January 9, 2012
Simpson also spreads good word
By Jon McCarthy, QMI Agency
@TimTebow thanks for your witness and your will to win and to be great for the Lord. It is fun to watch. Let's play golf soon.
— Webb Simpson on Twitter, Dec. 5
It was a good weekend for God.
Tim Tebow took down the heavily favoured Pittsburgh Steelers in the NFL playoffs and Simpson continued right where he left off with a great finish at the PGA’s season-opener in Maui.
Tebow’s faith has been front and centre since his college days in Florida and as you can see from Simpson’s tweet, the 26-year-old American also looks to “spread the good word”.
Tebow has faced a fair bit of criticism for mentioning Jesus in every sentence. Even deeply religious fellow quarterback Kurt Warner has advised Tebow to tone it down in public.
Simpson doesn’t seem to be facing the same scrutiny in the world of golf. Professional golf has long been known for its conservative values both in politics and religion. Weekly bible-study classes are quite popular on the PGA Tour with frequent attendees including Rickie Fowler, Bubba Watson, Matt Kuchar, Zach Johnson, Jonathan Byrd and, of course, Simpson.
With the Hyundai Tournament of Champions ending on Monday instead of Sunday, Tebow had the stage to himself on Sunday.
Well, not entirely to himself …
No matter who you talk to, the message is clear: If you want to become a better golfer you have to take fitness seriously. That message ends here. Fitness is killing the sport.
Golfers have become great athletes and they need to stop before it’s too late.
Just look at the injured list on tour:
Paul Casey — Dislocated shoulder while snowboarding, out two months
Lucas Glover — Sprained knee while paddle boarding, forced to withdraw from the Tournament of Champions.
Listen guys, we know you’re in great shape. We know you look great in white pants. But please, professional golfers should not be involved in any activity that ends with the word -boarding.
It’s just wrong. And you’re going to get hurt.
Stick to traditional pastimes.
After all, nobody has ever sprained a knee drinking and playing cards.
Someone recently asked me if I had seen Rocketballz while watching coverage of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions. First, I thought, again, this must have something to do with golfers wearing white pants.
Turns out I was right about the white part but wrong about the pants. It’s the name of the new TaylorMade mid-range series of clubs and the TV ads have the golf world abuzz.
The commercial features the Rocketballz (or RBZ for short) 3-wood and has several TaylorMade tour players testing out the new club.
The company says the players’ comments are unscripted and we believe them, after all, if you have ever seen golfers trying to act it’s much like watching actors trying to golf.
Players such as Sergio Garcia, Justin Rose and Dustin Johnson start off by getting a chuckle over saying the word “Rocketballz” before they start smashing 3-woods as far as they normally hit drivers.
Dustin Johnson, whose comments during an early test session apparently inspired the name, hits a 331-yard 3-wood in the commercial.
The RBZ fairway woods have a hollowed out area directly behind the face of the club which TaylorMade calls the “Speed Pocket” which seems to be a takeoff of Adam’s “Velocity Slot” which seemed to be a takeoff of Nike’s “Compression Channel.”
You get the picture.
No matter what they call the technology or the clubs, if the Rocketballz woods offer players anything close to the double-digit yardage gains that the pros claim they do, expect to see plenty of them at your favourite course.
Either way, the marketing department at TaylorMade should be tipping its cap.
You can check out the commercial by searching “rocketballz and professionals” on YouTube.
With Tiger Woods committing to the play in February’s AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am the rumour that he will be teaming up with Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo got a little hotter.
Last week after Golf Channel’s Jason Sobel tweeted: “Well, Tony Romo can start prepping for Pebble Beach Pro-Am. May have a very, VERY high profile partner. I can’t be any less subtle than that.”
While that news might be very interesting to the Us Weekly crowd, what gets our attention is simply that Tiger will be playing in the tournament. Who cares which amateur he’s paired with?
After skipping Torrey Pines — where he has won seven times — in order to start his season at the HSBC in Abu Dhabi, it will be great for golf fans to see Tiger at Pebble.
Tiger last played in the Pebble Beach Pro-Am in 2002. The last tournament he played at Pebble Beach was the 2010 U.S. Open where he finished fourth.
In 2000, Tiger came back from five shots down on Sunday to win the Pebble Beach Pro-Am before returning to the course later that summer and winning the U.S. Open by a record 15 shots.
MORE TIGER TALK
According to reports, Tiger’s ex Elin Nordegren has had her $12-million Florida mansion demolished in order to build another home in the same location.
Is she crazy?
That’s like a person with the world’s greatest golf swing intentionally ripping it apart just to build a new one from scratch!
Oh, wait a minute ...