Scott Anderson a teammate of mine in high school had earned medalist honors in a nine-hole match we played vs. a rival school. We finished and everyone was milling around the 18th green as the coaches tallied the scores.
Maybe bad form but honestly one of the most entertaining things I’ve ever witnessed on a golf course. Extreme perimeter weighting significantly enhances stability and forgiveness; grooves cut at a 45-degree angle increase topspin for a smoother forward roll; sightline technology improves alignment.
On the Sunday night of that 1999 PGA I flew from Chicago to Los Angeles. I was upgraded to first-class and sat next to Fred Couples across the aisle. Fred was hopeful to be named on Monday morning as one of Ben Crenshaw’s two captain picks for the American Ryder Cup team.
He looks like he’s meant to be there doing exactly what he was doing Sundayattacking the golf course invigorating the crowd showing emotion and adrenaline and harnessing it use to his advantage. A singular Man in the Arena.
It made me remember what it was like following him and how a small unofficial tournament meant nothing but in a way was hope for something. He played well that week and that something was what we saw for flashes at Carnoustie and more recently the PGA Championship.