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How dumb is the golf media?

Pretty darn dumb I say. Here are two great examples.

*- Don Wade and an unknown publisher come out with a book titled ' The first Sunday in April '. It is about The Masters. There is only one problem, The Masters ends on THE SECOND SUNDAY in April. A check of the tournament's history would have told Wade this. I went and doublechecked myself. No Masters since 1997 has ended on anything but the second Sunday in April. I didn't go any further back. 12 years in a row on the 2nd Sunday is a pretty strong indicator your book title is wrong.

*- Bill Huffman of The East Valley Tribune writes this week in regards to the Phoenix LPGA Tour stop losing its sponsor - What sponsor would walk away from a tournament that has produced champions like Annika Sorenstam, Cristie Kerr and (Lorena)Ochoa in the past four years, all the while attracting record crowds?

Sorry Bill, but Cristie never won the Safeway International. Hall of Famer Juli Inkster won the tournament in 2006.(Annika won the tournament in 04 and 05, Ochoa in 07)

Huffman is the golf writer for the newspaper too. How many dumb mistakes do I have to make in my reporting of the Stanford International next month before some publication hires me to write about pro golf?


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Masters Week is ALWAYS the ... (Below threshold)
KobeClan:

Masters Week is ALWAYS the first full week in April. Most reporters are idjits, not just sportswriters. They are lazy and/or incompetent.
The Peter Principle in action.
Title should have been "The first week in April".
D'Oh!

All I can say is "multiple ... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

All I can say is "multiple layers of fact checking".

How many dumb mistakes d... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

How many dumb mistakes do I have to make in my reporting of the Stanford International next month before some publication hires me to write about pro golf?

I'll go with 3. 1 major gaff, 2 minor ones. Then you should be hearing from Golf Digest or Golf shortly thereafter.

Angle to be a TV reporter i... (Below threshold)

Angle to be a TV reporter instead. All you have to do is speak very softly - even though you are in a soundproof studio a couple miles away from the hole you're describing, it fits the audience's expectation to believe you are being quiet and respectful to the players who can't hear you. Oh, and if you can develop a British accent too, so much the better.

Jim:Gary McCord is... (Below threshold)

Jim:

Gary McCord is a refreshing exception to your rule. ;-)

Jim:Gary Mc... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

Jim:

Gary McCord is a refreshing exception to your rule. ;-)

And David Feherty. :-) Who's Irish and funnier than any Brit. So there's that...

Bill, what is even more int... (Below threshold)
John F Not Kerry:

Bill, what is even more interesting is that Wade has been writing (and I think very well) about golf for a long time. He has a very good series of books on great quotes from famous golfers ("Then Arnie said to Jack..."), as well as others. If the mistake was his fault, I would chalk it up to laziness rather than stupidity.




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