Eyes Wide Shut
Justin Rose is off to a solid start this season, and his spot in next week's Masters field is secure. But a poor round on the greens on Sunday at Bay Hill caused the Englishman to re-evaluate his stroke, and NBC Sports's Ryan Ballengee says that Rose is considering a drastic change for Augusta.
Frustrated by his putting in the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational, Justin Rose could not figure out how to get back on track with the flat stick. His caddie suggested Rose try putting like they do on the practice green – with Rose’s eyes closed.
Might seem a little silly until Rose’s scorecard shows a back nine 31 at Bay Hill to finish on 6-under par and two shots away from winning the tournament that appeared long lost.
“Nothing was going in for me at Bay Hill and I figured ‘I’ve been making nothing so why not give it a try’.
“So I started doing it around the 10-feet mark and closer and it worked. I open my eyes when the ball is about halfway to the hole. It’s all rhythm-based and when I play my best the putter swings in rhythm.
“Hopefully, that’s put me on a good track heading to Augusta.”
Not Even Seve Would Approve of This Escape Shot
Moments after allegedly breaking into an Augusta home on Tuesday evening, a group of home-invasion suspects attempted to escape the police by hopping a fence and sprinting through Augusta National. Augusta's local WJBF-TV has an update to the report.
Judy Downs lives about as close to the Augusta National Golf Club as you can get. Rae's creek runs right through her back yard, but deputies say the creek wasn't the only thing running through the golf course Tuesday night.
Downs says, “You love to hear the crowds cheer when you’re this close to the golf course, things like that. You don’t really care to hear about people running across with police chasing them.”
Justice Ellison and two other men were running from officers when they cut through a cemetery, jumped a fence, and used the golf course as an escape route.
Deputies searched for hours, and set up a perimeter around the national. They say they spotted the men several times on the property but all three made it out.
Investigators eventually got a tip that Ellison was at a house on Central Avenue, were police showed up and arrested him.
He now faces charges of burglary, armed robbery, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of an illegal weapon.
The Rocket's Wild Pitch
Former major league pitcher Roger Clemens is an avid golfer -- he was even a surprise competitor in last year's World Am -- but all of his athletic ability apparently does not translate to professional caddying. The Rocket looped for Ryan Palmer during Wednesday's pro-am in Houston, and the results, according to PGATour.com's Melanie Hauser, were not good.
Seven-time Cy Young award winner Roger Clemens is no stranger to pro-ams. He is, however, new to being a caddie.
He served as Ryan Palmer’s looper as part of the Caddy for a Cure program and, well, let’s just say he might be a better player.
Palmer chuckled, noting that, according to his PGA TOUR caddie James Edmonson, Clemens pulled the wrong club three times and didn’t wash the ball and … well, you get the idea.
"We played together at the (Bob) Hope,” Palmer said. "He’s a fun guy to be around. But we did have to give him a hard time.”
Ironically, one thing that didn’t come up was the Texas-Texas A&M rivalry. Palmer is an Aggie; Clemens a Longhorn. "We really didn’t talk Aggies-Longhorns. We talked baseball and golf,” Palmer said.
Can I Get a Dozen with Melted Butter?
Whoever said golf can't become more environmentally conscious should check out this report from Maine's Morning Sentinel. Researchers have developed an eco-friendly (and possibly delicious) golf ball made from lobster shells.
Intended for use on cruise ships, the balls are made from crushed lobster shells with a biodegradable binder and coating. The balls are the brainchild of Carin Poeschel Orr, who earned a master’s degree in marine bio-resources at the university.
The ball was developed by David Neivandt, biological and chemical engineering professor, and undergraduate Alex Caddell of Winterport, with help from The Lobster Institute.
The university has a provisional patent for the lobster shell mixture which can be used for other products such as plant pots and surveying stakes.
The shells are provided by the lobster processing industry which has traditionally sent them to landfills.
The raw material for the balls costs about 19 cents each. The balls are expected to retail at competitive prices.
Golf balls falling from the sky? That was the hook at this fundraiser for a suburban L.A. Catholic school.