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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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GolfWRX Classifieds Spotlight (05/29/20): Ping, Byron Morgan, Mizuno Copper!

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At GolfWRX, we love golf equipment plain and simple

We are a community of like-minded individuals that all experience and express our enjoyment for the game in many ways. It’s that sense of community that drives day-to-day interactions in the forums on topics that range from best driver to what marker you use to mark your ball, it even allows us to share another thing – the equipment itself.

One of the best ways to enjoy equipment is to experiment and whether you are looking to buy-sell-or trade (as the name suggests) you can find almost anything in the GolfWRX BST Forum. From one-off custom Scotty Cameron Circle T putters, to iron sets, wedges, and barely hit drivers, you can find it all in our constantly updated marketplace.

These are some of the latest cool finds from the GolfWRX BST, and if you are curious about the rules to participate in the BST Forum you can check them out here: GolfWRX BST Rules

Member BassCatchr77 – Ping i500 / iBlade combo set

They might look like blades all the way through the bag, but this is not your average combo set. Ping i500s are some of the hottest hollow irons on the market and the iBlades are way more forgiving than they appear. This is like a sneaky speedster family sedan with 500HP under the hood.

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: Ping Combo Set

Member Ngin24 – Byron Morgan Milled Putter

Most people know the big names when it comes to milled putters, and although Byron Morgan hasn’t yet broken into the mainstream doesn’t mean he doesn’t make an awesome putter! This is a milled Anser shape with clean lines and no alignment aid on top – they don’t get cleaner than this.

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: Byron Morgan Putter

Member DirtyBirdie2 – Copper Mizuo MP 20’s

This is one of 500 sets released worldwide and safely being stored in their original box. The asking price might seem high but when you consider the rarity of these irons ( and how freakin’ cool they look ) can you really put a price on them?

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: Copper Mizuno Irons

Remember that you can always browse the GolfWRX Classifieds any time here in our forums: GolfWRX Classifieds 

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The DailyWRX 5/29/2020: My friend is an incredible golfer, Barkley the HoFer, Molinari’s landscaping

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We are just two short weeks from live PGA Tour action…just let that sink in and inspire.

That is all, let’s see what happened on IG and the Tweeter.

This is personal…

My best friend just ripped Santa Ana CC in half…

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Congrats @nbollini on a 62! Member course record.

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He wasn’t the best last Sunday…

But Chuck did perform like a Hall of Famer.

This can’t be ignored…

Great swing pro, but wait…..that’s your backyard?! Where did I go wrong? SMH. I’m chipping whiffle balls into a kids’ sand bucket.

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So good to see the boss out of his back garden ????

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Jacklin coming in HOT….

I mean yes it’s shocking he only won one major…..but he’s Sergio, he’s still a legend.

The Steve Stricker Invitational is canceled…

I watched this tourney for one reason….to watch Steve Stricker (Top 10 all-time faves) take a victory lap. YouTube highlights here I come.

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The Match Pt. 3 – The perfect candidates to pair up with Tiger and Phil

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After Sunday’s hugely successful The Match: Champions for Charity, golf fans are already demanding for the third instalment to complete the Tiger Woods vs Phil Mickelson trilogy.

Whether it’s athletes from other sports, current LPGA stars or celebrities, there’s been plenty of names touted to pair up with Tiger and Phil, and here’s a rundown of some of the biggest contenders to tee it up for The Match Pt. 3.

Sporting Greats

Michael Jordan

A sporting superstar, an avid golfer and a high roller gambler – the world would tune in for MJ. If The Match 3 wants to go in the same direction as the second instalment then landing MJ would be a massive coup, and during an interview with Dan Patrick this week, Phil said he wants him involved.

  • Handicap: 1.9

Steph Curry

One of the biggest NBA players in the game, serial golfer and a man who has done some incredible things for the game of golf to help the sport grow. Curry has already teed it up on the formerly known Web.com Tour, and he has the game to hold his own in this contest.

  • Handicap: 0.1

Tony Romo

The former Cowboys QB loves his golf and provided plenty of highlights when he teed it up last year at the PGA Tour’s Safeway Open. Romo has a natural flair for the mic, and he’s already shown he’s not afraid to mix it with the pros.

  • Handicap: +0.3

LPGA Stars

Lexi Thompson

I’d love to see more mixed events, and if The Match 3 is to involve LPGA players, then Lexi Thompson has to be involved. Arguably the most recognizable face on the LPGA Tour, Thompson would be a great addition with her power game, blessed with the ability to hit both bombs and hellacious seeds – the perfect fit for the event.

Danielle Kang

The World Number 5 in the world, and Danielle Kang’s star is on the rise. Not only can she play, but she’s not afraid to talk the talk too. She may not have “made the Europeans cry” as she hoped at the 2019 Solheim Cup, but that likely wouldn’t hold her back from trash-talking either Tiger or Phil.

Nelly Korda

The 21-year-old may not have a major to her name just yet, but her number 2 ranking shows she’s close to breaking through. America’s highest-ranked player and one of the longest hitters on the LPGA Tour.

Celebrities

Larry David

As comics go, Larry David is difficult not to love. He may not be the best golfer in the world, but the humor he would bring to the event would more than compensate for any suspect shots.

  • Handicap: 15

Bill Murray 

A golf icon in his own right, Bill Murray is seen annually entertaining the crowds at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, and his golf game is very solid too. He’d be a popular choice, and there’s no chance the occasion would get the better of him.

  • Handicap: 7.2

Ray Romano

Just like Murray, Ray Romano loves his golf and is seen annually at Pebble Beach during the Tour’s Pro-Am. His game may not hold up as well as Murray, but his entertainment value would more than make up for that.

  • Handicap: 17

WRXers, who do you want to see tee it up with Tiger and Phil for ‘The Match Pt. 3’? 

Let us know what you think!

 

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