It's NOT a major, people
May 12, 2014
By Dan Daly
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I feel like I'm taking crazy pills every time I hear the PLAYERS referred to as "The Fifth Major." It's not the fifth major; there are only four majors…it's called the Grand Slam for a reason. It's not the LPGA Tour where they actually play five majors for reasons beyond me. The PLAYERS is an incredible PGA Tournament, in fact it's in a league of its own. It is without question the biggest non-major of the year, played on one of the best and most famous courses in the world with one of the best, if not the best, fields of the year…but it's not a major. How do I know this? Because Sergio won the PLAYERS in 2008 and he is still considered one of the best players to have never won a major. I can also look up Martin Kaymer's career resume tomorrow and it will say he has one major championship to his name, not two. So if the PGA Tour and The Golf Channel would do us all a favor and stop calling The PLAYERS "The Fifth Major" I would really appreciate it. I'm to the point where I want to lock them all in a small room and play that horrible song from the Frozen movie on repeat until they get the point. Let it go…Let it go…Let it go!
With that said, congratulations to Martin Kaymer and welcome back to being relevant on the PGA Tour again. I'm not sure anyone has ever gone from the number one ranked player in the world to less relevant any faster than he did. David Duval maybe, but even double D hung around for at least a little while after he was ranked number one. I'm not sure what this will do for Kaymer and his career going forward as he is still only 29 years old, but he certainly has the game to hang around for a while if he doesn't change his swing again.
As for the tournament itself and how it played out, well, Martin Kaymer was well in control of this tournament through 14 holes Sunday before the rain delay and it looked like he would cruise home to a 4 or 5 shot win over Jim Furyk. And then in one of the more ironic twists of all he tried to do his best Jim Furyk impression and snatch defeat from the jaws of victory and let Furyk back door his way into a PLAYERS Championship. I can only think Furyk was sitting in the clubhouse thinking to himself, "Holy shit, am I watching live television or did NBC come out of the rain delay and start showing my instructional video how not to close out a golf tournament with the lead?" It was almost a collapse of Jim Furyk epic portions but then Kaymer made a 28 foot par putt on 17 that broke from Tallahassee to Jacksonville. For those still watching after the rain delay it certainly made for great drama on TV.
Speaking of Furyk, I think it's pretty safe to say he has found a new approach to trying to win golf tournaments. He has clearly accepted that playing with the lead is no longer an option so the last two weeks he decided to play it safe the first three days and get within striking distance of the leaders and try and post a low number on Sunday in hopes the leader melts down and his score holds up. I have to say, it's not a bad plan. It hasn't quite worked for him yet but with back to back solo seconds at Quail Hollow and the PLAYERS I think he may be on to something?
And then there is Sergio. You know he saw the replay of Kaymer's shot on 17 and went ballistic in the locker room cursing the golf gods in Spanish. Loosely translated from Spanish to English I have to imagine it went something like, "Are you fu**ing kidding me? If I hit that shot you know it would have ended up in the water. Why do you hate me and love everyone else? This is bullshit."
Jordan…how many times are you going to break my heart this year? Tied first at the Hyundai thru 54 holes…2nd. Leading Torrey thru 36 and tied 2nd thru 54…19th after a rough final round. Tied first at Augusta thru 54 holes…2nd. Tied first again this week thru 54 holes…4th. The kid clearly has serious game and will figure it out sooner than later, he's only 20 years old. He is too good not to figure it out, and if/when he does he may go on a run that we haven't seen since Tiger in the early 2000's. He just played one of the hardest courses on the PGA Tour (for the first time as a Pro) and went 58 holes without a frickin' bogey. That's insane. With Tiger on the sideline Spieth is hand's down the best thing the PGA Tour has going right now. He's young, he's likeable, he's humble (but not boring), oh yeah, and he is insanely good at golf. He's got a home game the next two weeks in Dallas and Ft. Worth where he has had success in the past. The field in both tournaments are good but they aren't Master and PLAYERS good; if he won either or even both events it wouldn't surprise me in the least. That is a ridiculous statement, but I stand by it.
Speaking of young golfers that are supposed to be in contention every week. Since winning the WGC two months ago and declaring himself a top 5 player in the world, Patrick Reed has promptly gone T-52, missed cut, T-48, missed cut, missed cut. I'm no rankings expert but that's not exactly how you back up a comment that arrogant.
Congratulations to the PGA tour on finally implementing the new HD rule and getting it right with Justin Rose. Sure, it took you almost 24 hours to get it right, but at least you did.
I have made no secret about my thoughts on nicknames like The Bear Trap, The Snake Pit, The Horrible Horseshoe, etc. (Amen Corner of course being the one exception) In short, I think they are mind numbingly dumb. Bravo to TPC Sawgrass which has arguably the best three hole finishing stretch on the PGA Tour and yet it doesn't have one of those horribly lame names to go with it. Stay strong Sawgrass, don't ever let them label you.
Regarding the NFL draft, the Johnny Manziel free fall was some of the most entertaining TV I have seen in a long time. Thank god that homeless guy told the Browns owner to draft him or he may still be sitting there pounding water. With that said, I can't wait to watch him play in the NFL.
No Longhorns got drafted for the first time since FDR was President. Yet Garrett Gilbert did??? That would be the most amazing thing I have seen in a long time if not for…
Adam Scott and Miguel Angel Jiménez BOTH got married within the last two weeks. Basically everything I know about the world has now changed. Dogs and Cats get along, water is dry, up is down, Phil Mickelson has won five US Open titles and baseball is entertaining. I'm so confused, and quite frankly saddened by this news.
Say it ain't so!
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