Only Golf on TV this Weekend: Tyco Golf Skills Challenge

Andy ReistetterAnalyst IDecember 25, 2012

Justin Rose in the heart of the European Ryder Cup celebration after finishing birdie-birdie to edge Phil Mickelson in a pivotal match.
Justin Rose in the heart of the European Ryder Cup celebration after finishing birdie-birdie to edge Phil Mickelson in a pivotal match.Andy Lyons/Getty Images

If you still are not over the "Miracle/Meltdown at Medinah," depending on your patriotic loyalties, then you might want to tune in to see the rematch this weekend on NBC. Sort of like let's forget what happened up there where it is snowing now and let's bring it down again shot-by-shot and see what team prevails this time.

Will it be the American team of Keegan Bradley and Dustin Johnson or the European team of Justin Rose and Peter Hanson?

While the forecast is for temperatures in the 80s on the Ocean Course at the Breakers Resort in Palm Beach, Florida, the real prediction is that the atmosphere is likely to be chilly.

Of course there are two other formidable teams: the Champions version with three majors between them, Mark O'Meara and Mark Calcavecchia; and the veteran with a major and the 5th Ryder Cupper in the field, Zach Johnson and the rookie Kyle Stanley. Johnson won it last year with Jerry Kelly while O'Meara won it two years ago with Nick Price.

Golfers take your corner please!

What skills are being tested? There are six basic ones: Long Drive, Mid-Iron, Bunker Shot, Chip Shot, Trouble Shot and Short Iron. Golf without putting? With no putting contest, full or partial swing-shot making will be of utmost value. But wait, Robin, there are two other rounds to be fought: a “Reverse Scramble Elimination” with the winner of Nos. 1 and 4 playing the winner of Nos. 2 and 3 for the $200,000 payout.



Batman, what is a "Reverse Scramble"? Well, Robin, that is when the rules call for the opposing team to select which shot its rival twosome must play. Holy Slugger White's already gone to Hawaii Batman, they are taking the gloves off for this one aren’t they? Well yeah, Robin, this is not your normal golf competition, so don't be calling into the PGA Tour Headquarters with rule violations this weekend, folks.

Given the recent Ryder Cup and the rules change, this seems to be a format that will test and reveal the true personalities of the players, all of whom will be equipped with microphones throughout the competition.

Rumor has it the Euro team is going to trade a lifeline and make Keegan Bradley putt with a short putter three years earlier than required by the recent USGA ruling that equates anchoring with cheating, then, not now.

I am looking forward to watching this weekend. My guess is the Euro team wins, but it comes down to two Rose birdies, I mean a chip-off...I swear I've done my research...

Happy 2013, may all your drives land in the fairway, your approaches on the green and all your putts go right in the hole, so that if your buddy wants to play a reverse scramble, give it a go!


Andy Reistetter is a freelance golf writer as well as a Spotter, Research and Broadcast Assistant for The Golf Channel, NBC and CBS Sports. A lifetime golfer, Andy enjoys volunteering at the World Golf Hall of Fame and THE PLAYERS while pursuing his passion for the game of golf and everything associated with it.

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