The Shag Bag
11 OCT 2017
Golf Channel pundit Brandel Chamblee has not played regularly on any professional circuit since his final season on the PGA Tour in 2003. And yet, the 55-year-old revealed last week on “The Clubhouse Podcast” that he plans to play his way onto the PGA Tour Champions at some point in the near future. We probably won’t see the analyst on the senior circuit next year, however, as he is currently busy writing two books and is not planning to shift his attention back to competitive golf until they are completed. “I do miss it. I’ve got some really good friends playing on the Champions Tour right now,” the 1998 Greater Vancouver Open winner said. “I’d like to go see them, yuck it up a little bit, and put my tail on the line.” The golf analyst also said that he hopes to play in about five tournaments each year, but will be setting his expectations quite low. “I can still play, yes,” Chamblee said. “But I’m under no illusions that I’m going to trot out there and pick up where I left off competitively.”
A Couple of Broken Records
There was some incredibly low scoring at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in Scotland last week. Tyrrell Hatton played particularly well en route to successfully defending his 2016 title with a score of 24-under par for the week. However, it was Englishmen Tommy Fleetwood and Ross Fisher who provided the biggest headlines of the week when they each broke single-round scoring records at two of the most iconic courses in the world. Fleetwood shot the lowest round ever at Carnoustie on Friday morning with his 9-under 63, after converting five straight birdies on his back nine.
Fisher, on the other hand, broke the scoring record at St. Andrews on Sunday afternoon when he shot a mind-blowing 11-under 61 in the final round. The 36-year-old began the day eight shots back of Hatton, but catapulted up the leaderboard early with seven birdies in his opening nine holes. Fisher made another four birdies on the back nine and, at one point, was on pace to shoot the first ever 59 in European Tour history. Unfortunately, Fisher closed out his round with three consecutive pars and missed the mark by two strokes.
NASCAR superstar Ricky Stenhouse Jr. isn’t just a great racer; he’s also the best golfer on the stock car circuit at the moment! Last year, Stenhouse Jr. and Danny Hamlin co-founded The Golf Guys Tour, an extremely competitive 16-man golf league for NASCAR drivers, and it was such a success that Stenhouse’s sponsor, Prevost, even signed on to help fund the circuit again this season. Hamlin won the inaugural tour championship in 2016 and was gunning for a repeat at this year’s two-day finale last week in Charlotte. However, Stenhouse Jr. made four birdies in his final round and shot 74 to narrowly defeat Hamlin and win his first Golf Guys Tour Championship. “It just felt like the best round I’ve played altogether,” Stenhouse said afterwards. “I’ll generally shoot an 80 and dip into the 70s five or six times throughout the year. It was just one of those days where everything clicks and I felt like I could make any putt I was trying.”
From Turf to Surf
Are you tired of driving your golf cart around the water on the golf course? Well, thanks to Peter Lammerts, a 70-year-old inventor from Mission, British Colombia, you no longer have to! Lammerts created the world’s first amphibious golf cart a few years ago as a side project, but is now planning to bring his vehicle to market after it generated considerable interest at trade shows in Arizona earlier this year. The vehicle, which he has dubbed “The Golfish”, has also been featured on The Discovery Channel’s “Daily Planet” for its unique ability to transition seamlessly from land to water. Lammerts would be the first to admit that his Golfish is not a complicated invention — all he had to do to transform the cart into a viable watercraft was to add two buoyant convertible pontoons to the vehicle’s frame! Nevertheless, his invention is extremely cool and we are certainly hoping to see a few Golfishes out on the links in the coming years. We probably won’t see too many, though, because once the patents for the vehicle’s convertible pontoons are fully processed, Lammerts plans to sell his Golfishes for a whopping $26,000 apiece!
Shot of the Week
Australian Amateur champion Matias Sanchez hit one of the most incredible shots that you will ever see last week when he jarred a flop shot from the edge of a bunker that traveled backwards over his head and into the hole behind him.
Shank of the Week