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The Shag Bag: Calling All Bookies

10 JUL 2018

Calling All Bookies’s Alan Shipnuck sent the golf world into a collective frenzy on Friday afternoon when he reported that juggernauts Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are planning to play against each other in a televised $10-million match this summer. Mickelson initially hatched the idea for the match in May when the duo played a practice round prior to the Players, and even suggested July 3rd as a tentative date for the showdown after Tiger agreed to the challenge. “The excitement that’s been going on around here [at the Players], it gets me thinking: Why don’t we just bypass all the ancillary stuff of a tournament and just go head-to-head, and just have a high-stakes, winner-take-all match,” said Mickelson at the time. Unfortunately, negotiations concerning where the match would be played, which sponsors would take part, and which TV network would acquire the rights to the match were not agreed upon in time, which means that fans will have to wait a little bit longer for this epic, and long overdue, duel of legends. No date or venue has been confirmed as of yet, but many believe that the match will be held at Shadow Creek Golf Course in Las Vegas.  Hopefully, the winner will donate a good portion of that massive purse to charity because both of those guys are already absurdly wealthy.  


Moving On Up

The prayers of Canadian golf fans have finally been answered. Golf Canada and the PGA Tour announced on Tuesday that, starting next season, the RBC Canadian Open will be moving to early June on the calendar and will be contested the week prior to the US Open.


And that’s not all! The PGA Tour’s oldest, continuously running non-major will be increasing its player purse from $6.4 million to $7.6 million with the aim of attracting more household names to the tournament. Golf Canada also plans to move the event around to different venues in Southwestern Ontario over the next five years, beginning with its return to Hamilton G&CC in 2019 for the first time since 2012. “The PGA Tour, RBC and Golf Canada have collaborated to ensure this new date is the right fit for players and fans of the RBC Canadian Open,” said Andy Pazder, chief tournaments and competitions officer for the PGA Tour. “As title sponsor of both the RBC Canadian Open and the RBC Heritage, RBC has been a tremendous partner of the PGA Tour, and we’re thrilled to have this opportunity to move one of golf’s most important and historic tournaments to a new date for the event starting in 2019.”


Swing… And A Miss

Beatriz Recari’s second round went from non-eventful to downright embarrassing in a heartbeat on Friday afternoon at the Thornberry LPGA Classic when she whiffed on her tee shot on the final hole. Recari, who has won three times on the LPGA Tour over the course of her career, appeared to slip in her backswing, which caused her to miss the ball completely in her downswing. Because the Spaniard intended to hit the ball during her swing, as you can clearly see in the video, the stroke counted, and Recari went on to make a double bogey on the hole.


Shank of the Week

When everything syncs up during a Happy Gilmore swing, it feels like you can hit the ball to the moon! But when your timing isn’t on point, you’re far more likely to end up looking like this dude: 


Swing of the Week

We know that Tom Brady has no plans to slow down his football career as he enters his forties, but the five-time Super Bowl champion might want to consider slowing down his golf swing because that transition is looking awful quick. 


Bad Break of the Week

This guy, caught in no-man’s land, actually put a nice strike on the ball and appeared for a second like he was going to get out of his predicament unscathed. Unfortunately, his ball collided with a tree trunk about 20 yards in front of him and rebounded perfectly to the exact spot where he had hit the shot. Good to see that he had a sense of humour about it!