Truth & Rumors: Lewis' mom injured in victory pond leap
The Kraft Nabisco champion’s jump into the water at Mission Hills’ Dinah Shore course is one of the great traditions in sports, but it took an unhappy turn Sunday when Stacy Lewis mother was injured during the leap, according to The Desert Sun newspaper.
Then came the victory leap into Poppie's Pond, where Lewis was joined by her parents, Dale and Carol, her younger sister Janet and her caddie, Travis Wilson.
One problem. Carol Lewis injured her leg sometime during the leap and watery celebration.
LPGA officials confirmed that Stacy's mother was taken to Eisenhower Medical Center for evaluation. Stacy Lewis showed concern for the injury in her post-round press conference.
“I'm not really sure. I haven't been able to check on her yet, but I guess she hurt her leg, so hopefully she's OK,” Stacy said.
Butch Harmon says Rory McIlroy, Lee Westwood unlikely to win Masters
Butch Harmon told The Irish Times that Rory McIlroy and Lee Westwood lack the world-class short game needed to win at Augusta National.
Harmon told The Irish Times: “Rory hits the ball from right to left, so that’s the good news,” suggesting that McIlroy’s draw shape off the tee will benefit him on several holes, “but I’m not sure his short game is of the quality of some of the other players.”
Harmon, coach of reigning champion Phil Mickelson and the man who helped four-time winner Tiger Woods shape his game to the particular challenges of the Augusta National course, said the same flaw is undermining McIlroy’s Ryder Cup team-mate Lee Westwood in his attempts to land his first major championship.
“Lee struggles around the greens – although he was leading going into the final round last year – because his short game lacks imagination.
“To win at Augusta you have to have enormous creativity and imagination.
So who does Harmon like this week? Dustin Johnson, Nick Watney and of course his prize pupil Mickelson.
Mickelson masters product placement on eve of Masters week
After winning the Shell Houston Open on Sunday in resounding fashion, Phil Mickelson gave all the credit to his Callaway golf clubs.
This week is a great example of why I believe in 2004 signing with Callaway was the best decision I ever made for my career. Because when I had a bit of an issue, the head of R & D flew out, and because I've been experimenting with a couple drivers, he wanted to make sure I had the right ones. Brought the backups. I drove it great all week. It's a great example of why I feel that was the best decision I've ever made for my career, and I went on to win this week. And so I'm just very appreciative to the commitment they've made to me and that I get to be with them.
Mickelson went on to say that his financial situation improved dramatically after opening a checking account at Barclays Bank, that he never felt more rested than after sleeping on the comfortable beds at the Crowne Royal Hotel, and that KMPG accountants are the reason he was finally able to pass Tiger Woods in the Official World Golf Rankings.
Piazza, Clemens don’t re-hash 2000 World Series at golf tournament
Mike Piazza and Roger Clemens crossed paths at Michael Jordan’s charity golf event in Las Vegas over the weekend, but no clubs were thrown, according to The New York Daily News.
Clemens was paired with Ken Griffey Jr., and the two of them put up a good fight, but were no match for Wayne Gretzky and Drew Brees. Gretzky puffed on a series of cigars throughout the day. Clemens kept his sticks in an orange Texas Longhorns bag and changed shirts after nine holes.
And the Rocket never threw anything at Mike Piazza. The two old rivals occasionally mingled at the tees on the Shadow Creek golf resort, as play was bottlenecked by the modest pace of Julius Erving, one hole ahead of them, paired with John Smoltz.
"It's way behind us," Clemens said, when asked about the notorious bat-throwing incident from the 2000 Subway Series.
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