The Shag Bag: Brandel On
01 AUG 2018
It was an eventful week for Golf Channel pundit Brandel Chamblee. The 56-year-old stepped out of the booth on Monday and qualified for the Senior Open with medalist honours after carding a 69 at Scotscraig Golf Club in Scotland. Even though Chamblee hadn’t played in a tour-sanctioned event in over a decade, he looked extremely comfortable in his return to competitive golf. In fact, he was the only player in the field to post a sub-70 round in the field. Unfortunately, his bid for a major championship did not go nearly as well. The 1998 Greater Vancouver Open champion opened his week at St. Andrews with a 5-over 77 and followed that up with a 75 on Friday to miss the cut by seven strokes. Chamblee has made a broadcast career out of ripping into players for poor decisions and lousy golf. And true to form, he did not go easy on himself when asked on Friday afternoon to assess his own performance for the week. “The last two days, I’ve never played golf like that,” Chamblee said. “I’ve played plenty of bad golf, but never bad golf like that. I’ve never made so many ridiculous mistakes. I know that’s what you’re expected to do when you haven’t played much, but it’s not what I expected to do.” Chamblee then shook his head when asked by a reporter if he enjoyed the experience anyway. “You only ever enjoy golf when you play well; it is misery when you don’t play well,” he said. “I’m a competitive person. I came in here thinking I had a chance if I played well, but all my golf did was make me want to go practice.”
Shank of the Week
This week’s honours go to this weekend warrior, who managed to strike three different things with one regrettable swing: his ball, his cart, and his noggin.
An Uncomfortable Ex-“Change”
Patrick Reed refused to hit his shot on the 10th hole in Thursday’s opening round at the Porsche European Open until the camera crew that was filming the American’s shot moved away from him completely. According to Reed and his caddy, Kessler Karain, one of the camera operators was intentionally jiggling his pocket change while Reed was standing over the ball.
This is not the first time this year that Reed has gotten into a tiff with a tournament worker. In early March, the reigning Masters champion was filmed arguing with a tournament official during the Arnold Palmer Invitational after being refused a free drop.
Bad Break of the Week
It is usually the combination of blustery winds and the intrusive placement of the Old Course Hotel that gives golfers major anxiety on St. Andrews’s iconic Road Hole. But 64-year-old pro Mark James encountered a far more unique obstacle on the 17th hole on in his opening round at the Senior Open Championship after his tee shot collided with a seagull in mid-air and deflected out of bounds. James, who won the Senior Players Championship in 2004, was forced to re-tee and went on to make a triple-bogey on the hole.
Trick Shot of the Week
Hitting straight drives off a dock wearing nothing but sandals is difficult; catching drives barehanded while standing in the middle of a lake on a paddleboard is impossible. Well done, lads!
Shot of the Week
You might remember the Web.com Tour’s Michael Arnaud from the BMW Charity Pro-Am in May when he went 9-under par in a seven-hole stretch en route to his first career victory. If not, you will surely remember him for this miraculous 232-yard ace he made at the Price Cutter Charity Championship on Friday afternoon.