This should have been a simple little blog post. Adam Scott won a golf tournament. He played very well. We would have written a paragraph or two about that, maybe, if we were feeling frisky we may have mentioned the semi-controversy surrounding the particular style of putter he’s been using lately. It’s a long one. Some people don’t like that while others don’t mind one way or the other. We would have written about those things, listed off the golf clubs he used, and moved on, getting ready for the PGA and all the fun that will come from that little competition.
So much for that, huh? Sweet goodness, where does one begin? It feels like the immediate reaction to Steve William’s post-win comments needs to be a really strong one. One way or the other. Many have been. The way our media, society, and brains function these days tells us to pick a side. Right or wrong. Yes or no. Team Tiger or Team Stevie. Pick one, and only one, and stick with it. Be bold. Be extreme. Don’t compromise.
It’s Wednesday, as of this writing, and some time has passed. Apologies have been given, questions been asked and answered. Steve is sorry. Adam doesn’t (publicly) see what the big deal is. Tiger is taking the high road, whatever and wherever that is. There’s a measured way to consider all of this. There’s a truth hiding somewhere within all of these events. In my opinion, as it almost always does, the reality of it all lies somewhere in the middle of the polar opposite extremes we’ve been told to chose between. Steve Williams said some things after Adam Scott won a tournament. He said things that many normal human beings would have said given the same opportunity under the same circumstances. He also probably made a mistake in saying them, or in saying them the exact way that he did. Since then, Steve, Adam, and Tiger have all addressed the issue. They have said more things. Odds are some of their reactions are sincere and true, odds are some are calculated and considered, with the slightly darker, more real comments and conversations taking place where no one else can see or hear. Where David Feherty can’t shove his microphone and where Rick Reilly can’t position himself to fabricate his next polarizing angle. Adam Scott won a golf tournament, and some really interesting, nuanced, and complicated human sports drama threatened to unfold afterwards. It’s just too bad we can’t make sense of the whole thing, distracted by all this noise.
Moving on to something a little more straight-forward, here are the clubs Steve Williams Adam Scott used to win the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational:
Driver: Titleist 910D3 (9.5˚), A•1 SFT Setting with Graphite Design Tour AD DI 8 shaft
Fairway Wood: Titleist 910Fd (15˚), C•2 SFT Setting with Fujikura Rombax Pro95 shaft
Hybrid: Titleist 910H (21˚) with UST Proforce V2 Hybrid 104 shaft
Irons: Titleist 710 MB (3-9) with KBS Tour shafts
Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled (48˚, 54˚, 60˚) with KBS Tour shafts
Putter: Scotty Cameron Kombi Long
Ball: Titleist Pro V1