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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).

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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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Terrible hats are proof Koepka not human, likely an alien robot from the future

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For all this talk about Brooks Koepka not receiving the credit he deserves, it’s time we put the focus on the important things — like hats. And the overwhelming evidence that Koepka is, in fact, a high-functioning alien robot. From the future.

Case in point: everyone who appreciates a classic aliens-hide-among-humans-disguised-as-humans movie knows the most important scene — the first reveal of the aliens! Think back to that first time you watched Men in Black, and that cold open where Tommy Lee Jones confronts “Mikey,” who turns out to be a flippered blue alien, and then (sadly) has to shoot Mikey when he attempts to attack a police officer with all seven of his limbs. A beautiful piece of filmmaking, no doubt.

Well, inadvertently, during the first two rounds of the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, Nike pulled a Mikey, but without having Tommy Lee Jones’ famous memory-wiping technology. They weren’t quite ready to tell the world their poster boy of dominance wasn’t a real human, but the cat’s out of the bag, folks.

After all, if Koepka wasn’t a robot, how could we explain his willingness to wear that hat in public, let alone wear it on television, during one of the sports biggest stages, at one of the world’s best courses? And we all know exactly which hat we’re talking about — the one that looks exactly like your grandmother’s shower curtain in her spare bathroom. If we can all agree there’s no feasible way all the designers at Nike thought the hat in question actually looked good, we’re forced to consider…something mysterious is afoot. What is Nike trying to hide from us? They’re clearly trying to divert our attention away from something, but — what is it?!

The answer is clear. There’s a murderous blue alien robot underneath that hat. He just happens to be really damn good at golf.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re well aware of Koepka’s dominance over the past 24 months. The dude has done nothing but win majors, winning with an aura of unflappability we haven’t seen since the original robot said “Hello, World” back when Koepka was learning how to read. (Or, more likely, Koepka never actually learned to read, just programmed to read).

Would it be that much of a surprise to learn Koepka is the world’s first successful application of Artificial Intelligence? A robot designed not for war, but a delightful piece of technology designed for smashing drives, pushing weights, and holing an obscene amount of pressure-packed putts.

Here’s where this gets tricky – what do we do next, golf fans? Do we call our suspicions into the USGA, the same way some dude at home on his couch somehow called a penalty(-ish) on Dustin Johnson a couple years ago? Probably not. We know with certainy the USGA would completely screw that up. They might not even rule on an appropriate penalty for Koepka’s non-humanness until the event is over, keeping us all in the dark all evening Sunday.

Here’s my thoughts: maybe we just accept it. Act like it’s n.b.d. Brooks Koepka is just an alien robot, most likely from some time in the future, sent here to entertain us with some of the most unbelievable golf we’ll ever see on this planet or the next.

But please, Nike, let’s all wink at each other with knowing smiles, and at least pretend he’s just your run of the mill (non-alien) professional golfer. Give him one of your clean looking white swoosh hats Rory wears. They look great! Or, hell, let him just take off the hat altogether and let the alien hang out. We don’t care. Just don’t make us look at grandma’s shower curtain over the weekend. It’s an insult to spare bathrooms everywhere.

 

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The 6 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today (6.14.19)

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In this segment, we’ll be taking a look at some of the best #GolfWRX tagged photos on Instagram. In case you aren’t already, there’s a whole load of action going on at our page, so follow us: @golfwrx

Let’s get to it then, here are six of the best #GolfWRX photos from the past 24 hours.

Dormie Workshop with limited edition covers using real flags from Pebble Beach.

 ”Banksy Gilmore” U.S. Open – Pebble Beach Headcover from American Flatsticks.

How about this custom Scotty from Embrace Putters?

Andrew Halford sharing his cool video of Tiger Woods on the practice green at Pebble Beach.

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Just @tigerwoods practicing putting.

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Immaculate work from those in charge at Pebble.

Swag’s King putter cover in action.

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

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Jordan Spieth blasts caddie, Michael Greller, during round one of the U.S. Open after back-to-back errors

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Jordan Spieth began his U.S. Open campaign with a one-over round of 72, and on the eight hole at Pebble Beach, the Texan let his frustration spill over as he laid into his caddie, Michael Greller, after back-to-back mistakes.

The 25-year-old was even par at the time, but on the treacherous eight hole he hit his tee shot through the fairway and off the cliff, before taking a drop and hitting his third shot over the green.

Fox Sports microphones picked up Spieth’s frustration at this moment, as he appeared to blast his caddie.

“Two perfect shots, Michael. You got me in the water on one and over the green on the other.”

After his round, Spieth clarified that the comment was made due to his frustration that as a team, the two couldn’t figure out how to get things right on the hole.

“When you hit a couple of shots exactly where you want and one’s in the water and the next one’s dead over the green, I’m going to be frustrated that as a team we didn’t figure out how to make sure that didn’t happen.

I may have looked like the bad guy, but my intentions were that we should be in play if the ball is hit solidly.”

Spieth tees off on day two alongside Tiger Woods and Justin Rose at 11:24 AM ET.

 

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