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Did the media criticize the wrong captain’s pick?

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Rickie Fowler will be under the Ryder Cup microscope for the next couple of weeks whether he likes it or not. The fact that he’s a rookie — on the team, as well as the PGA Tour — and a captain’s pick made it easy for the media to scrutinize the choice more than any other on Tuesday morning.

While everyone has a right to criticize Pavin’s decision, there seems to be a following out there that believes Fowler wasn’t the worst pick of the lot.

As Golf Digest’s John Strege noted on the Local Knowledge blog, Pavin’s decision to include Stewart Cink as one of his four captain’s picks was never questioned during Tuesday’s press conference. Read the rest of this entry »


Written by Jonathan Wall

09/09/2010 at 12:47 am

Posted in Ryder Cup, Stewart Cink

Tiger adds his name to the greatest major championship runner-up list of all-time

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When the 2009 season began way back in January on the lush fairways of the Hawaiian Islands, nobody, and I mean nobody, expected we’d have a list of major champions that didn’t include the name Tiger Woods.

The last time Tiger went major-less was way back in 2004, when Phil Mickelson won his first major championship at The Masters, and the golfing world for a split second believed Lefty had the game to overtake Woods in the World Golf Rankings.

Well that never happened. What did happen was Tiger reeled off at least one major championship over the next four years. So when the tour arrived at Augusta in April, it only seemed right to pick Tiger as the prohibitive favorite — even though he was just returning from knee surgery.

Fast forward past The Masters, the U.S. Open, a blustery British Open and the PGA Championship, and what do you have? A season without Tiger’s name on a single major championship trophy, and a group of major winners, only one of which is currently in the top 10 in the World Golf Rankings. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Jonathan Wall

08/17/2009 at 3:57 pm

The media is still holding a grudge against Stewart Cink for his British Open victory

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Being a full-fledged member of the golfing media, I can tell you first-hand that we (the media) sometimes hold grudges against certain players we dislike. For whatever reason, I think most of those grudges are due to a player rubbing us the wrong way, skipping an interview, or giving us worthless quotes.

Sure, we’re all meant to be unbiased observers, but I can tell you almost everyone out here secretly roots for a player on tour each week. Tom Watson is a tour favorite to some, so you can probably the way certain members of the media felt when Stewart Cink beat Watson in the British Open playoff.

More specifically, some were ticked because Cink ruined their feel-good story. I can understand their frustration in writing about Cink for their weekly or daily publication, but at some point you have to get over the fact that Watson was beat by a guy who went 2-under in a four hole playoff.

It’s not like both played like dogs and Cink won by the skin of his teeth. So why in the world after nearly a month a members of the media still grilling Cink for his reported restroom stop prior to the start of the playoff? Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Jonathan Wall

08/12/2009 at 9:27 pm