By Brandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson
While playing in the 145th British Open in Scotland, PGA golfers Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler, Zach Johnson, Justin Thomas, Jimmy Walker and Jason Dufner were all housemates in a mansion located about a mile from Royal Troon.
Rather than staying in a local hotel, enjoying hot meals prepared by room service and having your sheets tucked in oh-so-perfectly in hospital corners by the maids, they opted for brisket tacos, movie nights and golfing from the porch.
That is a flashback for sure! Ever see the music video for Puff Daddy’s Bad Boys For Life? Everybody was in that video including Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube and Shaquille O’Neal.
Puff Daddy did whatever the heck he wanted to do: played basketball, rode a motorized scooter in the town of Perfect Town, USA and even shot a hole of golf or two off the roof of his sprawling mansion.
He broke some windows too; much to the chagrin of actor Ben Stiller!
“We had a lot of fun,” Zach Johnson told Jake Brown and I on Play.it’s Brown and Scoop. “We’re all good buddies, first and foremost. The way I would describe it is that it was a fraternity house, but I was the guy that graduated 20 years ago and came because I had to keep the reign on things and had to be the dad of the place. But needless to say, those guys are mature guys, classy professionals in their own right so we had a lot of fun.”
Johnson won The Masters in 2007, his first major championship. His 289 (+1) tied for the highest winning score ever and curbed the belief that only long-hitters could win the Masters. Johnson’s performance beat out the likes of Retief Goosen, Rory Sabbatini, and Tiger Woods.
“The Masters there was kind of a shock,” he said. “Because it was probably my third or fourth year on tour. At that point I had only won one tournament; it wasn’t like I was supposed to win, so there was a lot of shock.”
Johnson also won The Open Championship in 2015. He’s still grateful to have pulled that off.
“Certainly was in awe because of what it is.” he said. “It’s The Masters! It’s Augusta National. The way to describe last year, 2015 at the Open was just awe! I mean, deep awe! And it’s still quite frankly there. That tournament I hold in high regard.”
Johnson did not play well in the 98th PGA Championship at the Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, NJ over the weekend. On Thursday, Johnson shot a first-round 1-over-par 71 and was six shots behind eventual winner, Jimmy Walker at 5-under-par.
“I actually played okay,” he said. “I didn’t score very well. I know that sounds kind of ridiculous. But I think my short game kind of whacked a little bit.”
In between the tournament at Baltusrol, I actually checked out a one-of-a-kind experience powered by Samsung technology. During the tournament, Samsung had an air conditioned tent with state of the art 78-inch televisions that had sound systems that would make your local movie theater drool with envy.
The tent also had interactive Virtual Reality with the Gear VR, a premium viewing experience on the new Samsung 4K SUHD TVs, and other unique technology enhanced experiences. This technology connects golfers with the game they love.
I tried it out myself and let’s just say, I’ll stick to writing and co-hosting Brown and Scoop.
Virtual golf anyone? Check out my #snapchat at scoop_b and check out my moves at the @pgatour this afternoon! Special thanks to @samsungusa for my invite to the event! I see more things in our future! 🔑👌🏽👍🏽🙌🏾 Hey @dkrupp87 and @jaredkrupp i need help on my swing! Respect The Shooter: 📸📸 @boomtownfm #PGA
“It’s something I’ve never witnessed or quite frankly thought existed,” Johnson told Brown and Scoop. “It’s pretty spectacular.”
Brandon Robinson is a sports and entertainment writer and TV personality. You can catch him daily on CBS Radio’s Play.it Brown And Scoop Podcast. Follow him on Twitter @SCOOPB and visitwww.ScoopB.com and http://www.ScoopBRadio.com