Turn That Smylie Upside Down

Flash back to April 2016 when we first met the Bro Squad. Rickie Fowler, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, and Smylie Kaufman. Four young, very talented golfers jet setting to the Bahamas for Spring Break. Every guy from 18-45 years old was drooling in envy of #sb2k16.

Then these four party boys had to go and do it again for #sb2k17. It seemed as though nothing could stop these maniacs. They had the friendship, the money, and the skills.

Flash forward to June 2018. Justin Thomas has two wins this season and a short stint as World Number 1. Jordan Spieth is the defending Open Champion and was 3rd at the 2018 Masters. Rickie Fowler was 2nd at the same 2018 Masters and is 13th in Official Money Earnings this season……..

Smylie Kaufman has missed 13 consecutive cuts and 17 of the past 18.

Poor Frownie is having a tough go. I cannot think of a more excruciating feeling than that of my close friends excelling while I continue to struggle to put it together. An epic disaster of a season which could be caused by a few different factors:

  1. Marriage – This past #sb2k18 was not spent in the Bahamas but rather attending his own wedding. Certainly an occasion to be celebrated but a far cry from the antics of the past two years.
  2. Name Pressure- No doubt it is hard to always put on a happy face. Carrying the weight of the name Smylie is no easy task.
  3. Group Success – While the other group members excel, perhaps the young man is just feeling the heat and his skills are failing him.

Luckily there is plenty of PGA season left to turn it around and retain his PGA Tour Card for years to come. Hopefully the other members of the Bro Squad don’t go too hard on the poor chap, I know I would.

 

Episode #17 – US Open Recap

In this weeks episode:

US Open Recap

  • Brooks goes Back to Back
  • Dustin Johnson on how NOT to putt on the weekend
  • Phil loses his mind…..and gains respect
  • Golf course or parking lot?

Picks

  • US Open Recap – Bronel good, MattyB so very very bad
  • Travelers Championship – Surprising field filled with studs

Phil Mickelson – The GLOAT

Phil’s US Open Antics Prove Why He Is The GLOAT

When someone says left-handed golfer, who is the first player you think of?  If you didn’t answer Phil Mickelson, then you are probably lying.  Ok, maybe a bit harsh.  However, the numbers are there, the wins are there, the personality is there.  We are witnessing history every time this man steps foot on the golf course.  Yes folks, we are witnessing the GLOAT (Greatest Lefty Of All Time).

If you are reading this article, there is a pretty good chance you caught a glimpse of what ol’ Lefty got up to this past weekend.  Coming in as one of the Vegas favourites to win the tournament, Phil came out with a disappointing 77 on Thursday.  Uh oh, a missed cut perhaps.  Not so fast, Phil shoots 69 Friday and gets to play the weekend.  Paired with Beef Johnston on Saturday, Phil the thrill was all set for his 48th birthday round.  Unfortunately for him, the conditions at Shinnecock Hills resembled those of a Wal-Mart parking lot more than a golf course.  The “greens” were some sort of weird brown concrete and the pin placements were tougher than that friggin “ant-hill” hole at the local mini-golf course.

Phil was 4 over and looking at a downhill 18 footer for bogey on the 13th green.  His putt was a bit hefty however and it was about to go flying down the hill and off the green into an impossible lie.  But the GLOAT said “not today, not on my birthday” and hit the still-moving ball back towards the hole.  For those new to golf, this is an automatic 2 stroke penalty.  Phil would go on to make a 10 and laugh about it with Beef walking off the green.  This wasn’t as cool as Roy McAvoy’s 12 at the US Open but it was still a pretty neat 10.

GOOD For Golf

The USGA decided not to DQ him despite his purposeful breaking of the rules.   But really, who cares?  So what if he hit a moving ball…we’ve all done it. This is one of the top 10 players in golf history (a discussion for another day perhaps), him doing stuff like this is GOOD for golf.  John Daly is GOOD for golf.  Happy Gilmore is GOOD for golf.  Ok you get the point. After his 81 Saturday, Phil came out Sunday and shot 69 and had a blast doing it.  There was a fan who was wearing a Donald Duck hat and following Phil around (why wouldn’t you).  There are a lot of guys on Tour with no personality (I won’t name names) who would probably think the hat was stupid.  Not Phil.  Every time he saw this fan, he gave the hat a little rub for luck and had a bunch of fun with it. He’s always having a good time out there; perhaps making some wagers, signing stuff for the kids, laughing with other players etc.

Whether he’s playing like Phil the thrill or Phil the dill, he is must-see TV. It’s all of this, combined with his 43 wins (9th all-time) and 5 majors that undoubtedly make Phil Mickelson the GLOAT.

Heck, even Tiger likes him now.

 

Episode #16 – US Open Preview

Its US Open week! In this weeks ep:

Fed-Ex St. Jude Classic Recap

  • DJ looking PRIMED for a big run at the US Open
  • Top 20 littered with old guys
  • Wesley Bryan, Taco Lover
  • Jimmy Walker and the backstopping issue

US OPEN PREVIEW

  • Shinnecock – The Ultimate Test
  • Two Canadians and a Referee
  • Can Phil become oldest champ in history?
  • Jon Rahm 1st in Power Rankings?

Picks

  • St. Jude Recap – Harv’s consistent DJ usage pays off
  • US Open Picks – Studs, Duds, and some guy named Richy

Episode #15 – Ultimate Foursome – NBA Players

This week on the Drive The Green Podcast

Memorial Recap

  • Bryson and his swing strike gold
  • Tiger’s putter fails him once again

Pro Tip – Mike Midgette back yet again – Weekly Wedge Work

Ultimate Foursome – NBA

  • Harv settles the GOAT debate on the course
  • Bronel takes Jesus
  • MattyB with a strange ode to the Toronto Raptors

Picks

  • Memorial Recap – Bronel on a heater
  • Fedex St. Jude. Classic – can BDDB make it 3 in a row?

Episode #14 – Build a Golfer

In this weeks episode:

Fort Worth Invitational Recap:

  • Justin Rose (Sans Sunglasses) Lights It Up
  • Canadians In Contention
  • Kevin Na – Style Is Not A Family Trait

Pro Tip – Mike Midgette – Practice Like You Play

Build A Golfer

  • The Boys Draft Out Their Ultimate Golfers

Picks

  • Bronel Wins The Fort Worth
  • Memorial Picks – ALL The Big Names

Episode #13 – Ultimate Foursome – Action Movie Characters

In this weeks episode:

AT&T Byron Nelson Recap:

  • Aaron Wise Loses His Winning V-Card – The Other Card Still Intact
  • Aussies Down Under Par
  • Kevin Na Continues To Bore

Ultimate Foursome – Action Movie Characters

  • Harv Gets Weird Yet Again
  • MattyB Rips Throats
  • Bronel Steals The Declaration Of Independence

Picks

  • Someone Won Last Week
  • More Picks Were Made

Episode #12 – The PLAYERS Championship Recap

This week on the Drive The Green Podcast:

PLAYERS Championship Recap

  • Webb Runs Away With It
  • Tiger. Is. Back.
  • The Battle For Second Place
  • TPC Sawgrass Does Not Disappoint

Pro Tip – Advice and Discounts From a PGA Professional

Picks

  • PLAYERS Championship Recap – Harv Evens The Score
  • AT&T Byron – Watered. Down. Field.

Episode #11 – The PLAYERS Championship Preview

In this weeks episode, the DTG Boys:

Recap Wells Fargo Championship

  • Jason Day Owns the Green Mile
  • Brice Garnett Smooth 88
  • Who Wore It Better?
  • Harv Picks The Winner

Pro Tip – Shout out to Mikey Golf

Players Championship Preview

  • Tiger / Phil / Rickie Pairing
  • Top 5 Course
  • The Island Green
  • Picks

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