The Shag Bag
24 OCT 2017
An Afternoon with Phil
Do you have more than $100,000 of disposable cash and an urge to tee it up with Phil Mickelson? Well, here’s your opportunity! Head over to charitybuzz.com, where you can bid on a round of golf with the southpaw at his home course in Rancho Santa Fe, California! Currently, the highest bid is $100,000, but you can expect that number to rise significantly by the time the auction closes at the end of the month. All proceeds will go to Operation Healing Forces, a foundation that helps recent war veterans transition back into their civilian lives.
The biggest rules controversy of the season occurred last week on the Korean LPGA Tour when tournament officials at the KB Financial Star Championship cancelled all first-round scores following a series of bizarre events. It all started on Thursday when tournament leader, Choi Hye-jin, and her playing partner, Park You-na, were both assessed two-shot penalties for illegally marking their balls on the fringe of one of the holes. Choi and Park explained after the round that they thought they were on the green at the time and, as it turned out, they weren’t the only players who had made that error. Tournament officials later discovered that four other players had made the same mistake as Choi and Park had made. After tournament officials met to discuss the issue internally, they announced that the outlines of the greens were not marked clearly enough and that no one would be penalized for the infraction. This led to an immediate uproar from the rest of the players, many of whom threatened to quit if the penalties were not reinstated. Several others, however, supported the officials’ decision so vehemently that they, in turn, threatened to withdraw if the penalties were reinstated! In an effort to diffuse the situation, tour officials decided on Friday morning that they were nullifying all scores from Thursday’s round and would be restarting the event from scratch as a 54-hole tournament later that day. In addition, it was announced later that day that the tour’s most senior rules official, Choi Jin-ha, had resigned over the incident.
The KB Financial Star Championship wasn’t the only professional event that was shortened to three rounds last week. The PGA Tour Latinoamerica was forced to condense its Lexus Peru Open to 54 holes after learning that the final round of the event was scheduled to interfere with the country’s decennial census. Peruvians, apparently, take their censuses very seriously — so seriously, in fact, that the government mandates everyone in the country (even tourists) to remain inside from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the day of the census in order to answer its 47 questions! “We are grateful to all the countries which host PGA Tour Latinoamerica events and we are mindful of the customs of each country where we play,” said PGA Tour Latinoamerica President Jack Warfield prior to the start of the tournament on Thursday. “This is a unique situation in Peru, and shortening the Lexus Peru Open to 54 holes is a satisfactory result so that the census can take place.”
Scott McCarron was three shots back of the lead on the 18th hole at the PGA Tour Champions’ Dominion Energy Charity Classic on Friday. And it seemed like the 52-year-old was going to make a birdie on the final hole and move even higher up the leaderboard after he was issued a free drop for his approach shot. However, after taking that drop, McCarron’s driver slipped out of his hands and fell directly onto his golf ball. The ball moved at most a couple of inches, but that was still enough to earn the six-time PGA Tour Champions winner a one-stroke penalty. McCarron reacted by smashing his driver into the ground in disgust before hitting what would then be his fourth shot on the par 5! The Californian went on to bogey the hole and finish the week in a tie for 8th place, six shots back of winner Bernhard Langer.
Achievement of the Week
Eagle Creek member Tamara Chamberlain made a pair of aces last week – a feat that is beyond comprehension for most golfers. Her first hole-in-one came on the 8th hole at Eagle Creek on Oct 14th. She followed that up exactly a week later with her second ace on the 11th hole. The range rats that compose the Shag Bag were stumped at whatever math might be required to calculate the odds of making two holes-in-one in a week so we turned to our friendly odds maker for the answer. It seems that the odds of an average amateur golfer making a hole-in-one are about 1 in 12,500. The odds of making the second one rise to 162,562,500 to 1. Congratulations Tamara!
Trick Shot of the Week
Shot of the Week
We’re starting to think that Justin Thomas is not human.