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Hello, friends, and welcome to this week’s edition of The Rogers Report. Full transparency from RR HQ: We’re nursing a tweak back (but not the kind that requires a spinal fusion), looking forward to the match and currently listening to Justin Bieber’s 2011 Christmas album on repeat. We’ve got a lot of ground (and golf drama) to cover today, so let’s get right to it.
The multi-talented Anne Van Damme
If you think Adam Scott has the most stunning golf swing of all time, you clearly haven’t seen a Van Damme tee it up.
Just look at that move!
And while the rest of us spent our weekend in overcrowded bars watching the United States men’s soccer team lose to the Netherlands, Anne Van Damme was completing a half-Ironman, which consisted of a 1.2-mile swim, a 56- mile bike ride and a 13.1-mile run.
She finished the race in honor of Jane Park’s daughter, Grace.
So for those of you keeping track at home, Anne van Dam can officially beat you in golf, swimming, cycling and running. I’m personally taking more of the Layna Finau approach to running these days, so huge congratulations to Anne.
Benjamin Franklin once said, “Nothing is certain in this world except death, taxes, and Ashley Perez in the comments section on Instagram.” As GOLF’s social media manager, I’ve seen Pat Perez’s wife, Ashley, grace our very own comment section a few times, often to rattle off a quote from Rory or call out something boring PGA-Tour related. But Prez Indeed didn’t hold back her feelings for Tiger Woods over the weekend.
My goodness! Tell us how you really feel.
It’s also important to note that this comment came less than a month after Pat Perez blasted Tiger for his LIV comments on Claude Harmon’s “Son of a Batch” podcast.
Little Rory McIlroy
While Rory McIlroy has become a spokesman for the PGA Tour, he’s also proven that he’s not afraid to take small shots here and there. Move over, Brooks and Bryson! There’s a new feud in town.
Exhibit B occurred over the weekend when McIlroy described how his feud with Greg Norman began.
Rory promises to be a “pain in the arm?” As someone who goes out of my way to annoy each and every one of my siblings (and sometimes coworkers), this is a cause I can absolutely get behind.
Between McIlroy and Perez’s comments, the last week in golf really felt like a “tell-all” episode of The Bachelor. More than I expected from the PGA Tour offseason.
A putting lesson from Tiger
I know nothing about the man in the blue shirt in the video below, except for the fact that I am extremely jealous of him. The pro-am at the Hero World Challenge may have been a wash due to the rain, but thanks to a putting lesson from Tiger, the guy still had a day he’ll remember forever.
It’s not every day we see Tiger Woods duking it out with laymen (read: anyone other than Justin Thomas), and yet here he is! Speaking shop on the putting green in Albany. Unfortunately, it’s pretty hard to hear what tips Tiger is giving the man – but I’d be willing to bet they’re pretty good.
JT Poston gets hitched
Last week I discussed the fact that 2022 is the year of the golf wedding. Now we can add another name to the increasingly long list of players getting hitched because JT Poston married Kelly Cox over the weekend. Better yet, there were a handful of Tour pros in attendance.
Ah, this brings back memories of me messing around with my cousins in church on Christmas Eve – until our mothers stopped allowing us to sit together. This was also a turning point; Dahmen and Higgs went viral less than a year ago for taking their shirts on No. 16 at the Phoenix Open and now they’re looking as usual at a friend’s wedding. Talk about having chain.
And not to take any notice of the bride and groom, but Boston’s caddy, Aaron Planer, sang at the wedding and I would be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge the pipes that this man has.
If looping doesn’t work for Plans, he should definitely pursue a singing career. Or at least perform with John Daly in a bar somewhere.
Tiger and Charlie
I know, I know. We have a site From Tiger-Charlie happy to look forward to with the PNC Championship next weekend, so I am careful to overdo it (I do not personally believe it is possible to go overboard on Tiger, but I am trying to respect your time and boundaries ). So I’ll just present to you, without comment, a few of my favorite Woods boys moments from the Hero World Challenge. Proceed with caution.
Victor Howland: Resort guy
I thought college fraternity bros traveling on a budget over spring break were the most aggressive resort-goers known to man, but I stand corrected. Victor Howland has claimed the crown as undisputed king of resort life.
Howland hasn’t won a Tour event anywhere in the 50 states yet, but part of me believes he’s actually living his best life by winning exclusively at resorts where life feels about 200% more relaxed, the drinks are included and the weather is usually . perfect
LeBron’s golf game
JR Smith joined Golf Channel to discuss LeBron James’ golf game and how it could be good for the Lakers star, but I’m not sure we’ll be seeing him on the course anytime soon. Then Charles Barkley completely transformed his swing, so I guess there is hope for all of us.
Various health content
And last but not least, I present to you the things that made me smile in the last week.
Sammy Spieth captured all of our hearts at the Presidents Cup and once again in this video. When I was a kid, I used to go to my dad’s office with him every once in a while. It… isn’t really anything like that.
Then there was Cameron Smith, who watched his Open Championship win from a bar.
I believe that if you win a major championship, you are entitled to celebrate it for the rest of your life. Finally, we have this photo of a very young tiger…
…and we’ll end it with Tony Finau doing what he does best (off course, at least): dancing.