Category: Truth & Rumors

February 15, 2013

Karrie Webb to Lydia Ko: Go pro already

Posted at 1:05 PM by Samantha Glover

Former World No. 1 Karrie Webb believes 15-year-old Lydia Ko is ready to turn pro and start keeping all that money she'd win if she wasn't an amateur, according to David Barbeler's report.

When asked if her advice to Ko would be to stay amateur for a while longer and enjoy the game, Webb replied: "No, that's not my advice to her.

"Obviously she's proven that she's ready to play professional golf."

Ko, who briefly held the record as the youngest person to win a professional event after winning the NSW Women's Open last year, won the 2012 U.S. Women's Amateur and finished as the low amateur in the U.S. Women's Open in the same year. She has also recorded several victories in her native New Zealand. She has forfeited almost $500,000 in winning to keep her amateur status.

Lydia Ko tees off during the second round of the ISPS Handa Australian Open. (Lukas Coch/EPA/LANDOV)
February 14, 2013

Luke Donald picks Michael Jordan's brain -- and pocket

Posted at 4:25 PM by Samantha Glover

MjAs he strives to regain the title of World No. 1, Luke Donald has enlisted the help of Michael Jordan, according to a report by the Telegraph's James Corrigan.

“He’s good for the mind,” Donald said. “He’s been making sure that I’m ready mentally. It’s been good to pick Michael’s brains and find out what he was thinking about when he was playing basketball. He’s always trying to play mind games. He doesn’t like to lose.”

Since meeting at The Bears Club, Jack Nicklaus's Jupiter, Fla., course, the two have become friends, spending time on the course together.

“Michael’s a really nice chap who I’ve got to know really well recently,” Donald told Telegraph Sport. “His fiancée [Yvette Prieto] is good friends with my wife [Diane] and we’ve begun to play a lot together. I’m always happy to empty his wallet.”

After recording four victories in 2011 and spending much of the year ranked No. 1, Donald has dropped to No. 3 in the Official Golf Rankings behind Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy.

Photo: Michael Jordan at the Hooptee Celebrity Golf Classic at the Golf Club at Ballantyne in Charlotte, N.C. (Getty Images).
February 01, 2013

Poor Sergio! 'Unfortunate' Garcia makes five birdies and eagle

Posted at 4:28 PM by Samantha Glover


Sergio Garcia in the second round of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic at Emirates Golf Club (Getty Images).

Most Tour pros would be happy to make four birdies and an eagle on the front nine. Then again, Sergio Garcia isn't like most Tour pros.

Playing the back nine first, Garcia made birdies on Nos. 10, 13, 16 and 17 and an eagle on 18 in the second round of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic en route to a five-under-par 67. Afterward, he sounded crestfallen since those low numbers meant he would have to continue playing with a sore shoulder, according to Reuters. Garcia is currently tied for eighth, three shots behind leader Richard Sterne.

"On the 14th green I told my caddie if it does not get any better after 18 (his ninth hole) we will probably walk," Garcia told reporters.

"Then unfortunately we started making birdies and eagle and I thought 'What do we do now?'

"I got the physio out and he worked on it. It feels a little bit better, but needs to get better."

January 29, 2013

Hip surgery may cause Blake Adams to miss 2013 season: Truth & Rumors

Posted at 2:22 PM by Samantha Glover

BlakeAfter missing the cut at the Humana Challenge and withdrawing from the Farmers Insurance Open, Blake  Adams might miss the remainder of the 2013 season due to hip surgery, according to Golf Channel's Jason Sobel.

Adams will undergo surgery in Vail, Colo., on Tuesday morning to repair a torn labrum in his hip, while also removing bone spurs and a cyst.

Depending on whether surgery reveals a microfracture or not, Adams will be on crutches anywhere from two-to-eight weeks.

According to the report, the surgery will be performed by Marc J. Phillipon, who has performed hip surgery on fellow PGA Tour member Brandt Snedeker and Alex Rodriguez of the Yankees.

Since joining the PGA Tour in 2010, Adams has recorded nine top-10 finishes and earned $3,298,495.

[PHOTO: Blake Adams at the 2012 PGA Championship. Getty Images]

January 25, 2013

Lindsey Vonn won't discuss reports she's dating Tiger Woods: Truth & Rumors

Posted at 10:17 AM by Mike Walker

LindseyLindsey Vonn at the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Women's Downhill in Italy in January (Getty Images).

Rumors of a Lindsey Vonn-Tiger Woods relationship were the talk of Salzburg, Austria, earlier this month when Tiger's plane stopped there en route to the HSBC Abu Dhabi Golf Champions event while Vonn was supposedly in town for an interview.

The story appeared in the German-language Salzburg News, but the principals aren't talking.

Vonn's publicist said the Olympic skier would not comment on reports that she and Woods are dating, according to David Leon Moore of USA Today.

Vonn's publicist, Lewis Kay, issued a statement neither confirming or denying the, uh, link. "Lindsey is currently in the midst of the World Cup season in Europe," the statement read. "Her focus is solely on competing and on defending her titles and thus she will not participate in any speculation surrounding her personal life at this time."

And -- surprise! -- Woods doesn't have anything to say about it either, according to Moore.

Woods, through his spokesman, Glenn Greenspan, said he would not respond to the report.

In November, Woods was in Vail at the same time as Vonn, but she denied that they were seeing each other. “We are just friends,” she told the Denver Post. “My brother was the ski instructor for his kids this November in Vail. Guessing that’s where it came from.”

Photos: Classic pictures of Tiger Woods

Q&A: Lindsey Vonn on her first hole-in-one

Photos: Lindsey Vonn in SI Swimsuit

January 23, 2013

Clark speaks out against anchored putting ban in players' meeting: Truth & Rumors

Posted at 9:58 AM by Jeff Ritter

Tim-ClarkAs expected, the anchored putting ban was the hottest topic at the PGA Tour players' meeting held Tuesday night at Torrey Pines.

The USGA and R&A have already ruled to ban anchored putting starting in 2016. The Tour generally goes along with the ruling bodies' decisions, but there is some chance that the Tour could enact the ban earlier or decide not to adopt it all, though that seems unlikely.

Golf Channel's Randall Mell reports that at least one player, Tim Clark (pictured), who currently employs an anchored putting stroke, spoke up adamantly against the ban:

One PGA Tour pro after another leaving the mandatory players meeting declined to comment for the record, but two participants in the meeting said Tim Clark stepped up strongest in defense of anchored putting.

According to the two participants, who did not want to be quoted, U.S. Golf Association executive director Mike Davis gave a presentation outlining the proposed new definition of a legal stroke, which would ban anchored putting. The presentation included photographs of proper and improper strokes. Afterward, when Davis invited questions, Clark was the first to ask a question.

Clark, born with a condition that doesn’t allow him to pronate his wrists, uses an anchored long putter. He isn’t playing the Farmers Insurance Open this week but flew into San Diego to attend the meeting.

“There were a lot of questions, but it was surprising that most of the players who use anchored putters didn’t say anything,” one observer in the meeting said.

Stephanie Wei spoke with three players, who asked that their names not be used. She reports that the USGA presentation, and a discussion of anchoring and bifurcation, took up more than half of the two-hour meeting. Her three sources (Players "Albert, Bart and Cal") were representative of the three main positions that Tour players have taken on the ban -- adamantly opposed, in favor of and indifferent.

Albert summed up the opposition's stance: "It's about the actual governing of us as players. I'm not so sure that if PGA Tour members voted, anchoring would NOT be illegal. The real issue is, why do people the USGA Board of Directors, people who don't play golf professionally, get to make rules for guys that do? That's the main sentiment."

He continued: "The USGA has put Tim Finchem in a very interesting situation. He's basically going to decide — well, it's up to the PAC and board of directors to decide whether we accept this or say no. It's a proposed rule and the PGA Tour hasn't accepted every rule the USGA has put fort and this is no exception."

Player Bart was in favor of the ban and disagreed with the idea that the Tour should consider going its own way: "In my opinion, the height of arrogance is thinking the Rules of Golf should be tailored to us (Tour pros). The beauty of golf as an individual game is that everyone plays by the rules. Guys are asking, why do we play by THEIR rules? That’s arrogant to me. One of the guys who talked a lot admitted, 'Yeah i am looking out for No. 1, I’m looking out for me.'"

Player Cal, the indifferent one, summed it up succinctly: "I really just don't care… because I'm a good putter."

After talking to her sources, Wei concludes that PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem is in favor of approving the ruling, and she seems to suspect that the Tour will adopt it despite all the debate.  Finchem is expected to talk more about the meeting during his press conference on Wednesday.

(Photo: Chris Condon/Getty Images)

January 16, 2013

Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn? Stopover in Salzburg reignites speculation: Truth & Rumors

Posted at 12:13 PM by

Tiger woods yankees hat salzburgThe rumor mill started churning in November about Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn, and it just revved up again after Woods made a stop in Salzburg, Austria, on the way to the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship.

In November, Woods was in Vail at the same time as Vonn, but she denied that they were seeing each other. “We are just friends,” she told the Denver Post. “My brother was the ski instructor for his kids this November in Vail. Guessing that’s where it came from.”

Now the Salzburg News is reporting that Woods made a quick stop in Salzburg, landing his private jet Sunday and leaving Monday. Vonn was in Salzburg at the same time for a TV interview, according to the article. The paper also ran photos of Woods in a Yankees cap (above).

Vonn, a 28-year-old champion skier and Olympic gold medalist, has just gone through a divorce. Vonn made Tiger-related headlines back in 2010 on the day of his nationally televised public apology. Here's what she said, as reported by

And like millions of Americans, Vonn can't help poking fun at Woods' staged event. When a member of her Vonn-tourage tells her that Woods gave a few friends hugs after ending his statement, she cracks, "They're like, 'Yeah, you're awesome, you go have that sex.' " The room breaks into a laugh. Then she describes a skit she would want to perform if asked to host Saturday Night Live: picture Vonn at Woods' podium, blue backdrop and all. "There's something you don't know about me," Vonn says in a faux solemn, apologetic voice. "Tiger, you're like my idol, and I too have a sex problem." More laughter. "That would be freaking funny."

Photos: Classic Pictures of Tiger Woods
Q&A: Vonn on her first hole-in-one
Photos: Vonn in SI Swimsuit

Sandy damage permanently closes Long Island course: Truth & Rumors

Posted at 9:12 AM by Samantha Glover

Following the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, Long Island's Middle Bay Golf Club will remain closed, according to a CBS New York report.

“The water came over the bulkhead, probably 6 or 7 feet high, and just covered the entire golf course, and just caused so much devastation that we couldn’t rebuild,” said member Steve Cohen.

The club had 130 employees at the height of the season and was a fixture of the community, raising money for local charities and hosting practice to the local high school golf team, according to the member.

“I lost my job, and I lost a family here,” said Susan Barnathan. “I’m here 17 years. It just wasn’t a job. It was a family.”

“Right now, I’m currently on a visa program,” said club food and beverage manager Rakesh Sarkar. “Right now, I don’t have a job, so I have to find a job in two or three months to stay in the United States. If nothing happens, I have to go back.”

January 11, 2013

Truth & Rumors: Darren Clarke calls resort protestors 'treehuggers'

Posted at 5:53 PM by Samantha Glover

North Ireland native Darren Clarke voiced his opinion, calling those in opposition with the construction of the Bushmills Dunes Resort "treehuggers" in a tweet.

His tweets came on the opening day of the Belfast's High Court judicial review of the Environmental Minister's decision approving the construction of the resort on the north coast of Northern Ireland.

The NT that Clarke refers to, the National Trust, claims that Environmental Minister Alex Attwood's decision to approve the project overturns a series of policies that protect the landscape and environment around the proposed resort, according to a report by the Belfast Telegraph.

On the opening day of the judicial review at Belfast’s High Court, Stuart Beattie QC, trust counsel, said the minister didn’t consult Unesco before his decision, announced in February.

His own conservation department, the Northern Ireland Environment Agency had repeatedly cautioned him to do so earlier and warned the Causeway could be stripped of World Heritage status over inappropriate development.

The plans for the development of the resort were originally received in 2007, and have been halted numerous times due to concern for the protected landscapes in the area.

Truth & Rumors: Donald Trump invites President Obama to play golf

Posted at 1:47 PM by Samantha Glover

During an interview with Sean Hannity of Fox News, Donald Trump invited President Obama to play golf at his Washington D.C. course, according to a report by Newshounds.

Trump said he hopes that in six years, when Obama is presumably retired and playing golf, “hopefully at Trump National in Washington, because I have the best course in Washington," that he'd "love" to "have (Obama) there."

The invitation comes just months after Trump offered to donate $5 million to President Obama's charity of choice in exchange for his birth certificate.

Photos: Trump International Golf Club - Scotland
Photo: President Obama on the golf course
Photos: Top 10 Presidential Golfers

(Photo: Vincent Laforet)

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