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#1 tgreenwood11

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Posted 12 February 2018 - 06:42 PM

The amateur player is a sandbagger


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Posted 12 February 2018 - 06:57 PM

I don't think Larry Fitz is a sandbagger. As far as I know, he's been regarded as a high character guy his entire career in football, why tarnish it now? His handicap is probably higher now than usual bc his season just ended and his recent rounds were the result of not getting much practice time. Plus he's a pro athlete at the absolute highest (hall of fame) level, so he is better equipped to handle the pressure than most amateurs.

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Posted 12 February 2018 - 06:58 PM

Eh. Does anyone really even care who wins the Pro AM?
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Posted 12 February 2018 - 07:03 PM

I was thinking about this yesterday.  I think Larry is a member out at Whisper Rock and I'd imagine that money games out there aren't cheap.  If Larry got a reputation for being a sandbagger I don't think the members of the club would take too kindly to that.  I could be wrong though, we need a W.Rock member to chime in.
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Posted 12 February 2018 - 07:14 PM

Why can't we just congratulate Larry and say "good golf!"


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Posted 12 February 2018 - 07:19 PM

View PostLeoLeo99, on 12 February 2018 - 07:14 PM, said:

Why can't we just congratulate Larry and say "good golf!"

He golfed his ball for sure, congrats Larry.  



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Posted 12 February 2018 - 07:28 PM

He’s a nice guy...
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Posted 12 February 2018 - 07:29 PM

As Acy mentioned, Larry is highly regarded by broadcasters, coaches, and players.  I don't think sandbagging is in his DNA.  Also, we should wait and see if he posts those 4 rounds.  It's very possible that he had a few bad holes that were covered by Streelman.
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Posted 12 February 2018 - 07:31 PM

Doable over 4 rounds if your pro is solid

I did see him shank one on a par 3
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Posted 12 February 2018 - 07:38 PM

View Postblink3665, on 12 February 2018 - 07:29 PM, said:

As Acy mentioned, Larry is highly regarded by broadcasters, coaches, and players.  I don't think sandbagging is in his DNA.  Also, we should wait and see if he posts those 4 rounds.  It's very possible that he had a few bad holes that were covered by Streelman.
They were playing best ball.  He can't post rounds where he's picking his ball up when he's out of the hole. I wouldn't be calling him a cheat unless I had played extensively with him and knew that his handicap was way off.  That's not right to do.


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Posted 12 February 2018 - 07:38 PM

It's best ball correct?

I won a bestball tournament last year. I shot -3 under net on my own ball. My partner -1 net but our best ball score was -10. I would bogey, he would net birdie. We were holing out/trying our best because our flight had individual bets going with each other.

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Posted 12 February 2018 - 07:47 PM

72 holes, best ball net with a touring pro?

-41 doesn’t seem crazy to me.

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Posted 12 February 2018 - 07:52 PM

They said he was as low as a 6 before. You should get your 12 month low index at Pebble. You can't blow up your handicap by 7 strokes in two months without sandbagging. I would hope Larry is above all that but something is off here. He made a lot of birdies throughout the tournament, almost made a hole in one on #7 on Sunday, but also hit a huge slice on #17 on I believe Friday or Saturday's round. Definitely a suspect 13 hcp.

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Posted 12 February 2018 - 08:09 PM

View Postebrasmus21, on 12 February 2018 - 07:03 PM, said:

I was thinking about this yesterday.  I think Larry is a member out at Whisper Rock and I'd imagine that money games out there aren't cheap.  If Larry got a reputation for being a sandbagger I don't think the members of the club would take too kindly to that.  I could be wrong though, we need a W.Rock member to chime in.

He's definitely not a sandbagger and the members committee at Whisper Rock actually said no to him initially joining the club.

They require that your handicap be something below 10 (if i recall correctly) and at the time of Larry wanting to join he was about a 14. A year goes by and he tries to join again, this is after working on his game for a year but still being just above a 10 they made an exception for him and let him join.

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Posted 12 February 2018 - 08:10 PM

View Postcardoustie, on 12 February 2018 - 07:31 PM, said:

Doable over 4 rounds if your pro is solid

I did see him shank one on a par 3

Streelman did play pretty well....

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Posted 12 February 2018 - 08:46 PM

View PostCreedo77, on 12 February 2018 - 08:09 PM, said:

View Postebrasmus21, on 12 February 2018 - 07:03 PM, said:

I was thinking about this yesterday.  I think Larry is a member out at Whisper Rock and I'd imagine that money games out there aren't cheap.  If Larry got a reputation for being a sandbagger I don't think the members of the club would take too kindly to that.  I could be wrong though, we need a W.Rock member to chime in.

He's definitely not a sandbagger and the members committee at Whisper Rock actually said no to him initially joining the club.

They require that your handicap be something below 10 (if i recall correctly) and at the time of Larry wanting to join he was about a 14. A year goes by and he tries to join again, this is after working on his game for a year but still being just above a 10 they made an exception for him and let him join.

He's a stand up guy.

Very interesting, thanks Creed.  In interviews and stuff he’s always seemed like a nice, well spoken guy.
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Posted 12 February 2018 - 09:00 PM

View Postebrasmus21, on 12 February 2018 - 08:46 PM, said:

View PostCreedo77, on 12 February 2018 - 08:09 PM, said:

View Postebrasmus21, on 12 February 2018 - 07:03 PM, said:

I was thinking about this yesterday.  I think Larry is a member out at Whisper Rock and I'd imagine that money games out there aren't cheap.  If Larry got a reputation for being a sandbagger I don't think the members of the club would take too kindly to that.  I could be wrong though, we need a W.Rock member to chime in.

He's definitely not a sandbagger and the members committee at Whisper Rock actually said no to him initially joining the club.

They require that your handicap be something below 10 (if i recall correctly) and at the time of Larry wanting to join he was about a 14. A year goes by and he tries to join again, this is after working on his game for a year but still being just above a 10 they made an exception for him and let him join.

He's a stand up guy.

Very interesting, thanks Creed.  In interviews and stuff he's always seemed like a nice, well spoken guy.

For sure, very humble.

I worked with a guy from Augusta who caddied for him last year....they walked FIFTY-FOUR (yes 54) holes in one day out there. The caddie couldnt have said how good a guy he was while they were out there.

Funny story about his round....Larry, I guess was a little nervous the first couple of holes given where he was. He asks the caddie for advice and the caddie goes "we'll I dont really like to mess with people's swings while were out here". Larry snaps back at him in a cool calm way "hey man I'm a pro athlete, I think i can handle it." lol....lets just say not only did Larry tip this guy out in 4 figures for the 54 holes, but he also sent him a box of cardinals gear the following week.
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Posted 12 February 2018 - 09:07 PM

View PostCreedo77, on 12 February 2018 - 09:00 PM, said:

View Postebrasmus21, on 12 February 2018 - 08:46 PM, said:

View PostCreedo77, on 12 February 2018 - 08:09 PM, said:

View Postebrasmus21, on 12 February 2018 - 07:03 PM, said:

I was thinking about this yesterday.  I think Larry is a member out at Whisper Rock and I'd imagine that money games out there aren't cheap.  If Larry got a reputation for being a sandbagger I don't think the members of the club would take too kindly to that.  I could be wrong though, we need a W.Rock member to chime in.

He's definitely not a sandbagger and the members committee at Whisper Rock actually said no to him initially joining the club.

They require that your handicap be something below 10 (if i recall correctly) and at the time of Larry wanting to join he was about a 14. A year goes by and he tries to join again, this is after working on his game for a year but still being just above a 10 they made an exception for him and let him join.

He's a stand up guy.

Very interesting, thanks Creed.  In interviews and stuff he's always seemed like a nice, well spoken guy.

For sure, very humble.

I worked with a guy from Augusta who caddied for him last year....they walked FIFTY-FOUR (yes 54) holes in one day out there. The caddie couldnt have said how good a guy he was while they were out there.

Funny story about his round....Larry, I guess was a little nervous the first couple of holes given where he was. He asks the caddie for advice and the caddie goes "we'll I dont really like to mess with people's swings while were out here". Larry snaps back at him in a cool calm way "hey man I'm a pro athlete, I think i can handle it." lol....lets just say not only did Larry tip this guy out in 4 figures for the 54 holes, but he also sent him a box of cardinals gear the following week.

I always liked Larry and now I like him even more. Very cool story.
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Posted 12 February 2018 - 09:07 PM

Awesome stories, glad to hear he's a good dude. I think pro athletes who are good golfers who can be taught/adapt could really up their game in a long weekend with a PGA star. Me, I'd go the other way!
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Posted 12 February 2018 - 09:16 PM

I believe the tournament organizers pad the handicaps for the amateurs to make sure they have a good time.

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Posted 12 February 2018 - 09:17 PM

View PostCommerceTiger, on 12 February 2018 - 06:58 PM, said:

Eh. Does anyone really even care who wins the Pro AM?
That's based on handicaps?  Cough cough there is no such thing as sandbaggers or guys who shoot net 61's based off their index.  It's a gentlemen's honorable sport.  :D
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Posted 12 February 2018 - 09:19 PM

View Postwidow-maker, on 12 February 2018 - 07:38 PM, said:

View Postblink3665, on 12 February 2018 - 07:29 PM, said:

As Acy mentioned, Larry is highly regarded by broadcasters, coaches, and players.  I don't think sandbagging is in his DNA.  Also, we should wait and see if he posts those 4 rounds.  It's very possible that he had a few bad holes that were covered by Streelman.
They were playing best ball.  He can't post rounds where he's picking his ball up when he's out of the hole. I wouldn't be calling him a cheat unless I had played extensively with him and knew that his handicap was way off.  That's not right to do.
Absolutely you post in best ball events. If you pick up you should post what you most likely would have made on the hole. Baggers get a rep by NOT posting those rounds.

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Posted 12 February 2018 - 09:20 PM

https://www.youtube....h?v=6fWLmf1O8oQ

All I need to know about Fitz.

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Posted 12 February 2018 - 09:26 PM

View PostTobesSC, on 12 February 2018 - 09:16 PM, said:

I believe the tournament organizers pad the handicaps for the amateurs to make sure they have a good time.

Um, no, not at Pebble. http://www.popeofslo...ing/pebble.html

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Posted 12 February 2018 - 09:45 PM

View PostHawkeye77, on 12 February 2018 - 09:26 PM, said:

View PostTobesSC, on 12 February 2018 - 09:16 PM, said:

I believe the tournament organizers pad the handicaps for the amateurs to make sure they have a good time.

Um, no, not at Pebble. http://www.popeofslo...ing/pebble.html



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Posted 13 February 2018 - 01:46 AM

I thought I saw somewhere, a few years ago, that Larry was around a 5...?

What was he playing as last week at Pebble?
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Posted 13 February 2018 - 01:52 AM

Just looked him up 10.6 LI of 6.6

Pretty suspect go out there and light it up like he did and I'm a fan of the guy. He would be perfect for SCGA Team Play...lol

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Posted 13 February 2018 - 05:10 AM

All right, you've done it.  I am going to have to go on a bit of a rant now because this line of questioning really REALLY annoys me.

Let me start by saying something: not all 10-caps are the same.  THEY ARE NOT ALL THE SAME.  And that's especially true under the USGA system where half your scores get thrown out.

I play off 9 in the UK.  Recently I've been averaging more than 10 GIRs, and around 2 birdies per round.  I also drive the ball 270+ consistently. I get stupid comments like yours every time I hit my first tee shot.  And you know what, it REALLY P*SSES ME OFF.  I mean how ridiculous is that you think it's ok to accuse someone of a serious character flaw by ASSUMING that because they have better ability than you to hit a ball, that it must necessarily translate to the rest of their game and to their scoring?  Happened again yesterday--hit 12 GIRs, took 41 putts (three-putted SEVEN times) en route to a cool 84 and of course lost the match to the idiots who all but accused me of being morally decrepit on the first tee.

Larry hits the ball a long way, I'm sure (he's a large fit professional athlete).  Larry also doesn't get to practice as much as I'm sure he'd like to.  Combine those two things and you get flashes of brilliance and also some exaggerated inconsistency.  Larry also probably got pumped up to play this event and practised more leading up to it than he normally would.  I don't know about Larry, but I play golf once or twice per week and never personally get to play golf 4 days in a row, much less on the same course.  By Sunday my game would be far sharper than it was on Thursday, and I'd be surprised if Larry were any different.

THIS IS A BEST-BALL people.  And not only is it a best-ball, but you are playing with a super-consistent professional golfer as your teammate who by the way should be giving back 5-6 strokes but is instead playing off scratch.  You are freed up to have horrible holes, because you know he won't.  It boils down to who can make the most net birdies.  Clearly the long hitter with the most inconsistency that keeps his handicap up is most likely to make the most net birdies... somewhat common sense.

Please stop and think about how disrespectful you are being before you accuse someone of something so serious as a character flaw when you have literally never even seen the guy post a round, much less the 20 that it takes to define your handicap.  Ok rant over.

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#29 raynorfan1

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Posted 13 February 2018 - 05:21 AM

View PostHawkeye77, on 12 February 2018 - 09:26 PM, said:

View PostTobesSC, on 12 February 2018 - 09:16 PM, said:

I believe the tournament organizers pad the handicaps for the amateurs to make sure they have a good time.

Um, no, not at Pebble. http://www.popeofslo...ing/pebble.html

They kind of do.

They play at 100% of handicap allowance, where the USGA recommends 90% - which gives Larry Fitzgerald an extra stroke per round; and the pros play effectively off scratch, where they should be playing off a pretty significant plus handicap. Both serve to deflate the scores vs. what you'd see in a typical club better-ball event.

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Posted 13 February 2018 - 07:43 AM

View PostShutSteepStuck, on 13 February 2018 - 01:52 AM, said:

Just looked him up 10.6 LI of 6.6

Pretty suspect go out there and light it up like he did and I'm a fan of the guy. He would be perfect for SCGA Team Play...lol

-smh

His handicap got down to a 6.6...in the end of August...so right before his offseason ends. Of course it goes up after playing football for 4 months, or do you think he's got a lot of time to keep working on his game while he's in the middle of football season?


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