True. But I probably would have played it the same way if I had been setting the lineup.Pretty incredible Celli didn’t crack the lineup to play the Big 12 tournament in May.
So you think he lost interest in his individual game because the team was off to a bad start to the year?? LOLTrue. But I probably would have played it the same way if I had been setting the lineup.
TCU accommodated Celli's need to be available only for spring golf due to playing obligations in Europe. As a part-timer who sometimes didn't play well in qualifying, he got some special treatment--deservedly so, given his talent. It paid off with a T20 in Hawaii in the first spring event, but he didn't get a lot of support and the Frogs finished 14th of 19. Then came the sandstorm at La Quinta.
I felt bad for Celli at that point. He had just arrived, but his school was 35 wins under .500 and post-season was gone. I couldn't blame him for losing interest after that (T50, T27 in a weak field, T51). But at that point, there's no reason for special treatment, and with nothing at stake, you start the guys who are grinding in practice.
Guy is a big-tournament player. He signed on with a school that hadn't missed the NCAA's in 30 years. He wasn't going to post enough rounds to qualify for NCAAs as an individual. But his teammates didn't hold up their end. So he knows he won't be going to regionals or nationals and he's stuck playing Omaha, Sac State, Cal Baptist and Valpo with nothing on the line. Won't move the needle on WAGR if he finishes T3 or T27. Guy could go Even over 54 holes at GCU in his sleep. And he did.So you think he lost interest in his individual game because the team was off to a bad start to the year?? LOL
The answer is he wasn’t playing very well and wasn’t working very hard to play well. Same answer for most of the team last year. It really isn’t that complicated an answer.My opinion would be he was just in a stretch of bad form and was probably doing everything he could to play his way out of it. As far as should he have played conference, I have no idea. I do think it is another tough mark for the coaches though that a kid with this kind of talent was on the roster, shooting the scores he was and they couldn’t get better play from him to crack the conference lineup.
For sure.Lost in all of this is that Celli went from being a back-bencher on a mediocre college team to European Amateur champ and low amateur at The Open in three months…both of which are highly exceptional accomplishments.
Meh. It was a decent attempt, but you can’t imitate Picasso.Not sure if it's good or bad that Golf Digest's Jerry Tarde published an imagined dialogue with Dan Jenkins hisownself. You who knew Jenkins can comment on the quality of the impersonation. The part about Norman on Sundays sounds about right.
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