Justin Rose’s FedEx Cup Win Will Be Forgotten For the Rest of Time

Yes. I woke up this morning and immediately looked at my phone to make sure that happened yesterday. Tiger Woods won a golf tournament in the year 2018. He looked great wire to wire and honestly he has looked good for months. He won comfortably and just coasted to the most anticlimactic tournament finish of the season and yet, the ENTIRE world tuned into CBS to watch Tiger stroll down the 18th fairway with that classic Tiger toothy smile and saw the absolute circus happening on the golf course behind him. The Tiger Effect is real… and it is spectacular.

This… happened in real life.

That looks like a scene that people dream of. That looks like a scene out of Happy Gilmore. That looks like a scene that real golf fans watch from Happy Gilmore and turn to their non-golf fan friends in the room and say, “That never happens’. In the world of golf, that was complete pandemonium. And my favorite part about it? The calm and cool vibe Tiger was sending out into the world. He could’ve been frowning because “it ain’t over till its over”, or even just been an ass about it and said something like, “Oh well this isn’t a major so this will only be a footnote on my career”. No. Tiger was enjoying every step of that walk as much as his fans around him. He knew how improbable this was. He understood how insane this sounded one year ago. That smile and swagger that he had was one of the coolest things I’ve ever watched as a sports fan.

I watched his final holes on Sunday at work. And folks, I have to be honest with you, I ran to the bathroom and cried when he made his final putt, turned to the crowd, and lifted his arms in the air. To me, that felt like a, “I can’t believe this is happening” moment for Tiger and the fact that he showed emotion and connected with his fans was so cool. Those are the kinds of things that make golf so special.

Now onto Justin Rose. He wins the FedEx Cup and a FAT payday. $10 MIL to be exact.. It keeps solidifying Rose as one of the best to play the game in our era. And in my eyes, this type of FedEx Cup victory could not be more Justin Rose. EVERY golf fan will tell you that Rose is incredible. He lurks around the top of the leaderboard in every major and is a constant threat. But he is never one of the very first guys I think of when I think “Who is the best golfer in the world?” Names like DJ, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas and Rory immediately pop into my head, but never Rose. And now, his first FedEx Cup victory will also not pop into people’s heads. He will be a trivia question at your bar’s trivia night for the sports section for years and years to come. “Even though Tiger Woods won the 2018 Tour Championship, who won the 2018 FedEx Cup?” Nobody will know.

Now onto the Ryder Cup and guys, my gut is telling me that the US is going to ROLL. This may be the bloodiest massacre between the US and Europe in history. I can’t even think of another example at this moment to be honest. The boys flew with Tiger to Paris after his win and Tiger made it clear that they were going to crack open a cold beverage or two.

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USA BABY. No chance we don’t bring that Cup home. America by 100.

Proof of Golf Gods on Display at Travlers Championship

Okay. I get it that some religions are monotheistic and preach that believing in other gods is a sin, but if you don’t believe in the golf gods, then you are just simply incorrect. The golf gods are responsible for millions of tears shed and countless days ruined. If you are a golfer then you know that you must respect the golf gods. You must replace your divot on the fairway, rake the bunkers and for the love of all humanity do NOT walk in anyone’s line. Break any of these unwritten rules of the game and the golf gods will make sure you suffer. Still don’t believe me about these gods? Well look no further than today’s finish at the Travlers Open.

Jordan Spieth defeated Daniel Burger on the first hole of the playoff by chipping in for a birdie from the green side bunker.

It was an incredible finish and really cool to watch live, but Spieth did everything he could to blow this tournament, but the golf gods said no. For some reason they were on his side today. He had tee shots go awry on 13 and 15 that could’ve easily bounced into the water. But instead they got held up in the rough by some miracle defying the laws of science. The shot at 13 was coming in incredibly hot and somehow caught the rough and settled after only one bounce. Then on 17, his approach shot came up shorter than Jordan anticipated and was inches away from finding yet another water hazard.

Eventually he made it through all of these close calls and forced a playoff with Burger only to absolutely yank his tee shot into a tree. His ball could have been thrown out of bounds, fell behind the tree or stay in the thick rough. Instead, that tree threw his ball right out into the fairway. He then put his shot in the green side bunker, and as I spoiled earlier, dunked that bad boy in for his 10th career victory.

<blockquote class=”twitter-video” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Jordan Spieth is not human <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/TravelersChampionship?src=hash”>#TravelersChampionship</a&gt; <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/FTW?src=hash”>#FTW</a&gt; <a href=”https://t.co/DNxZBINrPz”>pic.twitter.com/DNxZBINrPz</a></p>&mdash; Fore Play (@ForePlayPod) <a href=”https://twitter.com/ForePlayPod/status/879103104502857728″>June 25, 2017</a></blockquote>

If you don’t believe in the golf gods, then they will more than likely make you pay. They are harsh and do not care when or how they make their mark. They have ruined relationships and careers, but today, they were on Jordan’s side for some reason. And in their name, we pray. Amen.

Despite Dull Tournament, Fox Makes Strides in US Open Coverage

If you spent your weekend trying to bond and relate to a dad that didnโ€™t hug you enough when you were young, you probably also wound up planted in front of the TV watching Brooks Koepkaโ€™s biceps win the U.S. Open. It was a tournament packed full of players youโ€™ve never heard of dominating a golf course that had no business hosting a major tournament. FOX paid a ridiculous sum of money to broadcast a tournament where Rory Mcilroy, Dustin Johnson, and Jason Day didnโ€™t make the cut, and golfโ€™s golden pony Jordan Speith was the tied for 35th. They tried their best to sell you on Brain Harman, Tommy Fleetwood, and Hideki Matsuyama being the next big things, but all know we will never care about any of those people ever. Luckily, the good folks at FOX did a few things to make the tournament bearable.

First, they brought back my guy Joe Buck to call the action. After a tumultuous US Open debut in 2015, many fans were calling for a replacement for the broadcaster who once almost lost his voice from excessive hair plug surgeries. Now, Is he great at calling golf? Not really. But nothing draws attention to sporting events that donโ€™t deserve it like bringing in Buck to take a beating on Twitter. Joe had maybe the highlight of the weekend: calling Brooks Koepkaโ€™s current girlfriend by his ex’s name and credentials, exposing Brooks for rebounding so hard that he brought his girlfriend of one week to undoubtedly the biggest moment of his life.

Second, they fully unleashed the Shot Tracker. Itโ€™s wonderful technology thatโ€™s existed forever, but for some reason no network has felt the need to utilize the one thing that makes golf palatable to the casual viewer. Besides your local golf pro, or that loser amateur that plays 3 times a weekend and canโ€™t stop talking about spin rate and launch angle, no one can tell where the ball is going just based on watching the swing. The rest of us, who arenโ€™t nerds for a dying game, are relying solely on body language and gallery reaction. If i donโ€™t see a club twirl, or hear some jackalope yell โ€œATTA BOY *insert name here*โ€, I automatically assume the ball is headed for the nearest patch of fescue. With the Shot Tracker, we all get to say โ€œhe pushed itโ€ or โ€œitโ€™s gotta turn overโ€ 2 seconds after the ball is hit. I donโ€™t know how many letters I have to write to those old, quasi-racist white guys at Augusta National to get the Shot Tracker allowed at The Masters, all I know is 5 is not enough.

Lastly, they were constantly doing studio updates just to show off the impossible-looking Holly Sonders. The fact that she’s legitimately good at her job takes a backseat to the fact that she looks like she was carefully constructed in a laboratory. I feel comfortable speculating that FOX did exhaustive research on when exactly golf viewers will change the channel, and scheduled a studio hit for those exact times. It worked tremendously.

So no, the US Open was not great golf. But, a tip of the cap to FOX for letting Americans celebrate our National Tournament by doing some of our favorite things: hating Joe Buck, acting like an expert, and creepily staring at beautiful women.

P.S. Thanks to Colton and the rest of the BUQB crew for letting me come aboard and contribute. This is going to be a lot of fun.

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