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Greg Norman is appearing in ESPN’s Body Issue, like he told us he would

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As he said he’d consider doing when asked by Michael Williams on our 19th Hole podcast, Greg Norman is set to appear in the ESPN “Body Issue.”

The 63-year-old will follows in the footsteps of Gary Player, as well as number of other golfers, including Camilo Villegas, Belen Mozo, Carly Booth, Sandra Gal, Suzann Pettersen, and Christina Kim.

Here’s what Norman told our Michael Williams when asked about appearing in the annual corporeal showcase

“Would I do it? Of course I’d do it. I think I like being fit. I think on my Instagram account I probably slipped a few images out there that created a bit of a stir..And I enjoy having myself feel good. And that’s not an egotistical thing, it’s just none of my, most of my life I’ve been very healthy fit guy and if somebody like ESPN wants to recognize that, yeah of course I would consider doing it.”

Well, folks, he’s doing it. Never change, Shark, never change.

Click here for a full list of the athletes to appear in this year’s issue.

 

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  1. Eric Klebanski

    Jun 20, 2018 at 1:51 pm

    I can’t wait to see this. I’ve been in love with Greg Norman forever. I bet he’s going to look so hawt naked in ESPN’s Body Issue. Mmmmm… my mouth is watering.

  2. Jamie

    Jun 20, 2018 at 1:29 am

    Wow. He’d lick himself clean if he could. Sorry that I thought so highly of you in the 80’s and 90’s, Greg. Complete narcissist.

  3. JuannyBravo

    Jun 19, 2018 at 5:48 pm

    Maaaannn…aint none of us want to see that

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What do we make of the Ian Poulter vs. marshal fiasco?

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Perhaps you’ve heard about Ian Poulter’s altercation with a marshal at the Scottish Open? (It was in the Morning 9!)

A first point: The marshal in question wasn’t some mere jabroni. In its discussion of the encounter, the Telegraph refers to Quintin Jardine as a “celebrated crime author.” Now, he’s not topping the bestseller lists here in the States, but he is an established author.

This, of course, could work either for or against Mr. Jardine. On the one hand, he’s a perceptive, articulate, respectable fellow. On the other, he has an incentive for self promotion to promote his works…“Did you like my Poulter blog post? You’ll love my latest novel!”

Anyway, here’s the sequence of events.

Jardine posted to his blog (and tweeted a link to) a work of original non-fiction: His account of a run-in with Ian Poulter while working as a Marshal during Saturday’s third round. Poulter had just pulled a drive into a bush near where Jardine was doing his duties.

His blog post read (he’s since deleted the post) in part:

“Mr Poulter…arrived in a shower of expletives and asked me where his ball was,” wrote Jardine. “I told him and said that I had not ventured into the bush for fear of standing on it. I wasn’t expecting thanks, but I wasn’t expecting aggression either.

“He told me in essence that I should have, his reasoning being that if I stood on the ball it was a free drop, whereas if he did it was a penalty… He (later) came back at me and said again that next time … I should go straight in there feet first.”

The implication, of course, is that Jardine believed Poulter was asking him to stomp around in the bush for the ball, suggesting that if he (the marshal) were to dislodge it, Poults would be entitled to a free drop.

This was not Poulter’s recollection of events, and he took to Twitter to respond, disputing the insinuation that he was trying to cheat and more.

A point of note: What Poulter said to Jardine at the time may be another issue, but he is correct in tweeting that if the ball was kicked or stepped on during he search, he’s entitled to replace it (per Rule 18-4), which is certainly not the same thing as a free drop. He would seem to be incorrect in saying he’d be penalized, however, as a search was underway…however, an overly zealous reading of the rule could have left Poulter in hot water, had he moved the ball, so it would have been an easier situation to deal with had a fan or marshal accidentally contacted the projectile.

The crime author deleted his original blog post and posted a follow up July 15 that says in part.

“Seems that Mr Poulter has disputed my account of our exchange yesterday. Now I’m having email abuse from pond life and bottom feeders. I don’t need that.”

“The only way I can get rid of it is by deleting the original post. In retrospect I should probably have kept the dispute private, but it’s out of the box now, and I must rely on the Tour to make a judgement.”

“Mr Poulter has gone public to his two million Twitter followers with his version of events. All I can say is that I stand by mine and at no time did I ever utter the words ‘OK thanks.’”

What do you think about this he-said, he-said, GolfWRX members?

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That’s one way to grow the game: First Nude Golf Day held in Australia

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Ready your shaft and balls jokes, golf fans, it’s time for the tale of the the first Wandering Bears Nude Golf Day at (you can’t make this stuff up) Humpty Doo Golf Club in Australia.

According to a Northern Territory News report, Bruce Jensen and Julie Jarvie of Brujul Nude Retreat organized the event. They agreed to steer clear of the seventh and eight holes because those are next to the clubhouse and, presumably, the membership loaned the course out to the nudists for the day but they didn’t particularly want to see a flesh parade while chowing down in the grill room.

The event attracted about 30 swingers of the golf club. Jensen promises there will be more golfers sans clothes at next year’s event.

And here are a couple of quotes from participants in the event, presented without comment because, well, what can you really say?

“There’s plenty of sun block. And the sausage sizzle got people going a bit.”

“Everything is swinging when you play golf nude.”

It’s unclear whether “sausage sizzle” was a literal or figurative term…

So, while some of us are bellyaching about the state of the game, Jensen, Jarvie, the Wandering Bears, and the Humpty Doo Golf Club are doing something about it…albeit something that 99.9 percent of golfers would never consider.

But seriously. Good on you, participants in/organizers of Nude Golf Day. We always talk about playing golf the way that suits you — nine holes, teeing it forward, on a simulator, etc. — and these folks are truly doing it.

What say you, GolfWRX members, anyone plan to wander fairways in the buff with the Wandering Bears next year?

(image c/o Clive Hyde)

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Rickie Fowler sings the praises of slow greens. What do you think?

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Following his opening-round 64 at the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open yesterday, Rickie Fowler had some interesting remarks about his enjoyment of slower greens.

Writing for Golfweek, Geoff Shackelford mentioned Guillane “is playing firm and fast tee-to-fringe, the greens themselves are kept much slower than the typical European Tour course due to the possibility of high winds.”

Rickie Fowler, a past winner of the tournament, suggested slower greens may actually show who the better putters are.

“I think it’s kind of nice because (you) actually get to hit the putt, you’re not just trying to hit it to a spot and letting it work to the hole unless you have a downhill, downwind putt,” he said. ‘“You have to use your imagination as far as creativity and trying to judge how much the wind will affect it. At the end of the day, you just have to hit solid putts.”’

“Slower greens may accentuate a mis-hit putt more. Whereas if you have a downhill putt in the States you kind of just have to hit it to get it going. Here, you mis-hit it a little bit uphill, into the wind and it can be a pretty big difference.”

While Shackelford, advocate for rolling back the ball and against “firm and fast” that he is, saw great important in Fowler’s remarks, he’s not at all wrong to highlight them

What do you think, GolfWRX members? Is it worth reading anything into Fowler’s remarks? Clearly, with current ball distances, pros would be shooting fish in a barrel with their approach shots on greens that stimp at nine or 10, right?

Let us know what you think!

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