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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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Good? Bad? Hilarious? GolfWRX members discuss hypothetical two-man teams

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In its second year, the Zurich Classic’s team format is a new and curious beast amidst the medal play that dominates the PGA Tour. The two-man team format got GolfWRX member AceCatKY thinking.

He writes

“What would be some of the best/worst/funniest pairings of two PGA golfers for a two-man event? Current and past golfers can be paired together so you could have Old Tom Morris and Patrick Reed if you wanted…I think DJ/DeChambeau would be hilarious for the dichotomy it would present…What do you guys/gals think?”

Oh boy, what a superb hypothetical; imagine the possibilities: good, bad, and ugly! Naturally, GolfWRXers were quick to weigh in.

Bye writes

Sergio and Tiger would be interesting.

Seve and Phil could have been the most entertaining pairing in history.

jonsnow says

Bubba Watson & Steve Elkington

Patrick Reed & Rory McIlroy

Danny Willett & Smylie Kaufman

Cardoustie says

Lumpy and Jesper

Tom Watson and Gary Player

Seve and Azinger

Robert Rock and Ollie Schneiderjans

Frankensteins Monster says

Ian Poulter/Patrick Reed

Todd Hamilton/Danny Willett

Tony Finau/Colt Knost

Robert Rock/Ben Crane

Michelle Wie/Tad Fujikawa

Check out the rest of the replies in the thread, or let us know your hypothetical two-person squads below. 

 

 

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From Master P to Metallica: Check out team walk-up songs for the Zurich Classic

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It’s the list you’ve been dying for since you heard the Zurich Classic of New Orleans would feature golfer walk-up music.

OK, you’re at least mildly interested in what, say, Jon Curran and Keegan Bradley will be walking out to (the answer: “Shipping Up To Boston,” by the Dropkick Murphys, appropriate for a pair of sons of New England).

Here’s the official list, per the PGA Tour (not every team is included). As you can see, it’s a mix of classics, local references, hip-hop, and a surprising dose of metal.

Team                                         Song                                      Artist                                       
William McGirt/Sam Burns Callin’ Baton Rouge Garth Brooks
Kevin Na/Byeong Hun An Make ’em say Uhh Master P
Chris Kirk/J.T. Poston Crazy Train Ozzy Osbourne
Chez Reavie/Lucas Glover For Whom the Bell Tolls Metallica
Martin Piller/Joel Dahmen Lovumba Daddy Yankee
K.J. Choi/Charlie Wi Gangnam Style PSY
Ryan Armour/Johnson Wagner Enter Sandman Metallica
C.T. Pan/Zac Blair Half Time Ying Yang Twins
Tyrone Van Aswegen/Retief Goosen Africa Toto
Tom Hoge/J.J. Henry Right Now Van Halen
Shawn Stefani/John Rollins Thunderstruck AC/DC
Tony Finau/Daniel Summerhays Doo Wa Ditty (Blow That Thing) Zapp & Roger
Keith Mitchell/Stephan Jaeger Pizza Guy Touch Sensitive
Ben Silverman/Matt Atkins Enter Sandman Metallica
Zach Johnson/Jonathan Byrd Thunderstruck AC/DC
Patrick Reed/Patrick Cantlay Eye of the Tiger Survivor
Greg Chalmers/Cameron Percy Down Under Men at Work
Keegan Bradley/Jon Curran Shipping up to Boston Dropkick Murphys
Brendan Steele/Jamie Lovemark California Love Tupac
Charley Hoffman/Nick Watney California Love Tupac
Billy Horschel/Scott Piercy Young Forever Jay Z ft. Mrs. Hudson
Cody Gribble/John Peterson Careless Whisper George Michael
Steve Stricker/Jerry Kelly As Good As I Once Was Toby Keith
Chris Stroud/Brian Stuard Enter Sandman Metallica
Sergio Garcia/Rafa Cabrera Bello The Best Tina Turner
Kevin Tway/Kelly Kraft Gucci Gang Lil Pump
D.A. Points/Kyle Thompson Working for the Weekend Loverboy
Mac Hughes/Corey Conners Big League Tom Cochrane & Red Rider
Justin Thomas/Bud Cauley Circle of Life Carmen Twillie
Shane Lowry/Padraig Harrington Beautiful Day U2
Russell Knox/Martin Laird Flower of Scotland
Gary Woodland/Daniel Berger Forever Drake
Brandon Harkins/Lanto Griffin Started From the Bottom Drake
Kevin Kisner/Scott Brown Slippery Migos
Andrew Landry/Talor Gooch Big Poppa Notorious BIG
Jason Day/Ryan Ruffels Down Under Men at Work
Justin Rose/Henrik Stenson Gold Spandau Ballet
Matt Every/Sam Saunders Running With the Devil Van Halen
Jon Rahm/Wesley Bryan DNA Kendrick Lamar
Emiliano Grillo/Peter Uihlein Mi Gente (Remix) J Balvin, Willy William, Busta K.
Jamie Donaldson/Ross Fisher Sweet Disposition The Temper Trap
Harold Varner III/Robert Garrigus Ebony and Ivory Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder
Alex Cejka/Ben Crane Here I Go Again Whitesnake
Abraham Ancer/Roberto Diaz Mexico Lindo y Querido Vicente Fernandez
Xinjun Zhang/Zecheng Dou Believe in Myself Zero Point Band

See what GolfWRX members think about the song selections in the forums.

 

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Tiger Woods gave 18-year-old Nepalese sensation Pratima Sherpa a private lesson

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As you may have heard, 18-year-old Pratima Sherpa aspires to be the first Nepalese professional golfer. The story of her attempt to rise from almost unimaginable poverty to the professional ranks is the subject of ESPN’s short film “A Mountain to Climb.”

Visiting the United States for the premier of the film, Sherpa got a 30-minute private lesson with a 14-time major champion, as none other than Tiger Woods invited to the Medalist Club for a meeting, per ESPN.

Woods tweeted these shots of the meeting and the lesson. Regardless of whether you are/were a hardcore Tiger fanatic, it’s nice to see him settling into his “ambassador for the game” role.

Sherpa’s incredible story, as mentioned, is detailed in the ESPN short “A Mountain to Climb,” which you can (and should) watch below.

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