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November 12, 2010

Truth & Rumors: Tiger's home, sweet $50 million home

Posted at 12:24 PM by Alan Bastable | Categories: Truth & Rumors

Tiger Woods’s swing may still be a work in progress, but his new home in Jupiter Island, Fla.—quaint, isn’t it?—is a finished product.

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Woods bought the $35 million fixer-upper two years ago and reportedly ordered another $15 million in renovations. He is scheduled to move in by month’s end. Palm Beach real estate blogger Jeff Lichtenstein sized up the property, and in particular the golf-friendly yard.

It appears he has one tee box in the southeast east corner to hit drivers. The entire area just west of the lap pool can be used to hit long, medium and short irons into any of the 4 greens. Each green is guarded by a single trap except the green in the northwest corner which appears to have 3 pot bunkers.

Drivers? Uh-oh, you see all that glass?

Another curious thing I found is the placement of this particular Jupiter Island home so far back from the intracoastal. Usually, homeowners want to be very close to the water, but I believe Tiger wanted his practice area close to the water, so he reversed the norm, creating another unique signature estate among the Jupiter Island homes.

Norman and Ochoa submit Olympic design bid

It’s too early to start chirping about which golfers might qualify for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, but it’s not too early to start speculating about who might build the Olympic course. A handful of A-list designers have already thrown their shovels in the ring, and another formidable pairing announced Thursday that they have joined the fray: Greg Norman and Lorena Ochoa, heretofore “Sharkoa.” According to Golfweek’s Beth Ann Baldry, Sharkoa broke the news at Ochoa’s event in Mexico:

Norman believes he and Ochoa put in the eighth or ninth bid to the IOC. He estimates the IOC will make a decision before the middle of next year.

Their most intriguing competition, of course, is the powerhouse pairing of Jack Nicklaus and Annika Sorenstam.

“It’s not only about who played the best or won so many tournaments or so many majors, it’s about the person,” Ochoa said. “I think we are a good match. ... We think we have a good chance.”

This is going to get interesting — will the IOC favor a brand-name player or a big-time designer like Tom Doak, who I’m told is also in the mix? Hard to say, though when it comes to entertaining convincing the IOC brass, Norman’s $65 million Florida home and dazzling wine cellar certainly won’t hurt his cause. Stay tuned…

Arnie to Fowler: “Quit wearing pink”

Seems like just about everyone has caught Rickie Fowler Fever—everyone but Arnold Palmer, that is. The King told Mick Elliott of AOL Fanhouse that while he’s impressed by Fowler’s game, the kid should rethink his wardrobe:

"Rickie Fowler has potential," Palmer said. "He's dynamite."

A few minutes later, Palmer added the kicker.

"If he would just get a haircut and a different cap and quit wearing pink."

What's that term the kids use? Oh yeah, Rick, you just got served. 

Note to headline writers: Hold the “Re-Serge-nt” headlines

Even after his splendid 65 in gale-force winds at the Australian Masters Friday, the mysterious Sergio Garcia was not ready to declare himself reborn. He missed just one green, putted with confidence, and bested the field average by nine strokes. However, reports Martin Blake at the Sydney Morning Herald

Garcia would not accept the claim that he has turned a corner in Melbourne, having just returned from a two-month break from the game after complaining it had become a chore.

“I think that's going too far ahead,'' he said. ''I think that it's slowly getting better but I can go out there tomorrow and shoot 75 and I wouldn't be here.''

That’s the spirit!

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