Truth & Rumors: Nicklaus sued over failed development
Jack Nicklaus is being sued in federal court over a falied luxury golf course development in southern Utah, according to The Deseret News.
E. Jeffrey Donner, a Fort Collins orthopedic surgeon, and his wife, Judee, claim the legendary golfer "solicited" them in 2007 to buy a $1.5 million membership and lot in the proposed Mount Holly Club, which was to include a Nicklaus-designed 18-hole golf course.
But when the $3.5 billion project near Beaver went belly up, the Donners claim Nicklaus and his company, Jack Nicklaus Golf Club, took no responsibility for the debts and obligations incurred by the primary developer, Mount Holly Partners LLC. The suit contends Nicklaus knew Mount Holly faced serious financial and legal problems but failed to disclose them.
The Donners seek to recoup their investment as well as punitive damages.
"We believe the case has no merit," said Jacque Ramos, one of Nicklaus' Salt Lake attorneys. "The only involvement that Jack had was in the design of the golf course itself."
Michelle Wie’s Mickelson moment at LPGA Championship
Michelle Wie turned in an even-par round in the first round of the Wegman’s LPGA Championship in Rochester, N.Y., on Thursday, but not before playing 18 in a manner reminiscent of Phil Mickelson at the 2006 U.S. Open at Winged Foot, fortunately with a better result. Here are the details from The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.
"I had a couple interesting shots the last couple (holes)," said the lanky 21-year-old who has four Top-10 finishes this year in eight tournaments and ranks 13th on the money list.
Wie pushed her tee shot so far right on the 18th hole that it bounced off a hospitality tent. She punched back out to the fairway and made an impressive up-and-down from beyond 125 yards to save par.
"Hopefully, I can hit more fairways tomorrow and get some shots close to the hole. Overall, it was a pretty scrambling round," she said.
Monty gets lederhosen as gift for 48th birthday
What do you get a guy who could afford to buy almost anything? Not lederhosen, apparently.
Colin Montgomerie celebrated his 48th birthday in Munich at the BMW International Open, but declined a gag gift from tournament organizers, according to The Scottish Daily Record.
After he posted a two-under 70 to trail Swede Henrik Stenson by six strokes Monty said: "I should be spending my birthdays on a beach in the Bahamas and not having to be drenched out here.
"It's nothing to do with Germany as it's a great place - it was just horrific out there."
Tournament director Marco Kaussler then handed Monty the lederhosen and insisted he should wear the leather shorts at tonight's Bavarian-themed players' party.
But the former Ryder Cup skipper said: "I think they might be a bit big for me."
He handed back the shorts and was presented with a super-size bottle of champagne to toast his birthday.
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