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Real Golfers vs. Long Putters at the PGA

August 13th, 2011 · No Comments

Team golf has come to the majors.

On Sunday the final pairing will be comprised of rookie Brendan Steele (-7) and veteran grinder Jason Dufner (-7). Steele is a member of the Long Putters while Dufner is a Real Golfer.

In the second group we have another rookie, Keegan Bradley (-6), also a member of the Long Putters, and Scott Verplank (-5), the quintessential Real Golfer who, at age 47, has survived a thousand injuries and diabetes to arrive at the precipice of his first major title.

As a staunch detractor of the long putter, I will be rooting hard for Dufner and Verplank to defend the honor of traditionalists like Arnold Palme, who once said, “It isn’t golf,” and Tom Watson, who added that “It isn’t a golf stroke. If I were the emperor of the world, I wouldn’t allow it.”

After Tim Clark’s win at last year’s PLAYERS and Adam Scott’s at last week’s WGC-Bridgestone, both sub-majors, it is only inevitable that a broomstick wielding turncoat will one day win a big four event. But I can wait for that day – hoping against hope that before that happens that golf’s ruling bodies will come to their senses and ban the infernal implements.

So, the stage is set for the battle of the Real Golfers and the Long Putter. It is also set for a mass meltdown as none of the top four have won a major, and neither have their closest pursuers, a threesome made up of Steve Stricker (-4), Anders Hansen (-3, who I never recall see hit a shot all day!), and D.A. Points (-3). Still, nine of the last 10 major champions were winning their first one.

Those who have won a major before and who could do it again with a hot round and some mass choking from those above include David Toms (-2) and Charl Schwartzel (-2), who shot rounds of 65 and 66 respectively on moving day.

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