Category: Steve Elkington

November 30, 2013

Elkington tweets joke about fatal Scottish helicopter crash

Posted at 8:54 PM by Mike Walker

Elk_300Champions Tour golfer Steve Elkington was taken to task by a Scottish newspaper after Elkington tweeted a joke about a helicopter that crashed into a pub in Glasgow, Scotland, on Friday and killed eight people.

Elkington, an Australian golfer who won the 1995 PGA Championship, is now primarily known for his active and sometimes crude Twitter feed, and when news of the helicopter crash was spreading through the social-networking service, Elkington wrote, "Helicopter crashes into Scottish pub...Locals report no beer was spilled."

Later, Elkington tried to apologize for his earlier tweet -- saying that he was not aware at the time how serious the crash was -- but Tom English, writing in the Scotsman's Sunday edition, would have none of it:

How pathetic. A helicopter crashes into a pub on a Friday night and Elkington says he got a report that there were no injuries. Really? What kind of helicopter did Elkington think it was? One made by Corgi? What kind of pub did he think was involved? One that is utterly empty of customers and staff on a Friday evening leading up to the Christmas season? What garbage. And what kind of person would make it his first instinct to tweet a joke about such an incident?

His follow-up was almost as objectionable as his original tweet in that there was no apology, no admission that his joke was the act of an imbecile. Even yesterday morning, when even one as dim as Elk must have been aware of how serious things were in Glasgow, there was nothing from him. That is the truly extraordinary thing. This is being written on Saturday morning and as, of now, he has not tweeted his regret. Elkington has thereby cemented his place in the ranks of the social media yobs.

It was not the first time that Elkington has gotten into trouble on Twitter. While at Royal Birkdale for the Senior British Open in July, Elkington used a racist term for Pakistanis, and later apologized, saying that because he was Australian he was unaware that the term was offensive. In the Scotsman, English said that Elkington's apology then was just as inadequate as his apology for the helicopter-crash tweet.

To Elk, “being Australian” seems to be a get-out for all manner of thoughtless comment. It’s not. The Australian nation will testify that Elkington is on his own when he seeks to poke fun at a helicopter crash and then refusing to apologise when the full horror of what he mocked became obvious. Golf is governed by so many rules. Rules about anchoring putters and unplayable lies, rules about grounding your club and pace of play, rules about balls moving on greens and line of entry into hazards. What about the rules pertaining to a guy who thinks it’s funny to ridicule a disaster and not having the basic human decency to say sorry afterwards? What is the penalty for an offence like that?


January 26, 2012

Truth & Rumors: Mallon to captain U.S. Solheim team; Rory gets his degree

Posted at 12:12 PM by Mick Rouse

It was announced this morning at the PGA Merchandise Show that Meg Mallon will captain the U.S. Solheim Cup team in 2013 as they look to extract revenge on the European side when they meet at Colorado Golf Club. 

Mallon is an 18-time LPGA winner, including four major championships, and played on eight U.S. Solheim Cup teams, sporting a 13-9-7 career record. She served as an assistant captain to the victorious 2009 team and also captained a winning American side at the 2011 PING Junior Solheim Cup. 

"It's an absolute honor to be selected as the 2013 U.S. Solheim Cup Team Captain," said Mallon. "I've participated in The Solheim Cup on nine occasions and each has been a proud moment for me, but to represent the United States as team captain definitely caps off my career. I look forward to working hard on getting the Cup back in U.S. hands." 

Back to school
Rory McIlroy, the scholar. That’s right, the U.S. Open champ is set to receive an honorary degree from the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland. According to the Irish Times, McIlroy will be awarded a Doctor of Science degree for his contribution to golf. 

The university said: “Rory McIlroy has quickly established himself as a major force in international golf as a Major winner and Ryder Cup hero.” 

Compatriots Graeme McDowell and Darren Clarke have also been honored by the university in the past. 

Other notables to receive honorary degrees from the University of Ulster this year include Manchester United skipper Sir Alex Ferguson, Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody and actor Sir Ian McKellen, among others. 

Golf’s Oprah
Looking to build on a successful first season, Golf Magazine contributing writer David Feherty’s hit talk show, Feherty, will expand to a one hour time slot, beginning February 27. Due to viewer demand, Golf Channel has also ordered more episodes for season two and has pushed the original series back to the 10 p.m. time slot. In a press release, Golf Channel stated:

“We were blown away by the positive reaction our viewers had to this show and their appreciation for the truly heartfelt moments David was able to pull from each interview,” said Golf Channel President Mike McCarley. “People know David as funny and a bit irreverent, but they never knew how much emotion would come from this series. The one comment we heard repeatedly from viewers was ‘give us more’ -- so that’s exactly what we plan to do in season two.” 

If you can’t hold out an entire month for your weekly dose of Feherty, don’t fret. Before season two airs, viewers will be treated to a special from the Super Bowl with Feherty performing before a live theatre audience, armed with a slew of guests from the world of sports and entertainment. 

Additionally, Golf Channel will be airing bonus footage shot for two of the most popular Feherty episodes, including never-before-seen interviews with Johnny Miller and Tom Watson. The episodes will be re-aired in a one-hour format on February 13 and 20, respectively. 

Speed golf
Ben Crane isn’t the only one pumping out viral videos; rally driver and drifting champion Rhys Millen has teamed up with Hyundai to bring the largely underground world of Formula D to the golf course. Millen, who will race the 500bhp Hyundai Veloster in the US Rallycross championship, shows just how fast he really is, terrorizing the Purangi Golf & Country Club in New Zealand with his turbocharged golf cart. 


PGA Tour, take notice. We just solved your pace of play problem.

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November 28, 2011

Truth & Rumors: Allenby challenges Ogilvy to fight

Posted at 1:49 PM by Mick Rouse

Frustrations from the Presidents Cup boiled over as a spat between Robert Allenby and Geoff Ogilvy came close to blows in front of 150 guests at the Hyatt Regency Coolum while celebrating Greg Chalmers Australian PGA victory, reports Steve Orme. Allenby, who went 0-4 without earning the International team a single point at Royal Melbourne, laid the groundwork for the feud when he placed the blame on his teammate for his poor performance.

The 40-year-old hit back at criticism of his own play on Thursday and appeared to deflect the blame onto his playing partners—Retief Goosen, YE Yang and Ogilvy.

He claimed Goosen missed several birdie putts in Thursday's foursomes, insinuated that Yang didn't pull his weight in Friday's fourball and claimed Ogilvy 'hit me in the tree three times off the tee and I had to chip out three times', in Saturday's foursomes.

Ogilvy, who was playing alongside Allenby at the Australian PGA, responded to his fellow Victorian's comments via Twitter:

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While Ogilvy maintained that the tweet was genuine when questioned by the media, Allenby took offense to what he believed to be a sarcastic retort and confronted Ogilvy.

When Allenby sauntered over to Ogilvy's table and sat down at around 9:15 PM on Sunday night, the 2006 US Open champion immediately made his dissatisfaction known.

He was overheard accusing Allenby of throwing him under the bus and openly questioned his character, which sent the four-time PGA winner into a rage.

Allenby inadvertently broke a wine glass and screamed 'do you want to go?', prompting Ogilvy, who was surrounded by seven friends, to get out of his chair in front of a captivated and stunned audience.

However, Allenby's temper struck again when Ogilvy sought out an apology later in the evening. 

The ugly stoush escalated once again as Allenby invited his adversary to meet him outside of the main square, to which Ogilvy quipped 'I'd like that'.

The squabbling finally came to an end as Allenby stormed out while Ogilvy watched on calmly. If only Allenby had shown this much fight during the Presidents Cup...

Kaymer won't join McIlroy, Westwood on PGA Tour

After declining membership a year ago, both Rory McIlroy and Lee Westwood will take their talents to South Beach the PGA Tour. Martin Kaymer, however, has no intentions of joining his peers, according to Waggleroom's Emily Kay.

"I have no intention of joining Lee and Rory because it means playing just too many tournaments," said Kaymer, who noted that playing 12 European and 15 U.S. events would require "just far too much traveling." 

Kaymer sounded bemused by McIlroy and Westwood’s seesaw relationship with the PGA Tour. 

"I just don't know why Rory and Lee go back and forth and that to me seems a little strange. One year they are on the PGA Tour and next they're not." 

Omega president calls PGA Tour and European Tour "greedy"

Stephen Urquhart, president of Swiss watchmaker Omega, said the PGA Tour and European Tour are "greedy" for continually adding more and more tournaments to their schedules, according to Reuters' Bernie McGuire

"The big problem with golf at present is a calendar issue and we've told all the Tours that they have to stop being so greedy," Urquhart told reporters. "There are too many tournaments and they are adding tournaments all the time.” 

Urquhart followed up his remarks by asserting that the two tours have shown little respect to Asia. 

"And to treat Asia as the stopgap as they do with this week's World Cup is not right. It's wrong and the Tours are not going to win if they keep treating Asia as a stopgap. They need to show Asia more respect.” 

"Why can't there be a big event like the World Cup here in Asia in June? What's the difference in taking a flight from London to Beijing or London to Los Angeles?” 

Urquhart also confirmed that Omega has ended their sponsorship of golf’s World Cup and will return to sponsoring the Hong Kong Open, questioning the Federations of Golf Tours decision to award Mission Hills hosting rights to the World Cup for the next 10 years. 

"The Federation and Mission Hills know my feeling on this because before this year I was not happy with the fields we were getting, but we've got three Major winners here this year and there's been a lot more respect shown to the event," he said. "While there are not too many countries in the world who could organize an event like China, the tournament needs to travel around the world." 

"Done properly and packaged properly, and staged at a better time of year, no one ... would go anywhere else in the world that given week but to play in the World Cup.” 

World Cup to mirror Olympic format in 2013

Golf’s return to the Olympics in 2016 has inspired the World Cup to change its format next year from a two-man team competition to 72 holes of stroke play. Ken Chu, the chairman and CEO of Mission Hills, confirmed that these changes will be implemented in 2013, also noting that the World Cup will command world ranking points. Again, Reuters' Bernie McGuire has the story

"The World Cup will change format, and it will begin enjoying world rankings points, and it will still be held biennially and at around this time of year,” said Chu. 

The tournament will bring back an individual four-round trophy for the first time since 1999, when Tiger Woods won the individual award in Malaysia. 

"But with golf to be in the 2016 Olympics the equation in golf changes, and these changes to the World Cup will be having the Olympics in mind.”

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October 31, 2011

Truth & Rumors: Stricker defends Tiger pick for Prez Cup

Posted at 11:17 AM by Mick Rouse

Greg Norman created a brouhaha when he criticized Fred Couples for selecting Tiger Woods as a captain’s pick for the upcoming Presidents Cup. Steve Stricker, though, is defending both his captain and teammate. Speaking with Gary D’Amato of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Stricker said:

"I’m for it. I think it’s a good thing. I don’t know why Greg said what he did. He did basically the same thing with Adam Scott a couple years ago when Adam wasn’t playing well. It kind of turned Adam's game around. So I don’t know where that came from.”

The Stricker-Woods team has had great success at both the 2009 Presidents Cup and the 2010 Ryder Cup, going 4-0 and 2-1, respectively, in the team portions of the events. According to Stricker, he has been in touch with Tiger and is confident that his former partner will silence many of the critics once he hits the course in Australia.

"I talk to Tiger through texting every now and then. He’s really excited. We’re looking forward to it. I think he’ll be ready, too. He’ll find a way to get it done. When you play him one on one, he’ll find a way. Just like at the Ryder Cup last year. He trounced the guy he was playing. He loves match play."

Yani Tseng says she would like to play a PGA Tour event

Yani Tseng has emerged as the most dominant force in golf this season, picking up her 11th victory of the year at the Suzhou Taihu Ladies Open. Speaking with the Chinese media, Tseng expressed interest in testing her skills out on the PGA Tour in the future:

“If an opportunity presents itself, I would like to play in a PGA tournament to learn more from male golfers. I wouldn’t care about the results because I’d just want to enjoy the feeling of playing with guys and learning from them to further improve my skills.” 

Hog wild 

A gang of wild boars have inhabited the Suntree Country Club in Melbourne, Fla., tearing up the golf course in the process. Local news station WFTV has the story

The hogs are tearing up the grass along a number of holes on the golf course at the Suntree Country Club near North Wickham Road. 

Residents say they spotted one boar that appeared to be 300 lbs. with two and a half inch cutters, which are like small tusks. 

"They are razor sharp," said wildlife trapper James Dean, about the boars.  "They are coming into the backyards on the golf courses and rutting up the ground, and I mean tearing it up with their snout to get grubworms, insects, snakes. They just get down with their tusks and keep going and going and going.”

One resident of the golf course community described the mess he found in his back yard as a “two-foot deep, eight foot by eight foot, swimming pool.”

Trappers have already caught 17 wild boars but believe there to be at least six more of the hogs in the area. Sounds like a job for Bagdad, Fla., native Boo Weekley.

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October 11, 2011

Tweets of the Week: Rickie's hats, Luke's special practice round and pros begging for votes

Posted at 1:55 PM by David Dusek

Rickie's writer's cramp
Before Rickie Fowler (@RickieFowler) won his first professional event last weekend, he had a little homework to complete. 


Honoring Seve
Before competing in last week's Madrid Masters, Luke Donald (@LukeDonald) had a chance to play a very special practice round.

I was never fortunate enough to play with Seve, but got to play with his son @J_Ballesteros1 today

The main attraction
Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) returned to action last week, prompting Steve Elkington (@elkpga) and the folks at to poke a little fun at the hype his comeback created.



Pick me, pick me!
Last week, EA Sports announced that two online tournament winners will share the cover of the next edition of the Tiger Woods PGA Tour video game. Needless to say, several pros weren't shy about asking their followers for help. (Click here to read about the promotion.)




At the same time, Bo Van Pelt (@bovanpelt) was feeling a little left out of the action ... 


September 12, 2011

Tweets of the Week: Rory's love notes, paragliding clubmakers and Bubba's toothbrush

Posted at 5:12 PM by David Dusek

Faldo's Airport Adventures
So is Nick Faldo (@TheSirNickFaldo) telling his followers that he knows a lot about traveling or a lot about women?


An experienced Elk
If his golf skills ever abandon him, Steve Elkington (@elkpga) has some experience that could help him in the future.


Mushy McIlroy
Rory McIlroy (@McIlroyRory) has been spending lots of time with his new girlfriend, tennis star Caroline Wozniacki (@CaroWozniacki), but while he was busy competing on the European Tour last weekend she was in New York City trying to win the U.S. Open. After she lost to Serena Williams on Sunday night, McIlroy tweeted a message of support to Wozniacki ...

... of course, Lee Westwood (@WestwoodLee) wasn't going to let that pass un-noticed.

Brandel Chamblee (@chambleebrandel) may not be dating the top-ranked female tennis player like McIlroy, but it sounds like he still enjoys the game—and needs a little help with his backhand and anger management on the court!


Local Knowledge
This week's BMW Championship is being played at Cog Hill Golf & Country Club, which could give Chicago resident Luke Donald (@LukeDonald) an advantage. But then again, after seeing this page from his yardage book... maybe it doesn't.

Maximizing Carry Distance
Nike Golf's testing center is in Ft. Worth, Texas, and judging by the video below, Tom Stites, the company's club designer, didn't feel like driving all the way to DFW Airport to catch his next flight.


Bubba loves the Bieber?
The next time Bubba Watson (@bubbawatson) flashes his pearly-whites on TV, you'll know how his teeth got so clean.



September 06, 2011

Tweets of the Week: Luke's new look, Elk's cartoons and Mackenzie's reading list

Posted at 2:12 PM by David Dusek

Back from Labor Day vacation, it's's "Tweets of the Week" with a special Tuesday edition.

Luke's new look
It appears that No. 1 player in the world Luke Donald (@LukeDonald) is still recovering from his recent appearance on David Feherty's talk show. Last week he switched his Twitter photo to a Van Gogh-inspired image.


Scenic Wood
Last week's European Tour event took place in Crans Montana, Switzerland. Englishman Chris Wood (@Chris3Wood) couldn't resist pointing out that the scenery was spectacular.



Devil in the details?
The PGA Tour announced on Friday that it had reached new deals with NBC, CBS and the Golf Channel to continue golf coverage on the networks. However, several specific details about the deals were not released, prompting's Mike Walker (@michaelwalkerjr) to wonder why?


Sisters in swing
Brittany Lincicome (@Brittany1golf) won the LPGA Tour's Canadian Open while her friend, Stacy Lewis, came in second. In the days that followed, Lincicome was excited to see both featured in a Titleist ad.



Trend follower
Phil Mickelson switched to a belly putter last week at the Deutsche Bank Championship, prompting his pal Darren Clarke (@Theprincedc) to send a note to his followers.

Elk's advice for Freddie?
Fred Couples recently announced that he will use one of his two Presidents Cup captain's picks to get Tiger Woods on the team. Steve Elkington (@elkpga), with the help of the folks at, has some humorous advice about who might be a solid second pick.


Required reading?
It's back to school time, and that means hitting the books, but Paige Mackenzie (@Paige_Mackenzie) has a question about one book's inclusion on the list?



August 22, 2011

Truth & Rumors: Did Libya events interrupt Obama's round?

Posted at 11:58 AM by Mike Walker

It must be tough getting in 18 when you’re president of the United States. President Obama, who famously went directly from the golf course to the White House situation room the day Osama Bin Laden was killed, didn’t finish his vacation round on Martha’s Vineyard on Sunday either, according to CBS News.

Next stop: the Vineyard Golf Club, a private course whose website boasts it to be "the most environmentally sensitive golf club in the world." Joining the President were White House Trip Director Marvin Nicholson, long-time friend Dr. Eric Whitaker, and UBS America Chairman Robert Wolf.

The foursome played "more than 9 holes, but less than 18" in under 4 hours, falling short of a full round on what is described as a "completely organic" course.

Michelle Wie defends college decision against Sorenstam, Cal students  
Not many Stanford students are put in the position of having to defend their choice of college, but Michelle Wie has always been a special case.

In an interview with The Los Angeles Times, Wie responded to criticism from Annika Sorenstem, who recently questioned her focus, and talked about her decision to choose school over full-time professional golf.

"I'm making my own decisions, though, and going to Stanford was something I needed to do for myself. It was not a decision made for my golf career, it was really solely a decision I made. It's been one of the first things in my life I did for myself."

Wie added that college also helped the one-time phenom have a sense of normalcy in her life.

"Growing up in the spotlight, playing tournaments when I was 12, I grew up a lot faster than maybe I had to," Wie said. "Going to college helped me be a normal 18-year-old and that was something I needed. I could keep training, but I needed something more to help me be well-rounded.

"I dreamed all my life about going to Stanford. My grandpa was a visiting professor; both my aunt and uncle went to Stanford. My dad, he didn't get into Stanford so that was kind of a competitive thing for me. I've been obsessing about going there since I was 4. It was never an option for me to not go to school."

Who is the best player to have only won one major?
Forget the best player without a major. Scott Michaux of The Augusta Chronicle came up with a creative idea for a column in the post-PGA Championship, pre-FedEx Cup doldrums last weekend: Who is the player with one major who is most likely to become a multiple major winner?

After noting that Tiger Woods is the only multiple major winner under 40 (save for Padraig Harrington, who turns 40 on August 31), Michaux divides the contenders into probables, possibles, improbables and impossibles. Rory McIlroy is the leader, of course. I don’t want to give too much away, but Keegan Bradley is six spots ahead of Louis Oosthuizen. What a difference a year makes.

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From Steve Elkington’s entertaining series of Old School/New School tweets...


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.

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

August 07, 2008

Steve Elkington is leading on style points at Oakland Hills

Posted at 4:57 PM by Michael Bamberger

One of the nice touches at a PGA Championship is how the players are grouped on Thursday and Friday. The 1:50 p.m. tee time on Thursday off the 10th tee brought together a trio of former winners: Mark Brooks, Bob Tway and, most stylishly, Steve Elkington.

Elk, owner and operator of one of the most beautiful swings to ever grace a golf course, has always been one to do his own thing, and he's doing more of it now than he ever has before.

On Thursday, the winner of the '95 PGA Championship was wearing green, white and red patent-leather Foot Joys with real spikes; high-rise brown trousers with a windowpane check and yard-long pleats that looked like something the Texas golfing legend Jimmy Demaret would have felt at home in; and a white shirt with pink dots and a hard collar. It was the shirt that drove me to Elkington's website,, where you can find many of the clothes he wears and, he explained to me shortly before teeing off, designs.

You will not find his golf bag on his website: an elk-skin bag, with matching elk-skin headcovers, filled with classic Titleist forged blades. Elkington is not looking for people to pay him money to wear certain clothes or play certain clubs or carry a certain bag. He's doing his own thing. You have to admire him for it. I do.

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