Saturday, January 20, 2007

Ha ha ha! Steve Pate wins the CVS Charity Classic! This is a great day for the PGA Tour. Pate is one of the funniest, most likable, most accident prone and heavily fined players in history. It's been a long road back to the top for him since he iHa ha ha! Steve Pate wins the CVS Charity Classic! This is a great day for the PGA Tour. Pate is one of the funniest, most likable, most accident prone and heavily fined players in history. It's been a long road back to the top for him since he injured his wrist in a 1996 car crash, but his most famous injury occurred during the 1991 Ryder Cup at Kiawah Island. I've never told anyone this, but I think I was responsible.

Both teams were in a fleet of limos on their way into Charleston for one of those evil functions, when I tapped on the glass to ask our driver a stupid question. He turned to give me a equally stupid answer, and almost ran over a police officer who was very kindly waving us through a red stop light. The driver hit the brakes, and through the domino effect, Steve's limo, which was about six behind, whammed into the one in front, hurling him forward and badly bruising his ribs. Sorry about that Pater.

Of course we Europeans thought, being the great sportsmen that we are, "Ho ho! That's one point for us!". However, under Ryder Cup rules, if a player is disabled, a half point is awarded to each side. Considering how the 1991 Cup was decided, with it all coming down to Langer (Herman the German) and Irwin, and the famous missed 5-footer on the last green in the last match, I've often wondered what might have of happened if I hadn't asked that question. "Excuse me, but why is that police officer standing in the middle of the road waving at us?" It seemed logical at the time.

I always enjoyed playing with Steve. He is one of those rare people who is only capable of taking the game seriously in short bursts. He can also throw a club with more artistic flair than anyone I have ever known. He's one of those professional athletes -- and I use that term very loosely in his case -- that, while you may not like his behavior at times, you find yourself following him anyway because you know he will definitely not be boring. I don't know, would you rather watch John McEnroe or Jim Courier? The PGA Tour needs players like Steve Pate.

njured his wrist in a 1996 car crash, but his most famous injury occurred during the 1991 Ryder Cup at Kiawah Island. I've never told anyone this, but I think I was responsible.

Both teams were in a fleet of limos on their way into Charleston for one of those evil functions, when I tapped on the glass to ask our driver a stupid question. He turned to give me a equally stupid answer, and almost ran over a police officer who was very kindly waving us through a red stop light. The driver hit the brakes, and through the domino effect, Steve's limo, which was about six behind, whammed into the one in front, hurling him forward and badly bruising his ribs. Sorry about that Pater.

Of course we Europeans thought, being the great sportsmen that we are, "Ho ho! That's one point for us!". However, under Ryder Cup rules, if a player is disabled, a half point is awarded to each side. Considering how the 1991 Cup was decided, with it all coming down to Langer (Herman the German) and Irwin, and the famous missed 5-footer on the last green in the last match, I've often wondered what might have of happened if I hadn't asked that question. "Excuse me, but why is that police officer standing in the middle of the road waving at us?" It seemed logical at the time.

I always enjoyed playing with Steve. He is one of those rare people who is only capable of taking the game seriously in short bursts. He can also throw a club with more artistic flair than anyone I have ever known. He's one of those professional athletes -- and I use that term very loosely in his case -- that, while you may not like his behavior at times, you find yourself following him anyway because you know he will definitely not be boring. I don't know, would you rather watch John McEnroe or Jim Courier? The PGA Tour needs players like Steve Pate.

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