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View from the Gallery: Rory Roars, Johnny Just Yaps

Football season has officially commenced, meaning golf’s audience has dwindled to the core of the hardcore.

I consider myself a diehard golf fan, and even I can’t help flipping from the FedEx Cup to the NFL field goal-fest du jour. Such is the lure of the pigskin.

Golf news keeps coming whether anyone gives a rat’s arse or not, and it’s been especially heavy of late. The PGA Tour’s season-ending cash-grab reaches a crescendo next weekend, followed by a cup of a more dignified brand a couple weeks hence.

Here’s a quick peek through the periscope at recent golf headlines.


“Rory Wins Again, Could Still Lose FedEx Cup”


McIlroyFor me, there’s only one player besides Tiger Woods whose presence turns any event into must-see TV. Watching Rory McIlroy swing a golf club is a singular pleasure, like sipping a perfectly poured Belgian trappist ale. OK, so it’s nothing like that. The point is, I’d pay to watch the kid hit whiffle balls in the back yard. Heck, I’d pay to watch him mow the back yard (as long as it was my back yard, and I had a tasty brew in hand).

McIroy’s victory at the BMW established him – no ifs, ands or buts — as golf’s first clear-cut No. 1 since you-know-who backed his SUV over that you-know-what nearly three years ago. Rory’s won two straight FedEx Cup events on top of last month’s PGA Championship victory, and he’s favored at the Tour Championship.

Because the PGA Tour changed the rules to keep things interesting through the final event, McIroy isn’t a lock to win the Fed Ex Cup. Woods has a chance, as do Nick Watney, Phil Mickelson and others. Here’s the crazy part: 2012 non-winner Louis Oosthuizen is among those others, and he could claim the FedEx Cup with a second-place finish in Atlanta!

It’s a longshot to say the least, dependent on statistical permutations that would baffle the guys who discovered that Higgs boson doohicky. Then again, that was kind of a longshot too.

Tour Championship at East Lake – Full Field below


“Miller Claims Tiger’s ‘People’ Asked for His Help”


Miller Claims Tiger's People Asked for HelpJohnny, Johnny, Johnny. The things that come out of that mouth of yours.

Johnny Miller’s latest “say-what?” moment comes courtesy of Golf Magazine, where Miller made this rather eyebrow-raising claim: “(W)hen Tiger had been on Tour for two or three years, his people called and asked if I would give him lessons on short irons… I couldn’t give him the time he’d need, so I turned him down.”

Sounds pretty fishy to me. In fact, I bet it’s news to Tiger, who was pretty happy in his relationship with teacher Butch Harmon at that particular point in history.

Convenient how Miller left himself an out by stating the call came from Tiger’s “people,” not the man himself. Was it Woods’ father, Earl? His mother, Kultida? That dastardly caddie, Steve Williams? One of Tiger’s comely concubines?

Inquiring minds want to know. The rest of us will just chalk it up to Johnny being Johnny.


“Arnie Turns 83, Awarded Congressional Gold Medal”


Arnold Palmer accepted his honor with characteristic grace, never once noting that he could spot the congresscritters 40 a side and still beat their approval ratings.


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Fed Ex Cup Standings

2012 Fed Ex Cup Standings – Top 30

1 – Rory McIlroy*

2 – Tiger Woods*

3 – Nick Watney*

4 – Phil Mickelson*

5 – Brandt Snedeker*

6 – Louis Oosthuizen

7 – Dustin Johnson

8 – Lee Westwood

9 – Zach Johnson

10 – Jason Dufner

11 – Bubba Watson

12 – Sergio Garcia

13 – Steve Stricker

14 – Keegan Bradley

15 – Luke Donald

16 – Matt Kuchar

17 – Carl Pettersson

18 – Jim Furyk

19 – Bo Van Pelt

20 – Robert Garrigus

21 – Adam Scott

22 – Ernie Els

23 – Hunter Mahan

24 – Justin Rose

25 – Webb Simpson

26 – John Huh

27 – Rickie Fowler

28 – Ryan Moore

29 – John Senden

30 – Scott Piercy

* Top 5 control their own destiny, they win and they increase their 2012 tax liability by a few million bucks.[/note]

Daniel MitchellDaniel Mitchell is a golf writer and contributor who lives in Jupiter, Fla., a few miles from Tiger Woods as the crow flies but worlds away in every other respect. An avid golfer since age 12, Mitchell carries a (shaky) single-digit handicap, investing far more time in his dogs than his swing.

You can read his regular musings at

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