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Can you call Shinnecock “Shinny”? GolfWRX members don’t think so.

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Surely, you’ve seen or heard it in the coverage of this 118th U.S. Open. Shinnecock Hills Golf Club. Most golf fans and producers of content refer to the famed Southampton course Shinnecock Hills Golf Club as “Shinnecock.”

However, some pepper in another name for the track, and it’s a nomenclature that annoys some GolfWRX members more than a stone-cold shank: Shinny.

Youdamantiger writes this regarding “Shinny.”

“For some reason this really gets on my nerves. You see it mostly from the print golf journalists as opposed to the TV guys. I mean, are they too lazy to type out the extra nine letters? Is it to sound hip? At next years Masters are they going to be talking about the extra length added to “Gussie?” Now get off my lawn.”

Get off my lawn, indeed. When you see venom in the forums, you always wonder how it will be received. Will the OP get burned, or will other WRXers join the fire breathing chorus?

In this case, the latter. A sampling of the concurrence with original sentiments.

Ferguson says

“I pointed this out 2 weeks ago when “someone” posted “Shinny” twice in one sentence. In that case, I think he was trying to make it sound as if he was familiar with the club, maybe trying to “give the impression” he had played there.”

AceCatKY says

“Almost as annoying as those calling Baltusrol “Balty” a few years back.”

Bscinstnct draws some parallels

“St. Andrewski

“Pebble Beachinator

“McGusta”

Sharkiesj takes this approach

“I’m goin full on Chevy Chase in Fletch and callin it Shinnycocktoastin.”

And on and on they go, for four pages at this point.

So, what say you front page, WRXers? Does “Shinny” irk you?

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  1. Art Williams

    Jun 18, 2018 at 2:00 pm

    I agree that calling the course “Shinny” is someone trying to pretend he or she is an insider. It’s also part of what is done in the world of sports. The Astros become the “stros”, the Charges the “bolts” etc. Rays was used so much the Tampa Bay Stingrays became the “Rays” so who knows where this will lead?

  2. Thomas A

    Jun 18, 2018 at 11:33 am

    Must be a northeast thing. My local course is Shennecosset in Groton, CT. We call it ‘Shenny’ for short. Nobody cares.

  3. Joey5Picks

    Jun 15, 2018 at 3:21 pm

    And can we stop saying “3 metal” instead of 3 wood. If they’re going to be that precise, they can’t call it a 7-iron (it’s not iron, it’s steel), so call it a 7-steel.

    “Unforced error”? Of course it’s “unforced”. No one is playing defense, or hitting a ball over the net at you. It’s sitting there.

    • Wiger Toods

      Jun 15, 2018 at 11:02 pm

      Amen, all around. These are all stupid things, and certain people need to let it go.

      • Steve

        Jun 16, 2018 at 11:49 am

        Sounds like you 2 need to let it go. Relax. It’ll be alright.

    • Jim

      Jun 18, 2018 at 5:48 pm

      I call an ‘unforced error’ when my students start a backswing from a messed up set up. It’s the only part of the golf swing we truly have 100% control over 😉

  4. 3PuttPar

    Jun 15, 2018 at 12:45 pm

    Anyone else frustrated with the broadcast through the US Open website / app? My god…the camera guys have no idea what’s going on. Tiger literally setting up to a tee shot with driver in hand. and the camera slowly turns to DJ standing next to his bag 6 feet away. Then all you hear is Tiger’s swing and contact. They have no idea what’s going on.

    Also, the commentators are constantly battling for talk time and keep talking over each other. It’s ridiculous.

    Okay. Rant over.

    • Thomas A

      Jun 18, 2018 at 11:35 am

      Multiple cameras, could be the director in the truck missed his que.

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68 at the British Open in the morning, golf with hickories at St Andrews in the afternoon

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Yes, golf fans, just another day in the charmed life (or week, at least) of one Brandon Stone.

Stoney (as I assume his friends call him), came to Carnoustie on the heels of a final-round 60 to win the Scottish Open. All he did in his opening round was fire a 3-under 68. Not bad!

But his Thursday to remember was only getting started as Stone made the 25-mile trip south to the Old Course to peg it…with a set of hickory clubs! Well played, sir, well played.

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Jean van de Velde’s 1999 British Open collapse is still tough to watch in LEGO form

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Gather ‘round, golf fans, for the saddest British Open story ever told–in LEGOs.

Maestro of the plastic medium, Jared Jacobs, worked his singular magic on Jean van de Velde’s notorious final-hole collapse at Carnoustie in 1999.

The interlocking plastic brick cinema begins after van de Velde’s approach shot has caromed off a grandstand railing to land on the opposite side of the Barry Burn.

 

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Sung Kang finally responds to cheating allegations

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Sorry to interrupt your regularly scheduled British Open programming, but Sung Kang stated today he still doesn’t think he didn’t anything wrong. “I followed the rules by the rules official…I think I did the right thing,” he said after his opening round at The Open.

Joel Dahmen, if you recall, accused the 31-year-old pro of taking a bad drop at the 10th hole during the final round of the Quicken Loans National.

The comments were Kang’s first public remarks since a statement co-released with the PGA Tour which said, “He is standing by the ruling that was made by PGA Tour Rules officials on Sunday and will have no further comment.”

While he stopped short of giving his side of the story, Kang did indeed make “further comment.”

Here’s some of what he said.

“I did not want to say anything bad about Joel. Because there can be difference of opinions. But the way he just said it on Twitter was not right. There can be different opinions. And also, it was made a decision by the rules official. So nothing was wrong.”

“I really want to say a lot of things about it, the truth about what happened, but no comment because I’m not going to say anything. I think I made the right decision. … Even when I say something, a few people still kind of think i still did something wrong. And if someone believes in me, they aren’t going to trust what Joel said.”

“No matter what I say, some people are going to trust it, some people are not going to trust it. And then I’m going to be thinking about it more and more. So I’m just focusing on my golf game.”

The British press asked Kang if he wishes he had done anything differently.

“No. Why? I did the right thing,” Kang replied.

Now, I’m not here to argue one way or the other, but the rules official wasn’t in position to do anything other than leave things at the player’s discretion, which he did. So, it’s misleading–if not downright deceptive–for Kang to suggest otherwise.

The official didn’t see the shot. There was no video of it. The only thing he had to rely on was the accounts of those who did see it. In a situation where accounts vary, and with the Rules of Golf relying on player integrity as they do, all he could do was leave the ball in Kang’s court. Thus, the decision as to where to drop was wholly Sung Kang’s.

Again, this isn’t to say the drop was necessarily bad, bad to play the “decision by the rules official” card is, well, a bad drop.

 

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