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Hello friends and happy Monday! Between the first major tournament of the year (Happy Chevron week!) and the Augusta National Women’s Amateur, we have something to celebrate over the next few days. Before we dive in, let’s take a moment to appreciate a rising legend: LPGA rookie Atthaya Thitikul, who just became an LPGA winner at just 19 (!!) when she beat Nanna Koerstz Madsen on the second hole. of the JTBC Classic playoffs.
Ok, I’m ready to continue. Here’s the best of what we’ve learned on the internet this week:
The Masters is only a week away and the social chatter surrounding it is already in full swing. Aside from Tiger Woods, I think the social handles of the Masters might have the biggest voices in golf. They can go months without saying a word, then break the internet of golf when they finally speak. Last week’s Masters hype video was no exception.
A lot of good things are happening here. The videos back! The voiceover! The only question I have is about the copy of the tweet. “You are invited?” True, my inbox says otherwise. Maybe they mean “you’re invited” to watch from the comfort of your own home, 954 miles north of Augusta National, where it still feels like winter and looks even grayer outside. when I realize next week’s temperatures in Georgia are still months away. But who says!
Will Tiger play in the Masters?
Tiger was spotted (and then chillingly recorded) playing Medalist last week without a cart.
There’s also the fact that it’s still listed in the domain on the Masters website.
So what are we going to do with all of this? Friends, family and fans (read: friends and family) keep asking me if I think Tiger is going to play Augusta next week and I keep telling them I have no idea. I’m not even sure Tiger knows if he’s playing. I will say this, though: I want Tiger to play, but having him play would take a heavy emotional toll on me. Maybe my parasocial relationship with this man has (definitely) gone too far, but when Tiger talks about it these days, I’m completely on edge.
Is his back okay?
And his leg?
Can he handle the walk?
These are the thoughts that cross my mind before I even watch him swing a club. It’s exhausting. A lot of people will read this and say, “but Claire, he doesn’t even know who you are. He won five times. Worrying about him is bad for you and does nothing! And these things are all true. But that’s the price I pay for caring, for better or for worse.
Rahm’s putter swing?
Shout out to my colleague, Zephyr Meltonfor this amazing find last week.
Golf Twitter, as with all things Masters, went wild over this one. So wild he caught the attention of Augusta National, which changed Rahm’s photo on the site in less than four hours.
The devil works hard, but Augusta National works harder. And because I know you’re all wondering what the 2003 Masters champion is up to, I have an update on Mike Weir:
Mike Weir is all of us
Ok, maybe this is less of a Mike Weir update and more of a video that proves great champions are just like us (sometimes)! Weir’s wife Michelle Money shared this hilarious and extremely relatable video of Weir on Instagram.
Personally, I try not to practice my swing in public places, but I have a very special childhood memory of my two brothers, each on either side of me, working on their holds during the homily at church, and my parents then having them sit on their hands for the rest of the mass. I’ve seen people doing practice swings at bars, by the pool, and even once while queuing at a wake. The pursuit of golf improvement knows no bounds, whether you are a Masters champion or not.
A parental victory in golf
I’m not a parent, so I don’t have any parenting moments to relate this to, but I came across this Tweet last week and absolutely loved it.
My first thought seeing this is that this is an all time “Florida Man” movement. My next thought was “wow, I literally could never do that here in Rhode Island.” And that realization made me appreciate how really cool that is. It might be strange to zip through the school queue in a golf cart, but I guarantee the ride home was more fun than in a 2004 minivan.
I wrote about how Scottie and Meredith Scheffler are the PGA Tour’s new “it” couple a few weeks ago, but Scheffler’s third win in five starts on Sunday at the Austin Country Club officially secured that title. Meredith has been there for all of Scottie’s victories, but she’s also been there long before he won — or even played — on the Tour.
Look at this photo on the left! Just two kids enjoying golf like all of us. For 19 year olds reading this: Dream Big! But chances are you won’t have the same trajectory as a teenage Scottie Scheffler, who attended his local PGA Tour event as a student and won that same event to become world No. years later.
Still, there are always club championships, indoor simulator leagues, and local mini-golf courses you can try your hand at, so don’t get too discouraged.
And when you win, I hope there’s someone who’s proud of you like Scheffler’s family is proud of him.
We didn’t find out until January, but Steve Stricker fell seriously ill after leading Team USA to victory at Whistling Straits. It was only last week that he detailed exactly how sick he was.
Stricker turned yellow, his face swelled up like he was having an allergic reaction, his urine turned brown, he lost 25 pounds, and his heartbeat was through the roof. We are so Glad he’s okay, and this ordeal made his job caddying his daughter last week even more special.
With that, folks, it’s time to prepare for this week and the next. I’m gearing up for a weekend of Chevron action, and I’m so excited for the Masters that I can barely sleep at night. With the pros arriving in Augusta a week from today, I’m sure we’ll have plenty to discuss between now and the next Rogers report.