Watching the British Open last weekend, I was both transfixed and confused by Nike's golf commercial that shows Tiger Woods as a young boy, winning at St. Andrews. I have to agree with my friend Randy, who says on his blog that this is the best golf commercial ever.
Also, the most perplexing--unless you know the secret. How the heck did little Tiger Woods get filmed at St. Andrews? I didn't really believe that he won the British Open at age 5, but the commercial sure makes it seem like he did.
The secret to the mystery is revealed by Golfweek. Reality is whatever Photoshop, or its video equivalent, says it is.
Observing St. Andrews through my duffer eyes, I quickly concluded that if by some miracle I ever ended up playing the course, I'd have to carry along a bushel basket of golf balls to replace all my lost ones.
The way the pros played the infamous 17th hole looked particularly nightmarish. Their tee shot has to go over a shed just to the left of an impressive (and large) hotel. I'd be confident in my ability to hit the shed or hotel, but not the fairway.
Just looking at the layout of the 17th sends chills up my slicing spine.