Don’t Count On A “Blue-Blood” At The U.S. Open (or any other Major)
Posted on April 13 2018
Patrick Reed Hero or Villian?
Patrick Reed deserves to be congratulated for his win at Augusta last weekend. He earned it just like every other winner before him— but people didn’t want him to win. Not only because of the allegations of cheating and stealing that have dogged him since college, but he has been pretty abrasive ever since he joined the tour.
While those are good reasons to see him as a villain, they are not the primary reason why many are unhappy he won the Masters. Many fans wanted to see a drama-filled weekend with golf’s blue-bloods in contention on Sunday.
They wanted to see Tiger Woods return to glory or Rory McIlroy complete the Grand Slam. They wanted Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler, or maybe Phil Mickelson put the green jacket on.
But they shouldn’t be mad at Reed for winning it. In fact, they shouldn’t be surprised that he won.
First-time winners have been all the rage at golf’s majors the last few years, especially the Masters. Eight of the last ten winners at Augusta were first-timers. For the ninth time in the last ten majors, the winner was taking home his first major championship.
Jordan Spieth is the odd man out. He won his first major at the 2015 Masters. But then went on to win the 2015 U.S. Open and 2017 Open Championship.
So—what does this tell us?
Or should it tell us anything?
What it tells us is that golf is no longer reliant on the Tiger Woods factor. Back in Tiger’s day, a tournament knew it would get good ratings as long as Tiger was playing; they’d be even better if he played well. While that is still true, golf is no longer reliant on that.
Today’s current crop of stars don’t exactly measure up to what Tiger was in his prime—but then again, neither does Tiger. However, there is a deep field of talented golfers on the Tour right now. There are plenty of big name—or blue-bloods – like Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler, Justin Rose, Jon Rahm, and Justin Thomas.
The Masters stands as proof that you can’t count anyone out in any given week. You never know when a Patrick Reed or a Tommy Fleetwood or a Paul Casey is going to catch fire. While you are watching these guys you better not forget about Jason Day, Brooks Koepka, or Hideki Matsuyama.
Then, of course, there are guys like Bubba Watson, Sergio Garcia, Henrik Stenson, and Phil Mickelson.
The PGA Tour is full of ridiculously good talent right now; much of it younger and dying to make a name for themselves. As recent history has shown, they are more than happy to grab ahold of golf’s biggest stages. They know what it means to win a major, and they want to just as bad as the Tour veterans do.
So when you're setting your daily fantasy lineup, placing a bet with friends, or just sitting down to watch the U.S. Open next month, don’t be surprised if you have no idea who the guy on top of the leaderboard is.
Golf Ball Collector Machine
If you’re interested in Golf, you may have come across a number of different golf ball collectors, the Shag Bag, the tube to name two, but there is one ball collector that’s a complete standout, unlike the current crop of top players on tour.
The Golf ball collector machine I’m talking about is the Kollectaball Pro-Collector, the Kollectaball Bagbuddy and in future the Kollectaball Pro. Instead of having to punch down on each individual ball, this clever machine simply rolls over the balls to collect them.
Instead of ruining the green, or puncturing a small divet on the driving range in muddy conditions, the Kollectaball golf pickers collect in any terrain, and without damaging even the highest of quality greens.
Check out Stuart Appleby trying out his Pro-Collector and see what you're missing out on!