Harold Varner III is headstrong, and on Saturday he meant it.
Here’s HV3 on his newborn son, Harold IV: “I’m going to play with my kid. He goes to bed at 8:30. It’s incredible. It’s like an old man. Come into the world and sleep all the time, go out of the world and sleep all the time.”
Here’s HV3 on Patrick Cantlay: “The most impressive thing about Patrick is when you ask him a question in the media, it’s so thoughtful. I’m just like yeah you know I’m cool man I’m trying to go home let me answer that question whatever. But he’s so well spoken. Obviously he’s a smart kid, but you know, being able to speak up, especially when he disagrees with someone – I know what I say when I disagree with someone: it’s just two words.
Here’s HV3 on Tiger Woods’ return to the Masters last week: “You know how weird man. And I know he’s getting old, but he’s not that old. So you hear people and they say I don’t know when we’re going to see him again. I wonder is he 100 or is he 46? So that was weird for me. I don’t care if he has one foot or two feet. This guy, he’s so good.”
Varner had joined the CBS broadcast of the third round of the RBC Heritage, where he shot an eight-in-63 to enter Sunday’s final round by a shot, and announcers Colt Knost and Amanda Renner played him for takes. And maybe his hottest?
Here’s HV3 on Jordan Spieth’s pre-shot routine as they watched him pre-stroke:
“What do you think of that little sample there?” Knost asked Varner.
Laughter, then Varner continued.
“I mean, I thought he would actually hit it. We had some great things in group text about this rehearsal, but, uh, none that I’d rather comment on here. But if you hit punches like that, I’d rehearse.”
“Who is in this group chat?” asked Renner.
“Uh, no, no way,” Varner said. “None I want to say on the air.”
If you haven’t seen Spieth’s move, it goes something like this: He takes the racquet back, pauses briefly about halfway into the backswing, slowly takes the racquet back further, then slides his hands forward and brings the racquet back to address him. It helps him get his swing in place.
Of course there are other ways to frame it. No, Varner’s group text isn’t the only one that makes sense.
“Well, basically he feels like the club gets stuck behind him and he comes in under it,” analyst Gary Koch said on Golf Channel’s Texas Open two weeks ago. “So he’s trying to point the racquet to the left at the top of his swing and then bring the racquet in front of him where he can move the racquet to the left and create that little fade.”
“It’s hard to explain that move other than to say it allowed him to work his way out of a bottom and become about half the player he used to be.” Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee recently wrote on twitter. “If you want to slow down or hobble a brilliant athlete, all you have to do is get him to think about his action.”
Varner finally left the show on Saturday. On Sunday he played for his PGA Tour title.
“I’m still considering group texting,” analyst Nick Faldo said on the show. “It wasn’t like that in my day.”
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