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Daniel Berger has never watched golf on TV (not even the Masters). Do you think he’s alone among pros?

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Daniel Berger doesn’t watch golf. The 25-year-old Floridian said as much in his Golf Digest “My Shot.”

“I’ve never watched it [golf] on TV except out of the corner of my eye. Not one round of the Masters, or even an episode of “Golf Central.” I’ve never seen the Feherty show. If I’ve watched a couple of hours of golf, total, I’d be surprised…I follow golf through Twitter, Instagram and the PGA Tour app. I’m very weak on golf history, because you pick up a lot of that on TV. I know Jack Nicklaus has 18 majors, and that Tiger has 14, but I have no idea who’s third.”

Is this shocking? Do we think most golfers spend their few off-weeks watching the PGA Tour on television, tuning into PGA Tour Live on their phones? Do we think the PGA Tour’s young stars are settling down with a Bobby Jones biography or catching up on their Bernard Darwin? (To be fair, Berger clearly does watch highlights via Twitter, the PGA Tour app, etc)

There’s a quasi-expectation in golf that Tour pros are students of golf history. To suggest that the PGA Tour’s finest didn’t grow up glued to the family TV set during Masters week (at least!) is sacrilegious, in the minds of some, at least.

Berger expands on his blissful ignorance with this exposition of his pre-Masters exposure to Augusta National.

“When I played in my first Masters, in 2016, I knew nothing about Augusta National except what I’d seen playing the Tiger video game. I had a couple of invitations to play the course in advance and appreciated them but was like, “Thank you, but I’m good.” Not knowing what a big deal it was is probably why I didn’t play a full practice round. I walked the front nine on Tuesday with a wedge and putter and played the back nine on Wednesday. I tied for 10th that first year.”

Video games! Berger hasn’t missed the cut in three Masters starts, and his worst showing is a tie for 32nd. Even so, should we be appalled by his lack of reverence for the venerable course and its history? Or does it not matter?

Further, PGA Tour pros have little to gain from the admission that they didn’t grow up watching golf and aren’t students of the game’s rich history, so it’s not surprising we haven’t heard many similar statements. That said, Berger can’t be alone in his position. How many pros do you think are in the same boat (an appropriate metaphor, since Berger says he prefers relaxing on his vessel to watching golf).

Let us know what you think, GolfWRX members. You can read Berger’s full “My Shot” here.

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  1. Dave

    Apr 16, 2018 at 10:32 am

    He is not alone. Even though i like watching golf i enjoy playing even more. Golf is the only sport in which a huge percentage of its viewers are actual players of the game. Its hard to watch and play the game since its at the same time.

  2. Birdswing Golfer

    Apr 15, 2018 at 4:42 pm

    He’s lying!

    No way a professional golfer has never caught some golf on tv!

  3. Paul

    Apr 15, 2018 at 1:08 pm

    I love golf, but I couldn’t care less about watching it, or its history. I play because I love the feeling a purely struck shot, it’s like a drug (with a blade of course).
    I went to the Canadian Open once to see what it was about, pretty cool, will never go again. Why should I care about people who used to hit a ball? I only care about my shot I will hit, not someone else’s shot.

  4. Man

    Apr 15, 2018 at 1:54 am

    He must have a terrible upbringing, and must be a really boring robot, all he does is beat balls all day and then go play more golf on the course and then go to bed. Can’t ever talk to this kid, he’ll have nothing to say

  5. Carlos Danger

    Apr 14, 2018 at 7:16 pm

    Typical millenial rich kid. His only redeeming quality is his hot girlfriend.

  6. GolfGui

    Apr 13, 2018 at 9:31 pm

    Most of me wants to say Berger’s statement is hyperbole… Though a bit of me believes him… If 100% true, kind of sad… I understand once being “punched out” from work not wanting anything to do with it, but this is ridiculous … In his defense, he still has one of the hottest girlfriends on Tour and can go out to any golf course and shoot a 68 and 99.9% of us can’t so who cares if he watches golf or knows anything about it.

  7. Bruce

    Apr 13, 2018 at 4:47 pm

    This is the same variety of “cool” as not having a logo on your hat.

  8. BF

    Apr 13, 2018 at 2:03 pm

    The only people I ever root against are the too cool to be a golf fan and golf is not my life types. I guess they only play because they’re good. Adding Berger to the list. At least Koepka won’t be so lonely in there.

  9. Erkr

    Apr 13, 2018 at 1:59 pm

    You don’t have to cherish Augusta and know golf history. I believe him. He sounds cool.

  10. Steve Cantwell

    Apr 13, 2018 at 1:59 pm

    Ridiculous story. Why lie about something so insignificant. Does he want people to think he is something special? Now his credibility will come into question.

    • margaritanose

      Apr 14, 2018 at 1:49 am

      i don’t think he’d write or want to publish something like that had it not been true. he could’ve sat there for a bit and made up a big story about this one time or that time to try wnd glorify himself. but instead, i’m sure it was quite easy for him to do the article because he was being truthful and isn’t worried about what anyone thinks about him. he seems to be doing well so far in life, so can’t blame him.

  11. Judge Smeills

    Apr 13, 2018 at 12:50 pm

    he sounds like he is either extremely dumb or lying?

  12. Max

    Apr 13, 2018 at 12:27 pm

    Has Augusta ever been on a video game? I didn’t think that they allowed it.

    • Aaron

      Apr 13, 2018 at 1:21 pm

      EA Sports TW PGA Tour 2012 had Augusta

    • Brett Weir

      Apr 13, 2018 at 3:22 pm

      Yes they have (Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2012 by EA Sports). Augusta allowed EA to bring special machines to scan their course.

  13. Aaron

    Apr 13, 2018 at 12:12 pm

    Total BS. He played college golf at a major school where I’m POSITIVE his teammates would have had golf coverage on TV all the time.

    • JJVas

      Apr 13, 2018 at 12:31 pm

      +1… but I guess his story sounds cooler.

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Joe LaCava, Tiger Woods’ caddie, paid a heckler $25 to leave at the WGC-Bridgestone

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While Steve Williams would likely have taken a different route, Tiger Woods’ current caddie admitted to bribing a fan to leave his boss alone.

LaCava called into ESPN’s “Golic and Wingo” and told a tale of paying of a heckler at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

LaCava said the man heckled Woods throughout his final round at the Bridgestone, and on the 14th hole, LaCava interceded, telling the man to check out action elsewhere on the course. Interestingly/absurdly, the man said he would be happy to, provided LaCava reimburse him for his ticket.

Here’s the full transcript c/o ESPN.

Mike Golic: “Did you have any issues with the people at Bellerive?”

Joe LaCava: “Not at all, and you hit it right on the head, 99 percent of the guys and women are behind Tiger, pushing for Tiger. They want to see good golf in general they’re not anti-the-other-guys, but they’re certainly rooting for Tiger more so than the other guys. But, funny you guys ask that question. The week before in Akron, I had a little incident with a guy who was harassing my guy on the 14th hole at Akron the last day outside the ropes, roughening him up pretty good. And I said, hey listen bud, why do you gotta go there? Everyone’s having a good time, everyone’s pulling for Tiger. You don’t like the guy that’s one thing, but you don’t to be yelling at my guy, screaming negative stuff like that. And I said at the end of the day, if you affect him, his performance, it effects my bottomline. So he calls me a couple names and I go back and forth with the guy, and I say why don’t you just leave. And he says well if you give me $25 for the ticket that I bought today I’ll leave. And I said here you go, here’s $25.”

Mike: “Did he leave?”

Joe: “So I whip out $25 and he starts to go down the 14th fairway toward the green. I say look pal $25 is $25 you gotta head the other way. So he starts to head the other way, he goes 20 yards down the line, then he calls me a certain other, a swear word. So I run 20 yards back the other way and I’m going face to face with this guy. And all the sudden Tiger’s looking for a yardage, and I’m in it with this guy 20 yards down the line. So some cop has to come in, push this guy outta the way, and take him outta the tournament.

Mike: “So what did Tiger say when you came back to give him the yardage?”

Joe: “Well that’s a great question. We were so far to the right of the trees, and he was on his third shot believe it or not, we were still 150 yards away from the green, and he didn’t really know what happened. He heard the commotion, he heard the guy yelling at him, so we talked about it after the fact, but he didn’t really know how it developed. And he says I was wondering what happened, and he goes normally it wouldn’t that long to get a yardage. I said well a little incident down the road. He didn’t have a problem with it, and actually I gotta standing ovation for kicking the guy outta there.

Security probably should have happened sooner when LaCava was $25 richer.

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A brief cart ride (by his caddie) has big implications for Akshay Bhatia at the U.S. Amateur

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16-year-old Akshay Bhatia may be looking for a new caddie for his next event. The rising star of amateur golf was penalized when his caddie accepted a ride on a golf cart at the 14th hole during the round of 64 at the U.S. Amateur.

Bhatia would go on to lose to Bradford Tilley.

The match was all square at the 14th. Chris Darnell, Bhatia’s caddie, made a pit stop at the bathroom after Bhatia hit his approach. While the player walked to the green, Darnell was approached by what he believed was a USGA official driving a golf cart.

“The gentleman was wearing a USGA pullover,” Darnell said afterward. “I asked if I could get a ride to the green to keep up pace, and he said yes. So I hopped on the back, got up to the green, hopped off and thought nothing of it.”

Of course, neither players nor caddies can ride on any form of transportation during the round unless authorized, per the Rules of Golf. Bhatia was penalized accordingly and lost the hole after a (real) official spotted the infraction.

Particularly frustrating for the golfer was the fact that he had birdied the par-5 and believed he was going 1 up on his opponent, only to find out they were all square.

As mentioned, Bhatia would go on to lose in 19 holes.

Adding another layer to this drama, Darnell said Tilley’s caddie had done the same thing earlier in the match.

“I had already seen the other caddie in our group do it on the ninth hole,” Darnell said. “Same thing – USGA pullover, drove him from the bathroom up to the fairway – so I assumed it was fine. I didn’t point it out at the time because everything seemed kosher. He had the USGA stuff on, and I didn’t think anything of it.”

What are the chances Tilley or his caddie admit to the infraction now? And who is this mystery idiot who loves the USGA enough to drape himself in their garb but is daft enough to blatantly break a straightforward rule of competition?

Dumb rule? Certainly in this sense. But so many situations exist in amateur play that you can understand why the USGA would level a prohibition on transportation. Still, shouldn’t there be some room for interpretation? It’s difficult to argue Bhatia himself gained any advantage…

What do you think, GolfWRX members?

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

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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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