The first Masters blog on TravelGolf.com
As The Masters begins, and golf bloggers from TravelGolf.com to Timbuktu start tippy-tapping their pudgy fingers till they’re black and blue, I thought I’d take the briefest moment to blow my own horn. (I mean, hey, that’s essentially what most bloggers do anyway. They’re just not so candid about it.)
In 2004, I was allowed to write the first blog-like article for TravelGolf.com, in which I chronicled Phil Mickelson’s win at the Masters. This was back before the incendiary rants of Chris Baldwin, the laconic wit of Tim McDonald, the sophisticated irony of Ron Mon, or the erudite humor of William K. Wolfrum. It was just me at a computer typing up my notes and sending them as-is at the end of the day to then-editor Doug Carey (bless his heart and patience).
My, how the times have changed. Phil’s no longer the Best Player Never to Win a Major, Augusta National has been altered yet again, and now all we bloggers basically get paid to watch TV. Aside from the time I taught Madonna how to vogue, I haven’t started many trends. And frankly, I didn’t start this one, either.
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I hope Michelle Wie's "self destruction zone" (last four holes on Sunday) or on Friday with the PGA, will soon be no more. Her passive attitude, unlike Tiger's (go for the throat) must end or she will always be quoted as "well, I guess it was not meant to be." It seems she has not made the transition from amateur to professional like most other women golfers. She will have to stop thinking "I am here to have fun" and start thinking "I am here to win." Lastly, Forest Gump's saying "stupid is as stupid does" certainly applies to the chipin attempt on the 18th green. (However, to be fair...she did get a unlucky bounce from her second shot...two feet shorter and she would have been down by the flagstick.) I think her parents attitude of let her make all of her own decisions was not correct on this one.