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Golf’s Answer To The Kardashians

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“Phil and Tiger trying to be Kardashians. And, of course, TV was trying to keep up with the Kardashians,” writes David Livingstone reporting on the, “enjoyable, but fairly ordinary golf match between two men who neither need the $9m nor the aggravation arising from a loose comment.”

What’s happening here?

So there I was ready to do my stuff at the gym and I see there’s golf on one of their screens.
My god it’s the Tiger and Phil match but isn’t it getting quite late? Squinting my eyes at the distant screen I eventually saw that the game had finished all square after 18 holes.
Of course I had to get closer and chose a nearby spinning bike which provided some useful exercise  in contrast to the excruciating performance from the ‘Kardashians’ which ended up with a comical pitch and putt contest as a climax.

Why the generous gimmes?
David writes, “Let's be clear. Tiger Woods does not concede a four-foot putt that keeps the match alive. What he did on the 18th at Shadow Creek all but confirmed they were splitting the $9m. For me, there's no other explanation of why he'd give him that putt when, on the evidence of previous holes, it was 50/50 he'd miss it.”
David previously stated, “I guess they viewed it as a vindication of golf's sportsmanship. Well, sorry guys, this was not Royal Birkdale in 1969, this was not the Ryder Cup, and these two were certainly not Jack Nicklaus and Tony Jacklin.”

Vulgar display of American excess
The following is from Alan Shipnuck’s mailbag.
“How much of a car crash was ‘The Match’ as seen in the USA? Viewed as a total disaster from Great Britain. -@PasDeDeuxBetty

Alan replies, “Boy, I’ve rarely seen a group of people hate anything as much as the British golf press despised The Match, and that was before it was even played. Sure, it was a vulgar display of American excess, but otherwise rather harmless. I read a million tweets about The Match from golf fans and pundits and nearly that many words typed by my esteemed colleagues and I think the overall impression, which I share, was this: Eh, coulda been worse.”

Link to David Livingstone and Alan Shipnuck

Quote of the Day
“I couldn’t sacrifice my heart for a publicity stunt” - Kim Kardashian


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