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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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GolfWRX Classifieds Spotlight (06/05/20) – Scotty Cameron, TaylorMade Tour, GC Quad

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At GolfWRX, we love golf equipment plain and simple

We are a community of like-minded individuals that all experience and express our enjoyment for the game in many ways. It’s that sense of community that drives day-to-day interactions in the forums on topics that range from best driver to what marker you use to mark your ball, it even allows us to share another thing – the equipment itself.

One of the best ways to enjoy equipment is to experiment and whether you are looking to buy-sell-or trade (as the name suggests) you can find almost anything in the GolfWRX BST Forum. From one-off custom Scotty Cameron Circle T putters, to iron sets, wedges, and barely hit drivers, you can find it all in our constantly updated marketplace.

These are some of the latest cool finds from the GolfWRX BST, and if you are curious about the rules to participate in the BST Forum you can check them out here: GolfWRX BST Rules

Member jadedennill – Scotty Cameron CX-01

What a great price for a limited edition putter. This Scotty Cameron CX-01 is only 1 of 500 and offers a very unique look in a higher MOI blade design.

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: Scotty CSX-01

Member nc2lane – Foresight GC Quad

This ad feels like the classic episode of “The Simpsons,” where the family travels to a quiet east coast beach town and Lisa reinvents herself for the summer. To reinvent her look she takes her mom shopping for clothes and while off-camera you here “Mom come quick BRING MONEY!”

Well, you better bring the money, because state-of-the-art launch monitors don’t come cheap, but you certainly get what you pay for with the GC Quad from Foresight.

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: GC Quad Launch Monitor

Member TheGriftKings – Unicorn 2015 8.5 M2 Driver

This is still one of the best and most sought after TaylorMade tour issue drivers of all time. This head is in amazing shape—basically new and at 8.5 degrees of loft, it’s even rarer.

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: TaylorMade M2 Driver

Remember that you can always browse the GolfWRX Classifieds any time here in our forums: GolfWRX Classifieds 

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Check out Tiger Woods’ incredible handicap index history from his entire career

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Ever wondered what Tiger Woods’ handicap index has been throughout his career? Well, one statistician, Lou Stagner of Decade Golf, did some serious number crunching and the results are fascinating. 

From 1996 right through to today, Stagner used course rating and slope for each course in his research and calculated a differential for each round to find out what Tiger’s index would have been each year of his pro career.

You can see the impressive results in the graph below.

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The results show that Woods was at his very best handicap wise in 2008 when he bossed a +9.4 index, his average index was +6.7 throughout his career, his current index is 6.5, and as Stagner noted, he was +7 or better for 35% of his handicap revisions.

It’s also worth noting that the results are not adjusted to tournament conditions. Not bad, eh?

 

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Henrik Stenson: Fan-less Ryder Cup is better than nothing

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On Thursday, ‘Henrik Stenson Almost An Hour’ podcast presented by Callaway Golf aired for the first time, with the Swede sharing his thoughts on his playing schedule going forward, the tour’s return as well as a potential spectator-less Ryder Cup.

On the new bi-weekly podcast, Stenson described the potential of a Ryder Cup with no fans as being “very blunt”, but did stress that even a spectator-less Ryder Cup is better than no Ryder Cup at all.

“For the atmosphere and for the feeling, for us as players that would be, very blunt, it would be something that you can’t really imagine at this point.

Then looking at the bigger picture, if that’s the only way that the Ryder Cup can go ahead, and if it’s not an option to play it next year with crowds, with fans, then I would prefer to play a Ryder Cup than to not play a Ryder Cup.”

Stenson revealed he wouldn’t be returning to the U.S. until mid-July, and he’s expecting the first couple of week’s back to be “messy” as the players and officials adjust to the new conditions.

“I’ll sit out a few weeks and see how everything gets going. I think it might be a little bit more messy the first couple of weeks as well before everyone finds their bearings with testing and everything.

So I’ll watch it from the couch the first couple of weeks and most likely then with the current restrictions I will travel over in mid-July to Lake Nona. I’ll have a couple of weeks of practice and then I’ll tee it up at the WGC FedEx tournament in Memphis.”

Once the 44-year-old does get Stateside again, you can expect to see him often as he plans to play “every week up until Christmas.”

“And once I get over and start playing, I can pretty much play every week up until Christmas. Because (there’s) going to be lots of golf tournaments, and it’s not going to be a shortage. So I’m just kind of tweaking my return a little bit and will probably play a bit more in the fall.”

‘Henrik Stenson Almost An Hour’ podcast presented by Callaway Golf will air every other Thursday here.

 

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