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The GrunkleGuru

Grunkle is a slang term for the thick rough on a golf course that I have been using for many years. Given my penchant for inaccurate tee balls, I have become a bit of a guru out of the thick stuff, hence the name. This is a site for my random thoughts about sports (espeically golf) and life in general. While nothing special, it will hopefully offer a break from the daily drudgery for both you and me.

June 13, 2005

Tour Wrap-Up

We’re going to start off with the ladies today because the top 2 in this past week’s LPGA Championship represent the present and the future of women’s golf.

Congratulations go out to Annika Sorrenstam on her second major of the year. This puts her halfway to the coveted Grand Slam, and from her play this year, it seems that there will be nothing stopping her from accomplishing that feat.

Michelle Wie proved that even though she is an amateur, and even though she only has a learners permit (she’s fifteen), she is no doubt the future of women’s golf. With four rounds under par in a major championship, this golfer was one of the few who actually moved up the leader board on the last day. I still don’t agree with the LPGA changing the qualification rules to allow an amateur to play in the Professional Golfers Association championship, but she showed that she can play with the best in the world.

Meanwhile, on the PGA tour, Sergio Garcia won with a blistering final round 65 (perhaps this will help erase some of the bad memories of the Wachovia collapse a few weeks back. Also, my fantasy team struggled on the weekend and secured me a 13,296th finish. Not exactly in the money. But neither of these is the big story coming off this weekend’s event.

Rory Sabbatini and Ben Crane were paired together for the final round. Rory is known as one of the faster players, and Ben one of the slower ones on tour. During the back nine on Sunday this twosome was put on the clock for slow play. I guess when that happened Rory reverted back into 5-year old mentality and proceeded to make a complete ass of himself. Some of the lowlights include.

- Walking ahead of Crane on the 17th hole so that he is standing behind the green while Crane is in the fairway waiting to hit is approach shot.

- Chipping onto the green on 17 and then putting out from 5 feet while Crane was walking up to play his birdie attempt. Note: Proper etiquette states that the golfer either off the green, or furthest from the hole plays first.

- Rory then proceeds to walk of the green and to the 18th tee before Crane has even hit his first putt.

- Sabbatini then hits out of turn on 18 (he made bogey on 17 to Crane’s par, meaning that Crane had honors)

- After the round is complete, Rory basically skips the handshake with his playing partner.

I commend Ben Crane for taking the high road in his post round interview and saying that it was his fault that they were playing slow, but I still can not excuse Rory Sabbatini for his actions during the day. That level of immaturity is reserved for the elementary school playground, and has no place in the world of professional golf.

Golf is not a game about rooting against players, but rather cheering louder for your favorites, but I think that Rory deserves every boo he gets from this point forward. Just flat out low-class.


At 2:34 PM, Blogger Patrick Eakes said...

Sabbatini displayed an uncommon lack of professionalism, and I hope he is fined and warned he will be suspended next time he behaves that way. He did not meet his responsibilities as a tounament golfer.

One responsibility is to protect the field by observing our playing partners. Another is not to do anything that might affect our playing partners' games in a negative way.

Sabbatin failed on both counts.


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