Category: Jeff Overton


February 12, 2013

Would you pay $18,000 to play golf with Jeff Overton?

Posted at 4:48 PM by Cameron Morfit

OvertonInvite Fulton Allem to your kid's bar mitzvah for $500, or better yet play golf with "Fulty" for $2,000. You can also tee it up with son-of-legend Robert Floyd ($1,500) or Nationwide Tour player Kyle Reifers ($5,000), or pony up $18,000 to join Jeff Overton [right] on the links. If you're lucky, you just might hear tales from his "Boom, baby" moment at the 2010 Ryder Cup. 

Grantland has a little fun with Tiki Barber's athlete-for-hire website, shining a light on the full array of options available to the discriminating fan. (Phone call from retired NBA great Cedric Cebalos: $99.)

The website is Thuzio.com. On the surface, it's a service for people to pay for personal experiences involving an athlete of their choosing. Cofounded by retired Giants running back Tiki Barber, it promises to be a sports-nostalgia junkie's dream. 

If you're the type who watches the MSG channel's 1994 Road to the Finals, there's John Starks. If you miss the good old days of boxing, next to him is Larry Holmes. You say the era of '90s point guards is your thing? Well, both Tim Hardaway and Gary Payton are homepage selling points. For those looking for a more recent superstar, Cy Young knuckleballer R.A. Dickey is available.

Only 7 percent of the 340 "Thuzio pros" are identified as pro golfers, but playing golf is an option with most of the athletes. Three-fourths of the names offer a round on the links as a prospective buy. 

Whether you want to pay a Thuzio Pro to crash your corporate outing or be a fourth in your Sunday round, it all seems to come back to golf. Almost 250 names list a round as an option, ranging from $300 for Miss New York Elizabeth Tam, to $18,000 for PGA tour pro Jeff Overton. 

There are two caveats. There's no guarantee they can actually play worth a lick, and you'll want to live near the athlete in question. For example, retired NFL placekicker Morten "The Great Dane" Andersen ($1,250 per round) has an Atlanta "booking area."

Outside of the pro golfers on offer, only one professional athlete—current New York Giants player Zak DeOssie—gives the buyer hope that they're purchasing someone who has their own set of clubs. The final bullet point of his LinkedIn-esque résumé is a dead giveaway that he'll have his own set: "excellent golfer (5 handicap)."

Photo: Jeff Overton at the 2013 Sony Open in Hawaii (Getty Images).

 

January 09, 2012

Truth & Rumors: Elin's termite infestation, Trump's sweetheart deal

Posted at 12:10 PM by Mick Rouse

The former Mrs. Tiger Woods has received much criticism for purchasing a $12.3 million mansion, only to tear down all 17,000 square feet of it. Turns out, Elin had good reason to demolish the Seminole Landing estate—termites.

Workers found extensive damage from termites and carpenter ants in the six bedrooms, eight bathrooms, kitchen and other areas in the two-story home with two elevators. County records show the home was built in 1932.

Don’t think that Elin just tossed away all of the mansion’s assets, either. According to Bill DiPaolo of the Palm Beach Post, Ms. Nordegren teamed up with Habitat for Humanity, allowing the non-profit organization to raid the estate, donating anything still salvageable.

Habitat workers removed cabinets, brick driveway pavers, five sub-zero refrigerators, chandeliers, 14 vanities, controlled-temperature wine coolers called EuroCaves, dozens of doors and one gas range, said Bobbi Blodgett, the director of deconstruction for the non-profit organization that builds homes for the needy.

"What a wonderful thing for (Nordegren) to do. She could have tossed this stuff in the trash. The negative publicity toward her has been very unfair," Blodgett said.

"No wonder she tore the place down. The infestation was all over. You could put your fingers right through the wood.”

The items removed are being priced and will be sold by Habitat for Humanity. Blodgett guesses Nordegren's donations will bring in at least $30,000, which will help fund future home building projects. According to Blodgett, aside from a hotel, Elin’s mansion will have the largest payoff for the non-profit organization.

Trump's super discount

Geoff Shackelford cites a New York Post report that real state mogul Donald Trump will receive a deep discount from the city on his new Jack Nicklaus-designed course in the Bronx.

“We are paying [$184 million for] the project. Trump is getting a gift from a fellow billionaire, the mayor,” said Geoffrey Croft, of watchdog group NYC Park Advocates. “It’s unheard of that you don’t pay any money for four years.”

By year five, Trump will have to pay only 7 percent of the gross receipts, or a minimum of $300,000. And by year 16, he pays just 10 percent, or $420,000, to the city.

The city’s Franchise and Concession Review Committee is set to approve the deal today.

Overton pleads guilty

Last month, Jeff Overton was arrested for public intoxication, disorderly conduct and resisting law enforcement while in Bloomington, Ind. While Overton originally stated he planned to fight the case, Ryan Ballengee reported that he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct—the charges of resisting law enforcement and public intoxication were dismissed. Overton’s lawyer, Sam Shapiro, isn’t exactly thrilled with his client’s decision to plead guilty, though.

“It's hard to be too loud before an Indiana-Kentucky game. I would have liked to take this case to trial, but Jeff believed it was better for him to get this behind him.” 

Overton was probably right on that front. All in all, he was given a slap on the wrist—30 hours of community service and $165 in administrative costs. Even without a PGA Tour win to his name, Overton should be able to scrounge up the cash.

DJ’s Return

Dustin Johnson is set to make his return at Torrey Pines late this month at the Farmers Insurance Open, reports Alan Blondin of The State. Johnson is recovering from arthroscopic surgery to repair damaged cartilage in his right knee that has plagued him since July. According to DJ’s Twitter, his rehab #KNEEhab is in the rearview mirror.

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December 15, 2011

Truth & Rumors: Overton arrested for public intoxication

Posted at 10:10 AM by Ryan Reiterman

Jeff Overton hasn't generated many headlines since his famous "BOOM, BABY!" moment at the 2010 Ryder Cup, but he is back in the news now and it has nothing to do with golf.

According to the Evansville Courier & Press and Bloomington Herald-Times, Overton was arrested and charged over the weekend with three misdemeanors for public intoxication, yelling at people from his limousine and resisting arrest.

Overton appeared at Assembly Hall during the Indiana-Kentucky basketball game to present a $50,000 check to the university to support the Play Golf America University program, the Herald-Times reported.

According to a police report, officers said Overton was yelling at people from a limousine that blocked traffic in front of Kilroy’s Sports Bar on Walnut Street.

The limousine driver told police they were waiting on others, and the driver was instructed to not block traffic.

Later, the limo carrying Overton pulled up next to Bloomington police, and officers report Overton was yelling at people on the street again. Police pulled the limousine over, according to the Herald-Times.

The newspaper reported that Overton repeatedly refused to give his ID to police and refused to step out of the limo. A police report described Overton’s behavior as “belligerent,” and he reportedly told officers “he wasn’t going to do anything.” Police say he smelled of alcohol, his eyes were glassy and his speech was slurred.

Overton told the Bloomington paper that he would fight the charges.

"I feel my rights were violated," he told the newspaper. "I'm sitting in my own limo and got pulled out. Other than that, I'm going to let my lawyer handle it."

Sergio chucks 4-iron into water after bad shot
Sergio Garcia was on a roll in October, winning twice on the European Tour following a self-imposed hiatus from the game last year. But it seems his fiery temper got the best of him in Thailand after a poor tee shot on a par 3.

The Ryder Cup star, who twice finished second at the PGA Championship, chucked his 4-iron into the water in fury after a poor connection at a par-3 during a nightmare opening round in Chonburi, Sky Sports reported.

Garcia's day failed to improve as he finished with a 4-over 76 to end tied for 100th in the 130-strong field.

Volcanoes, flames and Phil! Oh my!
Callaway took over the Las Vegas Strip recently to shoot its upcoming ad campaign directed by David Kahn, who is known more for music videos than filming golfers. According to Steve DiMeglio at USA Today, the commercials will feature several Callaway staffers, including Phil Mickelson, Justin Timberlake and Alvaro Quiros, hitting balls all over the Strip with 25-foot flames and erupting volcanoes.

"I like this out-of-the-box thinking," Mickelson said. "It has the 'wow' factor and it shows how excited Callaway is about its products. And instead of just telling you how great the products are, we show you in unique ways."

Timberlake is lending creative input and talents behind the camera during both the pre- and post-production work. He and Kahn have worked together on music videos in the past, and Timberlake, who brought sexy back and now wants to bring fun back to golf, jumped at the chance.

"It's always great when professional projects surround subjects that I am passionate about, and the sport of golf and my work with Callaway definitely fit that criteria," said Timberlake, who in 2008 became the first non-tour player to join Callaway's team of Staff Professionals that includes Mickelson, Ernie Els, Annika Sorenstam and Arnold Palmer.

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January 21, 2011

What to Watch For: Saturday at the Bob Hope Classic

Posted at 10:23 PM by Ryan Reiterman

Young Leaders
Jan21_woodland_600x427 Rookie Jhonattan Vegas and second-year PGA Tour member Gary Woodland are tied for the lead after three rounds, but it will be interesting to see if they can stay at the top over the next two days. Woodland and Vegas are bombers -- both players are averaging more than 310 yards off the tee this week -- and both lead a key statistical category. Vegas leads the field in fairways hit (39 of 41), while Woodland leads greens in regulation (48 of 54).

'Boom, Baby!' is Back
Jeff Overton had his breakout moment last year at the Ryder Cup when he made an eagle on a par 4 and capped it off by screaming, "Boom, baby!" Overton is still seeking his first PGA Tour win, but he's only three strokes off the lead after a five-under 67 on Friday at La Quinta. The key for Overton over the next two days could be the par 3s. Through three rounds, Overton is one over on the par 3s.

Hot Putter
Before his round on Friday, Greg Chalmers got a putting tip from an unlikely source. Chalmers overheard a caddie telling one of the amateurs in the field to make sure his hands were forward during his putting stroke. A lightbulb went off for Chalmers, and he went out and shot a bogey-free 65 and now finds himself only one shot back.

But can Chalmers keep his putting stroke going Saturday on the SilverRock course, often considered the hardest of the four courses at the Bob Hope?

Birdies for a Cause
There's usually no cheering from the press box, but it will be hard not to root for Steve Elkington when he makes a birdie this week. Elkington will donate $1,000 for every birdie to aid flood victims in Australia. He has made 16 birdies through three rounds.

More from the Bob Hope: Scores | Tee times | Photos | Recap

(Photo: Gary Woodland; Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)





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