<![CDATA[The Reluctant Jam Boy.com<br /> - Blog]]>Thu, 01 Feb 2018 18:50:59 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[With a BANG]]>Thu, 13 May 2010 18:38:31 GMThttp://thereluctantjamboy.com/blog/with-a-bangPicture
This week was epic on so many levels.  On the one hand, you have me, a struggling golf writer who had to face facts—The Players Championship just might be my last week on tour.  Financially, I’m not sure how much farther I can go.  Then you have Tim Clark, who’s never won a PGA Tour event despite his numerous victories worldwide, and his last event at the Verizon Heritage ended with a 79 on Sunday.

So you have two people who were both looking for some magic at TPC Sawgrass.

I have been following Clark all year, after acquiring my “Tim Clark Has a Posse” shirt at Riviera.  This shirt has allowed me to get to know Tim, his caddie Stevie, his wife Candice, his Brother Raymond, and several other close friends.  Obviously, this has enhanced my experience on the PGA Tour a great deal, making even mediocre canned meals in my car seem like Thanksgiving feasts.

Then, wouldn’t you know it: Tim Clark wins.  From a writer’s standpoint, how rare is it to know a PGA Tour player that well, watch him for all four days with his wife and closest friends, and then watch him march to victory on Sunday.  I can’t tell you how fortunate I feel to have experienced that.

So it shouldn’t come as any surprise that there was a delay with this e-book.  There was no procrastination involved—I just spent an extra 2-3 days re-reading and re-working the entire e-book until I knew it was the absolute best I could make it.  I figured I owed that to Tim and anyone else who wanted to read it.  That’s not to say I haven’t been killing myself all year, but this e-book had to be special because of the circumstances surrounding Clark’s victory.  To be honest, I felt like I won on Sunday too.

So I sincerely hope anyone who reads this e-book enjoys it as much as I enjoyed writing it.  And if this happens to be my last e-book for a while, or my last e-book period, I can’t think of a better way to take a final bow.

Here are some of the highlights:

1.       Speaking with Justin Rose after his round on Friday

2.       A detailed analysis of TPC Sawgrass

3.       The Callaway demonstration with Alvaro Quiros and the Charity Event

4.       Getting an interview on XM Radio thanks to Michael Collins

5.       Following Tim Clark all four days and being able to share his victory with Candice, Stevie, and all of his closest friends

Also, unlike previous e-books, I’ve included photos with the story itself. 

Your support is greatly appreciated, and please tell you friends.  You can purchase the e-book here.

<![CDATA[Second Look at TPC Sawgrass (the back 9)]]>Wed, 05 May 2010 16:04:42 GMThttp://thereluctantjamboy.com/blog/second-look-at-tpc-sawgrass-the-back-9Some more photos for you.  The first photo...you can barely see it in that picture, but there are three red marks that look like an evil face on my arm.  This unfortunate branding was the result of falling down the steps of the bus while I rushed to the Woods interview.  Something tells me this evil face is a good sign.  The last few photos were from the caddie competition on the 17th hole, complete with a photo of the jar of money that will eventually go to the winner.
<![CDATA[First Look at TPC Sawgrass]]>Tue, 04 May 2010 19:05:53 GMThttp://thereluctantjamboy.com/blog/first-look-at-tpc-sawgrassSo far, this course looks like Doral and Harbour Town Golf Links got a little freaky and had a baby.  But I haven't seen the back 9 yet.  Stupid "dangerous conditions." 
<![CDATA[Quick Update Before the Players Championship]]>Mon, 03 May 2010 17:52:06 GMThttp://thereluctantjamboy.com/blog/quick-update-before-the-players-championshipThe Quail Hollow Championship is similar to the Masters in at least one respect: their credentialing process.  Normally, whenever a member of the media applies for credentials to an event, they have to go through the PGA Tour, and the process of submitting your request for credentials is really pretty straightforward.  But with events like the Masters and Quail Hollow, I'm pretty sure there's some sort of secret handshake or strange ritual involved to cover an event.  But that's fine, because I needed the week off to recoup and catch up on some writing.

Aside from the writing and sleeping, however, there were two things that I wanted to share.  First, I had a 40 minute phone interview with Tim Clark on Wednesday, which was pretty special for me after all of my "posse shirt" hikes from this year so far.  The article will be featured in the next issue of Universal Golf.

Secondly, I made a YouTube video with the help of someone at a driving range in Beaufort, SC.  I decided to try and imitate 20 PGA Tour players in 6 minutes.  After watching these players for months there are most certainly a few things I've picked up on for each player.  I actually had a list of 50-60 PGA Tour players, but the other players required more props or prep time to try and pull it off.  

Anyway, I hope you guys enjoy:
<![CDATA[Getting Bohn-ed]]>Thu, 29 Apr 2010 23:06:09 GMThttp://thereluctantjamboy.com/blog/getting-bohn-edPicture
I went back and forth for a long time about this title, trying to decide whether or not to use it.  But I finally decided that due to a few of the “controversial topics” covered in this e-book, I might as well go all the way and make the title controversial as well.  Hopefully, once you look beyond the title and read the entire e-book, you’ll realize that I really do have nothing but respect for Jason Bohn.  But in all seriousness, he really did play lights out and had his way with the field, so the title is also appropriate for that reason as well.

In addition, despite a few touchy topics, this ended up being one of my favorite e-books.  I suppose it helped that I slept in a tent, dealt with the crappy weather, and almost got into a fight on Bourbon Street—all of this adds perspective and creativity with a piece of writing.  I hope you agree.

The highlights:

1.       Justin Rose recognized me

2.       A great story from a PGA Tour Rules Official about Brian Davis

3.       Long conversations with Carlos, Sergio Garcia’s manager

4.       The “Manly Litmus Test” that exists on the 13th hole

5.       Progress with networking

As always, your support is greatly appreciated.  Click here to purchase the e-book.

<![CDATA[Pictures from Hilton Head]]>Fri, 23 Apr 2010 20:21:01 GMThttp://thereluctantjamboy.com/blog/pictures-from-hilton-head
<![CDATA[Pictures from the Zurich Classic]]>Fri, 23 Apr 2010 17:30:43 GMThttp://thereluctantjamboy.com/blog/pictures-from-the-zurich-classicAlthough it's raining like hell outside right now, I figured I'd share some of the pictures I snapped on Wednesday when things were looking a little better outside.  Hope you enjoy.
<![CDATA[Great Picture from Augusta]]>Fri, 23 Apr 2010 17:24:34 GMThttp://thereluctantjamboy.com/blog/great-picture-from-augustaI was fortunate enough to meet one of my readers on Wednesday during Masters week.  I was also fortunate that he brought a kick-ass Bloody Mary mix and a handle of Absolut Peppar so that we could hang out comfortably for two hours in the parking lot.  Ted, it kills me that you weren't able to get in that day.  But we'll just have to plan on next year.  And those Bloody Mary's really were awesome.
<![CDATA[Beyond Thunderdome]]>Wed, 21 Apr 2010 11:31:38 GMThttp://thereluctantjamboy.com/blog/beyond-thunderdomePicture
While Masters week was enjoyable for all, it was extra special for me because I finally had a week to recharge my batteries.  Without exaggeration, I was so tired after 11 straight weeks on the road that I literally thought to myself: If I’m somehow able to score Masters tickets, I might just try to sell them because I just want to sleep for a week.  It sounds blasphemous, I know, but that’s really how I felt.

But now that my batteries are recharged, I couldn’t wait for the Verizon Heritage.  I had caddied for my father in a pro-am here 4-5 years ago when he played with Mark Calcavecchia, and I couldn't wait to see the course again.

During the event, everywhere I turned I heard patrons say: “Happy Heritage!”

I think you’d be hard pressed to find another group of patrons—outside of the professional drinkers at the Phoenix Open—who are that enthused about a PGA Tour event coming through their town.  I mean sure the Masters is great, but do you hear patrons there say: “Awesome Augusta!”

Well, yeah, I suppose you do at times.

Anyway, here are some of the highlights:

1.       Crazy Da Vinci Code roads and variant hand signals from security officers

2.       An in-depth look at Harbour Town Golf Links

3.       Extended conversations with Candice Clark and arranging an interview with Tim

4.       Meeting Tom Weber, who was a part of the course renovations in 2000

5.       Running into Fluff and speaking with Jim Furyk after his win

Your support is greatly appreciated.  You can purchase the e-book here, and I hope you enjoy it.

<![CDATA[Pictures from Wednesday at Augusta]]>Mon, 12 Apr 2010 03:49:05 GMThttp://thereluctantjamboy.com/blog/pictures-from-wednesday-at-augusta