What started as a rather funny joke has gained some minor traction online, so much so that a Golf Channel analyst weighed in on it. So, we thought it would be helpful to nip this in the bud once and for all; to explain it, so we can all go back to having a good laugh about it. The 'controversy' (which I'm putting in air quotes because it's not a real controversy), happened on Jordan Spieth's 13th hole of his final round. After blowing his drive miles right, Spieth spent the next 20 minutes or so running around, trying to figure out where to drop his ball after taking an unplayable lie. He eventually settled on a spot on the driving range, which brings us to the spoof controversy. Before his shot,
Bernhard Langer and his long putter will be back in the spotlight this week at the Senior Open at Royal Porthcawl. The 59-year-old told The Telegraph on Wednesday that it is “hurtful” some would accuse him of still anchoring his putter against his sternum, which was outlawed by golf’s governing bodies in 2016. Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee has been one of the most ardent critics of Langer and fellow ex-anchorer Scott McCarron, who have combined to win three of the four majors this year. The USGA has defended both players. “I personally don’t understand it,” Langer told The Telegraph, “because I’m a man of integrity, and the last thing I want to do is break rules and be known for cheating.
Long Drive competitions are quite the event. The event is rather self-explanatory — extremely strong golfers gather together to see who can hit golf balls farther than anyone else in the world. Think of it as golf's Home Run Derby, an event meant to show off the strength of its competitors and their very specific ability outside of the larger sport. Long Drive competitions are also similar to the Home Run Derby in that they give athletes an opportunity to let loose. Whereas over-the-top celebrations are somewhat frowned upon at Augusta National, Tuesday night at the Mile High Showdown, they were all but encouraged. And no one had better celebrations on Tuesday than eventual champion Maurice Allen.