Posted by: Rolf | July 1, 2014

Unique Threesomes

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The USGA has long been known for putting together interesting threesomes of players with similar traits or “golfing” résumés.

There’s always been a “nice guy” group and a group of former “Masters” winners, for instance.

But the 2014 pairing of 230-pound “Brendon de Jonge,” 225-pound “Shane Lowry” and 250-pound “Kevin Stadler,” aka the “heavyweights,” has led two of those golfers to say the USGA finally “went too far.”

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Kevin Stadler

“I think the USGA is a little mean and insensitive, but that’s just the way it goes,” Stadler told Jason Sobel of the Golf Channel. “They’re invoking their 5-year-old sense of humor.”

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Shane Lowry

Lowry was equally displeased, calling it a “mockery.” He wrote in a weekly column in the “Irish Times”:

“To be honest, I am also annoyed about something. I don’t mind saying it, but I think it is a bit cheeky of the USGA in making the draw the way they did. I’m with Brendon de Jonge and Kevin Stadler for the first two rounds. Someone’s bright idea!! Put the three big guys together!! I think it is unfair on the three of us. It is definitely not drawn out of the hat, that’s for sure. And I just hope we don’t get stick from the galleries. What they did is making a mockery of the three of us. I spoke to Graeme McDowell, and he thinks I should say something to the USGA about it.”

In his column, Sobel called the USGA’s attempt at humor “rude.” I see their point. Though both Stadler and Lowry could stand some thicker skin, putting all the big guys together feels like a cheap shot that isn’t very clever.

There’s a fine line between funny and mean. The USGA could have had fun with the girth without making it obvious, maybe by pairing a small, medium and bigger golfer, like Goldilocks’ three bears or Nintendo Ice Hockey. That’d still be sophomoric, but with a wink.

In John Feinstein’s Open, a look inside the ropes of the 2002 U.S. Open, former USGA executive director David Fay discussed how he used to make these pairings under the radar, so the jerk pairing (a different word was used) might not realize it.

But then people caught on and Fay said he went “over the top” when, as Feinstein writes, “he had put three women together at the Women’s Open because he knew all three of them were in therapy.”

The fun pairings is still a great idea, but it’s always good to know when you’ve gone “over the top.”

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Brendan De Jonge

Not that De Jonge minded. “I was actually pretty amused by it,” the golfer told Sobel. “I wasn’t offended at all.”

To be honest, I kind of being “disappointed” that Kevin Stadler and Shane Lowry are complaining. If you’re fat, own it. Fat people that get upset when people treat them like fat people are the worst.

Accepting your “fatness” is how you handle “obesity.” Not crying and saying it’s mean spirited. Instead of “crying” why don’t you go out and try to win the tournament. Complaining gets you nowhere.

See you on the first tee…
 

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