Alan Shipnuck's Post-Solheim Mailbag

Alan Shipnuck’s Post-Solheim Mailbag

“What do you make of Christina Kim's histrionics? Too
much, or was Christina just being Christina – and did the Euros voice any
displeasure?”
She
certainly injected a lot of life into the Solheim, and the crowd spooned up her
schtick. The Europeans didn’t exactly love having to watch her celebrations. In
Kim’s singles match her opponent, Tania Elosegui, copied a few of Kim’s signature moves, a sign of irritation but also an impressive display of attitude. But what the cameras never showed was that Kim
went out of her way to police the galleries when the Euros were hitting,
often calling for quiet. She was also a very generous opponent, offering kind
words and not the usual steely silence. Laura Davies is one of the bluntest
athletes on the planet and she was asked about Kim on Sunday evening in the
loser’s press conference. “She's a lovely girl,” Davies said. “She's excitable. That's the way it is. She's good fun. She gets the crowds going. Good luck to her.” Bottom line is that
Kim gets cut a little slack because all the players are used to her emoting. There
are enough robots in golf, so I think it’s refreshing to see someone who cares
so much. “How
long can the FedEx Cup survive, given that it seems that fans don't care about
it at all? People care about this week's event because Tiger is playing, not because
of the FedEx Cup. Do you really think Tiger cares about winning it? The PGA
Tour's relevance, like it or not, depends on Tiger's level of involvement. Is
the FedEx Cup gone in a year or so with something new or nothing at all?”
Yeah, in year three I think it has become clear that
only the players’ accountants and wives really care about the FedEx Cup. But
here’s the bottom line: It has given us four excellent tournaments during what
used to be the slowest time of the year. It’s true Tiger doesn’t care about the
winning the FedEx Cup points race but he does care, deeply, about winning this
week, simply because he wants to win every time he tees it up. My advice is to
simply ignore the points race and all that nonsense and enjoy a deep field on a
dramatic new golf course. The Cup will go on because it serves its primary
purpose: making the players even richer. We will all endure it because it
serves our purposes: watching quality golf. “Am I the only one who thinks the prospect of Freddie
picking Tom Watson for the Presidents Cup team is nuts?”
No, I’m with you on that one. What Watson did at the Open
was one of the great sporting achievements of our time, but it doesn’t mean
he’s a good pick. Match play is so often about holing key putts, and clearly
Watson’s putting is shaky at best. Tom Watson as Presidents Cup captain in
‘011? That’s a petition I’ll gladly sign. “How
often do tour players change golf balls? Each hole, three holes, every nine?
This assumes there are no scuffs or marks on them which would warrant an
immediate replacement.” — Fred Yanni
This
is a very personal thing, often grounded in voodoo. Ernie Els changes balls
after every birdie, believing each pellet has only one bird in it. (Clearly Els
hasn’t needed many news balls the last few years.) Many players on a hot streak
go the other way and keep the same ball in play for as long as possible. Me, I
use the same ball until I’ve bladed a sand wedge, earning the dreaded smiley
face. “Maybe
I was in a Nantz-induced nap, but did I dream about a Bridgestone commerical
where Freddie's with a smokin' chick in a red dress discussing balls in men's
locker room? He's practically zipping it up while they chat – and then –
aaaaahhh, there's Lee Trevino!! Freaky.” — Ben Smith
Yeah,
this is my favorite of all golf commercials because it is so exquisitely
random. Is the woman Fred’s secretary? Is she, gulp, a golf writer? And then,
as noted, just as the various soft-core scenarios are on the verge of playing
out we’re interrupted by the tired Merry Mex thing. But I think we can use this
constructively. Remember the greatest sports cameo in cinematic history, Xavier
McDaniel in Singles, helping
Campbell Scott last longer in bed
?
I think Trevino can serve a similar purpose for this generation of golf fans.
And just think: All those irritating Cialis ads would suddenly be obsolete. (Photo: Darren Carroll/SI)


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