Jon Rahm and Andrew Landry played superb golf from tee to green during their four-hole playoff at the CareerBuilder Challenge on Sunday. But one Hall of Famer had a problem with how the two young tour pros handled themselves on their walks from said tee to green.
Rather than commenting on Rahm’s win or Landry’s toughness down the stretch, Curtis Strange chose to focus on how much Rahm and Landry talked in between shots. Apparently, Strange is not a big fan of friendly chit-chat when there’s a tournament on the line.
Strange was always known as a fierce competitor during his heyday (You have to be to win back-to-back US Opens), and this isn’t the first time we’ve heard older players lament the on-course chumminess of today’s generation. Here’s how Strange explained his reasoning for not talking during high-pressure situations:
Fair enough. And here’s how he compared it to going up against one of his contemporaries, Nick Faldo.
The moral of the story? If you ever find yourself in a playoff against Curtis Strange and he’s giving you the silent treatment, don’t take it personally.