The Clueless golf MSM
TFM has come up with two more fine examples of stupidity in golf writing. First we have Seth Soffian writing at the Fort Myers News-Press.
• Karrie Webb — Once stoically impassionate on the course, even in the heights of glory, Webb re-emerged a joyous, five-time winner this year. Her screaming leap into the arms of her caddie after holing out for an eagle on the 72nd hole of the Nabisco Championship is among the year's great moments.
• Ben Curtis — Already dismissed as a fluke after finishing outside the top 125 in money the past two years, the 2003 British Open champion rebounded with two titles this year to become the only American in his 20s with three career victories.
• Jay Haas and Loren Roberts — Despite playing well late in his 40s, Haas didn't break his 13-year winless drought until joining the Champions Tour this year. He and Roberts each won a major championship — a first for each — and three other regular events to vie for Player of the Year and the $1 million Charles Schwab Cup annuity. Haas narrowly edged Roberts, whose wins included The ACE Group Classic in February in North Naples.
• Nick Faldo — Not on the golf course; on television. Once a media pariah and relative recluse to his playing peers, clever Nick emerged as a television darling and possibly the future voice of golf, with no apologies to Johnny Miller.
Where the heck is Se Ri Pak on this list? The choice of Faldo is a joke, and the Haas-Roberts almost as bad. Seth Soffian absolute ignorance in regards to the comeback of the Korean golf Queen shows that this News-Press reporter is just the latest hack in the Golf media.
By the way Golf World magazine has struck again. A few weeks ago I wrote about their top 25 golf newsmakers of 2006. Here was their 25th selection.
No. 25 China's growing presenceThere used to be a photo with this selection. A letter to the magazine in this week's issue pointed out that GW's picture of China wasn't China at all. It was of Japan!
Early in 2006 a Chinese professor claimed China invented golf more than 1,000 years ago. Had it proved true, it might have explained the following:
More European Tour events were held in China in 2006 than any other country
The final 36 holes of the Players Championship aired on Chinese television
Business students at Xiamen University were required to take golf
A national training camp opened in March
Efforts continued to bring a WGC event to the Chinese mainland
-- John Antonini
Golf World's editors could have done worse. Their secret homosexual crush on Phil Mickelson could have led them to put an illustration of Lefty dressed as a geisha with their 25th newsmaker pick.
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