Live charity golf : rory dj wolff fowler 17th May

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A Charity match arranged quickly and sensibly to raise millions and the equality card is played - sometimes I think some people can’t just stand back and applaud a good thing , there needs to be an angle.
I think golf is still very old fashioned and in general, women probably don't get as much recognition as they deserve. But this match really wasn't a good target for pushing equality. As you said, it was a charity match that was hastily arranged.
 
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I enjoyed it for what it was - a bit of a knockabout with mates. Certainly bizarre when they got Trump on the phone.

'I'm bored of watching highlights of old tournaments and knowing who won.' It's not like he has anything else to worry about right now :)
 

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I just caught a glimpse of the long drive bit on YouTube.
Never seen this guy Wolff before, and have to ask why nobody else has commented on his extraordinary swing?
He makes Jim Furyk look orthodox!
 

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Trump was the highlight of the evening............ "Live on the phone?" seriously risky.... strewth he is a nutcase. Bit like Christmas when you sat around as a kid hoping the mad uncle would say something inappropriate!

Mel Reid is picking on the wrong event for a number of reasons.

Switched off after about 90 minutes as it wasn't very interesting. Minimal banter, awful coverage (american) and some bad cheesey american "Joe CEO" characters....

But it raised plenty of cash, so thats good!
 

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I just caught a glimpse of the long drive bit on YouTube.
Never seen this guy Wolff before, and have to ask why nobody else has commented on his extraordinary swing?
He makes Jim Furyk look orthodox!
Wolff has come through the US college system, been a top amateur and is going to be the next big thing, perhaps. Hits it miles, odd swing, a bit all American. The sponsors are all over him, he won a PGA tournament at the end of last year as well.

It does look unorthodox, have you seen his feet during a swing?, but it works for him.

How did it end? I saw a few holes, found it a bit dull, and went to bed. I applaud the money raised, the fact it was live sport but it shows that 4 blokes playing together and no one else on the course does not make interesting tv. It also shows how good a job tv does normally by bouncing around other groups, leaving minimal dead time.
 

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Wolff has come through the US college system, been a top amateur and is going to be the next big thing, perhaps. Hits it miles, odd swing, a bit all American. The sponsors are all over him, he won a PGA tournament at the end of last year as well.

It does look unorthodox, have you seen his feet during a swing?, but it works for him.

How did it end? I saw a few holes, found it a bit dull, and went to bed. I applaud the money raised, the fact it was live sport but it shows that 4 blokes playing together and no one else on the course does not make interesting tv. It also shows how good a job tv does normally by bouncing around other groups, leaving minimal dead time.

rory won a 120 yard nearest the pin to win the final 6 skins and 1.1m, they raised just over 5m for the 2 charities in 4 hrs or so golf which was all the better for not having Mel Reid there
 

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I quite enjoyed it to be honest.

Don't think my clubs would be much use on that course though, I'd be as well taking a bucket and spade for the bunkers.
 

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Thought there'd be a bit more banter. Bets bit was Wolff hitting it to a waste area, then turning to DJ and asking him "Is this a waste bunker?"
What did he mean by that? I heard it, assumed he was referencing something controversial?
 

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What did he mean by that? I heard it, assumed he was referencing something controversial?
It’s a reference to the USPGA 2010 when he was penalised for grounding his club in a waste area which was deemed a bunker and it cost him a place in a playoff
 

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I only watched the first hour and a half. It was OK, but not as exciting as everyone had hoped. I think most of you are correct that the course didn't show well on TV. I'm glad they did it if only for the charities.
 

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Recorded and watched on delay. Caught up for the 18th and play off, so perfect timing!

Some thoughts:

- Stupid that players can't wear shorts on Tour.
- I really enjoyed seeing the players carry their own bags. This should be introduced on Tour! Much better test of the player when they have to make their shot selection on their own, especially green reading. Having a servant to carry your equipment and measure distances for you is a very outdated concept.
- I really enjoyed the absence of long conversations between player and caddie, which is a major contributor to slow play.
- It was great to see the players ready to play when it was their turn.
- Without caddies, green books, practice rounds, the players chipping and lag putting was less than perfect. Made them look more human, and is probably a better comparison for us.
- Rory and Rickie looked class.
- DJ looked really rusty. He was well off the others and he stopped trying.
- Wolff can seriously bomb it, but swing looks like an octopus falling out of a tree. His fast hip twist trigger move is ok for full swings but not great on short shots where you need to maintain a smooth swing. I'm guessing on a good day his natural timing will look after him but on a bad day he will struggle with distance control on pitches.
- I thought the course looked nice, was a bit too wide open for these guys. Commentators kept saying it normally plays much firmer which would have made it more interesting. Certainly more interesting later when the breeze picked up.
- The problem with these events (Tiger v Phil etc) is the dead time between shots when you only have one group on the course. ok as a one-off, not every week.
 

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- The problem with these events (Tiger v Phil etc) is the dead time between shots when you only have one group on the course. ok as a one-off, not every week.[/QUOTE]

This is a great point. Filling the "dead" time is a problem. I get that it's entertainment, but sometimes the "celebrity" interviews ran over the actual golf shots. Like I said, I give them an A for the effort. Everything else was probably a C.
 

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Watched this whilst on the phone with an old friend when is a physiotherapist. He is certain that Wolff will end up crippled due to the strains he will place on his lower back and hips with that move :(
 

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It’s a reference to the USPGA 2010 when he was penalised for grounding his club in a waste area which was deemed a bunker and it cost him a place in a playoff
2010 PGA championship. DJ was in the lead but grounded his club in a bunker he thought was a waste area and was given a two shot penalty
Ahhhh, of course! Good joke in that case! 😂
 
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How many shots will Ricky and wolff be getting? Does the 90% rule apply to pros...?
Doesn't exactly grab me. Rory v DJ would be interesting enough especially if they go for it off the tee in a bombing contest. Not sure the other two bring much to the table
Well these two posts look even more silly now :) Rickie was the best of the 4, with DJ looking rustier than an old wedge.
 

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Well these two posts look even more silly now :) Rickie was the best of the 4, with DJ looking rustier than an old wedge.
Watched a bit until Bill Murray and then Trump popped up. Didn't like the coverage or commentary and it didn't show the course off that well. As I watched just a few holes I can't comment on how they played throughout. Didn't engage me before they played and the event didn't keep my attention last night
 
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What did he mean by that? I heard it, assumed he was referencing something controversial?
DJ missed out on a playoff spot at the PGA Championship a few years back grounding his club in what he thought was a waste area as the crowd were all walking through it. Was given a two shot penalty for grounding in a bunker on the last hole.
 
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