Posts Tagged ‘espn’

Poor Michael Bembenick shoots a 103 in Event

July 2, 2013

Much has been made about assistant club pro Michael Bembenick shooting 89-103 in last week’s Tour event.  The Golf Channel message board has been cruel, ESPN claims he took a spot from someone else and that he held up play.  Personally, I think the guy had guts for finishing and signing his card after such humiliation.  I mean, really, he showed me some character. 

Sure he should not have been in the field, but a lot of sponsor exemptions shouldn’t be in fields – Michelle Wie comes to mind when she was playing in all those men’s events a few years ago when she told the world “I wanna be like Tiger.”  Poor girl can’t play a lick now, but that’s another story.  And remember when Jerry Rice got an exception in a Nationwide Tour event a couple years ago and shot in the high 80s?  Or Bernard Langer’s son in a European Tour event on 2007, when he shot in the 90s?  So give me a break, it happens.

And the pace of play thing that Micheal Collins of ESPN mentioned – I’m not sure how long it took him but I guarantee you one thing, I can play 18 and shoot 150 in less time than some of these PGA TOUR guys can shoot 75 (meaning less than 6 hours).  So give poor Michael a break.  And another thing ESPN – just because he had a couple bad days doesn’t invalidate his teaching skills.  You think Hank Haney could light it up if he teed it up next week?  Some of the world’s best players have been lousy teachers. 


ESPN and the British Open – Help!!

July 23, 2012

It was a dramatic finish at the Open, but ESPN still has problems bringing it together. I love Paul Azinnger but Mike Turcico never knows when to shut up and Scott Van Pelt tries to be too cute.  Oh for a Jim Nantz or Dan Hicks to provide the play-by-play! And poor Paul Azinger erroneously claimed that Tiger could have taken an unplayable lie and dropped outside the bunker on #6 with a one stroke penalty.  Wrong!  Nobody got in his ear and said no Paul, that’s not correct.  He stated this 3 or 4 times before someone finally set him straight.  And they posted Snedeker’s final score incorrectly, giving him a par on the last hole instead of a bogey.  Sloppy stuff. When Tom Watson – my all time favorite – made a 25 footer to make the cut on the number Friday, Turico talked the whole time as the ball made its way to the hole. Shut up already.  I love Azinger and Judy Rankin and Andy North, even Bill Kratzert isn’t too bad, but the rest need to go.  This is a major, not a Golf Channel event folks!