I’m only 24 years old so I’m just going off of my young memory of what I’ve witnessed on TV. I’m sure there are many more moments I could have referenced before my time.
Flashback to 2008, it was the U.S Open at San Diego’s Torrey Pines. Tiger Woods had one of the gutsiest and greatest major championship wins in history. Not only was this win incredible with the way that he was able to come back but it added another degree with him being physically handicapped with his left knee destroyed. Tiger literally was unable to walk at times and each shot panned to him grimacing in pain and barely able to walk. Still Tiger persevered.
The entire tournament was a back and forth battle that saw a tight leaderboard and a lot of question marks throughout. Tiger had an incredible finish to take the lead going into the final round on Sunday. He was known for not relinquishing a lead in majors but his left knee was a huge question mark. The man could barely walk, how was he supposed to hold it together for another grueling 18 holes on Sunday and compete at a level that would win the U.S Open?
Sunday came and Tiger was not flashy, in fact he was proving everyone right thinking that he would not be able to stay in it. No one would blame Tiger for the fact that he couldn’t compete on one leg. However, Tiger Woods is no ordinary human being. Tiger did what he does best and he grinded it out. Everything came down to the 18th hole; a dead straight par 5 with a small pond protecting the front left part of the green. Tiger needed birdie to tie the clubhouse leader Rocco Mediate. Watching everything play out on live television I thought this was in the bag. Tiger on a par 5 with the pressure on? He’ll probably make an eagle and win it right here.
Not so fast, his drive went way left and he was stuck on the tee grimacing in pain. His second shot was a forced layup that he was not able to keep in the fairway. Now we have Tiger from about 100 yards out needing to get up and down from here to tie Rocco Mediate. The TV screens pan to Rocco doing his best not to show any emotion. He knows he is in a great position and feels he might actually dodge a bullet from Tiger on a Sunday, but he doesn’t want to count his chickens before they hatch. It is Tiger after all.
Tiger hits his third shot and lands it about 10-12 feet from the pin. He has a downhill sliding putt from left to right to take it to an 18 hole playoff on Monday (just what he needs with his knee). Everyone is on the edge of their seat. The entire audience is surrounding this small 18th green hoping to witness magic happen.With everything on the line and nothing left in the tank, Tiger steps up and slams the putt home. Torrey Pines went wild! Sixteen year old me was going crazy in my parent’s basement.
Tiger needed surgery on his knee and was done for the season after the U.S Open. Tiger still was able to persevere and beat Mediate in the 18 hole playoff the next day. Tiger on one leg was better than Rocco on two (sorry Rocco). It was such an incredible display of mental toughness and determination. It was the “Jordan Flu Game” of golf.
Unfortunately, who knew that would be the last major Tiger has won in 8 years.
Golf today is some of the most exciting and competitive golf I have seen in my young lifetime. We’re in an incredible time for this sport. Although Tiger is not Tiger he has been replaced by a bunch of young talent from across the globe. We’re seeing these golfers each take turns with the crown that was once held by Woods for so long. There is no, one dominating force taking the lead because the talent is just too good. Just look at the top 10 golfers in the world right now; you have, Jason Day, Dustin Johnson, Rory, Spieth, Henrik Stenson, Adam Scott, Bubba, Patrick Reed, Rickie Fowler, and Justin Rose (who just won gold at the Olympics).
Just the top 4 alone is incredible with talent. Rory McIlroy currently has 3 majors and is an otherworldly young talent. When his game is on nobody can beat him. Rory reminds me most of a younger Tiger just based on raw talent. Then you have Jordan Spieth who is America’s answer to Rory. It’s difficult to say who is better right now between Rory and Spieth. Spieth is amazing with the flat stick and has that Tiger-esque flair for the dramatic. Have I referred back to Tiger enough yet? Sorry, but growing up watching him and playing Tiger Woods video games does that to people. Seeing Rory and Spieth compete for major championship dominance for their careers is going to be a lot of fun. But just wait a minute, there is so much other talent behind them nipping at their heels.
Jason Day is just wow. I was worried that Jason Day was going to have a Sergio-like career where he was a major talent on the tour that just couldn’t break through. But Jason ended up smashing through that glass ceiling and finally has the global recognition he deserves. Jason Day doesn’t have that prodigy stamp that Spieth and McIlroy have but it doesn’t matter. This dude is a straight up fighter on the golf course, and I’m pissed I can’t see that talent on display in the Ryder Cup. Many of the courses they have played at are now on my bucket list.
Then you have Dustin Johnson with a similar label of the guy that could never win a major. He’s gotten that monkey off his back as well and seems to finally believe in himself in clutch situations. This guy blow you away with his raw power off the tee, but all of us long hitters know that distance on the tee doesn’t get you as much as you want on the scorecard. He’s worked hard to make sure his entire game is elite.
What does that mean for us golf fans moving forward? It means nothing but amazing finishes and incredible major tournaments. Unfortunately it also means that we will never come close to being as good as them in the game we love. But at least we can crack open a beer, crash on the couch, and watch this immaculate talent battle back and forth for major championships and crown as world’s best golfer.
Living in the 21st century can feel like a giant car crash with all of the ridiculous things we see going on in the world. One of the unfortunate consequences of the internet is that we’re exposed to basically every terrible thing that happens on the globe captured by a cell phone camera. But cynics like me need to work on seeing the bright side of life and one of the great consequences that has come from the technology boom is an increase in golfing technology, and the extent of this can been seen in China’s golf. This has resulted in of the best golf rangefinders becoming available now, many of which you can view at www.golfrangefinderspro.com.
This blog is dedicated to the weekend and twilight golfers looking for a cheap option that can help lower their scores. This is for the blue-collar golfers, the one’s who play twilight until it’s so dark they can’t see the ball the instant it comes off the club. If you have already personally invested into a golf GPS or laser, congratulations, you’re all good to go, have fun subtracting 10 strokes off your score. There is no doubt that the best golf GPS or laser rangefinder can help lower your score. However, if you are looking for cheaper options then look no further than your smartphone (I’m assuming you have one because it’s 2016). There are a bountiful of golf apps available for free download that will give you golf GPS on your smartphone. Most of these apps are relatively the same in their capabilities so today I will be highlighting the Golf Shot app that I personally use.
The great thing about the Golf Shot app is one, it’s free. But more importantly, it gives an accurate distance reading as to how far you are from the hole. Thousands of golf courses around the world have been pre-loaded onto the app, and for those wondering if their dinky little course in the middle of nowhere is on there, it most likely is. Playing cheap and lesser known courses has been my bread and butter since I was born and I haven’t run into an issue of a course not being on the app yet. The cool thing about the app is that you are able to keep your scores right in your pocket and it’s available at the touch of a finger. That’s what I like about these apps when compared to just the GPS. Yes, the laser GPS will give you a more accurate distance with less margin of error, however being able to keep track of your scores and how you scored will give you great insight to your golf game. With this app you are able to track how many times you three-putt, your up and down percentage, your percentage of GIR, percentage of fairways hit, etc. For golf nerds, like me, that enjoy analyzing stats and looking to see where they can improve, this is gold. I like it because I can then see where my game specifically needs work and also see where I’m doing well with statistics to back it up.
If you’re a golfer on a budget looking for a way to help improve your scores I would highly suggest checking out the Golf Shot app. You’ll have lower scores and less pencils rattling around in your golf bag because of it.
Established in 1919, Bel-Marc has been referred to as the best kept secret in Northern Illinois. A private club with a small town atmosphere and friendly people make it easy to meet new friends and enjoy the numerous activities offered during the year. Strictly a golf and social club, Bel-Marc offers club living that is affordable for everyone.
Bel-Marc maintains limited golfing memberships providing a great environment for families and individuals to enjoy affordable golf at their own pace. Tee times are readily available for members and their guests. Bel-Marc is ideal for golfers who are just taking up the game to get out without the pressure of a public course. Become a member this season and take advantage of unlimited golf at some of the best prices in Northern Illinois.
But the reason I love this golf club differs from the reason others may love it. I have been attending this golf club for years. It started with my grandfather when I was a child, as I shared his love with golf. Funnily enough, I was the one that convinced my father to get involved with golf. So when I started joining my grandfather on the golf course, my father joined us too. I guess we could have become a golf family.
I have some great memories of the golf club. There have been many people come and go during the years I have been attending it, but I have always seen the same respectful staff and the same atmosphere that I remember. Through the club I learnt more about other clubs too and formed some passionate opinions on golf today and the in the future.
Although my grandfather is gone now, I know I will continue to come to this club with my own children and grandchildren right into my old age. I think they know, and I know, that I will be a long term patron to the club. I owe it to them. Join the club today, and come meet me for a game!