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June 21, 2010

Truth and Rumors: Tiger gets heckled from sky at Pebble

P1-daddy-baner_298x207 Tiger Woods took a verbal shot from the gallery on Friday at Pebble Beach, but on Sunday the insult came from above.

Similar to the planes that flew over Augusta National in April with sarcastic messages for Woods, a plane flew over Pebble Beach Golf Links  on Sunday with the banner: "Tiger: Are You My Daddy?" Ryan Ballenenge of the Waggle Room blog saw the plane as Woods played the third hole, where he had hit a terrible drive to the left on the downhill par 4.

As Woods was hitting his recovery out of deep grass with a very audible grunt, a plane passed over the third hole with a message for Tiger. It asked, "Tiger: Are You My Daddy?"

Woods shot 75 on Sunday to finish T4 at the U.S. Open, and he did not acknowledge the plane in his post-round comments. However, Friday's heckler and Sunday's plane were exceptions. The Pebble galleries were very supportive of Woods throughout all four of his rounds.

Ryan Moore calls USGA's course setup "torture"

With his slacker style and skateboard shoes, Ryan Moore looks like he thinks poa annua is a particularly strong strain of marijuana, but he had some cutting comments for the USGA after finishing T33 at the 2010 U.S. Open, according to The Boston Globe's Michael Whitmer

“I just like a golf course that’s set up in a way that rewards good golf shots. I don’t understand why you’d have a tournament that doesn’t reward good golf shots,’’ Moore said. “If you can’t even hit a shot that can stay on the green, where’s the skill involved?

“Half the greens are green, the other half are brown, so honestly it’s a matter of which patch you land it on. You can get a 25-foot bounce or your ball might bounce 5 feet and then spin back because it landed in a soft patch. That’s luck as far as I’m concerned, it has nothing to do with skill or landing it in the right spot.’’

Moore wasn't alone in his criticism. Phil Mickelson, who praised the USGA's course setup all week, was more circumspect in his post-round comments Sunday, according to James Raia of The Monterey Country Herald.

Mickelson was at a loss to explain the final round's high scores.

"I'm not really sure," said Mickelson, whose second-round 66 equaled the tournament's low round. "I kind of know, but I would rather not get into it. It just doesn't sound good. I mean, it was just tough. It was a tough day on the golf course."

NBC needed Vincent Price, not Johnny Miller, for Dustin Johnson horror show

USA Today's Michael McCarthy gives credit to NBC for not looking away during Dustin Johnson's painful front-nine breakdown on Sunday. (Personally, I covered my eyes more times than I did during Saw 6.)

NBC's lead analyst Johnny Miller was merciless, but spot-on, as usual. He called it a "colossal collapse" by Johnson, who'd captured the last two PGA Tour events at Pebble Beach. "I don't even think his brain is working at the moment. He's just shell-shocked," said Miller as the long-hitting Johnson sprayed balls into the Pacific Ocean, lost one shot in the woods and nearly whiffed on another.

Stray Shots

Some things we noticed while camped out at Red's Donuts in Monterey waiting for Phil Mickelson to show up.

The Onion wins headline of the tournament (again) with, Phil Mickelson Reluctantly Uses Golf Club Kids Made for Father's Day Present.

The BBC talked to Graeme McDowell's family and friends who watched his win from the clubhouse at Northern Ireland golf club.

Robert R. Hoopes Jr. of The Huffington Post sees the future of journalism at the U.S. Open media center as reporters tweeted, videoed, photographed and blogged their way through all four rounds. Golf writers have been called a lot of things, but that's a new one.

Yes, European Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie watched Graeme McDowell's win and he was impressed. (Via SportingLife.com)

Tweet of the Week. The award goes to The Kansas City Star's Jason Whitlock for this 140-character gem: What was worse, Game 7 of NBA Finals or Final Round of US Open? If David Stern were commish of PGA Tour, Tiger would b named MVP of US Open.

Photo Credit: Jeff Gross/Getty Images

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