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Golf Movie Madness: The championship match

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Hardly a “Cinderella story, out of nowhere,” it’s hardly a surprise to see “Caddyshack” in the finals of our Golf Movie Madness Bracket. Likewise, the “unfinished symphony of Roy McAvoy,” “Tin Cup” has rightfully booked passage for this ultimate voyage.

Here’s how we got here.

More directly, “Tin Cup” took down “The Greatest Game Ever Played.” The story of Roy McAvoy’s U.S. Open bid edged out the tale of Francis Ouimet’s improbable 1913 U.S. Open victory, 75 percent of the vote to 25 percent.

In the other semifinal match, “Caddyshack” topped “Happy Gilmore” 72 percent to 28 percent. The prodigious Mr. Gilmore’s tale was no match for the saga of Danny Noonan and the goings-on at Bushwood Country Club.

Now, it’s time for the final showdown.

Tin Cup vs. Caddyshack

Who wins, GolfWRX Members, securing the title of “GolfWRX members choice for greatest golf movie”? Vote below!

Who wins the championship match?

  • Caddyshack (62%, 971 Votes)
  • Tin Cup (38%, 592 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,563

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  1. GhostofKenGreen

    Mar 25, 2020 at 10:35 pm

    Dead Solid Perfect is the only winner here. If you think otherwise you like white belts, cart speakers, and FIGJAMs hairDO

  2. David Sims

    Mar 25, 2020 at 12:48 pm

    Tin Cup was a golf movie, Phil Mickelson, Corey Pavin, Peter Jacobson. There was real golf.

    Caddyshack was a movie about a motorized gopher. C’Mon people wake up.

    • Gene Ebert

      Mar 25, 2020 at 3:33 pm

      Dead Solid Perfect was a Golf movie even more than Tin Cup. That doesn’t mean it’s a better movie than Tin Cup. Caddyshack is the best movie on this list. Just so happens to be golf related.

  3. Michaele

    Mar 25, 2020 at 9:20 am

    Shocking that anyone could choose Tin Cup over Caddyshack.

  4. Rich Douglas

    Mar 24, 2020 at 9:52 pm

    Caddyshack, naturally. Of course, it’s not exactly a golf movie.

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Gianni: Bryson DeChambeau is the most compelling golfer since Tiger Woods

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Jordan Spieth is one of the most popular golfers on the planet and did everything in his power to steal the show on Saturday at Bay Hill. 

An Ace, bunker hole-out, 130-feet of putts holed? By anyone’s standards, that’s outrageous and headline-worthy. Yet Spieth’s magic was upstaged by the one-man show that is Bryson DeChambeau.

A friend of mine hadn’t watched a round of live golf since the Masters in November. On Saturday, he made sure to check in on Bryson on the 6th hole, having read during the week that he might try and drive the par 5 hole. DeChambeau didn’t disappoint.

The result? He was glued to the broadcast until Corey Conners tapped in his par putt on 18.

That’s star power, rock star appeal, the sort of magnetic attraction that only Tiger Woods has provided in recent times. That’s Bryson DeChambeau.

In fact, the last time there was so much anticipation and attention over a single drive was back in 2010 when Tiger returned to the course at Augusta National following the now infamous 2009 Thanksgiving Day soap opera.

However, as is our times’ culture, some can’t stand to see others achieve and feel the need to downplay extraordinary feats.

When Bryson struck that epic blow over the lake on 6, some folks on social media moaned, ‘he bailed to the right’. To that, here are the numbers:

  • Clubhead Speed: 136.737 mph
  • Ball Speed: 195.58 mph
  • Smash Factor: 1.43 
  • Launch: 11.928 
  • Apex: 124.195 
  • Carry: 346.7 
  • Total Distance: 370.2 yards

All this from a guy who said he would go ahead and give it a go, and you know what’s refreshing about Bryson? It’s not all talk with this guy. If he says something, you better believe he’ll do it.

Analysts have in the past poked fun at him for his ‘pseudo-science’, yet there’s nothing pseudo about it. The Californian is so bright that he tricked others into believing that his methods were insane, and in the process, became the longest hitter on tour and picked up a U.S. Open title.

Adding to his star is how he’s a compelling listen and inadvertently hilarious. Whether it’s from telling media that he eats ‘what he wants whenever he wants’ or his vow to ‘get bigger and stronger’ after the 2020 Masters, his personality is very engaging.

For many, a U.S. Open win is a career definer, but for Bryson, it’s a stepping stone, and it’s time to really cash in over the next couple of years. My message to Bryson now would be similar to the words spoken by Frank Pentangeli to Michael Corleone in Godfather II: Look, let’s get ’em all — let’s get ’em all now, while we got the muscle.

Bryson, you certainly have the muscle. Go to Augusta and shake things up, slip-on that green jacket and let all the members know you’ve left your mark on the game for good. Then go to the Open and make the traditional suits uncomfortable as you let your new breed of golf shine because there’s no doubt that the USGA and R&A are going to try and gatecrash this party.

Like a gambler at the table currently on a good streak, Bryson should continue to up the stakes. Go for more. If there’s one current golfer now who has proven that if you think it, no matter how wild, and work hard, then you can achieve it, it’s DeChambeau.

Rory, Jordan and others have threatened in the past to grasp the limelight for good, but Saturday at Bay Hill was the latest indication that Bryson might actually do it.

Nobody is ever going to come remotely close to Tiger’s star power, and when the great man returns, he will once again take back the spotlight. However, in his absence, golf does have a genuinely fascinating storyline that keeps getting more and more interesting.

What happened on Saturday when Bryson cleared the lake didn’t seem to be golf. Nor even another sport. It was just uniquely Bryson – thrilling, compelling and leaving us wanting more.

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Faldo’s ‘commercial’ dig at Rickie Fowler was narcissistic, unfair and hypocritical

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This week, Rickie Fowler opened up on his current struggles on the course, describing the enormous frustration he’s going through and the toll it’s even taking on his life at home.

Instead of Fowler being commended for his honesty during the most challenging period of his career to date, he found himself attacked. Not just by some nameless, faceless troll on social media either, but by a six-time major winner turned talking head: Nick Faldo.

Replying to Golf Digest’s article on Fowler, the Englishman decided he’d take a swipe at Fowler’s commercial success, saying:

“Good news is if he misses the Masters he can shoot another six commercials that week!”

He then doubled down on the comment, highlighting his own excellent achievements in the sport while knocking Fowler who is still looking for his maiden major win, posting shortly after: “What would you rather have, a boatload of cash or your name in three green books?”

Had Faldo bothered to read the article in question, then he’d have seen that Fowler is extremely hungry and putting in hours of practice to get back to the heights that saw him once ranked inside the world’s top 5.

If Fowler was content to do commercials instead of grinding away on the course as Faldo suggests, why will this week at Bay Hill mark his 6th appearance in the last seven weeks on the PGA Tour?

That schedule just doesn’t fit Nick’s narrative that Fowler is satisfied with things in his professional life.

Sadly, Faldo’s dig at Rickie had nothing to do with his golf game, nor did it even acknowledge how hard he is trying to turn things around.

It was a petty knock at a universally well-liked player from his peers to fans alike because he happens to do well for himself outside of the course as well as on it.

And let’s not forget how good Fowler has been on it, five PGA Tour wins (including The Players), 2 European Tour wins, and 11 top-ten finishes at majors—and he’s still just 32.

All that the Englishman’s cheap shot at Fowler’s commercial success did was amplify the undercurrent of jealousy within Faldo, who spends the majority of his time on social media plugging and endorsing a golf shoe.

Does anyone really think that Faldo wouldn’t snap up Rickie’s commercial opportunities if they presented themselves to him?

To knock Fowler’s current level of play is fair game, but to suggest he’d be happy to miss the Masters so that he can “shoot another six commercials that week” is out of line and does a disservice to the effort he puts in each day to get better at his craft.

Fowler has demonstrated time and time again that he is a class act, an excellent ambassador for the sport, and he deserves much better than a blindsided attack on Twitter from a prominent figure in golf media.

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Club Junkie: Odyssey Ten putter review and hitting the new Callaway Apex Pro irons

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Reviewing the new Odyssey Ten putters, and I like the overall look compared to last year’s model. The shape is a little more squared off and simple, less distracting. Callaway’s new Apex Pro irons offer a lot of distance and forgiveness in a small package, but do they feel as good as other players irons?

 

 

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