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Like Millennial stereotypes? You’ll love GolfNow’s Super Bowl ad



“I thought I’d get to play more golf when the kids grew up,” says an apron-clad middle-aged dad as he prepares chicken wings for his high chair-sitting 20-something son.

So begins GolfNow’s commercial spot for the big game. If you enjoy MIllennial stereotypes or have felt the pain of boomerang children, you’ll enjoy this commercial.

While the spot is funny, I guess, it kind of breaks down on some level.

“Don’t make the same mistake I did,” the dad says.

What mistake? Coddling his child so that he felt comfortable moving back in to subsist on a diet of pop pop’s wings? Or is the mistake thinking he’d be able to play more golf? And how does the GolfNow app remedy the problem?

And why can’t he play golf presently? Because he has to stay home to feed his son? Preparing chicken parts and resetting the route, generally caring for the “baby”?

Conceptually (an appropriate given the kitchen setting) the concept is a bit half baked, but it has its moments.

“Dad, are these wings free range?”

(h/t to Geoff Shackelford for the find)

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  1. Fwooper

    Feb 14, 2018 at 11:17 am

    The WMPO attracted nearly 720,000 fans throughout the week.

  2. Alfredo Smith

    Feb 6, 2018 at 9:19 pm

    My wife and I laughed so hard that our sides were aching. The ad was brilliant!

  3. Scott

    Feb 6, 2018 at 9:48 am

    Accurate. Snowflake

  4. Sid

    Feb 5, 2018 at 10:09 pm

    Please open the forum for Tom Stickney’s article on hand position:

  5. Brad Zimmer

    Feb 5, 2018 at 1:03 pm

    Miserable ad. Michael Jordan used to say “Republicans buy sneakers too.” As a younger golfer who enjoys golfing with the few and far between millennials that take up the game, I think it’s a shame this concept saw the light of day.

    • Smith

      Feb 5, 2018 at 1:21 pm


    • steve p

      Feb 5, 2018 at 1:23 pm

      Settle down now snowflake.

      • Joey5Picks

        Feb 6, 2018 at 3:56 pm

        I think the ad is funny. Some people wake up looking for something to be offended by. Having said that, why is it that anyone who points out, or suggests, something may be discriminating/offensive/off color they’re called “snowflake”? Are people not allowed to find things offensive anymore?

  6. Blake

    Feb 5, 2018 at 12:06 pm

    Yeah thats a pretty funny ad.

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Amateur makes 3 holes-in-one in 36-hole competition



We’d like to say congratulations to Ali Gibb, 51-year-old amateur golfer, for winning her club championship at Croham Hurst Golf Club in England, Monday. Oh, and she made three holes-in-one on the day.

That’s right, during the 36-hole final, Gibb aced the fifth hole twice and only needed one shot at the 11th hole during her second 18.

“Today was just a weird day. It was just very, very strange,” she said, per a BBC report. “On my card I had a nine, two eights, sixes, fives, fours, threes, twos and three ones.

“I have had a hole-in-one before – three actually. One was here on the seventh, one at Surrey National Golf Club, and one at the Atlantic Beach Golf Estate in South Africa,” Gibb added.

“It’s just absolutely extraordinary. I think I will wake up tomorrow asking if I’ve just been dreaming about it and if it is club championship day today instead!”

Hopefully, Gibb doesn’t have to buy three drinks for everyone at the club.

What can you say about a story like this? Beyond once-in-a-lifetime stuff. If the odds of an average golfer making a hole-in-one are 12,500 to 1, what are the odds of a player making three aces in 36 holes? You probably have a better shot of winning the Powerball. Incredible stuff.


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Nick Faldo: Tiger Woods said his career was over in 2017



It’s safe to say only the most optimistic of fans expected Tiger Woods would contend on the weekend at two major championships in the 2018.

We’ve heard murmurings that Woods himself doubted he would make a comeback, such as his 2015 “I think pretty much everything beyond this will be gravy,” remarks.

However, we’ve never heard explicitly that Tiger Woods thought he was finished playing professional golf. Sure, he’s said he didn’t know how well he’d be able to play and that he’s been surprised by his speed and power, but we haven’t heard anything as extreme as what Nick Faldo claims Woods said at last year’s Masters Champions Dinner.

Talking with Dan Patrick, Monday, Faldo had this to say.

“What he’s been able to do, Dan, is unbelievable, remarkable,” Faldo said. “To go from a frozen back, I know he whispered to another Masters champion two Masters dinners ago, ‘I’m done. I won’t play golf again.’ And here we are 18 months later.”

“He was in agony. He was in pain,” Faldo said. “The pain down his legs, nothing enjoyable, he couldn’t move.”

“What he’s been able to do is, it’s unbelievable, remarkable,” Faldo told Patrick. “To go from a frozen back—I know he whispered to another Masters champion two Masters dinners ago ‘I’m done. I won’t play golf again,’ and here we are, 18 months later…”

“No, I won’t mention the name, but he’s a Masters champion. He said ‘I’m done, my back is done.’ He was in agony, he was in pain, the pain down his legs, there was nothing enjoyable. He couldn’t move.”

Woods had his fourth back surgery April 20th, shortly after the Masters, which put him on the path that ultimately led to a runner-up finish at last week’s PGA Championship.

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An airline lost Thorbjorn Olesen’s golf clubs…and his backup clubs…and his suitcases



Thorbjorn Olesen has arrived in Sweden for the Nordea Masters. Unfortunately, his golf clubs have not…nor have his back up clubs.

He tweeted this, Tuesday.

“So the comedy continues, @British_Airways have managed to now lose 5 suitcases and 2 sets of golf clubs in 10 days! Decided to bring my only backup set of clubs on this morning’s flight to the Nordea Masters in case my other lost set don’t arrive and BA have also now lost these!”

Thousands of tour pros fly hundreds of times per year, yes, but doesn’t it seem like more golf bags are getting lost than should? Sidebar: Masterful GIF game, Mr. Olesen.

Olesen hasn’t provided an update on his bag(s) since the tweet above, so we’re not sure where things stand now. BA responded with this

Nope…doesn’t sound good at all…

Olesen also fired off this tweet–good he can see the humor in what has to be an utterly enraging situation.

Guess this is a #PlayBetter so you can afford NetJets, etc, situation, because it’s certainly not ever going to be a #AirlinesStoppedLosingBags situation. Also Ship Sticks is at least theoretically in play, right?

Or, of course, there’s option 3: Telescoping golf clubs in a collapsible bag that you can take as a carry on. That’s the surest bet: Just stash ’em overhead! Gotta get to work inventing those…

But really, rough stuff, and here’s hoping the Dane gets his bats back.

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