Larry Fitzgerald's "controversial" pro-am win
Alex Myers discusses Larry Fitzgerald's runaway win at Pebble Beach and investigates if his handicap should be investigated.
Released on 2/13/2018
So celebrity golfers were in the spotlight even more than
usual at this years AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.
Ray Romano almost killed Jordan Spieth,
Wayne Gretzky withdrew with a back injury,
and Kelly Rohrbach was mocked for playing an old driver;
my Golf Digest Equipment Editors,
those guys really know how to make a lady swoon.
But one celeb shined brighter than the rest,
With the help of PGA tour pro Kevin Streelman,
the Arizona Cardinals star routed the rest
of the field at the Pro-Am.
But did the wide receiver win by too wide of a margin
because of a questionable handicap?
It's time for an official grind investigation.
Fitzgerald entered the event with a 10.6 handicap index.
However, just this past summer he was as low as 6.6,
and according to a couple of our sources,
that number is more indicative of his game.
Take a look at Exhibit A.
This chart, which contains more volatility
than the Stock Market in recent days.
So he's a total sand bagger, right?
Let's put a giant scarlet S on his chest,
and make him hand back the trophy.
There's more to the story.
A closer look at the evidence shows that the low
number came right before the NFL season started.
So once Larry returned to his day job,
he didn't get to play as much golf;
and well, let's just say that taking savage hits on a
football field isn't exactly the best thing
to smooth out your golf swing.
And since the Cardinal season ended on December 31st,
Larry's already posted nearly 40 rounds of golf in 2018.
Which better explains why his handicap could move so much.
Yeah, this dude is a golf fiend.
Speaking of the Cardinals,
this future Hall of Famer has played
his entire career in Arizona.
Can you blame him for wanting to win a trophy of any kind?
Besides, anyone who has ever won a golf tournament that
uses handicaps has been scrutinized.
You should hear the complaining my friends and I do
about whoever winds up winning our annual golf trip.
I won last year and it's almost not even worth the grief.
Donning that green jacket is totally worth it.
And I'm going to have to play a lot of rounds of golf
to get those low scores off the card before,
I mean I'm going to have to play a lot of rounds of golf
to prepare for this summers trip.
In conclusion, I'm leaning toward not throwing a flag
on Fitzgerald for his seven shot victory.
After all, Larry has a rep as being a really nice guy,
but he's also 6'3, 220 pounds,
and one of the toughest wide receivers in NFL history.
So if you wanna call him a sand bagger to his face,
be my guest.