|Carl Pettersson tees off on the second hole during the third round of the Northern Trust Open at the Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles, Calif., Feb. 18, 2012. (DANNY MOLOSHOK/Reuters)
Good on Carl Pettersson for having fun with the media with some self-deprecating humour after winning the RBC Heritage on Sunday, but the resulting fat-guy-wins commentary was a bit over the top.
If the final round of an LPGA event included some heavier ladies (not that they don’t have enough double-standards of their own), would it have made the splash it did last week on the PGA Tour when the likes of Pettersson, Colt Knost and Kevin Stadler — all hefty lads — were in the hunt at Harbour Town?
Sure, Pettersson made a couple jokes about it while being directly questioned about how he put weight back on after losing his game when he slimmed down a couple years ago, saying his diet consisted of “ten beers and tub of ice cream before you go to bed,” but he had to have been a little uncomfortable. He later defended himself:
“Well, ultimately it’s a hand-eye co-ordination sport,” said Pettersson, who’s listed at a generous 195 pounds on his PGA Tour bio. “Just because you don’t look like an athlete doesn’t mean you’re not an athlete. We’re not running marathons here, we’re just walking 18 holes”
Here’s a sampling of some of the headlines from around North America: Let’s hear it for the big boys (Sports Network); Pettersson rides healthy advantage (Boston.com): Pettersson Vs. Knost, Heavyweight Fight (Yahoo); Who Needs Six-pack Abs? Not Heritage Classic Winner Carl Pettersson (SB Nation): Pettersson rolls to RBC Heritage victory (Las Vegas Journal): A weighty victory (GolfDigest.com).
Pardon yet another pun, but it’s in bad taste.
And, with a vengeance.
Kevin Na, he of a dubious PGA Tour highest-score-on-a-single-hole record, revisited the par-4 ninth hole at the Oaks Course of TPC San Antonio this week, site of his 16 in the Valero Texas Open last season.
And he came packing a different sort of utility device in his bag: A chainsaw.
Having a bit of fun while hosting Inside the PGA Tour, Na had at it on the tree that gave him fits last year.
Somehow Na, who was wearing a mic last year as part of a PGA Tour experiment (what happened to that anyway?), kept his language clean and was heard counting his strokes and laughing at himself.
BUBBA AND THE BIEBS
Who’s the only person Bubba Watson actually spoke with on the phone on the Sunday night following his Masters victory?
The Biebs, naturally.
“Justin Bieber is the only person I talked to on the phone that night after I won,” Watson told E! News this week. “He called me and I talked to him on the phone and he and (singer girlfriend Selena Gomez) were congratulating me.”
Watson is known for having an eclectic group of pals — he was hanging out with Tim Tebow this week as well — and he posted a picture of a golf outing last year with Bieber, the young star from Stratford, Ont.
Can we expect a cameo from Bieber in the next Golf Boys video?
Well, here’s another one for Pettersson ... he won Sunday using the unfortunately named belly putter.
The long putters won nine times in 2011, surely sending weekenders into their local pro shops in droves to pick one up. But in 17 PGA Tour events this season, the controversial club has been in the bag of the winner just twice.
The hubbub surrounding the club was one of the stories of 2011 and while a definitive call has yet to have been made on it by the PGA well into this season, is it possible that it’s losing momentum?
Canadian Mike Weir had one in his bag for a while this season and Pettersson himself goes back and forth between long and short putters.
“I’ve used it on and off before, it’s a Nike Method long putter, and I used it in Houston, finished second there,” said the 2010 Canadian Open champ. “I’ve used a long putter for 14 years.”
But the new American, now tied with Jesper Parnivick for victories for Swedish Nationals with five, says he may not be using it much longer, depending on what the ruling is.
“I’ll be back to the short one next year when they ban it.”
MOVING ON UP
Calgary’s Stephen Ames parlayed a third-round 66 on Saturday at the RBC Heritage into a decent 29th-place showing in the event.
Making it to Moving Day seems to be key for Ames, who ranks second on the PGA Tour this season in third-round scoring average (68.25). Unfortunately, he’s 110th in final-round scoring (72.00). Ames shot 74 on Sunday.
Interesting statistic from the Associated Press: Since winning the U.S. Open last year by eight shots, Rory McIlroy has finished a combined 46 shots out of the lead in his next three majors.