April 23, 2007 -

What we need are some characters! In this day and age of “political correctness”, we need more rah and less blah. No, I am not advocating that we need to have showgirls in bikinis, holding scoreboards, nor am I saying that golf tournaments should turn into soccer matches; but a little color would go a long way.

Golf has always embraced those that march to the tune of their own drummer. Walter Hagen, in the 20’s and 30’s was the consummate showman. The “Haig” would party all night and show up at the course in the morning in a Rolls Royce, in his dinner clothes. Legend has it that after a 2 day binge, he was scheduled to make a playing appearance at an Irish Club. Hagen showed up just before he was scheduled and went to the range to loosen up. The first five shots that he hit were shanks. He called his caddy back in, and then went out and shot 65.

Tommy Bolt’s; aka “Thunder Bolt”, temper was legendary. Playing the 18th hole in a tournament he teed off and had about 120 yards left for his second shot. After sizing things up, he asked his caddy what he should hit. The caddy told him it was a four iron. “a four iron” stormed Bolt? (his four iron would be the club he would use from about 200 yards). “Yes”, replied his caddy, “It’s either your 4 iron, your putter or your driver, ‘cause they are the only clubs that you haven’t broken today!”.

The question I ask YOU, is: “Who, amongst today’s players, has the potential to be a character?”.

4 thoughts on “CHARACTERS……

  1. Kaptb says:

    After watching Boo Weekley retell a story from his youth, I think we have a winner. Growing up in the Florida Panhandle town of Milton there really was not a lot to do but fish and hang around so when the County fair came around everyone was sure they went. At the fair that year there was a new attraction, that if you were able to punch this orangutan without him hitting you back; they would give you one hundred dollars. Back then he said that was a lot of money, so he gets into the ring and circles the monkey a couple times and then when he was about to take his swing…He woke up in the back of his truck an hour and a half later. His friends said they never saw anything move so quick. How about Golf Instructors, I know a couple of characters!

  2. admin says:

    Great Blog, KAP! I was wondering who was going to pick Boo! I think he is great; absolutely a breath of fresh air; and a VERY talented golfer.

    And who, exactly are you suggesting, are “characters” amongst the The Bird Golf family :)!???

  3. 1 Putt Dan says:

    There are no more Fuzzy’s or Chi Chi’s around. Both were definite entertainers. Lee Trevino was pretty animated as well. But of all the current players, I would call Freddy Funk the best ‘character’. He loves the crowd and they love him. He has great facial expressions and takes the time to ‘ham it up’. During the PGA Championship at Hazeltine a few years ago, he was by far the crowd favourite. I loved watching him.

  4. spstafford says:

    Great Blog, kudos.

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