Going to the House Boys
By Chad Napier
“Going to the house boys” We all have had those golf rounds, which began like you are calling out female ratings from a Florida Georgia Line meet and greet, i.e. 5, 6, 6, 5. The elation of being on the course can quickly turn to thoughts of how much those newly fitted clubs could bring on ebay.
Tourists (PGA Tour pros) are no different but they always seem to signify a physical injury as the reason for tossing the clubs into the program BMW on a Thursday. It is hard to prove the 8 was the result of a physical injury or the 8 was the cause of a mental injury.
I must confess, I have been guilty of the “going to the house”. In the 2010 club invitational, I topped my first, hit second into water, shanked fourth, pitched out of trees for five, and then 2 putted for the 7 to start my first round.
First tee jitters turned into a lost swing, which could not be prayed back into salvation. After making the turn in 49, the putter was not pulled again after hole 11. No self-respecting amateur golfer could ever sign for anything more than an 80, right?
Our cover may be blown forever that we don’t always shoot 75 or below. So, who are the vilest W/D offenders on tour? The King of the WD is Mike Weir with eight since 2012. The Masters champion has been known to turn in more boxes than a lost UPS driver and has been criticized for taking up starting spots by heading to the house before completing two rounds.
Others who aren’t afraid of packing it in are Lefty, Tiger, DeLaet, Patrick Reed, Colt Knost, Jason Day, Robert Allenby all tied at four since 2012. Conversely, Steven Bowditch whose wheels have been wobbling for the past year has only WD’d one time in a period when he’s posting more scores above 75 than below.
The apostle Paul hated the WD, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” Well, two out of three ain’t bad, eh
Contributor….Chad Napier is an attorney who when not in the court room travels around the country playing golf every chance he get’s. Along the way he has made friends with PGA Tour players, caddies, and fan’s like you and me.