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,
The 29-minute scene that unfolded on the 13th hole Sunday at Royal Birkdale played a pivotal role in deciding the outcome of The Open, and it's a scene that will be replayed for years to come. But what was it like inside the ropes with the claret jug hanging in the balance? "Just absolute chaos," said Jordan Spieth's caddie, Michael Greller. Greller shared some of the emotions he experienced in the moment during a recent interview with Sirius XM PGA Tour Radio. Greller explained that the biggest battle intially was simply finding the ball, which had bounded off a spectator even farther right than he expected. "I was forearm shivving guys in the crowd there initially," Greller said. "And then
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.