Liberal Arts Blog — Dustin Johnson wins the Masters with a 20 under par — who cares?
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Today’s Topic — Dustin Johnson wins the Masters with a 20 under par — who cares?
The previous record was 18 under par set by Tiger Woods in 1997 and Jonathan Spieth in 2015. The pre-tournament hype centered on Bryson DeChambeau (featured in last week’s post). Johnson has been the world’s top ranked golfer for 100 weeks, but had failed to win a second Major since the US Open in 2016. On the other hand he has won six World Golf Championships (second to Tiger Woods who has won a whopping 18) and is the first player in history to win all four of the individual World Golf Championships. Today, a few more random notes from someone who knows pathetically little about golf but would like to learn more on the general theory that the more sports you know something about the better the odds that you will find something to talk about with the next stranger you meet. Experts — please chime in. Correct, elaborate, elucidate.
THE RITUAL OF THE GREEN JACKET AT THE AUGUSTA NATIONAL CLUB
1. Medical students get “white coats” at matriculation ceremonies at some medical schools, members of the Augusta National Club get green jackets with the club’s logo on the left breast.
2. "Members are required to wear them during the tournament, and the jackets are not allowed to be removed from the grounds.”
3. “The current Masters champion is the only owner of a green jacket permitted to remove it from the grounds of Augusta National, and only for a period of one year.”
THE GLOBAL DRAMA OF THE 2020 MASTERS
1.”The American posted a four-under 68 on Sunday to hold off Australian Cameron Smith and South Korea’s Sungjae Im.”
2. “Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy’s brief charge came too late as he eventually finished nine shots back in tied fifth.”
3. “Defending champion Tiger Woods carded a 10 on the par-three 12th but recovered with five birdies to finish one under.”
THE JOY OF THE JARGON — par, birdie, bogey, yips
1. Par: “Standard number of strokes for each hole, always including two putts. Almost all golf holes are par 3, 4 or 5, although some new courses are building ultra-long par 6 holes.”
2. Birdie: one under par on a hole
3. Bogey: one over par on a hole
NB: Yips: “Chronic missing (or fear) of short putts, usually because of a nervous twitch. Very difficult to overcome, but can be alleviated by unorthodox grips or long (eg ‘broom-handle’ or ‘belly’) shafted putters.”
FINAL WORD: best golf quote ever. “A good walk spoiled.” Thank you, Alex Spence for the reminder.
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This is your chance to make some one else’s day. Or even change their life. It’s perhaps a chance to put into words something you have never articulated before. And to cement in your own memory something cool you might otherwise forget. Or to think more deeply than otherwise about something dear to your heart.