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The story behind these unbelievable (and real) golf course photos

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You’ve probably seen the photos (it would be insensitive to say they’re spreading like wildfire on social media). Beacon Rock Golf Course, North Bonneville, Washington: Golfers on the course. Biblical blaze in the distance.

-990106fe4ae8b67eFirst of all, is teeing it up in this situation anything resembling a good idea? Beyond the obvious possibility of being encircled by a wildfire, which you assume the golfers have allowed for, aren’t their air quality issues to be concerned about?

John Patrick Pullen of Fortune spoke with Kristi McCluer, the woman behind the lens. McCluer was skydiving in the area before the abundance of smoke grounded her.

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McCluer decided to try to get some shots of the fire, after finding several route blocked off, she turned around to head home. It was on her trek back the pulled into the parking lot of Beacon Golf Course.

“And I got out and I started taking pictures,” McCluer says. “I thought, ‘This is a good spot, nobody else is around, it wasn’t crowded, there were only two or three other cars and some people golfing.'”

“The golfers and I were not actually in any danger,” McCluer told Pullen. “When I was done taking pictures, I walked over to them and we talked about how crazy and surreal and horrifying this event is.”

Not actually in any danger? If you say so. We’ll trust the inferno’s proximity is some sort of an optical illusion and that it was moving in the opposite direction. Incredible, surreal photos nevertheless.

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On a serious note, here’s hoping the Eagle Creek fire is contained as quickly as possible.

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  1. rex235

    Sep 10, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    Does anyone have a photo of what that area looks like now?

  2. FK

    Sep 9, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    The fact that those fackas decided to continue to play golf says everything about every kant in america

  3. Rich

    Sep 9, 2017 at 11:47 am

    It would be insensitive but you said it anyway? Yeah good……..

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Are advanced stats overrated? Some GolfWRX members think so.

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On the instruction side of our fair game, we see plenty of impassioned exchanges between the anti-Trackman set and proponents of the swing radar technology.

A cousin to this debate is playing out in the GolfWRX forums right now: WRX member Golfer929 writes that he thinks advanced stats (strokes gained, proximity from certain distances, etc) are overrated.

He says

“Nobody needs to know that when Jordan Spieth eats a PB&J for lunch on a Thursday he has a 72% chance to break par. How in the world are these ridiculous stats like Strokes gained and distance from the flag from the right rough going to help somebody win a golf tournament. Obviously they can tell where they need work and I know I’m gaining strokes on people if I’m moving up the leaderboard.”

He goes further, taking his criticism to the golf course to the arena of other, well, arenas. Golfer929 calls advanced stats “the downfall of modern sports.”

Sean2 agrees with the central thesis.

“I used to keep track of everything. I discovered I was getting more hung up on statistics than anything else. I’ve since stopped and I am playing much better…As to the Tour, it is beginning to remind me of MLB. I don’t know if statistics are the “downfall”, but I do wonder how the likes of Hogan, Snead, or Jones, were able to play golf at all.”

The aptly named ThinkingPlus has a more philosophical take, suggesting the statistics themselves aren’t the problem.

“Use the information wisely and it will likely make you a better golfer.  Use the information unwisely and you may get distracted.  Not considering all the information available is foolish.”

There are plenty more hot takes in this thread. Check it out, and let us know if you think the focus on advanced stats has gone too far, or if this is all part of the evolution of the game and important information for players (and/or fans).

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Billy Horschel, Brandel Chamblee battle on Twitter re: Tiger’s swing

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Yes, friends, Billy Horschel and Brandel Chamblee traded barbs on Twitter. And while the specific issue, Tiger Woods’ swing, gets the headline, it’s worth noting that Horschel questioned the Golf Channel analyst’s ability to, well, analyze, more broadly.

Before getting to Chamblee’s latest bit of hornet’s nest kicking, it’s worth examining Horschel’s point: As Chamblee is “a ghost on the range,” and doesn’t talk to players about their swings or coaches about what they’re trying to get their players to do, Horschel doesn’t believe he’s qualified to talk about current player swings.

That’s a bold claim, but it’s one that’s almost certainly echoed by many of Horschel’s fellow PGA Tour pros. It’s certainly the way Tiger Woods, who by all accounts despises Chamblee and has lobbied behind the scenes for the analyst’s firing, feels.

Anyway, onto the exchange. Chamblee, not surprisingly, feels Woods’ action before the advent of Trackman. This is, of course, a moot point as Woods himself stated firmly his left knee issues made his early 2000s swing unsustainable. Regardless, Chamblee decided to tell his followers to emulate Woods’ early 2000s action and stay away from his “Trackman drunk” Foley-era swing.

Then, well, you don’t need play-by-play…

Nice to see Chamblee was able to work in his callback “lift your left heel.” A lot to unpack here, WRXers. What do you think?

 

(credit to Golf.com for the screenshotting)

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Who’s the best golfer without a major right now?

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In this week’s episode of “Yo, GolfWRX?!” equipment expert Brian Knudson and Editor Andrew Tursky cover a wide variety of topics including Grayson Murray vs. Bernhard Langer, Breakfast Balls and Tiger Woods rumors. Also, who’s currently the best player without a major?

Watch the video below to see their answers:

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