An Unlikely Mediator
In his fantastic new web series for Skratch TV “Champions Dinner”, host Erik Anders interviews former tour players, while sitting across from them at a hilariously long banquet table. This past week, Anders invited six-time PGA Tour winner and fan favourite Rocco Mediate for dinner to talk about his runner-up experience at the 2008 US Open, his kinship with Tiger Woods, and his enthusiasm for music on the golf course and poker off the course! Mediate is a journeyman, so it should be no surprise that the guy has tons of great stories. However, the most interesting anecdote he revealed during the segment was the time that Tiger restrained him from going after a heckler during the final round at the 1999 Phoenix Open. Mediate, who was paired with Tiger at the time, was leading the tournament by four shots when his game started to slip around the turn. On the 12th tee, a wise-cracking fan yelled-out: “Just like everyone else, Mediate, you’re going to choke you’re @$$ off playing against him.” For whatever reason, Mediate was incensed by the remark and made a beeline for the heckler when he felt what he described as “that meat hook of Tiger’s” restraining him by the shoulder. “Hey! Stay here! Stay where you are,” Tiger told him. “Let’s see what happens these last six holes. Don’t worry about this @$$%*#!” Mediate went on to win the tournament by two shots for his third career victory and it appears that he, in part, has Tiger AKA The Golf Whisperer to thank for that pay cheque.
Billy Doesn’t Do Easy Questions
Here is another hilarious interview for you to enjoy. Fearless 9-year-old European Tour reporter Billy made his “Little Interviews” debut over the summer, grilling superstars Andrew Beef Johnston and Graeme MacDowell in a couple of hilarious hard-hitting, no-holds-barred segments. Prior to last week’s DP World Tour Championship in Dubai, Billy was back at it, interviewing Rory McIlroy on the Jumeirah Golf Estates. Billy started out by questioning the Northern Irishman on his previous hairstyles, before chirping the four-time major winner over his decision to withdraw from the Olympics with this burn: “If you’re so tough, how come you’re so scared of a little tiny mosquito?” Then Billy moved on to the really tough questions, asking which women’s tennis player is Rory’s favourite; if the world would really end if he never won a Green Jacket; and if ‘boogeying’ with fiancée Erica Stoll was the actual reason why he nearly missed his Ryder Cup tee time. Those questions were so scorching that both the interviewer and interviewee had to take a cannonball-into-the-pool break. When they resumed the interview, Billy fired off a few more questions about Tiger Woods, McIlroy’s relationships with president-elect Donald Trump and former One Direction star Niall Horan, and which clubs the superstar plans on using in the coming year. However, the highlight of the segment came at the end when Billy gave McIlroy a box of socks as a parting gift. “A box of socks? What’s all this about?” asked McIlroy. “Just in case you get cold feet again,” Billy replies, causing the Northern Irishman to break into laughter.
An Expensive Parking Lot
Obtaining a membership at Augusta National can be next to impossible, but it appears that owning property near the prestigious golf club might just be the next best thing. “Jay’s Music Center”, a music store that borders the golf club at the intersection of Washington and Berckmans roads, has reportedly sold its property to a real-estate company affiliated with Augusta National for $5.35 million. That is approximately eight times more than the $637,900 that the 0.73-acre property and storefront were assessed for, according to Richmond County real estate records. Doug Frohman, owner of Jay’s Music, plans to move the business down the road, but he will have to get moving fast as the terms of the deal purportedly require that the property be vacated by early December. This is not the first piece of neighbouring land purchased by Augusta National. Since 1999, the golf club has spent more than an $55 million acquiring nearby properties and businesses in order to create additional parking lots, practice areas, hospitality tents and media centers.
Trick Shot of the Week
While in Vegas for the Shriners Hospital Open, the Bryan Bros took some time out of their busy schedules to pull off one heck of a trick shot. The brothers went up to the rooftop of the MGM Grand and tried to hit a wedge shot onto a small green at the Top Golf facility, situated approximately 500 feet below. These guys are pretty, pretty good!
Video of the Week
I have seen enough Mannequin Challenges at this point to be completely tired of the new trend. However, the Mannequin Challenge that came out of the European Tour prior to the DP World Tour Championship last weekend deserves some credit for how well it was pulled off. Yes, that is Padraig Harrington dabbing in front of the clubhouse!
Golf Sign of the Week
The signs in the background of Saturday Morning’s ESPN College Gameday are always good for at least a few laughs. This past weekend, one student got really creative and made a sign that read: “Shooter McGavin blew a 4-shot lead on the back 9. Never forget.”
It was only a matter of time until the fake, yet extremely popular, Shooter McGavin Twitter account was notified of the shout-out and responded thusly: