The Shag Bag
26 SEP 2017
Checking in with El Tigre
It looks like Tiger Woods, who has been on the DL since April after undergoing a spinal-fusion surgery, will not be returning to the PGA Tour any time soon. The 14-time major champion posted an injury update to his website last Friday, in which he revealed that he is not yet at a point in his recovery process where he can hit shots exceeding 60 yards. He has, however, been spending a lot of time chipping and putting and is now also running, swimming, biking and lifting weights twice a day. Woods has no plans to increase his golfing regimen until his next series of X rays in November, at which time he will meet with doctors to discuss his progress and whether he can ramp up his physical activity. The 41-year-old also wrote that Rickie Fowler and Justin Thomas have been visiting him at his Jupiter Island, Fla. home, where the trio has been competing in putting contests on the greens in Woods’ backyard practice facility. We’ll see Tiger at the Presidents Cup this week in New Jersey, where he will serve on the US squad as an assistant commander to captain Steve Stricker.
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The PGA Tour issued a press release last week, announcing that it will be instituting an Integrity Program in 2018 with the aim of rooting out gambling from professional golf at all levels. The new policy is not aimed so much at the players — who are already expressly forbidden from participating in greenside gambling — but more towards anyone with any sort of connection to weekly tournaments, such as PGA Tour employees, tournament workers/volunteers, and player support staffs. The circuit explained in its statement that the new policy will “maintain integrity and prevent and mitigate betting-related corruption in PGA Tour competitions through clear policies and regulations, ongoing education and training, and effective and consistent monitoring and enforcement functions.” The circuit also announced that it has hired Genius Sports, a sports-data technology company, to help track and identify suspicious betting patterns on all six of its professional tours — including our very own Mackenzie Tour!
Once a Bulldog, Always a Bulldog
Kevin Kisner might have redefined the term “Moving Day” at East Lake on Saturday. After springing into second place on the leaderboard with a 64 in his third round, the 33-year-old literally took off for Athens, Ga. by helicopter to watch his Alma matter, the Georgia Bulldogs, take on Mississippi State. Kisner had posted to his Twitter account on Friday afternoon, pleading desperately for an airlift to Athens. Within hours, the official Twitter account of East Lake Golf Club informed the South Carolinian that a flight had been arranged for him!
On Saturday, Kisner teed off at 1:45 PM and sprinted through East Lake in less than four hours to make the opening kick-off at 7 PM on time. “I knew I had plenty of time until [Jason] Day shanked it on 16 and I told him to hurry it up!” Kisner chuckled, as he later recounted his frenetic round for reporters. Fortunately, Kisner arrived at the game on time and was able to watch, in its entirety, his Bulldogs crush Mississippi State by a score of 31-3. After the game, Kisner flew back to East Lake and, in all likelihood, went directly to bed!
PGA Tour players often show us what they are up to on their social media accounts when they are away from the course. However, we seldom get glimpses into the lives of some of the broadcast crews that we have become so familiar with over the years. That is why this video, which shows Nick Faldo taking shots in Jim Nantz’s backyard, is so unique! Nantz has a replica of Pebble Beach’s 7th hole and apparently enjoys playing the Masters theme and doing play-by-play commentary during his guests’ tee shots. In the video, Nantz reminded Faldo that if he made a hole-in-one, his name would be added to the ‘illustrious’ Pebble Beach Pebble — a stone next to the tee that lists the names of all six golfers who have made aces in Nantz’s backyard! That list includes Brandt Snedeker (which is spelled wrong on the stone), David Feherty, and Tony Romo!
Shank of the Week
Jhonny Vegas knocked a fan out of his seat with this shank on the 8th hole at East Lake on Thursday:
Video of the Week
This monkey has some excellent touch and we just love the way that he barely even reacts when his ball goes into the cup. Clearly, this primate has made some big putts before!
Shot of the Week