Tuesday, March 22, 2005

SI's Scott Wraight doesn't have a clue

I used to enjoy SI's golf section, but it has largely become as dumbed down as PGATour.com, a site which the magazine takes shots at regularly.
Anyway, some genius decided that Scott Wraight should write something about golf, though he really doesn't have any sense of the subject. This week he's posted a list of the top golfers that apparently dabble in golf architecture. Entitled
"Top golfers who have become course designers," Mr. Wraight picks several PGA Tour pros who have entered the golf architecture business. Some are evident and accurate, like Jack Nicklaus and Tom Weiskopf (who was left out when Wraight initially published the list to the Web), and Ben Crenshaw. Some are bizarre -- like Peter Jacobsen and Arnold Palmer. Sure Palmer's name appears as course designers, but I've been to a couple of his course openings and he clearly had never seen the course before the media opening. I guess Ed Seay's name wouldn't be recognized.
Now this list could have been interesting, but the reality is the best professional golfers to design courses are almost all British and dead. Names like James Braid, Old Tom Morris, and Walter Travis might have been more appropriate.
Anyway, Wraight looks prettty silly with this one -- let's see what he has in line for next week.

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