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

Transcript

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