Sunday, April 30, 2006
Anyway, the final round of the Zurich Classic is turning out to be really good. I was happy to see Lucas Glover do so well today. They need to interview him more. He has a really good accent.
Saturday, April 29, 2006
Thursday, April 27, 2006
Sunday, April 23, 2006
Saturday, April 22, 2006
Friday, April 21, 2006
They mentioned on the Post Game show that the sponsors are going to really be hurting because Tiger Woods is taking time off to be with his dad. I think golf is in a sad state if one player's absence can hurt the sport the way the post game people are suggesting. Golf and the PGA tour should take a lesson from Martha Stewart and her company. She went to prison and the company didn't fold. Don't put all your eggs in the Woods basket. If you have a quality product it will withstand the absence of one person.
They also talked about Michelle Wie possibly playing the 84 Lumber Classic this year and how Wie's people are sensitive to a possible backlash for taking a sponsor's exemption that a man could be using otherwise. They talked about the uproar that happened when Annika Sorenstam played her one event on the men's tour. I think there was a backlash about Annika because she had been so successful on the LPGA tour. Men were threatened because of what they feared would happen - Annika deciding to play as much as she could on the men's tour because she had conquered the LPGA tour. I don't see anything wrong with Michelle playing the men's tour because for one thing, she isn't going to win so she isn't a threat to the men who are playing, and for another, it's just going to make her a better player on the LPGA tour. And as for the argument that she would be taking a spot that a man could fill - boohoo. Any man who'd cry about not getting an exemption because of a girl really needs to think about that before he opens his mouth. Bottom line, Michelle Wie is just as important for the PGA tour as she is for the LPGA tour. How many young girls do you think will be watching the PGA tour who didn't watch before, just because she's playing the event? And how many men will be watching her play Nike clubs and will say to themselves "If they can make a girl hit the ball that far, then I need to get some of those."
And finally, as to the Shell Houston Open - There is a Smith on the leaderboard. I've always wondered why there haven't been more players with that name on the PGA tour - it's one of the most plentiful names in America. At work, one of my co-workers with that name actually got a call from a customer who didn't know who she was supposed to talk to, but chose the name Smith from the automated phone attendant program because she figured there had to be a Smith working there and she would actually get to talk to a live person instead of getting voicemail.
Thursday, April 20, 2006
Humble, TX (Sports Network) - Darren Clarke finished his first round at the Shell Houston Open on Thursday, then withdrew from the tournament to return home to be with his wife, who is battling cancer.
"Upon receiving results from ongoing medical tests of his wife Heather, Darren Clarke has withdrawn from the Shell Houston Open to return home outside London to discuss further treatment with Heather and her doctors," read a statement issued by the PGA.
Clarke finished a round of four-under-par 68 and was two shots off the lead when he withdrew.
Heather Clarke was originally diagnosed with breast cancer four years ago.
In 2005, Clarke took much of the season off to be with his wife as she underwent chemotherapy. He played in just 12 events, but was granted a special release from completing his 15 required tournaments.
Clarke is an 11-time winner on the European Tour. Two of those titles -- the 2000 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship and the 2003 WGC-NEC Invitational -- count towards the PGA Tour.
(I think it's good that he's taking time for his dad. Golf will be there for his next 30 to 40 years. His dad won't be.)
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- Tiger Woods will take time off from the PGA Tour while his father battles cancer, the world's No. 1 player said Thursday.
Woods said it was possible he would not make an appearance in a golf tournament before the U.S. Open in June.
He did not give specific details of his planned break, except to say he would not start playing "for a while," and the failing health of his father, Earl, would have a major influence on his future schedule.
"It's kind of up in the air with the situation back home, so I don't know what's going to happen," said Woods, who is in New Zealand to attend the wedding of his caddie Steve Williams. He is also due to drive in a charity motor race Monday on New Zealand's North Island.
"I'm taking time off. I'm here for this event and for Steve, and to enjoy time off and be with my father, so I won't play for a while," Woods said.
"My father is hanging in there, the guy is an absolute fighter and walking miracle."
Woods said he would definitely seek his 11th major title in the U.S. Open at Winged Foot in Mamaroneck, N.Y., from June 15-18.
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Sunday, April 16, 2006
Do you think Jim Nantz need some prozac or something after listening to Mr Negative (aka Lanny Wadkins) for three hours? That would get on my nerves.
Saturday, April 15, 2006
ENGLAND'S David Lynn holds a one-shot lead after the second round of the Volvo China Open, despite feeling the effects of a painful boil on his groin.
The Stoke player put himself in title contention with a superb five-under-par 67 at the Honghua International Golf Club. At nine under, Lynn is a stroke clear of Portugal's Jose Filipe Lima, Thailand's Prayad Marksaeng and Zimbabwe's Marc Cayeux.
Lynn, 32, who won the KLM Open in 2004, fired nine birdies but also carded two bogeys and a double bogey on the 18th. "I'd rather be leading than chasing. I will try to keep it going tomorrow," said Lynn, who developed a boil from a suspected mosquito bite.
"I saw the doctor on Monday and it got quite bad on Wednesday and Thursday. I couldn't really line up my putts." Lynn has now had the boil removed. "It takes your mind off golf."
Lima added a 69 to his opening 67, Marksaeng matched Lynn's 67 while Cayeux fired a brilliant 65. Champion Paul Casey returned a 68 to move to four off the lead.
Thursday, April 13, 2006
As for the LPGA event, I'm watching a bit of it now. Some really good players are playing this week. Two things I'd like to say about the ladies: 1. It annoys me when they have their caddies line them up on the tee. You don't see Steve Williams lining Tiger up. 2. Why would a woman want to play on the men's tour when it gets hot? She would probably have to wear pants and that is just too uncomfortable in 90 degree heat.
Sunday, April 09, 2006
Who of the contenders would I like to see win today? Here's the list. I don't think I could rank them, but Fred would really be my favorite to win:
Jose Maria Olazabal
This doesn't mean I wouldn't be happy if someone who isn't on my list wins. But I would be disappointed if Phil, Tiger or Vijay wins. There's too much hype surrounding them. I'm tired of hearing about them.
12th hole - Tiger Woods on the tee - Bobby Clampett says "a standing ovation for Tiger Woods." I wasn't aware there were bleachers at the 12th hole. Do those people actually have a choice of sitting or standing? Being short, it's been my experience that to see anything when I'm in a crowd, I have to stand up.
Saturday, April 08, 2006
Friday, April 07, 2006
Arron Oberholser is doing pretty well so far. Fred Couples is also doing well. Did Lanny Wadkins say anything nice about anybody? I miss Ken Venturi. Speaking of Ken Venturi, I was watching something about his US Open win on the Golf Channel this week and I wondered why there was never a major movie made about him. His career and his US Open victory is perfect for a feature film. I can even cast it: Matthew McConaughey as Ken Venturi. I'm not a big Matthew fan, but I think he would do well.
Thursday, April 06, 2006
Wednesday, April 05, 2006
I've been having a time here at the house with my new puppy. I think I'm too impatient to see the housebreaking work. I've decided to follow the more regimented 7 days schedule to see how well that works. I hope she catches on and gets housebroken. I'd be happy enough with her being trained on puppy pads. The new puppy is a chihuahua and her name is Phoebe. She's a cute thing unless she's chewing the skin off my hands. She has a slight problem with biting. She's crying now to be let out of her crate. I'd better let her out to play for a bit before bed time.