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The Ryder Cup is always a highlight in golf for me and the pals. Dr. Sal is not too happy with Captian Pavin for giving in to the pressurers of the media and sponsors and picking Tiger. Tiger has never, and will probably not this series, contribute anything except attention and hype. Lately this seems all he is capable of doing. Dr. said he cannot go with Tiger, so he is putting his money on Zach Johnson.
Both the US and European teams are heavy with strong talent. The pals and I were sitting around with a few beers the other evening yapping about who we though would be the hero this year. Hoss and I favor Jim Furyk, Knothead likes Matt Kuchar, Crash likes Dustin Johnson, Looper thinks Buba Watson will play well, Fr. O'Mulligan said he is praying for Tiger. Not sure if he is pray'n for him to play well or someting else! Count is a big fan of Cink [imagine that], Sarge is rootn for Steve Stricker and wishes Flower would get a dang hair cut and quit wearing his dadblamed hat down over his danged ears!
Niles is root'n for the European guys...we made him buy another round of drinks. Buggsey likes Phil Mickelson, if he can keep the ball in play. Uncle Jess did not know there was a Ryder Cup, but picked Hunter Mahan because he reckoned with a name like Hunter he had to be good...we made him buy two rounds. Sweet Swingin Ray said he picks Jeff Overton. Since he just joined the pals, we told him we thought he should order a couple of pizzas. He said he would if someone else would carry them...claims it is hard to carry stuff with a Calloway Driver for an arm.
We hope ya'll enjoy the Ryder Cup; we know we will.
Ryder Cup Captain Cory Pavin's pick of Tiger disappoints me, but does not surprise me. It seems pretty obvious that since he [Tiger], was caught using his putter in places where he was not a member, has been drifting along spending the capital of his past achievement to stay in the media's and sponsor's spotlight. His play of late, certainly does not reflect Ryder Cup standards and when it comes to honor and character he is bankrupt.
Corey's pick cheapens the Ryder Cup and slaps the face of those who hold character and honor as being the mortar that bonds the game of golf together. What possible asset does Tiger bring to the Ryder Cup other than playing the equivalent roll of a two headed cow at a state fair used to attract customers. The "T" in Tiger certainly does not imply "team".
Perhaps Corey is banking on Tigers aura of intimidation as the asset he brings to the team. If Tiger still emits an aura, its reach is no longer than the length of his putter. Was Corey was under tremendous pressure from those who stand to profit from the commercial side of The Ryder Cup and he caved?
In my view the answer is an obvious yes.
Let me introduce you to Scruffy's newest pal. A few months ago, I wrote an article about the Georgia State Amputee Golf Association's annual golf tournament, called The Ray Rice Memorial State Amputee Golf Tournament. Writing that article opened my eyes to a level of human strength that is beyond most of our abilities to comprehend.
I learned that many of the amputee's who play golf were not golfers prior to becoming an amputee. They became golfers because golf is an excellent tool for rehab. There is something about trying to master the game of golf that draws most of us and challenges our inner self to the point we care little about anything else but mastering the danged game. It is that mystical quality of golf that helps amputees focus on something that challenges them beyond the obvious "now what am I going to do" that must seep into one's inner core when faced with not having a limb.
I was asked to draw a amputee character to be auctioned off at their annual golf tournament held the first weekend after the 4th of July. The grandson of Ray Rice, the founder of the tournament (deceased) bought the original drawing and the name selected for the character was "Sweet Swingin Ray". Scruffy and all the pals are honored to have Sweet Swingin Ray as their new pal. You will be reading more about him in the near future.
As most of you regular visitors know, my cartoons are featured in Universal Golf magazine. If you have not already signed up for your free subscription, what are you waiting for? Here is this months Scruffy & Pals cartoon featuring Crash. Crash only plays golf because he can drive...and it is not his golf club...he thinks getting to the 19th hole is the objective of golf. Enjoy!
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