Dan Jenkins and I don’t see eye to eye on many things in golf. For example, he thinks Ben Hogan is the best ever while my choice is Jack Nicklaus (by a mile).
But on one issue we are completely reunited: the long putter. I have ranted numerous times about it of late, spurred on by Adam Scott’s success and the plethora of contenders at the PGA who are wielding those awful broomsticks.
As for Jenkins, at the Masters, he let his true feeling be known: “I loathe and despise the long putter with every fiber in my body.” Any questions?
During Saturday’s third round Jenkins reaffirmed his position as perhaps the world’s leading detractor of the long putter when he said, “The disgusting long putter has never won a major. Which means I have to root against Bradley, Furyk, and Scott.” And don’t forget Brendan Steele.
Throughout my years as a fan, which come close to matching Jenkins’, I have always rooted for my favorites, but have not openly rooted against the others who are in contention – perhaps because that is not in the tradition of the game.
But now, thanks to the long putter, I openly cheer for certain players to miss putts – and to hit it in the trees, traps, and water, of which there is plenty at the Atlanta Athletic Club.
And so, as the leaders play today, I will be rooting against the Long Putters, and it will make me smile if/when these turncoats choke because the great Dan Jenkins will be similarly applauding their assorted disasters.
Won’t you join us?