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August 31, 2011

Ten year old DQ'd from World Am

Posted at 11:23 AM by Cameron Morfit

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -– Kayla Parsons, who at 10 years old was believed to be the youngest participant ever to play the World Amateur Handicap Championship, was disqualified Tuesday for shooting scores that were inconsistent with her handicap.

A 30 handicap for the tournament, she had shot a second-round 88 at Possum Trot and was leading her otherwise tightly bunched flight by 18 strokes.

“I don’t look at scores, I look at differentials, and I’d never seen differentials like hers,” said tournament director Dave Macpherson.

Ed Parsons, Kayla’s father, said she was initially devastated by the news but that she would play the remaining two rounds of the tournament despite being ineligible for prizes.

“She’d been working hard on the range with her coach every day, but not playing and posting scores,” he said. “And she said she’d never played a course this easy before. Her home course is more difficult.”

Players are routinely disqualified from the World Am, where a committee scrutinizes handicaps 24/7 in order to protect the field from men and women (and children) whose stated handicap is too high for their ability. A few of them are so-called “sandbaggers,” who misrepresent their playing ability, but others are believed to have made a far more innocent mistake, that of improving too quickly without posting enough scores in the weeks leading up to the tournament.

Bill Golden, president of Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday, said it seemed clear that Parsons fell into the latter category, but he and Macpherson stressed that the handicap committee had no choice. The USGA publishes a small table entitled “Odds of Shooting an Exceptional Tournament Score,” and Kayla’s performance, they said, was literally off the chart.  

Truth & Rumors: Rocco "disgusted" with state of Tiger's game

Posted at 10:04 AM by Steve Beslow

If anyone has seen the best of Tiger Woods, it's Rocco Mediate. Their showdown at the 2008 U.S. Open was one of the most memorable in the history of the Tour, and, as of right now, stands as the last great moment for Woods. Even though he was on the losing end of that story, Rocco has always been a huge Tiger fan, and according to Ron Kroichick of the San Francisco Chronicle, Mediate sympathizes for the former world No. 1. Oh, and of course he has some thoughts on what Woods is doing wrong.

"I love the way he plays, but I'm disgusted with what's going on with him because it's sad for our game," Mediate said Tuesday from Pittsburgh, where he will play in this week's Nationwide Tour event. "A lot of guys are happy Tiger isn't playing well. I'm not.

Rocco also has some advice for Tiger, and it doesn't reflect well on his former swing coach.

"The physical motion is wrong," Mediate said. "To get that stress off his body is a piece of cake - the guys working with him just don't know. Sean knows some stuff, but what's going on with Tiger is not correct. That's why he keeps breaking and that's why the ball keeps going sideways."

Mediate also took a none-too-subtle swipe at Woods's current and former swing coaches.

"Starting with Haney until now, it was a complete and absolute destruction," he said. "If it was me (as Woods' instructor), I would say to Tiger, 'Look, dude, I'm not helping you. You're getting worse. You've broken down three times and you've had 57 knee surgeries. It's not happening.'"

When trying to get some insight on Tiger, it's always good to hear from guys like Rocco who actually know him (and his game) pretty well, but I think Sean Foley and Hank Haney may take a bit of exception with having their coaching methods questioned by the No. 339 player in the world.

Bradley Sweats First Pitch

Keegan Bradley may have displayed nerves of steel while winning the PGA Championship in a pressure-packed playoff, but he has been very open about another knee-buckling athletic performance: Throwing out the first pitch at Fenway Park last night, before his beloved Red Sox took on the Yankees.

According to Waggle Room's Emily Kay, Bradley has been sweating his day on the mound all week.

Indeed, Bradley grew increasing anxious about his turn on the Fenway Park mound to throw out the first pitch before a three-game series between the BoSox and their arch rivals, the New York Yankees. After all, he said in a Twitter blast on Monday, he had no desire to become a member of the first-pitch Hall of Shame.

"Every time I think of the first pitch tomorrow I get butterflies and sweaty palms," Bradley tweeted. "Needless to say I'm nervous. #nobababooey"

Howard Stern fans, among whom Bradley counts himself, are well aware that the radio talk show host’s long-time producer threw a ceremonial first pitch before a 2009 New York Mets game that all who saw it believe was "the worst in the history of modern Major League Baseball," according to

So how did Bradley do? You be the judge:

Juuuuust a bit outside.

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August 30, 2011

My Day at the World Am: It's a Friendly's atmosphere

Posted at 6:36 PM by Gary Van Sickle

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.-- Planning and experience are the keys to success here at the World Amateur Handicap Championship.

I don't mean the golf. I'm talking about something way more important -- the nightly food and drink fest at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. It's called the 19th Hole and it's part of what makes this tournament special.

Here's the first thing you need to remember: Go for the ice cream first.

See, the doors swing open at 6 p.m. and hungry hordes pile in. Most of them headed for the dinner food, headlined by Rioz, a local eatery that specializes in Brazilian steaks, and Capriz, an Italian place. Those lines backed up like security at the airport before guests were finally handed a plate that had a piece of awesome steak, a bacon-wrapped hunk of chicken (it had bacon, so obviously it also was awesome), Caesar salad, tortellini with meat sauce and an undetermined cheesy pasta item. The steak was so tender the cheap plastic knife cut through it like hot machete through Jell-O.

However, outside in the convention center hallway and lobby area, Friendly's restaurant ran a stand that handed out small cups of assorted ice cream. There wasn't much of a line when I first arrived Monday night and several of us considered starting dinner with ice cream but ultimately decided, nah, too decadent. By the time we swept through the dinner line and craved dessert, the early diners had long since discovered Friendly's. Good thing the Convention Center has a big hallway because the ice cream line was monstrous.

"There's something about free ice cream that turns adults into 8-year-old kids," my SI colleague John Garrity observed. "I'm convinced the free ice cream is the highlight of the tournament for a lot of people."

I believe he is right, so we will not repeat the mistake. Tonight, we start with ice cream. The strawberry was exceptional. Garrity, a expert in this field, combined a cup of strawberry with a cup of chocolate to create his own amateurish version of Neapolitan. Of course, we waited in the long line to get it, but yes, it was worth the wait.

This is a savvy bunch, though. There are more than 3,000 golfers in this event and they learn quickly. I doubt if we'll be the only ones attacking Friendly's right away. Ice cream, the perfect appetizer.

The main convention room also featured a live band and several bars. A woman wearing devil horns worked the tables, offering samples of Fireball, a cinnamon brandy. Its clever slogan: Tastes like heaven, burns like hell. Two middle-aged ladies at our table tried the samples, gasped a few times and confirmed that the slogan is legit (mainly the burns like hell part).

In an adjacent room is a golf exhibition area with assorted small suppliers hawking their products, a long-putt contest, and a stage that features speakers like wedge expert Dave Pelz, last night's big attraction. For the long-putt, they've put together green putting carpet where attendees can try to hole a putt in excess of 100 feet. I didn't try that. Friendly's was a higher priority. Maybe tonight.

Oh, there was a second round of the tournament Tuesday. Golf was, indeed, played. I'm in the "M" Division (I'm guessing that stands for "Manly" since we're the lowest of the low handicappers). We teed it up at the delightful Parkland Course at Legends Resort. The clubhouse is surprisingly large, looks like something out of middle England and is very, very nice inside. There are two courses at the resort and the Parkland was a rolling mix of big bunkers and greens and lots of mounds. There are hazard markers or out-of-bounds stakes on every hole, our starter announced -- again, you must be so proud!

But the fairways were wide and I felt less claustrophobic that I did in the opening round at the International Club. Then again, I was Calvin Peete Jr. in today's round. I hit a 14 of 14 fairways and had a good handle on my tee shots. In fact, I struck the ball extremely well all day, missing only four greens. I shot 70, two under par, a ten-stroke improvement over the opening round, and I managed that despite hitting one ball in the water and suffering three power-lipouts for birdies.

The greens were a bit challenging. Apparently, early August is the prime time to aerate greens and they're in the late stages of recovering now. The International's greens were a little further along than Legends, which were sandier, probably bouncier and decidedly slower.

It's worth playing the Parkland course just for the ninth hole. It's a drivable par 4, a short dogleg to the right. On a straight line, there's a pond between the tee and the extremely elevated green. There is also a death bunker -- I don't know what else to call it because it is intimidating.

There are enough bunkers dotting the ninth fairway, though, that laying up doesn't look too appetizing, either. I went ahead and hit driver -- as tourists say in Scotland before they hit stupid shots that are doomed, "I didn't come 3,000 miles to lay up!" -- and hooked it just short of the front left corner of the green, leaving a 25-yard pitch up a huge slope with a front pin perched on top. It was probably an easy shot for Phil Mickelson, but I didn't go into Flop Mode. Instead, I chipped a pitching wedge into the hillside and let it run to the top, where it dribbled past the pin and I holed a five-footer for birdie.

I'd love to stand on that ninth tee with a bucket of balls and figure out how to play that monster. It's a fun hole.

No, I haven't checked out where I stand in the "M" Dvision scores. Maybe I'll do that tonight at the Convention Center scoring room area, while prepping for Wednesday's third round at Carolina National.

Or maybe I'll just focus on the ice cream.

More: World Am website.


Truth & Rumors: Rory says tree shot ‘stupid,’ has elbow pain

Posted at 11:57 AM by Mike Walker

Rory McIlroy returns to action this week in Switzerland at the Omega European Masters for the first time since injuring his wrist on a tree root at the PGA Championship. In a message to fans on his website, McIlroy said that he was “stupid” to play the shot that caused the injury, and that he is still experiencing some pain in his elbow from the incident.

Looking back on it now it was a stupid shot to play on the 3rd, at the time I thought I could get away with it, but obviously I didn't and it put paid to my chances of a second major this year. It was a disappointing way to finish the major season but I was proud of myself to have made the cut and to complete four rounds -- I think it was a sense of pride and I really didn't want to pull out of the event. Even though it was hurting a lot I just wanted to finish the tournament just for a bit of self-satisfaction -- so at least I accomplished one goal that week.

McIlroy said the wrist has healed, but that he’s still dealing with pain in his elbow.

Now, the wrist is totally fine but when I've been practising I've experienced a little bit of soreness on the outside of the elbow. I practised three times last week and after maybe an hour it started to get a bit sore but I can definitely play. I think when I injured the wrist in the USPGA I started to compensate with my elbow and shoulder so that's where it has come from.

Despite the injury, McIlroy said he plans to play the next two weeks. After Switzerland, he’ll play the KLM Open in the Netherlands, and he has a goal in mind.

...I'll have a chance to improve my world ranking position which has gone down to 6th after the USPGA. I think if I win next week I can get back up to 3rd so that's a nice little goal for me, and also I'd like to get a little bit closer to the top two.

Arnold Palmer steals show (as usual) at Oregon tournament
The Open might have landed Tiger, but Peter Jacobsen made an even bigger score for his inaugural Umpqua Bank Challenge in Portland, Ore.: Arnold Palmer. Mike Tokito of The Oregonian has the details.

The field's oldest player, Arnold Palmer, was warmly welcomed back to Portland, where he last played in the 2002 Fred Meyer Challenge. On Monday, Palmer and partner Peter Jacobsen finished at 1 under, but it didn't matter to the large gallery that followed them. The love for the 81-year-old legend started at the morning clinic, where he received two standing ovations, and continued until he and Jacobsen approached the 18th green.

A marshal, breaking protocol, watched the grandstands as Palmer was showered with a rousing ovation but wasn't satisfied, so he started raising his arms and yelling at the fans, "Stand up you guys! C'mon! Get up off your butts!"

They did.

TPC Boston cleans up Irene damage for Deutsche Bank tournament
The TPC Boston course didn’t escape Tropical Storm Irene unscathed, but it will be ready to host the PGA Tour at this week’s Deutsche Bank Championship, according to Matt Kakley of The Attleboro Sun Chronicle.

Tropical Storm Irene knocked down about 75 trees around the course, but none hit any greens, tee boxes or fairways, according to tournament director Eric Baldwin.

"We didn't have any damage to the actual golf course," he said.

There are tens of thousand of trees on the property of Mansfield Avenue, so the number is relatively minor, Baldwin said.

There was some minor damage to some tents, but they were being repaired Monday, he said. While chainsaws and wood chippers could be heard around the course, the real work was putting up signs and tents around the course that had been taken down in advance of the storm.

Stray Shots: Things we saw while wondering where the summer went...

Tiger Woods passed golf's former Twitter king Ian Poulter in number of followers, if you’re keeping score at home (and we hope you’re not).

These Nike Dunk golf shoes look pretty slick. (Via Today’s Golfer UK)

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Literary links: SI Golf Group picks the best golf books

Posted at 7:09 AM by Mike Walker

If The New Yorker's new Tee to Green App puts you in a literary mood, here's a list of great golf reads from the SI Golf Group's PGA Tour Confidential crew -- a Front9 exclusive.

Jim Herre, managing editor, SI Golf Group

To the Linksland, by Michael Bamberger

The Swinger, by Michael Bamberger and Alan Shipnuck

Bud, Sweat and Tees, by Alan Shipnuck

Alan Shipnuck, senior writer, Sports Illustrated

Down the Fairway, by Bobby Jones

Hogan, by Curt Sampson

Golf in the Kingdom, by Michael Murphy ("love it or hate it, it's very influential")

Ancestral Links, by John Garrity

A Golfer's Life, by Arnold Palmer with James Dodson ("way better thanany of the Nicklaus tomes")

Golf Dreams, by John Updike

To the Linksland, by Michael Bamberger

Dead Solid Perfect, by Dan Jenkins

Missing Links, by Rick Reilly

The Confidential Guide to Golf Courses, by Tom Doak (extremely rare)

Alister MacKenzie's Cypress Point Golf Club, by Geoff Shackelford

Blasted Heath and Blessed Greens, by James Finegan

Gary Van Sickle, senior writer, Sports Illustrated

Best ever: The Dogged Victims of Inexorable Fate, by Dan Jenkins ("Collection of his golf writing for Sports Illustrated--brilliant, groundbreaking and hilarious.")

Dead Solid Perfect, by Dan Jenkins

The Bogey Man, by George Plimpton ("Writer tries to play pro tour.)

Current best: Danny Mo, by John Haines ("Amateur legend takes one last crack at State Open, the only event he never won, while his semi-dysfunctional family cracks around him. This novel is the best golf book I've read this year.")

John Garrity, contributing editor, Sports Illustrated

Out of the Bunker and Into the Trees, by Rex Lardner ("The funniest golf book of all time.")

David Dusek, deputy editor,

The Greatest Game Ever Played, by Mark Frost

The Match, by Mark Frost

Damon Hack, senior writer, Sports Illustrated

The Match, by Mark Frost

Cameron Morfit, senior writer, Golf Magazine

Dead Solid Perfect, by Dan Jenkins

Bud, Sweat and Tees, by Alan Shipnuck

Mike Walker, senior editor, Golf Magazine

For laughs:

The Golf Omnibus, P.G. Wodehouse

To play better:

Tour Tempo: Golf's Last Secret Finally Revealed, by John Novosel with John Garrit

Jim Gorant, senior editor, Sports Illustrated

The Fine Green Line, by John Paul Newport

Ryan Reiterman, senior producer,

In Search of Tiger, by Tom Callahan

My Story, by Jack Nicklaus with Ken Bowden

The Masters, by Curt Sampson

Charlie Hanger, executive editor,

Tommy's Honor, by Kevin Cook

SI Golf Ranking: Dustin Johnson moves into top 5

Posted at 1:44 AM by

SIGG-Ranking-logo3Each week, 15 staffers from SI Golf+, Golf Magazine and vote for their top 10, awarding 10 points to their first choice and proceeding in descending order to the 10th player, who gets one point. The points are then added and the ranking calculated. Tell us your top 10 in the comments field below.

1. Rory McIlroy (141, 8, 1)
- Last three finishes: T64, PGA Championship; T6, Bridgestone Invitational; T34, Irish Open
- Official World Golf Ranking: 6

2. Luke Donald (138, 7, 2)
- Last three finishes: T18, The Barclays; T8, PGA Championship; T2, Bridgestone Invitational
- Official World Golf Ranking: 1

3. Lee Westwood (104, 0, 3)
- Last three finishes: T8, PGA Championship; T9, Bridgestone Invitational; CUT, The Open Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 2

4. Charl Schwartzel (90, 0, 4)
- Last three finishes: T12, PGA Championship; T53, Bridgestone Invitational; T9, Canadian Open
- Official World Golf Ranking: 12

5. Dustin Johnson (60, 0, NR)
- Last three finishes: Win, The Barclays; MC, PGA Championship; T48, Bridgestone Invitational
- Official World Golf Rank: 4

6. Steve Stricker (58, 0, 5)
- Last three finishes: T24, The Barclays; T12, PGA Championship; 14, Bridgestone Invitational
- Official World Golf Ranking: 3

7. Keegan Bradley (52, 0, T6)
- Last three finishes: MC, The Barclays; Win, PGA Championship; T15, Bridgestone Invitational
- Official World Golf Ranking: 29

8. Nick Watney (49, 0, T6)
- Last three finishes: T10, The Barclays; T12, PGA Championship; T23, Bridgestone Invitational
- Official World Golf Ranking: 11

9. Adam Scott (39, 0, 8)
- Last three finishes: T67, The Barclays; 7, PGA Championship; Win, Bridgestone Invitational
- Official World Golf Rank: 8

10. Matt Kuchar (25, 0, NR)
- Last three finishes: 2, The Barclays; T19, PGA Championship; T19, Bridgestone Invitational
- Official World Golf Rank: 7

Others receiving votes:
Jason Day (22)
Phil Mickelson (16)
K.J. Choi (10)
Darren Clarke (5)
Webb Simpson (5)
Thomas Bjorn (3)
Y.E. Yang (3)
Martin Kaymer (3)
Fred Couples (1)
Bubba Watson (1)

Message from the troops: Thanks for all the golf balls!

Posted at 12:09 AM by Mike Walker

Earlier this summer, we received a letter from Senior Airman Brandon Michael Edwards about how the troops at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan needed golf balls for their makeshift driving range. Readers of the Front9 App and responded in amazing fashion, sending more than 20,000 balls to the troops. Here is a response from Senior Airman Edwards:

Senior Airman Brandon Michael Edwards

U.S. Air Force

455th ESFS/K9

APO AE 09352

August 23, 2011

To whom it may concern:

The response to my June 14, 2011, letter asking for a favor regarding securing old and unusable golf balls has been overwhelming. To date we have received well over 20,000 golf balls! The men and women of Bagram Airfield would like to say “Thank You” for your time and effort. Rest assured these golf balls have been put to good use with a high degree of enjoyment. Your kind gesture has provided a great form of relaxation and stress release, in addition to "possibly" improving our golfing abilities.

With your positive response we now found ourselves with a problem in that we have no more space to store additional golf balls. We have enough golf balls to get us through the next six months, maybe a year! Amazing! Finding the exact words to completely express our gratitude is difficult – so a picture says a 1,000 words. We could go on and on but so often a picture is worth a thousand words.



We hope you enjoy these pictures as much as we enjoyed having this avenue of relaxation. Again, on behalf of all the men and women serving here at Bagram Airfield, we thank you. God bless you and your families, and God bless America.

Warm Regards,

Senior Airman Brandon Michael Edwards and all the men and women here at Bagram Airfield Bunkers in Baghdad

August 29, 2011

My day at the World Am: Going, going... gone!

Posted at 6:55 PM by Gary Van Sickle

Gary-Van-Sickle_Monday MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.-- Ben Crenshaw is a big believer in omens, not to mention fate. Me? Not so much. But I did feel like it meant something when I walked into the clubhouse at The International Club here on a humid Monday morning for the opening round of the World Amateur Handicap Championship and bumped into Tracy Stallard.

It wasn't the famous pitcher himself -- he's the man who famously served up Home Run No. 61 to Roger Maris -- but his autographed jersey in a display case, a No. 39 Boston Red Sox jersey. Next to it hung his New York Mets jersey, No. 36, when he pitched for The Amazin' Mets, the 1962 expansion team that, holy Marv Throneberry, may well have been the worst team in baseball history.

Along with the jersey are several photos of Stallard, plus a couple of Maris and Mickey Mantle, apparently autographed back in '61. Pretty cool stuff. I overheard another contestant asking about the Stallard mini-museum and someone in the shop told him Stallard was simply friends with the club's owner.

Anyway, it was a pleasant surprise to see the memorabilia, but I couldn't figure out which way that omen might swing. A 61? That would be a personal -- duh -- best. And not very likely. A 61 on nine holes? I'm a scratch golfer. That's not going to happen, either. Serve up a home run? In golf, the equivalent might be belting one over the fence into an adjacent homeowner's yard. Yeah, that could happen.

What did happen as this tournament featuring more than 3,000 amateurs playing in a kajillion flights kicked off was that I did, indeed, hit a couple of foul balls. Played all right most of the round but four poor swings led to six wasted shots.

I was paired with two locals. To disguise the innocent, I'll just use their first names. Tyler lives in the Myrtle Beach area and Jeff lives in Charleston. Jeff brought his family for the week as a make-up call for missing his 1-year-old's birthday party Sunday. I gave him my usual advice for new parents: Get the kid into the game early. He's your free pass to playing lots of golf for the next 15 years -- it's called father-son bonding time, and it really, really works.

We played in the championship flight -- I'm not sure what its official title is -- and my reputation preceded me. I made a cameo appearance in the second round of last year's World Am, had an uncanny day at True Blue Plantation where I could do no wrong and shot a bogey-free 67. Jeff brought that up shortly after we introduced ourselves.

I hope he wasn't expecting an encore because he didn't get it. I three-putted our first hole from about eight feet, lipping out a 15-inch second putt for par. I didn't rush it, I wasn't careless. It's grainy bermuda grass, the greens haven't fully recovered from a recent aeration and, OK, my putter-face may have gotten slightly closed. Then I doubled the next hole out of a poor lie in greenside bunker. Later, I hit a pair of balls into water hazards, only one of which I knew was there. Am I saying it wasn't my fault? Yes. It was Tracy Stallard's fault, I'm pretty sure.

It added up to 80 on the scorecard. A little more course knowledge, a better chip or two and a couple of lipped-out putts and I'd have had the 74 I probably should have shot but didn't. That's golf. It's a fine line in golf. Plus, I've got three more rounds to recover and work my way up through the pack like Jimmie Johnson craftily picking his way through a backed-up NASCAR field. Wait, I just made a NASCAR reference in a golf story? What the hell am I doing?

Actually, I thought about writing an angry-golfer spoof column here. We all know the type, the golfer who plays crappy and comes home hating the world and himself.

How was Pebble Beach, dear? I hate it. What a craphole! How did you play? How do you think I played? The freakin' wind blew six of my shots in the ocean, a sea lion ate one of our caddies and I played hockey back and forth across the 14th green and made an 11. What a lousy course! But what about the view on 18? Yeah, that's great if you like a view of me hitting two tee shots in the ocean and two hybrids into the water left of the green to make an X and lose three press bets to Louie, who beat me with an 8. An 8! That place sucks! Bah!

But I figured somebody wouldn't get that I was kidding. The International Club was a pleasant enough track. I had low expectations after the introduction from the club official who informed us that 17 of the 18 holes have out-of-bounds stakes on them. "Well, that's something to be proud of," I told Jeff.

Chris King of Myrtle Beach Holidays came out with a camera and followed us for a few holes, under orders from our empire to snap a few photos of me in action. I think he got a nice one of me stiffing a bunker shot close at 13 [Editor's Note: pictured above]. He probably got a good one of me looking for Tyler's errant approach in the hazard among the trees at 14 -- we never did find that one. But he missed the real photo opp.

At 17, after a wait on the tee, I pull-hooked a drive left. It looked OK to me, it was just going to bounce over a large mound and dribble down the other side by the cart path, no problem. When I got up there, left of the cart path was a few feet of pine needles next to a creek. Oops. Problem. I saw a ball in about a foot of water there and figured it had to be mine. I fished it out with a 4-iron while Chris sat back in a cart 50 yards behind me.

On the next tee, I asked, "Did you get the shot of me retrieving my ball? That was the shot of the day." Chris shook his head and said no. "Man, you blew the photo of the day. You blew it!" Chuckling, Chris said, "I know, I know." 

All I know is, Tracy Stallard would've gotten that shot.

Tomorrow: Another round, another new course as I creep closer to reaching the 1,100 mark for courses played.  

More: World Am website

(Photo: Chris King)

Tweets of the Week: Earthquakes, Keegan's dream and Poulter's dessert

Posted at 5:26 PM by David Dusek New Jersey?
On Monday of the Barclays, as players casually hit balls on the range and played practice rounds at Plainfield Country Club, an earthquake centered in Virginia shook the course.



Keegan still can't believe it
Keegan Bradley, the rookie who recently won the PGA Championship, was grouped with Phil Mickelson and Luke Donald for the first two rounds of last week's Barclays. Although he was the only player among them to have won a major this season, you get the feeling that he was pinching himself before the round.


Goydos's woes
While Bradley was still basking in the glow of his recent win, veteran Paul Goydos was on the opposite side of the spectrum.


Hurricane tweets
After all the shaking was over, players at the Barclays shifted their concerns to Hurricane Irene and how they were going to get home. But one player had other thoughts on his mind.


Mr. 54
Dustin Johnson won the rain-shortened Barclays, prompting SI's Alan Shipnuck (@AlanShipnuck) to wonder about Johnson's record in weather-shortened events.


Poulter shows good taste
Clearly Ian Poulter had an incomplete childhood. What do they eat around campfires in England?



Truth & Rumors: Tiger’s move boosts Jupiter, Fla., businesses

Posted at 11:08 AM by Mike Walker

The Jupiter, Fla., business community is sending the welcome wagon to greet new resident and business owner Tiger Woods. Woods has recently moved into his new mansion in Jupiter on Florida’s Atlantic coast, and he’s also moved his business offices there from Orlando. The local business community is excited about the move, which adds to a golf-business cluster in Palm Beach County, where Jack Nicklaus and Greg Norman also operate their businesses, according to The Palm Beach Post.

Although Woods' endorsement deals and winnings have waned since his scandal, Palm Beach County business boosters are happy to claim him as the county's newest corporate citizen.

Kelly Smallridge, president of the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County, plans to drop his name in pitches to other employers looking to move here.

"I'm going to be able to tout the fact that his corporate headquarters are here," Smallridge said. "We plan on using it."

It's unclear how many jobs Woods will bring here from Orlando - Smallridge guesses 20 to 30. Woods will move his business without seeking tax incentives to do so.

ESPN raps Paul Azinger for tweet critical of Obama
ESPN golf analyst and 1993 PGA Champion Paul Azinger isn’t shy about expressing his political views on Twitter -- or anywhere else. However, Azinger got a reprimand from ESPN for a tweet about President Obama, according to Emily Kay of the Waggle Room web site.

ESPN has reprimanded golf analyst Paul Azinger for using his Twitter account as a platform to rail against President Obama and his policies.

"Paul’s tweet was not consistent with our social media policy, and he has been reminded that political commentary is best left to those in that field," ESPN spokesperson Andy Hall told us in an e-mail Saturday.

North was referring to recent tweets from Azinger, a 12-time PGA tour winner before he enlisted with ESPN as a color commentator.

Here is the Azinger tweet that ran afoul of ESPN’s social-media policy:


Bjorn focused on playing next Ryder Cup, not future captaincy
The resurgent Thomas Bjorn, who won the Euro Tour’s Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles on Sunday, is a potential Ryder Cup captain someday, but the 40-year-old Bjorn says he’s more interested in making the team for next year’s Ryder Cup.

Q. Asked you on Friday if winning here would add to being Ryder Cup Captain here. What's your answer to that now?

THOMAS BJÖRN: Well, if you can play like I've done this week, you can be a player on the team. So let's focus on playing golf at the moment. I've said to you all the time, I think if any player has played in Ryder Cup or involved in The Ryder Cup was asked to be captain, they would never turn it down. But that's three years down the line, and you know, my good golf is good enough to make a team. I've just got to be more consistent. If I can get that right, I could make another team and that's certainly my first focus at the moment. But you know, what's going to happen in a few years' time; let's get Medinah out of the way and see what happens.

Stray Shots: Things we saw while wondering if Dustin Johnson is the best rain golfer of all time...

A guy dressed as a clown allegedly stole a golf cart from a course in Upstate New York. And he might have been drinking. (Via The Buffalo News)

New Haven Open tennis tournament officials tweeted a picture of Rory McIlroy and tournament winner Caroline Wozniacki kissing in front of the Yale football team. We don't get it either. (Via the New Haven Open)

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