A golfer with no hands makes a hole-in-one, Steph Curry trashes his hotel room and skips out on work in an attempt to play Augusta National, and the Spanish language takes over the PGA Tour.
All that and more in this week’s edition of The Social.
Before we get into the fun stuff, let’s look at golf’s hot topic. As the debate over driving distance heats up, one former major winner decided to put his opinion out there. And it wasn’t exactly complimentary of the game’s governing bodies.
After the USGA and R&A released a joint study Monday calling increased driving distance “unusual and concerning,” which could result in rule changes down the road, Jimmy Walker didn’t hold back on social media.
Walker attacked the USGA on behalf of the average golfer, who he (correctly) assumed don’t want to hit the ball 20 percent shorter. He also called out their decision to ban the anchored putter, saying “What I do know is the USGA does not have their fingers on the pulse of the game … Changing golf for the masses because a small few who play it a different level is wrong.”
Out there in the distance, besides the setting sun, is number 7 at Pebble Beach. I’ve hit 7 iron before. It’s 107 yards. I’ve chipped a 60 degree wedge. Too many variables in an outdoor sport to grasp what is actually happening. What I do know is the USGA does not have their fingers on the pulse of the game. Taking away a putter that helps many many people enjoy the game is wrong. Rolling back the golf ball 20% is another bad idea. Ask the normal golfer how much they would enjoy the game if they flew it 20% shorter. I’m asking. Would you enjoy that? Changing golf for the masses because a small few who play it a different level is wrong. The greats and USGA have it wrong.
Poll. Not pole. Sorry. Was watching car racing documentary today.
— Jimmy Walker (@JimmyWalkerPGA) March 6, 2018
Based on a quick look at his comments, Walker has plenty of support from the weekend hackers. Whether or not that translates to support from those making the rules remains to be seen.
We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention Phil Mickelson after what was quite possibly the most quintessential Phil Mickelson week of all time.
Somehow, someway, ending up back in the winner’s circle for the first time since 2013 at 47 years old might have been the least entertaining part of his week.
There’s just so much much to work with.
But for our money, this one takes the cake. Phil telling fans – in pretty good Spanish – that he would be signing autographs after his round on Sunday, while trying to pick up his 43rd PGA Tour win.
Phil en español. pic.twitter.com/L9Xzs0XmR7
— Skratch (@Skratch) March 4, 2018
For the record, and because it never gets old, here’s another professional athlete attempting to speak in a foreign language AFTER his game ended:
This has been your reminder to appreciate Mickelson while we still have him in our lives on a weekly basis. He’s truly one of a kind.
Before criticizing Stephen Curry, let’s just get this out of the way. Every one of us would skip some work to play Augusta National.
But, none of us happen to be a two-time NBA MVP in the thick of our schedule, which is what makes this story so delightful.
Not only did the Golden State Warriors guard accidentally shatter a hotel room table preparing for his round at the home of the Masters:
I asked Steph for more details about this picture. He said he practices his golf swing all the time. He was using a 7 iron in his hotel room and his phone alarm went off, startling him. The 7 iron dropped from his hands on to a glass top table. (1/2) pic.twitter.com/LvgWTDXH7m
— Kerith Burke (@KerithBurke) March 2, 2018
Steph said he was barefoot when the glass shattered. He’s fine, no cuts, but he tried to clean it up and realized it was too big for him to do alone. He alerted the staff for help. Here’s his caption for the pic. (2/2) pic.twitter.com/55l4OFE6zD
— Kerith Burke (@KerithBurke) March 2, 2018
He also missed most of the second half against the Atlanta Hawks on Friday after injuring his ankle in the first quarter. Which is only a little bit suspicious/understandable when you consider the plans he already had on the books the next day with backcourt running mate Klay Thompson.
Stephen Curry is currently on the bench after twisting his ankle on Zaza Pachulia. Here’s video of the play. pic.twitter.com/WXDtbwtzA1
— Logan Murdock (@loganmmurdock) March 3, 2018
The time off was apparently the perfect amount of rest needed to be able to tee it up on Saturday after driving down Magnolia Lane. What a coincidence.
Per ESPN: Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson to play Augusta National today. So, his tee time is better than yours.
— Rex Hoggard (@RexHoggardGC) March 3, 2018
Question Curry’s inclusion in professional golf events if you want (although there are much worse candidates *cough, cough* Tony Romo *cough, cough*), but you can’t question the man’s dedication to the sport.
This week’s video intermission would’ve made the Oscars watchable. Instead, everyone will have to come find it here … in a golf blog … two days later.
There’s plenty of disagreements and arguing when it comes to the biggest stage in golf. It’s nice to have finally have something we can all agree on.
Spanish-language golf announcers are incredible and it’s a shame the viewing public only gets to hear them a couple times a year. There’s really no debate. Even if you can’t understand a word, take a listen to these two calls from the WGC-Mexico Championship and try not to get goosebumps. It’s impossible.
There are three universal truths in broadcasting.
1) “Doc” Emrick is the greatest, 2) All big-time golf shots should be called in Spanish and 3) The song from “Titanic” makes every sports moment better.
Mickelson and Michelle Wie returned to the winner’s circle on Sunday, but as great as those stories are, they’ve got nothing on the week’s breakout social media star Brandon Canesi.
Canesi was born without hands, but that hasn’t kept him from playing – and excelling – at plenty of sports, including golf. It seems hard to believe until you see it for yourself. Here, start with this recent viral video of a hole-in-one (warning: profanity in video):
Hole in one!!!!! 150 yards 7 iron. Only thing better than Hole High is in the bottom of the cup! Goes to show you can do anything you set your mind on! If you repost, please tag this account! #holeinone #golf #golfaddict #adaptiveathlete #adaptivesports #adaptivegolf #adaptivegolfer #holehigh #inspire #nikegolf #golflife #gaaforlife #golfacademyofamerica @lucky_fin_project @nikegolf @callawaygolf @titleist @taylormadegolf @golf-digest @bubbawatson @rorymcilroy @jordanspieth @totalgolfmove @foreplaypod @golfacademyamer @golfchannel @golf_gods @abcnews @news12nj @thetodayshow @ellen @tigerwoods @rickiefowler @justinthomas34 #inspiredgolf @inspiredgolf @gcmorningdrive #brobible @golf.obsession @pgatour @pga @dirtyheads @duddyb #sctop10 @brobible @fallontonight @colbertlateshow @latenightseth @jimmykimmel #golfvideo #golfstyle #adapting #golfchannel #sctop10 (PLEASE EXCUSE THE PROFANITY)
Canesi uses a special set of modified clubs and often posts scores in the 70s and 80s on his Instagram page. But he’s got more on his mind than just going low.
He is now attending The Golf Academy of America with the hopes of eventually teaching the sport, and he started the nonprofit organization Hole High, which “aims to inspire golfers of all levels to overcome their physical limitations and to educate the public about alternative golfing styles,” according to their website.
Click here for more information on Hole High or to donate to a worthy cause. And enjoy a couple more videos of this swing, in case you weren’t feeling bad enough about your golf game, which more than likely features two fully-functioning hands.
Brandon just started attending @golfacademyamer to find a career in the sport he loves. Now he can practice and learn everything about golf!. #golf #golfer #njgolf #golfing #nonprofits #nonprofitlife #gothedistance #golfforacause #adaptivegolf #adaptiveathlete #golfer #golfswing #golfstyle #adaptivesports #disabledgolf #nohandsnoproblem #golfbelt #belt #golfaddicts #giveback #njsports #golfgram #golfgame #golfstagram @nexbeltceo @nikegolf @titleist @callawaygolf @golfchannel @golfdigest @swingoftheday #swingoftheday @golfswingdaily #slomogolf #golf #golfswing #iamadaptive #justdoit #noexcuses #nohands @lucky_fin_project @golf_gods
When there is a love for the game, nothing stands in the way! Don’t let your limitations stop you either!. #golf #golfer #njgolf #golfing #nonprofits #nonprofitlife #gothedistance #golfforacause #adaptivegolf #adaptiveathlete #golfer #golfswing #golfstyle #adaptivesports #disabledgolf #nohandsnoproblem #golfbelt #belt #golfaddicts #giveback #njsports #golfgram #golfgame #golfstagram @nexbeltceo @nikegolf @titleist @callawaygolf @golfchannel @golfdigest @swingoftheday #swingoftheday @golfswingdaily #slomogolf #golf #golfswing #iamadaptive #justdoit #noexcuses #nohands @lucky_fin_project @golf_gods
There’s overcoming the odds, and then there’s Eddie Pepperell’s journey to be considered a nominee for the European Tour’s February Hilton Honors Golfer of the Month.
— The European Tour (@EuropeanTour) March 5, 2018
The 27-year-old broke through with his first win last month at the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters, but that’s not even half the story, according to Pepperell himself.
I’m not saying I deserve to win this, but I deserve to win this. The struggle I’ve gone through to reach this point is incomprehensible to many, myself included. I’ve been fat shamed, trolled, even sexually abused by my dog. I’ll also donate nothing if I win. Vote for Eddie. https://t.co/Jp2vXn0kZd
— Eddie Pepperell (@PepperellEddie) March 5, 2018
Talk about an all-times sales job. This guy’s stories rival the Astonishing Tales of George Costanza.
Just go ahead and give the man the award already. And make sure the cameras are rolling for the acceptance speech.