The 9 Most Embarrassing Golf Moments in 2012
It was a great year on the PGA Tour in 2012.
Great championships, great tournaments, great individual performances.
Millions of dollars were given to charity.
But nothing is perfect and there are always things that didn't go quite according to plan, players or entities that didn't perform as expected or just do things that were strange, crazy or yes, even embarrassing.
Here are the nine most embarrassing things I'll remember in golf in 2012.
Bird Man Appears at U.S. Open Ceremony
At the United States Golf Association’s premier event, at its crowning moment, someone known as Bird Man tried to upstage it all.
As U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson was being interviewed by NBC’s Bob Costas, Bird Man’s face shows up on camera.
In perhaps the best save of the year, USGA Executive Director Mike Davis swoops in, yanks Bird Man off-camera and off the green so the ceremony was not further interrupted.
Augusta National Adds Female Members
The Augusta National Golf Club, the annual home of the Masters Tournament, announced quite proudly in August, the membership of two women, former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and South Carolina businesswoman Darla Moore.
For the most part, the club was lauded for finally breaking that wall of discrimination, but there's plenty of disdain and embarrassment for it taking 80 years of the club's existence to get to this point.
Adam Scott’s Collapse at Open Championship
Adam Scott has put together a very good professional career, highlighted by his 2004 victory in the Players Championship.
But there remains that gaping hole where a major championship belongs. That appeared to be on the verge of ending when Scott stepped onto the 15th tee at Royal Lytham & St.Annes in the Open Championship.
But bogeys on each of the final four holes, as well as some questionable decision-making, led to an embarrassing collapse by Scott and a shocking victory for Ernie Els.
Jim Furyk’s Collapse at Bridgestone Invitational
Jim Furyk could have had one of his greatest seasons ever but for a snap-hooked tee shot on the 16th tee at the U.S. Open at the Olympic Club.
Even with that, it could have been somewhat salvaged at Firestone Country Club and the Bridgestone Invitational.
He had a chance to go wire-to-wire but posted a horrible double-bogey on the final hole to hand Keegan Bradley the win.
Webb Simpson Shanks
The words shank and professional golfer don’t often appear in the same sentence. Even more rare is the appearance of shank and U.S. Open champion.
But that’s what happened not once, but twice, in 2012 to Webb Simpson.
The first came at the BMW Championship at Crooked Stick, the second at the Ryder Cup at Medinah.
Even though Simpson says those shots happen to him occasionally, it’s still embarrassing.
John Daly Almost Can't Help Himself
History has shown us that if embarrassment is the topic, John Daly can’t be far away.
His career has been tinged with embarrassment for quite a while now and 2012 was no exception.
He opened the Shriner’s Open in Las Vegas with rounds of 69-63 and then put together a third round that included a quadruple bogey, a triple bogey, two double bogeys and six bogeys.
That all added up to an 86. Not very professional, but very embarrassing.
Kevin Na Couldn't Pull the Trigger
Anyone who watched Kevin Na struggle with his swing at the Players Championship couldn’t help but feel bad.
While Na has a reputation for being a slow player, the inability to pull the trigger, the waggles, the starts and re-starts were agonizing.
The most shocking aspect of the whole episode was that Na remained in contention to win.
Still, it was an embarrassment.
"The Big Miss" Wasn't a Good Thing
Hank Haney has made a lot of money teaching people to not swing and miss, but his tell-all book, "The Big Miss," couldn’t have been any more aptly-titled.
Making money is the American way, but making money off what are assumed to be personal and confidential coaching sessions with someone like Tiger Woods is, well, embarrassing.
How many other of the game’s elite instructors have you seen write books like this one?
Tiger, Phil Miss Cut at Greenbrier
A lot of resources and effort went into getting both Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson to White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. to play in the Greenbrier Classic in July.
It didn’t look like either of the players put a whole lot of effort during their brief stay there.
Woods shot 71-69, Mickelson 71-71 and both were home Friday evening.
I understand stuff happens, but both missing the cut?