishop travels to absurd realms with a comparison between Augusta National and Valhalla.

“I would argue that even with the natural beauty of Augusta National in early April, the golf course itself is not as dramatic or as challenging as at Valhalla. Certainly, Valhalla can be better and the PGA would be greatly incentivized to do that if it were a showcase of the championships that it owns.”

Not as dramatic or as challenging? What exactly is Bishop basing this on? The “drama” of the last PGA Championship at Valhalla was merely that of a birdie-fest shootout, not a “challenge.”

And in terms of popular guard, there is of course no competition: The Jack Nicklaus-designed course comes in at No. 81 on Golf Digest’s Top 100 list for 2017-2018. Augusta National, for its part, is second.

But let’s be real for a moment: There’s no way Ted Bishop actually thinks there is a comparison between the two courses.

He’s merely icing a cake of serious suggestion (finding a home course for the PGA Championship) with the thick frosting of absurdity (Valhalla/Augusta comparison) knowing the media would be unable to resist eating it up (and we’re eating it up).

Right?

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  1. joro

    Aug 7, 2017 at 11:25 am

    Ted is a caring and good man who has done a lot of good, he just says what he is thinking and the Bluenosed Butt Kissers who head the PGA did not like some of the things he did and used the Poulter comment to get him out, AND,,,, take away any privileges he had. Coulter just laughed and said it was funny. And by the way, Valhalla is tougher than Augusta, but does not have the man made History.

  2. pooch

    Aug 4, 2017 at 10:40 am

    Looks like Ted has got into the medicine cabinet.
    I think if they swapped the PGA with the US Open the PGA would gain ratings and I think the US Open would remain just as important.
    The Masters at Augusta National will always be the best tournament of the year. I would like to see Augusta National host a Ryder Cup.

  3. Dtrain

    Aug 4, 2017 at 9:13 am

    Valhalla is a mediocre layout for a private club. It’s a good venue for a golf tournament logistically it seems but the course is nothing special in any way.

    • Traveling Man

      Aug 4, 2017 at 2:03 pm

      Mediocre? Nothing special in any way? Where do you play?

  4. Why Not?

    Aug 3, 2017 at 11:57 pm

    I see the not so veiled complaint about a “birdie fest” and I’m not so sure why that’s a bad idea. I have traditionally liked to see the birdies and eagles on the back 9 at Augusta. I have also liked to see the tight fairways and severe rough at the US Open (not so much any more) bring the pros to their knees. Then, I always hope for wind and rain to test the golfers at THE Open…. not to mention the deep pot bunkers. Its always so different from what I’m used to watching here in the states. I’m not sure why so many people want to see all the majors look the same. Whats the point? Why can’t they all be distinctively different? As a matter of fact, I would really like to see the powers that be slow the greens down to about 8 on the stimpmeter and see who the worlds best player is on slow greens. That would be fun too.

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The 7 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today (3.19.19)

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It’s about time we showed our loyal Instagram followers more love in 2019, and in case you aren’t following us already, there’s a whole load of action going on at our page: @golfwrx.

With so many equipment enthusiasts, and well, golf junkies, in general, hashtagging their photos #GolfWRX, it’s high time we shared with our members the best of those images on our front page.

Here are seven of the best #GolfWRX photos from the past 24 hours.

Simplicity At Its Finest From National Custom Works

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One Customer’s Swag Custom Divot Tool From Johnston Gray Designs. And according to the company, they can just about custom create a Divot Tool in any design you like.

Speaking of Swag, this company is at it again.

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Warning. This video may make you feel terrible about your own bunker game.

Callaway’s Limited Edition Mack Daddy 4 Tactical Wedges have been receiving some love, and it’s hard to see why they wouldn’t with that slick PVD finish.

And if you didn’t think that rainbow oil can finishes were in, then check out this from Royalty Sports.

There really was no way this Conor McGregor themed custom putter wasn’t getting included here.

Get hashtagging your golf posts #GolfWRX for your chance to feature in our best of Instagram posts in the future!

 

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Tweets of the Week: Tiger’s humor, Rose’s fanatical supporter, and Spieth’s trick shot

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Rory McIlroy held his nerve to win the Players Championship after an explosive Sunday at TPC Sawgrass, while Guido Migliozzi won his maiden title on the European Tour at the Kenya Open. After a busy week, here are a few of the things you may have missed and some of the quirkier moments from the world of golf dished out in the Twittersphere over the past seven days.

Spieth’s Driver Flop Shot

His game on the course might not be near its best currently, but this shot pre-event from Spieth is a sight to behold.

Chamblee’s Bad News

Brandel Chamblee ruined every Tiger fans’ Saturday morning with this tweet…

..before Tiger made it all better by providing us all with this classic moment on the island green that evening.

Tiger’s Mugshot

That wasn’t the only thing Woods found amusing on Saturday either…

Justin Rose’s Biggest Fan?

Wow indeed.

Jon Rahm Implosion

I also do not understand any of this.

Gentleman Jim’s Hat Tan

That’s a ten.

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Tweets of the Week: Phil goes full Phil, Jason Day lets loose at Magic Kingdom and DJ’s lefty swing

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Francesco Molinari shot an incredible final round of 64 to seal the deal at Bay Hill, while Justin Harding claimed his maiden title on the European Tour at the Qatar Masters. Here at Tweets of the Week though, we take a look at some things you may have missed and some of the quirkier moments from the world of golf dished out in the Twittersphere over the past seven days.

No Tiger, No Party

Word certainly does get around, Brandel.

International Women’s Day

The event was Friday, and this is how Ian Poulter chose to celebrate the occasion.

Moving on…

Phil Goes Full Phil

A shot from someone’s garden with the ball on the out of bounds net and having to be played backwards? You got this Phil…

… all an elaborate excuse to show off those high kick skills really.

Jason Day Hits Up The Magic Kingdom

The Aussie was spotted at DisneyWorld following his withdrawal from the Arnold Palmer Invitational (a topic which our members have been keen to discuss on our forums)…

..and it’s fair to say that he looked as if he was enjoying himself.

Tyrrell Hatton Fumes

While Hatton made his caddie confirm that this was indeed the worst golf shot ever hit.

A Bad Hole In One?

DA Points hit this hole in one at Bay Hill, despite being unhappy with the shot.

DJ Goes Lefty

How do we rate DJ’s lefty swing, GolfWRXers?

 

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