Truth & Rumors: Olazabal says Faldo wasn’t great communicator
European Ryder Cup 2012 captain Jose Maria Olazabal didn’t exactly throw 2008 skipper Nick Faldo under the bus, but Olazabal did say that Faldo might have had trouble communicating with his team in Valhalla, the site of the only American victory in the past decade. Here’s The Irish Golf Desk’s Brian Keogh, who spotted Olazabal’s comments on Spanish sports site Marca.com:
It was a shame to see a legend like Faldo as a losing captain in Valhalla. I’d like to see him given a second chance, in Europe, if possible. You were there as a vice captain. What did you think of his captaincy?
If Nick Faldo could be blamed for anything at Valhalla, it was poor communication with the team. I don’t think he knew how to express exactly how he saw the situation and the team didn’t connect. But you have to give him his due. He was criticized repeatedly over his wildcards - Rose and Poulter - and it turned out that they gave a lot to the team. Faldo is, and will continue to be, one of golf’s greats.
Olazabal also came down on the side of the viewers who phone and email potential Rules violations while watching from home:
What do you think about fans phoning in to complain about cheating?
Nobody rings up to complain about cheating. They normally call to point out errors. In the recent Harrington case, he realized the ball oscillated and was totally convinced that it had returned to its original position, which according to the rules means he didn’t think it had moved. Looking at it in super slow motion and in high definition, he agreed straight away that the ball came up one dimple short of returning to its original position. He accepted it and didn’t get annoyed. Technology should also be used in other sports, such as football.
Trump pulls out of potential deal with Long Island club
In a story that sounds like something from P.G. Wodehouse by way of Joey Buttafuoco, Donald Trump has announced he is no longer interested in purchasing the private Engineers Country Club in Long Island’s Roslyn Harbor, according to golf writer Evan Rothman’s blog.
Donald Trump has informed Engineers Country Club that his proposal to take over the Roslyn Harbor, N.Y., club, site of the 1919 PGA Championship, is off the table. In a letter to Engineers' chairman of the board, Robert Scheinman—a copy of which was obtained by this blog—the real estate developer said that "infighting among your members" influenced the decision.
To "elevate the Engineers Country Club to a Trump standard, which is the highest standard in golf, I would want unanimity among the members and not the divisiveness that permeates the Club at present," Trump wrote.
Tiger Woods will build you your own backyard practice facility
Tiger Woods’s waterfront practice facility (with a drivable par-4!) at his new Jupiter Island, Fla., home has to be one of the coolest rich-guy perks I've ever seen. Now Woods has posted the specs on his private four-hole Shangri-La in what looks like an attempt to drum up business for Tiger Woods Design. Check it out:
Tiger Woods had long hoped to have his own practice facility to hone his short- and mid-range game. When he purchased property on Jupiter Island in 2006, he decided to make his dream facility a reality. Once he began thinking through the design, he did it with one goal in mind: to replicate tournament-level playing scenarios, similar to those he has faced on courses all over the world. Practice makes perfect, and this facility would allow for targeted and efficient practice every week.
Tiger started with the flat, 3.5-acre area and with the help of the Tiger Woods Design team, he personally directed the layout and shaping of this family-friendly practice facility. The result is 3.5 acres of tournament-conditioned turf and bunkering to recreate the look, feel and playability of various major courses. Further, 360-degree sightlines allow this facility to provide Tiger with the opportunity to fine tune his short- and mid-range golf game.
Using a variety of turf species common on the PGA TOUR, the design of the facility allows almost any conceivable shot 150 yards or less to be recreated and practiced. From several locations, shots of varying distances can be played to any one of the four distinctively different greens. Such flexibility allows different wind and shot-making conditions to be tackled in an efficient, yet entertaining manner from single locations. In addition, the facility has a "wedge range," where shots with distances ranging from 85 to 145 yards can be repeated again and again to improve precise distance control from both fairway and rough heights of cut. Further flexibility in the design allows the four putting greens to be used as a series of different par-3 short courses to simulate practicing for score.
No price is given, but this definitely falls in the “if you have to ask, you can’t afford it” category, just like a cup of coffee at Le Pain Quotidien cafe in front of my office building.
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Sergio Garcia is playing at the Volvo Golf Champions in Bahrain this week. BTW, shouldn’t this event be in Sweden, not the Middle East? It’s not like GM hosts tournaments in Florida, but not Michigan. OK, bad example. (Via EuroSport.com)
Jack Nicklaus’s grandson, Nick O’Leary, will play football for Florida State next year. O’Leary is considered to be the nation’s best tight-end prospect. (Via The Palm Beach Post)
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