Truth & Rumors: Mickelson almost DQ’d in Singapore
Jim Furyk sleeping through his pro-am tee time at the Barclays remains golf’s knucklehead move of 2010, but Furyk got some late-season competition from Phil Mickelson, who left the Singapore Open in the middle of a weather delay Sunday and didn’t make it back in time for the re-start. Bernie McGuire of The Scottish Daily Record has the details:
There was a five-and-a-half hour delay after the storm hit just before noon [Sunday], flooding the Sentosa course and leading to an early finish for the final round.
Mickelson had played 11 holes and, knowing play would extend into today [Monday], the world No. 4 returned to his hotel room. He said: "I was under the impression play was going to resume at 7.30 in the morning so I left the course.
"I had to get myself a new hotel room, get my luggage off the plane and make sure my pilot was okay to stay another night.
"But when I got the message play was going to restart, I was lucky to have a driver who zipped his way back to the course.
"I ran on to the tee just as one of my playing partners had teed off. But the delay really didn't do me any harm as I went par, birdie. Not bad!
"I am just relieved I was not disqualified, so I am happy to accept the penalty."
Mickelson was penalized two strokes for being late but avoided disqualification because he arrived within 5 minutes of the restart.
Garrigus-Kornheiser named least-compelling feud in sports
Robert Garrigus’s disastrous finish at the St. Jude Classic in Memphis earlier this year (he blew a three-shot lead on the final hole and lost to Lee Westwood in a playoff) has already entered the annals of the game’s all-time flameouts, so his win at the Children’s Miracle Network Classic in Orlando was extra sweet. Especially since he got to respond to ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption host Tony Kornheiser, who said that Garrigus would never win on the Tour after blowing it in Memphis, according to the Golf Channel.
“I'd have to say this one's for Tony Kornheiser ... It feels good to prove people wrong."
Nice job, Robert, but no one will ever top Nick Faldo’s dig at the media after winning the 1992 British Open: "I just want to thank the press from the heart of my bottom.”
Scotty Cameron not taking Tiger's putter switch personally
Tiger Woods used his Nike Method putter on Sunday for his final round in Australia instead of the Scotty Cameron Newport putter he has had in the bag for 13 of his 14 major championships. Woods said he made the switch because of the slower greens at the Australian Masters. He used the Nike Method for the first three rounds of the British Open for the same reason before switching back to the Scotty Cameron for the final round.
Rick Young of ScoreGolf.com talked to Cameron about Woods using the Method putter in a blog post last month, and Cameron didn't sound too concerned.
"Tiger is a loyal guy. I don't have the facts but Nike probably pays him a lot of money so he was probably showing some of that loyalty by supporting them and he should," he said. "The switch got some attention, sure, but when it comes right down to it he just has confidence in something he's had and won with the past 12-13 years. It's pretty vanilla really. Whatever I can do to help him, I'm here."
Fortunately for Tiger, he putted well on the back nine with the Method putter en route to a 65, or we might have seen this Onion headline: Nike Asks Tiger to Stop Using Method Putter
Stray Shots: Things we saw while counting down the 144 days until the Masters...
- Rachel Uchitel has applied for a private investigator’s license in California. We’re sure VH1 and Bravo executives are reading the reality-show proposal as we type this. (Via The Daily Mail UK)
- Celtics guard Ray Allen shoots so well after a round of golf that Coach Doc Rivers allows him to play on game days (as long as he takes a cart). (Via The Boston Herald)
- The Obvious Question of the Day, posed to Heath Slocum after he finished the Children’s Miracle Network Classic at 30th on the Tour money list, guaranteeing him a spot in the Masters and the U.S. Open.
Q. Is that a relief to know that you're in the Masters and the U.S. Open?
HEATH SLOCUM: Yeah.
- Finally, we tip our hats to Lorena Ochoa Invitational winner In-Kyung Kim, who donated her entire $220,000 purse to charity. Kim also posed for photos in the pressroom, the nicest thing we’ve seen since Louis Oosthuizen bought the media champagne after winning the British Open at St. Andrews. Tiger, are you listening?
(Mickelson Photo: Stanley Chou/Getty Images.)