Hot Teachers, Dumb Rules & Monty’s Mouth

by Jeff Skinner

There has been some good stuff in the mags lately.  Ron Kaspriske introduces us to some of the best young teachers in golf: fresh faces with some fresh ideas.  Guess who is on the cover and offers the first lesson? Sean Foley of course, he’s the hottest top level instructor out there right now.  He’s also feeling the glare of the spotlight that follows Tiger Woods wherever he goes.  If you hang with Tiger you have to expect a little heat but Foley seems to be a strong and positive thinking individual.

We certainly have seen plenty of rules controversies this season and Peter Kostis gives us his “Five Dumbest Rules in Golf.” Kostis is right on with a few solutions to his list of dumb rules: like being disqualified for a penalty assessed after your round is complete.  I also like his take on abolishing the “stroke and distance” penalty for hitting one out of bounds.  Play an OB shot like a lateral hazard, I can live with that.

This past Ryder Cup had almost everything: great golf, horrid weather, highlights for both teams and intense drama right up to the end.  One of the things missing was the old Monty we have been so accustomed to seeing.  He really never put his foot in his mouth during the contest but I knew we could count on Monty to come through.  Jim McCabe calls Monty out for his short memory of quality European golfers. It seems that Monty thinks his group has a monopoly on kicking American ass.  Sorry Monty, as McCabe puts it:

Forget for a moment that Westwood and Kaymer were outclassed in singles play at the Ryder Cup – by Steve Stricker and Dustin Johnson, respectively – but perhaps Montgomerie would like to run that “bowed to America’s dominance” statement by Tony Jacklin and Bernard Gallacher, Sam Torrance and Mark James, Bernhard Langer and Nick Faldo, Ian Woosnam and Sandy Lyle, Seve Ballesteros and Jose Maria Olazabal. Seems to me those guys might take exception – big time. Maybe they could point Monty to 1985, 1987, 1989, 1995 and 1997, a historic stretch in which the European lads maintained possession of the Ryder Cup five times in seven tries.

McCabe calls it as he sees it and he sees it a little different from Monty.


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