Welcome to another edition of The Grind, where we never realized how dangerous golf was until this year. First there was this Aussie pro who sliced off his hand trying to move a stake. Then Jordan Spieth nearly fell off a cliff at Pebble Beach. And now Bryson DeChambeau has nearly been decapitated by a gallery rope.
We’ve always known the dangers of messing with weekend hackers at a pro-am, but it’s spiraling out of control! It’s amazing that moms still let their children play sports! But luckily they still do, so we still have a job. And there is a lot to say this week. And not just Bryson. Although we will definitely talk about that a bit more. Anyway, let’s go. And remember to keep your head on a swivel, everyone.
Max Homa: Golf Twitter’s best comic turns into a terminator on the course. Homa won for the fourth time since the start of last year, but it was the most unlikely. Thanks to a birdie chip-in on the last hole (and a three-putt collapse from Danny Willett that we’ll see later), Homa won the Fortinet Championship trophy for a second straight year.
But as always, there was so much more to Homa’s week. Not only did he win, but he provided this gem of a quote about his wife after:
And then there was this hilarious story earlier in the week. Well, maybe that’s not so hilarious for former Cal-Berkeley teammate Michael Kim, whose spot he completely blew up:
Speaking of exploding, how about Homa racking up as many PGA Tour wins as anyone since the start of 2021? And move up to world No. 16 with a career No. 5 win? I guess you could say that Golf Twitter’s favorite son has gone from classy tour clown to serious gamer:
OK, so he’s still a bit of a class clown.
Cameron Smith: No matter what tour he plays on or where he parks his car, the dude is a total stud. And there aren’t too many people with mules to talk about like that. Smith continued his incredible run in 2022 by winning his first LIV title in Chicago and claiming the $4 million prize that comes with it.
He might be the best player and angler in the game. Either way, he’s been catching some really big fish all year.
Andrea Lee: The former Stanford star won his first LPGA title at the AmazingCre Portland Classic. And as the all-time leader in school history, she kind of broke a Stanford Standout curse in the process.
You see, Patrick Rodgers and Maverick McNealy share the record on the men’s side with 11 career wins as a Cardinal, but neither has won on the PGA Tour. Of course, they share that mark with Tiger Woods, and he has a career-high 82 PGA Tour titles. OK, so maybe the curse of Stanford Standout doesn’t exist. Anyway, congratulations to Andrea Lee.
Danny Willett’s three-way putt: Combined with Homa’s chip-in, this might be the most stunning end to a golf tournament – heck, any sporting event – ever. Facing a three-and-a-half-foot putt for a birdie while holding a one-stroke lead, Willett was a bigger favorite to win than the Falcons as they trailed the Patriots 28-3 in that Super Bowl. Seriously, it had to be 99.99%. And then Homa intervened. And then it happened:
Absolutely stunning stuff. At least Willett was on the other side of another all-time knockdown in the 2016 Masters Final. And once the golf gods throw a green jacket at you, you can’t really complain about what. whatever, which might explain why Willett smiled throughout the ordeal and handled the loss so well. As with this tweet:
I’d say you had one hand full and a few fingers of the other on that trophy, but not taken. It was wild.
Talor Gooch: Listen, I kinda like to talk trash as much as the next NBA fan, and maybe golf needs more, but that’s hard to take from someone after a week in which he finished T-35 out of 48 players. Still, Gooch fired back at Shane Lowry, who said his BMW PGA Championship win last week was “one for the good.” Look at this caption:
It must be nice to be part of a loaded team (you know, like a solid bench player for the Golden State Warriors during their current dynasty), but maybe you’re waiting to win yourself, Talor? And speaking of the Aces, LIV Golf commentator Arlo White compared the Aces to the Chicago Bulls. At the height of Michael Jordan. I mean, you can’t make it up.
I know they pay you well, Arlo, but come now.
Cheating in golf: Using the recent story on Matt Moroz by Ryan French of Fire Pit Collective, aka Monday Q Info on Twitter, we decided to take a deep dive into cheating in golf. Why it happens, how it happens, and how widespread it is (probably more than you think!). We’ve come to the conclusion that we’re selling golf cheats, but we’re buying you by listening to our podcast:
United States team: At least when it comes to following instructions. About her wardrobe. On Monday, the Americans, led by Kevin Kisner, got off to a rocky start at Quail Hollow:
To be clear, the clothes look great, but Kiz didn’t follow the script. And others weren’t much better.
Say what you want about Patrick Reed, but the entertainer formerly known as Captain America has always worn the right team attire. Even long after the end of the events.
We’re going to team golf this week for the Presidents Cup, AKA the one the Americans never lose, AKA the one they’re even less likely to lose this year because not all the guys at LIV are eligible. Sorry, Trevor Immelman, but Cameron Smith and Joaquin Niemann don’t walk through that door! Seriously, we haven’t seen an international underdog story like this since Rocky went to Russia and beat Ivan Drago in “Rocky IV.” Our pal Sam Harrop even did another song about the strength of USA’s Davis Love III team this week at Quail Hollow:
Good thing, Sam. Although, again, that’s not exactly music to Trevor Immelman’s ears.
Tournament Random Fact: Team USA is 11-1-1 in the biennial event, including eight straight wins dating back to that famous tie in 2003 that Nick Price talked about on The Loop podcast this week. This streak will likely continue this week. Well, unless the Americans are hit with some sort of mismatched uniform penalty that we’re not aware of.
RANDOM PARIS PROP OF THE WEEK
—A last hole chip-in/three-putt will settle the Presidents Cup: 1 MILLION against 1 odds
—The Internationals will win the Presidents Cup: odds 7 to 1 (actual odds!)
—Bryson DeChambeau will be more careful around gallery ropes in the future: LOCK
Matt Fitzpatrick and Alex Fitzpatrick seem to be great to follow:
And the return of the “dashboard” remains undefeated in the sport.
Forget being the viral video of the week, it’s the viral video of the year. Bryson DeChambeau against a gallery rope – and the gallery rope won by KO:
LIV Golf: Gallery strings, but stronger. Kidding aside, those ropes are tight and we hope Bryson is okay. But it really looked like it was just a peek. Let’s take another look from a different angle, shall we?
Wow, DeChambeau didn’t calculate that one correctly. At all. Poor man. Since then, he regularly ignites on Twitter. Like that:
Well, we could go on, but you get the idea. Both days were tough for this former US Open champion.
THIS WEEK IN PUBLIC DISPLAYS OF AFFECTION
The only person more surprised that Max Homa won was Max Homa’s wife. His stunned reactions were priceless:
Congratulations to the Homas on winning another title in Napa. Only this time the wine will have to wait with Lacey being pregnant. And Max having to represent his country as a pro for the first time at the Presidents Cup. In fact, Max can probably start drinking because it probably won’t be much of a contest.
“That’s what people ask me, ‘Shouldn’t you be a prime candidate to go to LIV because of the situation in your first year on tour where you couldn’t make the FedEx Cup Playoffs? ?’ And I said, ‘Guys, I haven’t won yet, and I’ve made over $10 million on tour.'” —Will Zalatoris to Graham Bensinger. Hard to argue with that, especially since Will has done so much more now that he won.
Congratulations to Robert MacIntyre for winning the Italian Open beating Rory McIlroy and Matt Fitzpatrick, the latter in the playoffs. It’s a safe bet that Bob will be back at Marco Simone Golf Club next year as teammates to these two stars for the 2023 Ryder Cup. 58 at the Los Angeles Country Club and getting all the reaction:
No one has ever been more upset about shooting 59. … A Pebble Beach mansion named Lucky Strike – an ode by owner attorney Cary Patterson to a big case he won against Big Tobacco – has been put on the market for $31 million. Big property and big name, but not a good time with the housing market starting to slide. He might only get $30 million! … A Tiger Woods backing Scotty Cameron putter signed by Tiger Woods fetched $328,577 at auction. Imagine where his starter putter would go? … And, finally, kudos to Waterloo for sending me sparkling water:
And a special thanks to my pals at adidas for sending me this stylish cooler (full of stylish golf shoes):
I have never received two other random things that complement each other so perfectly. It’s almost enough for me to host people in my house. Almost.
RANDOM QUESTIONS TO THINK
Who would win a Lowry-Gooch boxing match?
Will Bryson also pursue this gallery rope?
Am I now a (gulp) golf influencer?