The Shag Bag
20 NOV 2017
We see a lot of extremely narrow fairways and landing spots on the professional circuits every year. However, even the slimmest of those fairways seems gigantic compared to the landing strip that the European Tour challenged four of its players to hit last week. Prior to the DP World Tour Championship, Ross Fisher, Nicholas Colsaerts, Richie Ramsay, and Søren Kjeldsen were invited out to the Arabian Desert to try to land drives on to a two-yard wide strip of artificial turf over 250 yards away! As you can imagine, the task was next to impossible and took most of the day to accomplish. But after several close attempts, Fisher finally pulled it off with a 325-yard line drive that landed right in the middle of the strip. The guys were so delighted with the result that they celebrated with a jumping group hug.
A Scary Ordeal
If you were hoping to watch Luke Donald play in the upcoming Hong Kong Open or Australian PGA Championship, you will have to wait until the new year to watch the Englishman play. The former world No. 1 was hospitalized with chest pains on Thursday after experiencing discomfort throughout the previous night. Fortunately, after seven hours of precautionary tests, Donald was told that his discomfort was likely a bad reaction to a new medication that he had recently begun taking. He was then cleared and released from the hospital. Following the incident, Donald thanked the staff of the Southeast Georgia Brunswick Hospital in an Instagram post and also revealed that he would be taking off the rest of 2017 to rest and recuperate. “Time to put my feet up for a few weeks, recharge, regroup and get ready for a big 2018,” Donald wrote. The five-time PGA Tour champion is one of the nicest guys on the PGA Tour and we know that we are not alone in wishing him a speedy recovery.
Foot in Mouth Disease
Grayson Murray is far from the best golfer on the PGA Tour, but he is undoubtedly the circuit’s most proficient troll. The Raleigh, N.C., native has caused many social media stirs during his short time on the tour and even had his Twitter access revoked by his agent earlier this year, after disparaging the European Tour and butting heads with several of its players online. Murray took a break from Twitter for nearly four months, but returned to the social media site earlier this month. And perhaps it was too soon because it only took two weeks for Murray to post something stupid and subsequently upset another entire tour of professional players. Following the conclusion of the Charles Schwab Cup two weeks ago, the 24-year-old suggested, in the following uninformed tweet, that no one cares about the PGA Tour Champions and that its players are irrelevant.
As expected, Murray’s comments garnered a considerable amount of criticism from golf fans around the world, including some choice words from a trio of veteran players.
Murray deleted his tweet as a result of the backlash and issued this apology for his disrespectful comments later on Tuesday morning:
Shank of the Week
This is what we call an “Unhappy Gilmore!”
Trick Shot of the Week
Sure, the shot is impressive. But this guy only made it into this week’s Shag Bag because of his remarkable showmanship. “Hey folks! What would you rather do on a beautiful South Florida day than the range picker, rum-bottle dangler, smash at the Nash?” Get this guy his own TV show!
Shot of the Week
We saw a bunch of hole-outs at the DP World Tour Championship, but Patrick Reed’s recovery shot from behind a tree on Friday was easily the best shot of the week!