Tuesday, August 30, 2005
Sunday, August 28, 2005
Now for a little bit more on Brad Faxon. A few weeks back I featured him in the Spotlight for reasons that were unknown to me at the time. I just had to feature him there. Then as time went on, I kept paying attention to him, still with no specific reason. Today, I figured out why Brad Faxon has been so much in my sights. He reminds me Kevin Sorbo. Check it out. The same eyes, nose and lips, but just a little different:
Brad Faxon (from espn.com):
Kevin Sorbo (from msn.com):
Saturday, August 27, 2005
Friday, August 26, 2005
Jeff Overton turning pro
( Air Date: 8/20/2005 ) Evansville golfer Jeff Overton announced on Saturday that he`s turning pro.
The North High School and IU grad will play in the Buick Championship at TPC at River Highlands in Cromwell, Connecticut this upcoming week.
The tournament used to be called the Greater Hartford Open. Overton got a sponsor`s exemption into the tourney.
Overton recently led the United States to the Walker Cup title in Chicago last weekend. He says he couldn`t have picked a better way to end his amateur career.
Overton`s amateur resume also includes back to back State Amateurs and a top four finish is the U.S. Amateur. He was also named the Big Ten Player of the Year twice and was a first-team All Big Ten player.
By BRUCE BERLET, Courant Staff Writer
CROMWELL -- Michael Putnam had to chuckle about a whirlwind ride that landed him near the top of the leaderboard in his pro debut Thursday.
The member of the U.S. team that recaptured the Walker Cup 12 days ago figures he was somewhere over Iowa on a flight from Seattle to Philadelphia about 6 p.m. Friday when his agent called with word he had received a sponsor's exemption to the Buick Championship.
"I guess I turned pro on an airplane, didn't really have a media room to do it in," he said, smiling. "So I just said, `Here we go.'"
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Tuesday, August 23, 2005
Sunday, August 21, 2005
Stuart Appleby was assessed a two stroke penalty for something that happened a couple of holes prior in the round. Apparently, his caddie picked up his rolling ball during a ball drop to get relief. First, I think if the rules guy that was with that group didn't notice the rules violation at that time, then there shouldn't be a penalty. Second, why does Stuart employ a caddie who doesn't know the rules? Third, why didn't Stuart know the rule and notice what the caddie had done when it happened?
What's with the hideous striped shirts these guys are wearing? What happened to the red shirt Tiger used to wear on Sundays? For most of the afternoon, I had forgotten what day it was. David Feherty says that bad golf clothes are back in fashion and I believe him. Thank goodness for Sergio Garcia and Jose Maria Olazabel's shoes - at least there's still a couple of guys with good fashion sense on the course.
The announce team kept remarking on last week's PGA when Tiger left town on Sunday after his round rather than waiting on Monday to see if the field came back to him. Well, for once, I'm going to agree with Tiger on this. Who better than the competitor to know how the tournament is going to turn out? Tiger knew all the players well and he knew the course. He made a decision that turned out to be right. Enough already on this discussion.
Speaking of Tiger, I have one more thing to say...... I want his caddie's calf muscles. Steve Williams has the best legs on tour and it isn't fair that I've been doing all this treadmill work and all I get for it is huge ugly calves.
Saturday, August 20, 2005
Jim Nantz commented that the difference between being number 1 in the world and number 2 was that Tiger got a ride back to the clubhouse on a golf cart and Vijay had to walk. Later he explained that Vijay was walking because he was right next to the clubhouse and didn't need a cart. But, I thought it was very unprofessional of Nantz say something that was so obviously untrue. It only served to stir up animosity between the Pro-Tiger and Non-Tiger camps. Luckily, I didn't believe Nantz and figured he was trying to be funny in an un-funny way. It isn't like he followed up his statement with a "ha-ha" or anything. Some people might not have understood that Nantz was trying to make a joke.
The other comment: Jim Nantz, again, speaking before he thinks. He actually said that the viewers would be confused over the weather delays. No. We could tell when the upper left hand screen said "recorded" that we were watching recorded coverage of the tournament.
So, Nantz failed at trying to be funny and he insulted the viewers. Way to go.
And Lee Westwood shot a 7 under par round today - I think the day's best. Good for him!!
As a result of this, I am publicly stating for the record that just because this blog is not Tiger Friendly, that is no reason to flag my blog. I do not say anything derogatory about Woods' personal life, and I limit my criticism of Woods to his attitude on the course, his play, and the media's treatment of Woods versus the other golfers. Also, I don't harp on the Woods issue constantly. As you can see if you've been following my blog, I cover many other topics. And I've even created a link to The Tiger Woods Foundation to help promote the good work he's doing. I certainly won't be flagging Pro-Tiger blogs because everyone has a right to like or dislike whomever they want.
If this Flagging thing turns into a childish, "I don't like you (sticks his or her tongue out)" thing, it will be a shame. Blogger will have let a good idea de-evolve into some third grade playground exercise in immaturity.
Thursday, August 18, 2005
Wednesday, August 17, 2005
Monday, August 15, 2005
By DAMON HACK
SPRINGFIELD, N.J., Aug. 15 - Phil Mickelson birdied the 18th hole today to win the 87th P.G.A. Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club by one stroke over Steve Elkington of Australia and Thomas Bjorn of Denmark.
Tiger Woods, who did not play a shot today, finished in a tie for fourth with Davis Love III, two shots back.
The victory was the second major of Mickelson's career, adding to his 2004 Masters title, and brought conclusion to a championship that lasted five days, after two weather delays caused by lightning left Sunday's final round incomplete.
"I'm just ecstatic that I was able to get it done," said the 35-year-old Mickelson, who resumed his round today by making a 3-foot putt for par on the 14th hole.
After making bogey on No. 16, Mickelson stepped to the 18th hole - the 554-yard par 5 - tied for the lead with Elkington and Bjorn and needing a birdie to win. He laced a drive down the fairway and hit a 3-wood into thick rough in front of the green, 35 feet from the pin.
Though the ball settled down in the rough, Mickelson said the lie wasn't terrible. He hit a pitch shot - the kind he has practiced since he was a child, he said. The ball settled two feet from the cup.
He rolled in the short putt for birdie, finishing with a four-under 276, and the large gallery by the 18th green erupted in cheers, as it has each day for Mickelson.
"Phil, you're one of us now," came a shout from the gallery.
Mickelson had come close in major championships before in the New York area, finishing second at the United States Open at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, N.Y., in 2002 and at Shinnecock Hills in Southampton, N.Y., in 2004.
"The people here in New Jersey treated me and my wife amazing," Mickelson said.
Elkington and Bjorn each had a chance to make a birdie before Mickelson took the title. Elkington, playing two groups ahead of Mickelson, missed a 10-foot birdie try after hitting a wedge close.
Bjorn, one group in front of Mickelson, lipped out a 20-foot birdie attempt after blasting out from the back left bunker.
"What can you do?" Bjorn said. "You can only say that that was not meant to be."
Mickelson, who before April 2004 had no majors, has a pair of them now, each earned with a birdie putt on the final hole.
"It's an amazing feeling to be the winner and to be able to hold this trophy," Mickelson said. "It just feels terrific."
Sunday, August 14, 2005
2) Davis Love signed an autograph, ostensibly for a little girl, before starting his round today. I doubt it was really for the little girl though. I think her daddy made her ask for it because he knew Davis wouldn't say no to a little kid. Shame on these parents for using their kids like that.
3) Swingvision - Peter Kostis showed a slow motion swingvision take on a bunker shot today. It looked really cool seeing that ball fly out of the bunker and the sand dispersing the way it did.
4) Steve Elkington is doing great so far. Good for him!
5) I believe the tv people turn up the volume on the crowd noise to try to make the players seem more marketable than they should be. I get tired of turning my tv down when the crowd noise is on, but turning it up when I want to hear the announcers describe the action. Shame on the tv people.
6) Two weather delays today and a no finish to the final round today. Tune back into CBS Monday morning at 10AM eastern to see the rest of the final round.
7) Who would I like to see win? At the beginning of the round it was Davis Love. Now it's Steve Elkington. I would also like to see Steve, Davis, Phil all finish separately in one, two and three so Tiger would finish out of the top three in the tournament. And if Vijay and Thomas Bjorn pushed Tiger even further down on the leaderboard, that wouldn't upset me much either.
Saturday, August 13, 2005
And for what it's worth, I think the falling tree limb from yesterday was the act of the ghost of Baltus Roll, who is said to haunt the clubhouse. He may not have meant to hurt anyone, I think he just wanted to make sure people don't forget him and what happened to him.
Friday, August 12, 2005
I'm currently pondering the question should I work out this weekend or take the weekend off? I haven't worked out for three days as it is. I'm afraid I will lose my momentum and my metabolism will rebel if I take a week off. It's going to be well into the 90's temperature wise this weekend. I think it might be best to not work out. But, I am smelling biscuits for some reason and we don't have any in the house. This might be a bad sign.
Thursday, August 11, 2005
Wednesday, August 10, 2005
Tuesday, August 09, 2005
Norman had back surgery earlier this year and did not play until the British Open at St. Andrews last month, where he tied for 60th. He followed that with the Senior British Open and the Senior U.S. Open, then missed the cut at the International on the PGA TOUR.
"I knew going into this stretch that it was going to be rigorous, and I had no idea how my body would react so quickly after surgery," Norman said. "In conference with my neurosurgeon and physical therapist, they both believe I simply played too much too soon."
Norman, 50, received a special exemption to play in the PGA Championship. He was replaced by Kevin Sutherland, who will play the first two rounds with Tiger Woods and Michael Campbell.
The PGA traditionally puts the first three major champions of the year in the same group, but there was an opening because Woods won the Masters and the British Open.