Category: Truth & Rumors


January 11, 2013

Truth & Rumors: Padraig Harrington has 'massive sympathy' for Rory McIlroy over Olympic dilemma

Posted at 1:03 PM by Samantha Glover

Hailing from Northern Ireland, Rory McIlroy has a unique choice heading into the 2016 Olympics; he can either compete under the flag of Ireland or Great Britain in Rio, a decision unfortunately fraught with controversy in a country still recovering from decades of sectarian conflict.

Irishman Padraig Harrington spoke about Rory McIlroy's Olympic dilemma during a press conference for this week's Volvo Golf Champions event.

“I have massive sympathy as an Irishman and massive sympathy more so as a sportsman,” said the three-times major winner of the situation. “No sportsman should have to make that decision. That’s it, straightforward – nobody at 23 years of age should be asked to make that decision.

After avoiding questions about who he will play for in 2016, World No. 1 McIlroy spoke out in a recent BBC documentary, stating that rather than disappoint fans from either Great Britain or Ireland, he is considering skipping the games altogether.

Harrington went on to say that McIlroy's absence from the game would be a detriment to golf's chances of becoming a permanent event, according to Martin Dempster's report for the Scotsman.

“It’s very unfortunate and I think it is unfortunate in the sense that it means a great deal for golf for him [McIlroy] to play. It’s a very big deal because golf is only on a trial period in the Olympics.

“We have two runs at it and, as golfers, we do have to perform and put our best foot forward, so it would be nice if the world number one is there and he’s supporting the event. It’s an extraordinarily difficult decision. We need our best players to play in the Olympics to show that golf is serious in the Olympics.”

January 10, 2013

Police find meth lab at Sawgrass Marriott: Truth & Rumors

Posted at 11:50 AM by Samantha Glover

Police discovered a meth lab in a hotel room at the Sawgrass Marriott Resort & Spa, which has a close working relationship with the PGA Tour's Players Championship on the famed Stadium Course, according to Action News Jacksonville.

Sgt. Chuck Mulligan tells Action News a man and a woman checked into the resort. The credit card they used made security suspicious that there could be a fraud issue.

Security went to investigate more, that's when deputies say a security guard noticed equipment that is used for cooking meth. Mulligan says the security guard is a former law enforcement officer who knew the signs of a meth lab and called the Sheriff's Office.

Deputies say the lab was in the process of actively cooking drugs when it was discovered.

Five rooms near the meth lab were evacuated as HAZMAT crews went in to begin the cleaning process. Mulligan says the cleanup was difficult, because the room is on an upper floor and crews had to bring in pipes to pump out potentially hazardous air and chemicals.

According to Action News, the scale of the meth operation was small, but the lab could have posed a danger to other guests.

Investigators described the lab as a small "one-pot" operation. While the size of the operation may have been small, Action News has learned the danger posed by one of these devices is still high. Small units similar to the one discovered in the resort have the power to blow a hole through a wall. Sgt. Mulligan estimates the cost of the cleanup could be in the tens of thousands of dollars.

January 08, 2013

Truth & Rumors: Annika Sorenstam cuts off tip of left index finger

Posted at 3:39 PM by Golf.com

Annika-sorenstam-2011-solheim-cup-gettyAnnika Sorenstam cut off a chunk of her left index finger last week and shared an image of the sewn-up digit with her Twitter followers on Tuesday.

According to usatoday.com, Sorenstam was cooking dinner for friends in Lake Tahoe on Jan. 3 when she injured herself while cutting chicken. Her husband told the paper that the wound was closed with five stitches.

Before linking to the photo of her finger, we'll offer the same caution that Sorenstam sent to her followers today: "Warning, don't look if you can't handle it." The image is here.

As bad as the finger looks, Sorenstam reassured her Twitter followers after sending the image: "Photo of my finger might be disgusting, but no worries healing nicely. Stitches out in a week :)"

Photo: Sorenstam was an assistant captain at the 2011 Solheim Cup. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Truth & Rumors: David Feherty to interview Phil Mickelson, Bobby Knight for talk show

Posted at 12:12 PM by Samantha Glover

FehertyGolf Channel talk show host David Feherty announced the guest stars for the third-season of his "Feherty" show on Monday, and it is strictly A-list, according to the Hollywood Reporter's Marisa Guthrie.

The third season of "Feherty" includes interviews with golfing icon Billy Casper – a 51-time winner on the PGA Tour and three-time major winner – at his Utah home. A member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints who has been married to the same woman for 60 years (they have eleven children), Casper takes Feherty to a rehearsal of the world-famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Subsequent interviews include volatile, chair-throwing basketball coach Bobby Knight, golfers Jack Nicklaus, Paul Azinger, Phil Mickelson, Nick Faldo and Colin Montgomerie, as well as PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem.

Feherty also provided some entertainment for the members of the Television Critics Association.

He regaled gathered reporters with tales of his checkered past as an addict, his views on the game now (“golf is a depressing sport”; everyone who plays it has some form of PTSD), and his interviews with luminaries including Bill Clinton (who said it has been one of his “great dreams” to be interviewed by Feherty) and Samuel L. Jackson (“he has very little time for anyone who finds him impressive,” said Feherty).

(Photo: David Feherty in Pasadena, Calif, on Monday. Getty Images)

Truth & Rumors: Trigger happy Keith Richards shot wayward golf ball

Posted at 11:46 AM by Samantha Glover

KeithHere's some advice: Don't ever, under any circumstances, hit into Keith Richards' foursome.

According to a new book by Bobby Keys, a former saxophone player for the Rolling Stones in the 1990s, Richards once shot a golf ball -- with a gun -- when the ball landed in his breakfast. Here's the story from New Musical Express:

Richards apparently got trigger-happy while on tour with The Rolling Stones in the 1990s, when the band were staying at a hotel with an adjoining golf course. The band's sax player Bobby Keys claims to have caused the incident in his new autobiography Every Day Is Saturday Night.

Keys writes: "When I hit my ball it hooked into the trees, ricocheted – and landed smack dab in the middle of his breakfast. So he shot it. He's standing there on his patio with a pistol in his hand and smoke coming out of the muzzle. He was holding this smoking shell that used to be my golf ball. He said: 'That's a ten-stroke f---ing penalty, and if you ever do it again I'll do the same to you! You ruined my f---ing breakfast!. He was gettin' ready to eat his eggs Benedict."

(Photo Caption: Keith Richards plays at a Hurricane Sandy benefit in New York in December 2012. Getty Images)
January 07, 2013

Truth & Rumors: Johnny Miller-Ian Poulter spat adds excitement to Kapalua

Posted at 10:19 AM by Samantha Glover

Despite three-straight canceled rounds, Hyundai's Tournament of Champions is making headlines this morning for a twitter-fueled spat between Johnny Miller and Ian Poulter.

Miller's on-air remarks about Poulter stirred up trouble, according to a report by Golf Channel's Jason Sobel:

While Poulter backed off a putt on the 11th green multiple times, Miller referred to him as “fairly dramatic.” Minutes later, when he took some time to hit an approach shot into the 12th hole, Miller had the following exchange with fellow commentator Dan Hicks:

Miller: “It's like he's starring in the movie ‘The Winds of Maui’ and is trying to make it very dramatic.”

Hicks: “Well, he is a man comfortable in the leading role isn't he?”

Miller: “Yes, he sure is.”

After play was halted, Poulter heard varying accounts of Miller's remarks and took to Twitter to defend himself.

After hearing Johnny's comments himself on a later re-broadcast, Poulter took to Twitter again:

January 03, 2013

Truth & Rumors: President Obama hits the links in Hawaii

Posted at 4:40 PM by Samantha Glover

Just 30 minutes after the House voted to avoid the fiscal cliff late Tuesday night, President Obama boarded Air Force One and returned to Hawaii, according to a report by USA Today.

After landing in Honolulu, the President hit the gym and visited his Kailua rental home before playing a round of golf at the Marine Corps Kaneohe Klipper Golf Course.

Obama arrived in Hawaii on Friday, Dec. 21, to begin the Obama family's fifth annual Christmas vacation, He returned to Washington D.C., without his family, on Dec. 27 to tend to the fiscal cliff debate.

President-Obama

President Obama waves as he returns from golf and a walk on the beach on Dec. 26. (Gerald Herbert/AP)

Truth & Rumors: PGA Tour officials to work without contract

Posted at 12:35 PM by Samantha Glover

PGA Tour officials will work at this week's Hyundai Tournament of Champions without a contract, according to Golf Channel's Rex Hoggard.

“We’re operating without an agreement as of Dec. 31st. They are (in Hawaii) right now and unless the Tour says otherwise they are going to work,” said Christian Dennie, an attorney with Fort Worth, Texas-based Barlow Garsek & Simon who represents the officials’ union. “These guys really take their job seriously and we’re going to try and help them as much as they can.”

After officials worked through 2012 on an extension of an earlier contract, negotiations for a 2013 deal came to a halt as the Tour and the union disagreed over many issues, including compensation and retirement plans.

PGA Tour officials, who are paid considerably less than MLB, NHL, and NBA referees, expect to gain support from Tour players, according to the report.

Tour officials with five years of service, for example, are paid considerably less ($103,000) than officials with similar levels of service in Major League Baseball ($133,000), the NBA ($124,000) and the NHL ($202,000).

The Tour officials anticipate at least some level of support from players, particularly following officiating snafus at the '11 and '12 PGA Championships, which does not use Tour officials.

December 26, 2012

Rumors: Greg Norman taking demands The Medalist Club return his shark

Posted at 9:56 AM by David Dusek

'Tis the season for good will towards men, but according to a report by Tim Rosaforte, an angry Greg Norman is demanding the return of his memorabilia and that his name, along with fellow co-designer Pete Dye's name, be removed from The Medalist Golf Club in Hobe Sound, Fla.

Norman's issue is the club's hiring of former Dye disciple Bobby Weed to do a restoration of the original Norman-Dye design that opened in 1995.

In a letter sent to Medalist President De Mudd following a board meeting in early December, Norman demanded that the club stop using his name and Dye's in reference to the design of the course. Saturday morning he called the club to arrange an evening to pick up his belongings. His name will remain on the locker room wall as winner of both the gross and net divisions of the club's member-guest.

"It's really a slap in the face at the end of the day," Norman said via email. "It's the end of a legacy by the board doing what the board is doing now. It hurts a lot to tell the truth. It's a shame."

According to Rosaforte, Mudd's switch to a dues-only program for pros is a big reason why several high-profile PGA Tour players now regularly practice and play at The Medalist Golf Club, including Tiger Woods, Rickie Fowler, Dustin Johnson.

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December 21, 2012

Truth & Rumors: Kaymer says missing putt at Medinah could have ruined his career

Posted at 11:18 AM by Golf.com

Three months after Martin Kaymer made the putt that clinched the Ryder Cup for the Europeans, Kaymer spoke to the Daily Mail's Derek Lawrenson about what was really on the line -- his career.

"Now I honestly feel like my whole career might have been on the line," he said.

"I sometimes think about what would have happened if I had missed it. Would I have had the mental strength to recover from thinking I had let down a whole continent?"

After losing to Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar on Friday with Justin Rose, Kaymer sat Saturday's matches out.

"I hadn’t played well on Friday and was desperate to show what I could do on Saturday, so you can imagine how I felt when I was told I wasn’t playing," he said.

After trailing American Steve Stricker for the first five holes of his Sunday singles match, Kaymer birdied No. 6 to turn the match around.

"I could see that something huge was potentially unfolding. One, two, three, four points, on I went but I knew we needed at least a point from me, or two half-points from Francesco and me."

"The last three holes were great, the excitement was beautiful. On the 17th I had a four-footer that I had to hole and, when that went in, it gave me a lot of belief."

Leading 1 up, Kaymer made a five-footer on the 18th hole to beat Stricker and ensure that the Europeans would at least retain the cup.





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