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Sports media duffers detail THE ANGRY SIDE OF GOLF by John Molori

There are few things in sports more beautiful than a majestic drive or perfect putt. Still, the sport of golf can also raise blood pressure and create tremendous angst. Some well-known sports media pros reflect on what gets their goat on the course. “Golf is the most miserable, rotten sport anyone could invent,” jokes best-selling author Peter Golenbock. “I recently played in a celebrity tournament at Isla Del Sol in St. Petersburg. I was at the 17th hole needing to sink a two-foot putt. I hit it three feet to the left, wheeled around, and tossed my putter into the air. “Golf is the only game where you can be 100 yards out in perfect position for a 2-putt, and then shank the thing into a sand trap. I try to make sure no one is watching before I throw my club onto the green!” ESPN New Hampshire and Boston sports radio personality Pete Sheppard pinpoints his ire. “The most frustrating part for me is that I can actually make a 60-foot putt, but for the life of me, I cannot make a 5 or 6 foot putt. I would rather hit out of a bunker than have to hit a short putt. I even took lessons

to try to fix it. It is completely frightening.” Former WEEI and current 710 ESPN Seattle sports talker Mike Salk agrees stating, “I was a baseball player as a kid. I really couldn’t stand golf and never watched it. At first, I was terrible. I would go out with friends and would have to give up on a couple of holes because I just couldn’t do it. “I get mad when I shank one or don’t hit the ball the way I should. I’m still horrible, but completely obsessed. I stay awake nights visualizing how I would play a certain course.” 98.5 The Sports Hub Bruins’ play-by-play man Dave Goucher has mellowed a bit with age. He

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