Tag:ernie else
Posted on: April 8, 2010 6:29 pm
Edited on: April 8, 2010 6:35 pm

Old People Trying to Win Golf's Majors? Again?!

This is starting to get ridiculous.

We all love the heart-warming story of a grizzled senior legend magically finding his game and making an unexpected run at a major tournament.  Tom Watson's storybook ride at Turnberry last year at the British Open, made eventual winner Stewart Cink quip "Even I was rooting for Tom Watson."

So yes, last year was a memorable event and Watson's tremendous play made it unforgettable.  However, after gazing at the leaderboard today at the Masters, this whole old-guy-taking-a run-at-a-major is starting to become almost commonplace.  I mean people were practically PREDICTING 50-year-old Fred Couples would be a contender.  He's 50!  How is it possible for these soon-to-be AARP members and their 10% discounts, to compete with the world's best?  And at one of the most demanding courses in the world?! 

For me it just doesn't compute.

And it looks as if these pre-Internet golf icons are clearly at it again today.  Don't forget then-48 year old Kenny Perry was a major factor last year at Augusta.  Major, as in he almost won it and perhaps should have.  Listen, when Jack Nicklaus at the age of 46, won in 1986, it seemed certain to be a once-a-generation throwback win, the likes of which we wouldn't see for decades.

Now it seems the fountain of youth is being bottled as part of the standard gear for a golfing legend.  3-Iron?  Check.  Lob Wedge? Check.  Bottled Fountain of Youth?  Check.  Bring 2 just in case.  Done.  Ok, let's do this.

Look at the leaderboard today ... Tom Watson, a 67!  Sandy Lyle, Bernard Langer are under par.  And the aforemention Fred Couples, well he's started off in superb fashion as well.  Whatever happened to the good old days where the old people showed up, were outclassed and fired an 86 that made all of us duffers feel good about ourselves. 

(Editors Note: Couples has closed strong and carded a 66! 6 Under!  Lyle finished 3 under par!)

"Tee hee look at Gary Player, he's a like a bear out there - he's great in the woods! < shouting >Hey Gary!  Look for my ball while your there. "< /shouting >
"Dude, you didn't even go into the woods with your shot, your ball is right here."
"I know. But I've always wanted to say that."
"Dude, that is so not cool."

This just says it all: 60 year old Tom Watson shooting a 67!   It doesn't even shock us anymore. 

And that is what I find, well, shocking.
(No Tigers were mentioned or harmed in the crafting of this blurb.)

Category: Golf
Posted on: April 7, 2010 12:13 pm
Edited on: April 7, 2010 1:14 pm

Watch Masters Live! An epic Els & Tiger battle?

Masters Live

We just enjoyed one of the finest NCAA Tourneys of all time in what may very well have been the farewell song of a 65-team tournament as the NCAA looks toward an expanded 96-team tourney.  And for many of us, we caught a lot of the great action and epic upsets online via March Madness on Demand, affectionately known as 'MMOD'.  Nothing is quite as satisfying as the guilty pleasure of watching sports online during work hours while feverishly trying to hit the Boss Button or trying not to break the office silence with a buzzer-beating scream.  We enjoyed delivering it to you and everyone was a big winner and you made it happen, consuming an incredible 11.7 million hours of online coverage.  When you compare the tape-delayed Vancovuer coverage with the live drama of the tournament, well there is no comparison. 

So what now?  Where is our afternoon fix? 

Well CBS and the Masters have teamed up to provide you live coverage online - MMOD style - and we appropriately call it Masters Live .  Check it out!  On Thursday, we'll have LIVE COVERAGE of Amen Corner and Holes No. 15 & 16 along with Masters Extra, daily highlights, player interviews, historical clips and course flyovers of all 18 holes.   See our broadcast schedule below.


Will Tiger win?  And if not, who will?!  Give us your prediction..

Some other questions we have:

1. Ernie Els
- Is this a career comeback or just a good month?  Is this you stepping up as promised to be the No. 1 Contender to Tiger's throne?!   The winning slump that plagued the Big Easy in '08 and '09 has been smashed, obliterated even, as he heads into this major with two consecutive victories having won the WGC-CA Championship at Doral and the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill a couple weeks later.  Els, now 40, realizes this is an incredible opportunity to add the Green Jacket missing from both his wardrobe and his legacy. 

2. Tiger Woods - Will you be able to change the topic?  Simply put, a win changes everything.  There are 1,000 questions we want answered but only one answer is really needed.  A fifth Masters jacket!  Get it done and that definitely will have people talking about something other than sex and fire hydrants.

3. Crowd Control - How will the "real" crowd react on Thursday or let's say Sunday late-afternoon on the final hole with a putt to win it?  Will someone be the fool and scream?  Will there be some other train wreck this weekend involving the fans?

4a.  Angel Cabrera - Can you find a way to win again?   4b.  Mike Weir - Is this your last chance at a second Green Jacket?

Have you say on The Master's Thread on our Community Pages.

An Epic Matchup?  Ernie Els vs Tiger Woods!

Tale of the Tape
Tiger Woods
Ernie Els
Age: 34
Age: 40
6' 1" (185 lbs)
6' 3" (220 lbs)
Turned Pro: 1996
Turned Pro: 1989
Majors: 14 Majors: 3
Tour wins: 71 PGA, 38 European
Tour wins: 18 PGA, 25 European
Green Jackets: 5
0 (Two 2nd place finishes)
Winning Streak: 1 (Nov 2009)
Winning Streak: 2 (Mar 2010)
As promised, here's the broadcast schedule for Master Live online.

Broadcast Schedule
Thursday, April 8
Amen Corner Live 10:45 a.m.-5:45 p.m.
Nos. 15 & 16 Live 11:45 a.m.-5:45 p.m.
Masters Extra 3-4 p.m.
Featured Group Noon-7:30 p.m.
Friday, April 9
Amen Corner Live 10:45 a.m.-5:45 p.m.
Nos. 15 & 16 Live 11:45 a.m.-5:45 p.m.
Masters Extra 3-4 p.m.
Featured Group Noon-7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 10
Amen Corner Live 1-7 p.m.
Nos. 15 & 16 Live 1-6:30 p.m.
Masters Extra 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Featured Group 1-7 p.m.
Live coverage on CBS 3:30 p.m.-7 p.m.
Sunday, April 11
Amen Corner Live 1-7 p.m.
Nos. 15 & 16 Live 12:45-6:30 p.m.
Masters Extra 1-2 p.m.
Featured Group 1-7 p.m.
Live coverage on CBS 2-7 p.m.

Category: Golf
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