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July 12, 2012

Truth & Rumors: Bubba Watson, Cristie Kerr win Best Golfer ESPY Awards

Posted at 1:15 PM by Mark Dee | Categories: Bubba Watson, Cristie Kerr, Donald Trump, Olympics, Truth & Rumors

Ah, the ESPY Awards. That annual celebration of sporting excellence, humble deferral to teammates ("you know, without them none of this would be possible...), and slick montages set to dramatic modern rock. The People's Choice Awards, except for sports.

Golf, in its capacity as a professional sport, gets some play each year. And this year, your choices for Best Golfer are...(drum roll for those who didn't read the title)...Bubba Watson and Cristie Kerr! Congrats.

Watson was also up for best moment, but lost out to Tim Tebow, who won for his overtime TD pass to knock Pittsburgh out of the NFL Playoffs. Fair is fair, I guess: Bubba won Tebow's charity outing back in April.

Of course, the real entertainment was just inviting Watson to a formal event. Pretty sure the only jacket he owns is green. He did, though, add a little flair to his buttoned-up look, judging from this photo, via John Piazza at BeerMugSports.com:


Watson socks

Yes, he appears to be wearing golf shoes and green argyle socks. You can take a Bubba off the golf course...but he'll still dress like he's on it.

Trump Card
By the time Donald Trump played half of his new course in Scotland Tuesday, he had seen enough. Enough, that is, to declare Trump International the greatest of the thirty-odd thousand golf courses that pock the planet. According to the Scotsman:

After completing the first nine holes with George O'Grady and Sandy Jones, the chief executives of the European Tour and the UK PGA respectively, Mr. Trump called it the "greatest golf course anywhere in the world".

"We're having a great time, the course is playing great and the weather has held up," he said. "Colin [Montgomerie] loves the course and he's playing really well, he's a great player and a great guy."

Trump went on, in the interview below, to mention that "everyone knows" Trump International is the greatest golf course in the world, and that "most people are saying it," too. Watch the whole video to hear it straight from the boss's mouth. And to play a little game called "Monty or Donald." It's as tough as it sounds.



Aussie golfer Brendan Jones says golf shouldn't be in the Olympics
The run-up to the London Olympics is in full effect, but for golf -- which is only 16 majors away from returning to the competition -- the focus is on Rio 2016. But the chatter isn't all positive. Australian pro Brendan Jones is already talking about skipping the games, saying golf doesn't belong at the Olympics. As David Polkinghorne of Australia's Great Lakes Advocate reports:

Jones said an Olympic gold medal was a distant fifth behind winning one of the four major golf tournaments – the British Open, US Masters, US Open and US PGA.

He felt it should be the sole domain of sports like athletics where their main focus was the four-yearly cycle of the Games.

‘‘I don’t agree that golf should be in the Olympics,’’ Jones told The Canberra Times today.

‘‘It’s like the tennis, who even knows who won the gold medal in the tennis?

‘‘These guys are playing every week for millions of dollars and an Olympic gold medal in their house isn’t going to take pride of place.

Jones is ranked 106th in the Official World Golf Rankings. He is playing in the Open Championship next week.

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