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Masters honorary starter debate: Should anyone fill Arnie’s spot?

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First things first: No golfer or combination of golfers could ever “fill” Arnold Palmer’s spot alongside Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player in the trio of honorary tournament starters.

He was, and forever will be, the King.

But this year’s tournament will be the second since Mr. Palmer’s passing, and presumably Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player will reprise their longest drive competition on the first tee to kick off the tournament.

In this vein, GolfWRX member LVG raises some interesting questions: Should ANGC bring in a third? What is the trajectory of honorary Masters starter?

He posits we’ll see Ben Crenshaw, Tom Watson, and Bernhard Langer as the triumvirate on the tee in ten years. 

Other WRXers offered different perspectives.

golfgirlrobin says

“I don’t know that you need to add one right away, but I’d argue for Crenshaw.  He’s got that gentlemanly thing going that fits in at The Masters.”

Darth Putter may have the best response

“It will be just Jack and Gary for a while. Then just Gary. Then Tiger and Phil will join Gary. And then it will probably just be Gary again.”

Indeed, Gary Player will outlive us all. bscinstct puts his chips behind Faldo

“Sir Nick has 3 green jackets ; )’

Farmer suggests Palmer should retain his place, in a sense, as he did last year

“Put a chair on the first tee with Arnie’s green jacket draped on it, Jack and Gary drive, everyone weeps.  There is no player of such iconic stature to replace Arnie.”
What do you think, GolfWRX members? Should Augusta National add anyone to Jack and Gary in the near future? Who will succeed these two legends of the game?

 

 

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  1. Lenny

    Mar 28, 2018 at 2:03 pm

    Willy Wood.

  2. Terry Taylor

    Mar 28, 2018 at 1:44 pm

    Stormy Daniels should get the nod.

  3. Brett Weir

    Mar 28, 2018 at 12:42 pm

    Me personally, starters should be from the same generation. Player, Nicklaus, and Palmer are great examples. There should be no one to fill Palmer’s place and the remaining 2 should still keep being starters until they croak, just like Snead and Sarazen before them.

  4. Alex G. Galvan

    Mar 28, 2018 at 12:20 pm

    I always thought Billy Casper would have been a great addition with Mr Palmer, Mr Nicklaus, Mr Player in previous years….now both Mr Palmer and Mr Casper are gone….maybe Mickey Wright or Kathy Whitworth. Thanks Alex

  5. Looper

    Mar 28, 2018 at 12:19 pm

    WOW!!! I don’t always enjoy your column BA, but most I do… Classy retort to people who are just haters… Golf isn’t that person…

  6. BH

    Mar 28, 2018 at 11:52 am

    Do you have nothing to write about than this drivel? Go practice your short game or something instead you pathetic moron.

    • Ben Alberstadt

      Mar 28, 2018 at 12:00 pm

      Thanks for the reply. We try to feature hot threads from the forums on the main page to continue foster the debate and discussion that make GolfWRX unique. I’m sorry you don’t find that valuable.

      • Man

        Mar 28, 2018 at 3:58 pm

        It’s disrespectful just to even discuss this topic by calling it hot. Because it’s not a hot topic in any way shape or form. You doing it for stupid click bait

        • Luke

          Mar 28, 2018 at 5:25 pm

          ^^^^ These two seem stable. Jesus.

        • Ben Alberstadt

          Mar 28, 2018 at 8:07 pm

          Disrespectful to who exactly? Based on views in the Tour Talk board, it’s a hot topic…as in it has objectively received a number of views and replies since its posting on 3/23 to earn a “hot” button: check it out. This doesn’t mean you have to like me or the post, but the designation is a fact.

          • George

            Mar 29, 2018 at 7:11 am

            Nobody likes you because all you do is write fluff pieces on Woods non stop.

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Check out these limited-edition Ryder Cup Adidas Tour360 shoes

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Here are GolfWRX, we love our Ryder Cup swag. Gianni brought you news of the U.S. squad’s apparel and some goodies from Puma last week. Today, we have more Ryder Cup-related gear news for fans of golf’s most storied team competition: Adidas is launching a limited edition Tour360 to commemorate the showdown at Le Golf National.

Available Sept. 24, the shoes draw their inspiration from the famed Ryder Cup trophy. The 10-cleated TPU outsole is designed to look like the wood grain finish at the trophy’s base, and the TPU top plate is shiny and gold like the trophy itself.

While the exterior of the shoe is the same whether your support the United States or Europe, the fortunate souls who snag a pair of the limited-edition shoes will be able to choose their preferred sockliner. One features the American flag and the final scores from every Ryder Cup since 1979, the other, the European flag.

“We know how much the Ryder Cup means to fans all over the world,” said Masun Denison, global footwear director, adidas Golf. “It’s the most competitive event in golf, and brings out a level of emotion that you don’t normally see in the sport. Possession of the Ryder Cup trophy is what both of these teams and fans are after, so we looked to it for inspiration.”

The shoes (MSRP $220) will come with a limited-edition shoe bag and will only available online at adidas.com.

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Rope hat fans, rejoice: Titleist’s Tour Rope Flat Bill is here

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The rope hat is having something of a moment, isn’t it? As the mesh trucker fades to the periphery and the outer recesses of hipsterdom where it belongs, the good old-fashioned cotton rope snapback is stepping up to fill the void in vintage-inspired headwear.

Titleist is getting into the rope hat game with its Tour Rope Flat Bill, worn perhaps most prominently by Cameron Smith recently, but seen adorning the heads of Adam Scott, Jason Kokrak, and Rafa Cabrera Bello.

Check ’em out.

The Tour Rope Flat Bill is available on Titleist’s website for $30 now in black/white, navy/white, and white/hunter green colorways.

 

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GolfWRX Members analyze (and roast) Cosmo Kramer’s golf swing

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Kramer Hickok’s win last week on the Web.com Tour brought to mind the greatest golfing Kramer of them all: Cosmo Kramer, of course.

Jerry Seinfield’s singular “hipster doofus” next-door neighbor flirted with the great game on occasion, if you recall: Beating ball into the Atlantic (which ultimately factors into George’s great “marine biologist” ruse), Stan the Caddie, playing Westchester, and a handful of other angles.

It’s during the “Marine Biologist” episode that we get a look at Cosmo’s action, and it is something to behold. The fluidity of Snead, here, folks.

We asked our GolfWRX members to fire up their V1 and give us their best breakdown of Kramer’s “driver off the beach” swing. Here are some of the best replies.

BewareTheGlowball writes

“On takeaway the hands get a little too close to the body, which would lead to a tendency to move over the top on the downswing. In this case however, Kramer makes a great move to put the club back on path from the top of his swing. Nearing impact his weight shifts backwards, which he owns and holds it like it was a classic swing of old…Better than about 75% of swings on the driving range when I go out.”

D1bound says: “Looks like he had a seizure.”

Getair23 says: “It’s so bad, he can’t even hit the ocean from the beach!”

ThunderBuzzworth says

“Horizontal takeaway equals more space for that flying elbow and massive hip turn. Then notice his transition and how he violently thrusts his upper body backwards into a silky smooth back-snap finishing with ALL his weight on his rear leg. Considering he is on the beach… take notes on the unorthodox ground impact location which happens to be 10 inches behind the ball to dramatically reduce spin.”

PowderedToastMan knows his Seinfeld: “That swing has the power to kill a whale, literally.”

Nony noke does as well: “Almost as good as Larry David’s swing. Preeettty, preeeettty good.”

And Gioguy21: “Kramer’s reverse C finish is simply poetic – if only he had the man hands necessary to release properly.”

And DavePelz4: “He’s not the Master of his Domain…or his swing.”

ZAP may have the most concise and spot-on breakdown.

“Stack and realaaaaaaaaaaalllllllly tilt.”

Thanks for the analysis, GolfWRX Members! And if anyone else would like to chime in on Cosmo’s club swinging motion, please do. Also, if there’s another swing from the big or small screen you’d like to see scrutinized, let us know.

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