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GolfWRX members say “bring back the Skins Game!”

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“Anyone else miss the Skins Game?” GolfWRX member Medic wonders. Ah yes, that Thanksgiving-time tradition of Fred Couples fattening his wallet to extreme proportions… The Skins Game hasn’t been contested since 2008, and plenty of GolfWRX members continue to mourn its passing.

Hawkeye77 writes

“…YES I miss it! Back when golf had a season that wasn’t spanning two calendar years, the NFL played 14 games, may hair was still brown, and on and on. Actually, when it stopped including Jack and Arnie I kind of started to lose interest, but now getting some Euros and other world players involved with our guys, could be some fun!”

Bigarch says

“A Thanksgiving weekend staple! The Skins Game was great when there were strong personalities playing. Would love to see it come back, but I don’t know what 4 players have personalities strong enough to make it “must see tv” like Arnie, Jack and Lee could. You need guys doing things on the golf course like Patrick Reed and Rory at the last Ryder Cup. Actually that would be 2 pretty good players to start with. Next let’ss throw in Mickelson who loves money matches.”

Dave230 points out the sad reality underlying the demise of the Skins Game

“Yeah, pity there aren’t more novelty events in the off-season. Skins is such a fun format to watch. But like regular events, they’re very reliant on having well-known players show up. The first Skins game was Nicklaus, Player, Palmer and Watson, four of the greatest to ever play the game. Whereas 2008 was Choi, Ames, Mediate and Mickelson. Just not the same.”

And that’s the sad truth. Most of the players we’d like to see in the Skins Game are earning massively more on Tour than the big draws of the early Skins competitions did. With the overflowing plate that is the PGA Tour season, the Tour’s shining stars are looking for as much rest as they can squeeze in during the holiday season. With no ranking points on the line and likely not competing for much more than a winner’s share elsewhere, the Skins Game has gone the way of the buffalo, sadly.

That is, unless a sponsor wants to step up and offer a million dollars per hole. Phil Mickelson, at least, would be in…Skins Game king Fred Couples, too.

What do you think about the Skins Game, GolfWRX members? Sad that it’s been dead for nearly a decade? Couldn’t care less?

Let us know what you think or join the discussion in the thread.

 

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  1. Baltazar Valencia

    Dec 14, 2017 at 6:42 pm

    By everything that is holy, YES!!! BRING BACK THE SKINS GAME!!!

  2. Steve

    Dec 13, 2017 at 6:33 pm

    Bring it back by all means. But mix it with LPGA & PGA players..

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What’s your favorite photo from the history of pro golf?

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Golf history, as we know, is rich. Dramatic storylines, pithy anecdotes, iconic equipment, and storybook shots are all woven into the vibrant tapestry of the game at the professional level.

It’s no surprise, then, that from the rough black-and-white of Old Tom Morris, open-stanced, gazing past the camera to his target, to the present DSLR shots, the history of the professional game is peppered with great photographs.

WRX member Christosterone started a thread with the question, “What’s your favorite tour picture and why?”

He offered this shot of “three reverse-c idols and a Texan.”

Of course, it only took one response, for someone to offer up this classic shot of Arnold Palmer and Ben Hogan. One assumes that the fact that they didn’t care for one another only enhanced their badass postures.

 

Also, dicko999 (who better to post the following?), offered a cropped version of the legendary Presidents Cup streaker shot. Beyond the absurdity of the scene, the facial expressions make this shot great.

Just a fantastic thread that you’ll want to check out–and hopefully add a photo of your own to.

Check out the thread.

 

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Do you go high-five or fist-bump on the golf course? #YoGolfWRX

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Equipment expert Brian Knudson and Editor Andrew Tursky cover a wide variety of topics including Tiger’s best swing, high five vs. knuckles and logo up or logo down?

Watch below (or click here if the embed doesn’t work for you).

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Parents in Montana can’t watch their children golf, and nobody is happy about it

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In Montana, as you may have heard from an irritated friend at some point during the past month, spectators cannot watch high school golf.

Nick Petraccione of KBZK originally did a deep dive into the following passage from the Montana State High School Association Rulebook in November.

“No spectators/fans are allowed on the course except for certain locations as designated by the tournament manager and club professional.”

Petraccione found the “designated” areas are generally the first tee box and the 18th green, but at some courses, there are no such area. Needless to say, as the KBZK report has been disseminated through the golf mediasphere over the past month, most are not in favor of the MSHA’s position.

Before drilling down into some of the dissent, it’s worth considering the logic of spectator restrictions. Per Petraccione:

“It comes down to a few factors: mainly that golf courses and tournament managers are involved in opening those spaces, not the MSHA. Other factors include parents being unruly, disrupting play, spectator safety, and illegally coaching players on the course.”

Fair enough. But the other side of the coin, beyond parents merely wanting to watch their kids play, is that the MSHA could be “trampling on civil rights,” per James Greenbaum, an attorney KBZK spoke with.

“The highest court has stated many times that difficulty of enforcement is no excuse for trampling on civil rights. They are discriminating against children and parents in an outrageous manner in violation of the federal and state constitution. That is a fundamental right, for their parent to bond with their child and encourage them in something as innocent as a sporting event. … How could you deny a parent that right?”

The outrage, as mentioned, is abundant. Major-winner Shaun Micheel tweeted his disbelief. Micheel also suggested the policy handicaps potential college recruits.

“Scores are only part of the bigger picture…That being the intangibles like attitude, etiquette and temperament. How does the player handle adversity? All of the extra things that are part of competing. Coaches aren’t able to evaluate those things by looking at just the final score.”

Chris Kelley, a parent of a high school golfer in Montana, created a Change.org petition aimed at bringing awareness and ultimately changing the rule. Dylan Dethier at Golf.com filed a look at some of the petition’s signees, which include Xander Schauffele’s father and a handful of coaches. You can view the petition here.

The MSHA has declined to comment.

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