Sunday, November 30, 2008

Steve Williams Says Tiger Is Actually GREAT At Hitting Fairways

There are caddies on the PGA Tour and then there is Steve Williams. In case you are really drunk, Williams is Tiger Woods' caddy and is basically as good as it comes with a bag toter.

Williams keeps his own notes on every shot during rounds and said that to him, Tiger hits about 65 percent of his fairways. Obviously that number, by rule, is incorrect. Tiger is ranked 157th on tour in driving accuracy, finding the fairway about 59 percent of the time. Williams says his numbers are skewed to make up for Tiger's distance off the tee.

"For example, most of the courses we play will have a couple of driveable par 4s for Tiger. He might hit it in the greenside bunker, but it's a great shot, or he might hit a great tee shot that doesn't end up on the fairway and people think it's a missed fairway."

Similarly, Woods might cut a sharp dog-leg with his driver on a par 5 or long par 4. It won't end up on the fairway, but might give him an easier shot to the green.

The PGA might record a missed fairway, "but in my book it's a hit," said Williams. "Just like if he misses a green by two inches, but he knows he hit a great shot, so we count it as a green hit. While the PGA stats are accurate, it's not necessarily what we look at."

That isn't even the craziest stat Williams has found. He said if Tiger avoids a single three-putt in 72 holes, the standard length of a PGA Tour tournament, Woods wins 90 percent of the time.

Whatever the truth about Woods' driving accuracy, Williams says the most interesting statistic relates to putting. When Woods doesn't three-putt over a 72-hole stretch, he will win the tournament 90 per cent of the time - and that's a goal they strive for.

I would have to say that is incredibly insane (though I'm sure it is correct). Tiger is so good it makes me sick. Steve, it appears, might be right there with him.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

The Skins Game Was Today

I think K.J. Choi is leading, but honestly, I don't really care. Phil Mickelson did hit an amazing shot on one of the par-5s.

Wooohooooo, Thanksgiving weekend -- where livers go to die!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

The Only Reason Golfers Should Be Giving Thanks -- February is Only Two Months Away

Yep. That is the only reason. February is when Tiger Woods could be back. Consider yourself thankful.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Don't eat yourself silly.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Two Quick Links For Ya did a pretty good interview with Steve Flesch about what needs to change with the FedEx Cup. Sadly, there was no mention of "bringing Shane Bacon in to fire up the crowd." Jerks. []

I wrote this up at FanHouse, but Stuart Appleby called John Daly out on being a "train wreck" before the Big Miller Lite tees it up this week in Australia. The quotes are actually fairly fantastic. [FanHouse]

Monday, November 24, 2008

As sponsors go, General Motors and Tiger Woods were buddy-buddy up there with Nike and Gatorade. Now, General Motors has decided to drop Woods at the end of this year, a move that could force Tiger to file for bankruptcy since he will be so poor. Or not. One of the two. [FanHouse]

Sunday, November 23, 2008

I Guess the LPGA Does Have A Sense of Humor

So you think retiring from the LPGA is all roses and champagne showers? Well, you better think again.

Annika Sorenstam, fresh off a missed cut in her final LPGA tournament, was picked "randomly" for a drug test following her round. Whoever "randomly" picks these things deserves a big hug from either Lewis Black or Patton Oswalt.

An LPGA official told Sorenstam shortly after her second and final round at the ADT Championship that she needed to submit to a random test, which Sorenstam said was her second in recent weeks.

``I really don't know what's going on,'' Sorenstam said. ``They're not going to let me go (away).''

People have speculated that Annika did 'roids for a while, mainly because she is good at sports and that normally constitutes steroid use. That or the time she out-drove Fred Funk. One of the two.
Ummm, John Daly shot an eight-under 62 in the final round at that Hong Kong tournament. A 62. Like, almost 61. I wrote about it at FanHouse so check it out. [FanHouse]

The Tiger Woods Sportscenter Commercial

Since golf is still in slow mode, I dug this up from a few years ago. "Sportscenter" combined with the best advertiser ever is sure to be a hit. Enjoy.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

You're Kidding Me, Right?

This is the headline to the story in question -- "Faldo open to Ryder Cup return."

Now I know what you're thinking and let me making it perfectly clear right this second -- we are not talking about Waldo Geraldo Faldo, Shawn Harrison's character in "Family Matters." He does not want to captain the European Ryder Cup team (mainly because he isn't a big golfer, not a real person and is from America).

This is Nick Faldo. The same guy that made more bad decisions in this last Ryder Cup than Britney Spears during the years 2005-2008 (or when I downloaded "Love Lockdown" on my computer...boy does that song suck some serious ass).

Anyway, rumors are circling that Nick Faldo is interested in captaining again.

Imagine the raised eyebrows, then, when Faldo said yesterday that he would happily take on the role again should the players' committee look in his direction early next year when the captain is chosen for the 2010 match at Celtic Manor, Newport.

So, yeah, pretty awesome. I hope he comes back and decides to not just bench Sergio Garcia for all the Friday and Saturday matches, but punches J.K. Rowling on live television.

Yep, Just Like When I was 14

Some kid named Jason Hak pissed me off yesterday. He's 14 and he made the cut in the European Tour's Hong Kong Open, becoming the youngest player to ever make the cut in a European Tour event.

Hey Jason, go pop a pimple or something. Jerk.

Fourteen-year-old Jason Hak shot a 70 in each of the first two rounds at his home tournament, the $2.5 million Hong Kong Open, just making the even-par 140 cut at the end of the second round.

Garcia was 15 years and 46 days old when he made the cut at the Turespana Open Mediterrania in Valencia, Spain in 1995.

Yeah, so I guess that is pretty good. I still don't like him. Not one bit. What is he going to do, beat me up? He's 14.

Stuart Franklin, Getty Images

Well, That Sure Didn't End Well

You know how Annika Sorenstam was playing in her last LPGA tournament this week at the ADT Championship and everyone with a golf brain wrote a huge thing about it because she was awesome at golf?

Yeah, well Annika decided to repay us by missing the cut.

The 72-time tour winner shot a 3-over par 75 on Friday at the ADT Championship, leaving her 5 over through two rounds of the LPGA's season-ending event. Only 16 players advanced to the third round in the 32-woman event, and Sorenstam finished two shots out of that mix.

You know, a lot of scenarios could have played out but her missing the cut didn't really seem to be one of them. I guess when it is time to go, it is time to go and Annika made that abundantly clear with her play this week.

"All of a sudden, the time is here," Sorenstam said. "You're standing there on the 18th fairway and it's your last approach shot in an LPGA event. A lot of thoughts go through your head ... and what's been the coolest thing this week is all these people who showed up that I don't know, my fans."

So, there you have it. Annika Sorenstam, retired LPGA golfer. I'd give it about 8 months before she's back. Anyone want the over?

(Also, if you were interested...this Getty Images picture by Scott Halleran has the following caption -- "Annika Sorenstam of Sweden is showered with champagne by her sister Charlotta on the 18th green after she completed her last official LPGA event." How stupid is her sister? Showering her with champagne after she missed the cut? Why not just punch her in the face? Seems to make about as much sense.)

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Dan Patrick talked to J.P. Hayes, the dude that disqualified himself from second stage of PGA Tour Qualifying School. If you get past the annoying ads that basically SCREAM at you to start the show, the interview is rather interesting. [Dan Patrick Show]

Phil Mickelson Speaks of Tiger Woods, Admits To Missing the Big Guy

Maybe the dorkiest rivalry in all of sports is Tiger Woods versus Phil Mickelson.

Woods wipes the floor with Lefty in every tournament and the only thing that has ever come up as "rivalry" talk is the "I can fly it by him now" bullshit that Mickelson spit out a few years ago when Woods was changing up his swing.

Well, it turns out Phil missed Tiger and wants him back. I'm not sure why, unless Phil's main goal of 2009 is to "not win a lot of tournaments." Tiger should help out with that.

"The entire golf world cannot wait for his return. I miss him as a player. I miss him as a person. And I miss trying to track him down because that is always a great challenge."

Yeah, trying to track him down? Listen, I think Phil is probably a fine guy and all, but the man is more fake than a pair of tits at Olive & Ivy on Thursdays. Seriously dude, we know you want to be the top dog, but the only reason you're saying this is because nobody gives you any credit when Tiger is not in the field.

Also, speaking of Mickelson, he said he's dedicating this season to putting. WTF? Am I missing something? Shouldn't you dedicate every season to putting? Sigh.

Hey, A Fun John Daly Game!

I pose this question before I get into the heart of this story. Which is more believable to you the reader?

A.) John Daly eats 211 wings, breaks record at Abilene, Texas Hooters.
B.) John Daly gets hitched to ex-girlfriend of Hank Williams Jr.
C.) John Daly shoots a 68 at the Hong Kong Open, four shots back of leader.
D.) John Daly lands sponsorship deal with Bang Bus.

Honestly, if you picked "C" you probably haven't followed Big John much this season. The guy has been as stable as a prop plane in the Bermuda Triangle.

I guess for one day, Daly found a little of that game that made him famous. The big hitting Daly fired a two-under 68 and is tied for 16th at the Hong Kong Open, a European Tour event.

Daly's best finish this season was a t-40, so obviously any consistent play at this point is welcomed from Camp Hooters.

If you believe it, amidst all the crazy "drunk at Hooters" news, Daly has been posting some decent scores. His last three tournaments on the PGA Tour has seen Big John fire a round of 67 or lower. Sure, he's followed that up with some ugly 73s and such, but at least he can still go low. That is, go low in golf, not limbo. I wouldn't even make my worst enemy watch that.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

I Was a Sack Today, I Apologize

Yeah, I know, there is golf stuff going on and I have been absolutely invisible. Well, on Dogs that is. I want to apologize. For all of you, I will do this -- you get to view this page for two more months free before I ask for dollars per page clicks. That is how I roll.

Anyway, here are a couple stories I wrote over at FanHouse today. Also, this story I wrote yesterday about the White House? Yeah, Stewart Cink's mom called me out on it. It's in the comments! Check it out!

--That whole J.P. Hayes story you have probably hear 35 times by now. Basically the guy played a prototype Titleist ball that was non-conforming in Q-School and was disqualified. A rather noble story, really, except for the part that makes you want to kinda kill yourself.

--Annika Sorenstam's last LPGA tournament is this week. I wrote a little tribute about her career here. I think you might enjoy it, especially if you are a fan of rather humorless stories about Annika Sorenstam. Please don't break your mouse clicking too hard.

I promise I'll be back on my game tomorrow. Consider yourself warned.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

The Ryder Cup team visited the White House. Well, seven of the 12 players visited the White House. The other five said, when I called each, "Ain't no way I'm going there to meet that SCUMBAG!"* [FanHouse]

* -- a lie

Monday, November 17, 2008

Michael Jordan to Play Bethpage in the U.S. Open Challenge

Face it -- you miss Michael Jordan in your life. Gambling, playing baseball and occasionally doing decent things on the basketball court, we can all agree any MJ is better than no MJ.

Good news, he's decided to appear on that Golf Digest U.S. Open Challenge thing next year at Bethpage Black. An indexed 1.4 handicap, Jordan looks to be the Tony Romo ringer for the event that will pit Jordan, Justin Timberlake and another celebrity (I'm hoping Cameron Diaz...rarrr) with some random dude that will attempt to break 100 on the toughest golf course in our country (I honestly can't say the toughest in the world because I played The Dukes in St. Andrews and that golf course is the hardest thing that has ever been built and you will never convince me otherwise. Honestly, I couldn't break 80 there if the thing was on 15 holes.)

So, yeah, Jordan will be a part of this next year, and so could you. If you want, you have to submit some essay and you can do so right here. Just write that you know me. That'll make you a shoe-in.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Not sure you heard this, but a couple of Sky Sports announcers confused Anthony Kim for a Chinese person, even though he isn't Chinese at all. I wrote it up for FanHouse and let me tell you -- a lot of the people in the comments are not happy with the article. Ehhhh, please don't hate me too?? [FanHouse]

Compton Missed Third Stage By One Measly Shot

Golf is cruel, we all agree on that. We have a guy in Erik Compton that was basically a Hollywood script come to life, taking step-by-baby step to the PGA Tour after two heart replacements and historically no chance.

Compton was the feel good story of the millennium, advancing past the first stage with a final round 68 that didn't include a bogey and had him making up seven shots to keep his dreams of a PGA Tour card alive.

After opening the second stage at Southern Hills Plantation Club with two-under 70s, Compton did one better with a three-under 69 and had himself in the top-20, a place you need to be to find yourself in the all-important final stage of Q-School.

The pressure or the situation or just the mean spirited golf gods didn't have it in their cards yesterday, as Compton fired a one-over 73 that caused Erik to miss out by a single shot.

One shot over 72 holes. Possibly one shot over his entire life. Range balls, putting sessions, junior tournaments, college golf and mini-tour tussles were all rolled into this and it came down to a single shot. I guess you could say that's golf. I say, that sucks.

I guess we could stay positive and remember how much this man exceeded our expectations. I guess as the saying goes, there is always next year. Good run, Mr. Compton. We were all rooting for you.

Marc Serota, Getty Images

Friday, November 14, 2008

Another 70 For Compton, Still In Position to Advance to Third Stage

Erik Compton just will not go away.

The man with two heart transplants fired another round of 70 yesterday, putting the 28-year-old in a t-16 after the second round, well ahead of the 20 spots that advance to the third and final round of PGA Tour Qualifying School.

Compton fired a 70 yesterday
and is in position to continue the momentum he's been rolling with other the last three weeks.

You can follow his third round right here if you'd like.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Ian Poulter is making a lot of sense. Instead of getting a new driver after his was jacked, the guy has offered up £1500 for someone to return it on Ebay. Yep, sounds about right. [FanHouse]

Tiger Woods Goes Back to College As A Baseball Player

I wrote this over at FanHouse, so go check out my article, but I had to post the picture.

Also, this came from Brahsome, which is a good blog and is funny and makes me laugh. Check it out as well.

Erik Compton Continues To Roll, Fires 2-under 70 In First Round of Second Stage

This guy was never supposed to make it this far. Not in golf, not in life, not in anything.

Erik Compton, playing on his third heart after two successful heart transplants, needed a four-under 68 in the final round of first stage of PGA Tour Qualifying School just to get to second stage, and with a little added confidence has yet to look back.

Compton fired a 2-under 70 to find himself in a t-19, just ahead of the 20 spots that advance to that all-important last stage of Q-School. His round included four birdies, two bogeys and what I'm assuming is a lot of fan support.

The 28-year-old continues play today at Southern Hills Plantation Course in Brooksville, Florida, and you can follow his round right here.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Gear You Need to Buy -- Personalized Golf Pride Golf Grips

Since Christmas is right around the corner and everyone has that golfing buddy or dad that is impossible to buy for here, might I suggest a practical gift that he might love.

It's the Golf Pride Personalized Grip, and they are awesome.

First, they come in different styles so you aren't stuck with any old grip, and you can get the writing in whatever style you'd like (well, whatever style they offer, but there is more than just one).

Second, it sure helps if you leave a golf club out of the course. Unlike those annoying sticky notes that you put on the iron shaft, these things have your name on them and actually don't distract.

The great folks over at Golf Pride sent me a set with the website name on them and I'm a big fan. I'm a huge combo wrap guy, and since blue is my favorite color I've decided these are just about as good as it gets.

Honestly, check them out if you have a chance. It might be the perfect gift for your pops or boyfriend, and you don't even have to spend a fortune. Packages start at $59.99.

Check 'em out

It Appears Ian Poulter Only Has One Driver He Enjoys

You know, golf clubs are like family if you can actually find one you like. Sure, you might put a putter away like you do your grandmother in the trunk of you car, but you see that putter every once in a while and put her back in the bag.

Well, Ian Poulter agrees with me and has decided to pull out of the Singapore Open after his driver was jacked in China. Those damn Chinese and their stealing techniques! Always going for the big boys!

I find it interesting that Cobra wouldn't...

A.) Have a Cobra truck at the event to make him another driver.
B.) DHL one over night to the poor guy.
C.) Have the CEO fly one out since Poulter is probably the most recognizable guy using the product.

I guess this is why I'm a lonely blogger and those guys run companies. Our economic structure -- getting stronger day by day.
If a Pro-V1 golf ball and a Callaway golf ball got in a fight, who do you think would win? Well, it's obviously Callaway. Duh. [The Shop]

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Girl Stable After Stealing A Golf Cart And Then Having a Friend Hit Her With It

If you've ever played golf, you know the truth wrath of Karma.

Well, a 17-year-old girl just found out the true wrath of Karma with golf....carts.

Police said the girl, who was not identified, was injured about 11:50 p.m. after falling off the front bumper of a moving 2008 Club Car inside Smokerise subdivision.

Police said the cart was being operated by Allison Patricia Gair, 17, of Peachtree City. Gair, the girl who was injured and another juvenile had spent the night at a friend’s house and took the cart without the owner’s permission, police said.

The accident victim was treated at the scene by Peachtree City emergency services personnel before being air-lifted to Grady Hospital in Atlanta. Police are still investigating and no charges have been filed yet.

Well, it's good she's okay. Golf cart wrecks do suck.

You know, I had a buddy that once owned a three-wheel golf cart before they discontinued making them. There was a big hill on the second hold at my golf course that you'd hit down into a lot because, well, we sucked back then. Kyle used to drive that three-wheeler down there and every so often he'd flip that bad boy. I still can't understand why they stopped making them.



Did you know Kim Jong-Il is better at golf than Tiger Woods? I know this because I read the Internet and everything online is true. Look, it is right here in this 2004 article by the World Tribune.

Kim Jong-Il > Tiger Woods at golf. Incredible.

Interesting Headline of the Week

Every once in a while I come across a headline that makes me laugh for reasons the headline artist (we call them headtists) probably didn't want.

Today we have's headline on a story about Sergio Garcia and his future. The link and headline reads, "No. 2 Garcia now aims at major wins and Tiger."

While the headline shouldn't get all the blame, Sergio should. His quote in the story had me scratching my head with a 4-inch nail.

``I think my next goal is trying to win a major,'' Garcia said Monday.

Hummmm. Well, call me crazy, but I thought Sergio was trying to win a major the last few years. You know, with all those seconds and British Open playoffs and such. I mean, maybe he was just trying to finish in the top-5 without winning a major just to prep himself for that quote.

Wait, is Sergio smarter than we all initially thought? He had this whole thing planned out like a television series? What a jerk.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Wait, Davis Love III Is Still Alive?!?!?!?

I'm sorry it has taken me this long to post about the Davis Love III win, but blame it on the McCarren Airport deciding a Sunday afternoon was the perfect time to shut down two runways, thus leaving me with a dead laptop, a dead cell phone and the inability to get back in time for Sunday Night Football.

Anyway, it appears Love won some PGA Tour event called the, get ready for it, Children's Miracle Network Classic presented by Wal-Mart for his 20th victory of his career thus a lifetime exemption the PGA Tour.

Honestly, I have always loved Davis Love, mainly because who hates a guy that has persuaded two of the better sponsors in golf, Polo and Titleist, to remain on board all these years when he continually underachieves.

Love has only won one major championship in his career and hadn't carded a victory in more than two years, but his win at the CMNCPBWM (For short) got him that precious 20-win lifetime that only Tiger, Mickelson and Vijay have as active players.

The only disappointing part of this story is the fact that he beat out Tommy "Two Gloves" Gainey, who would have earned two years on tour, thus making one of my buddies the maddest person in America. "Why the hell does he wear two gloves? What a moron," my friend always says. Seeing his face red is one of the better parts of my day.

Also, I just wanted to point out that if I ever win the CMNCPBWM, I will probably have more than one freaking Getty Images picture with Mickey Mouse. I guarantee I would take my immaturity to a completely different level with Mickey and some cameras.

"Hey Mick, grab my ass."

Marc Serota, Getty Images
Will Barack Obama continue the tradition of bogey-making presidents? [FanHouse]

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Anthony Kim Was Disqualified From the HSBC For Altering His Driver

In golf, rules are rules, even if they are very, very dumb. Lucky for us Anthony Kim had a situation that reminded us how truly out there they really are.

At the HSBC Champions in Shanghi, Kim was swinging his driver around as he walked down a fairway and hit the toe of the club to a sprinkler. While nothing was initially seen as wrong, Kim pulled out his driver on the 8th hole and hit it a whopping 150 yards and out of bounds, something obviously bizarre for a long bomber like Kim.

At the eighth, he hit his first drive only 150 yards, and out of bounds. He then hit a second provisional shot - also poorly. He took a triple-bogey 8 on the hole and played two more before he found a rules official, who told him he must disqualify himself for playing with an altered club.

Kim was disqualified under rule 4-3b, said Andy McFee, European tour referee.

Yeah, that is stupid and all but golf rules are golf rules for a reason. Like I've mentioned before, when I used to play on the American Junior Golf Association the officials would carry around this dictionary sized situation book for all the possible scenarios one might encounter in a round of golf. While the rules of golf are thorough, they do not exactly make each situation crystal clear and this is obviously one of them.

While adding improper weight or a laser beam in the putter face might be illegal for obvious reasons, a ding on the driver that hindered the golfer shouldn't be a penalty or a disqualification.

This is the obvious time where I point, with much hesitation, to that old Rick Reilly column about the caddy error. Enjoy.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

I'm Calling Bullshit

Dude, whatever. Nobody makes five hole-in-ones in one week, no matter if you're luckier than Hugh Hefner in a rub and tug. it just doesn't happen. I'm sorry bro. Not buying this.

Now comes news of Curt Hocker, a 22-year-old from El Paso, Ill., who from Oct. 29 through Nov. 4 claims to have made five aces at El Paso Golf Club (he has witnesses for each). "If somebody told me they made five holes in one in a week, even on a par-3 course, I'd say 'No way'," Hocker told the Peoria (Ill.) Journal Star. "It's unbelievable. I'm just stunned. There's nothing I can say, other than it's unreal.”

Give credit to the Journal Star reporter who “spoke to everyone I could at the club, trying to get a sense if freak week in fact happened.” His conclusion: If it didn’t happen, “it's an incredibly complex hoax involving more than 30 people.”

Honestly, I don't carry a lot of juice, but if need be, I could pull together 30 of my dumbest best friends to lie about a story. It's like the time I fooled around with my ex-girlfriends aunt. What friend wouldn't cover for such a story? It's awesome.

Anyway, I have played a lot of golf and can honestly say, nobody in this world has the ability or the luck or the whateverittakes to do this. I'm not buying it. Tell your story walking Curt Hocker, if that's your real name.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Anthony Kim is in second place with Sergio Garcia and Phil Mickelson besides falling off a freaking horse in the last week. I have a lot of things to help your short game, falling off a horse not being one of them. [Live Scoring]

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Tiger Speaks Of Knee, Says Nothing

In typical Tiger Woods fashion, reports came up on his little website about the knee, with basically the exact same thing he's been saying for three months.

I'd stay away from energy drinks over the next 45 seconds because the excitement from this quote with the added push from a Red Bull might just do you in for good.

"The knee is progressing." Woods said. "I'm working hard every day and there have been no setbacks. I've actually started to do a little chipping and putting, but no full swings. That's not going to happen until early next year."

So, did you get that you annoying, stupid critics? His knee is fine. FINE! FINE I TELL YOU!!!!! HE WILL WIN EVERY TOURNAMENT IN 2009 AND YOU KNOW IT! HE'S TIGER F-ING WOODS!!!!

Whew, got a little carried away there. Sorry folks.

(On a side note, while tooling around Getty Images for a picture, the one above came up when typing in "Tiger Woods wife." Now, I love Tiger, think he is a great athlete and a lot of fun and good for all sports, but to find out he drinks Miller Lite has basically made me want to marry him and give him presents on every day of the year. A Miller Lite guy? Really?!?! Tiger, you're honestly as good as it gets.)

Doug Benc, Getty Images

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

7-Year-Old Dies From Brother's Golf Shot To the Head

A pretty sad story that was reported on Sunday. A 7-year-old girl died from a tee shot her brother hit that struck her in the head.

Casey Gauthreaux of Louisiana was hit in the head two weeks ago by a shot from her 14-year-old brother Andrew, which eventually was too much for the young girl's body to endure.

The saddest part of the story comes with the prognoses of Casey. The young girl was said to be doing a lot better after surgery, but just wasn't going to pull through, and the parents (get ready for this) had to take her off the ventilator. Sigh.

“Kevin and I had to make the hardest decision ever,” the journal reads. “We are taking her off the vent tomorrow. Knowing how much Casey loved life, we knew this would not be fair to her to live the rest of her life like this.

“As I look at her, I know she is not there any longer. When I thought she was giving me ‘sweet eyes,’ I realize now she was telling me she was going to be OK, and I needed to let her go.”

A lot of times we think that sports (raises hand) or failed relationships (raises hand even higher) or even the election is the biggest deal in our lives, and then we read things like this and realize some people have it a helluva lot worse.

Our hearts and prayers go out to the Gauthreaux family.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Augusta National Doing Some Minor Fall Tweaking

Back before Augusta National decided to make the golf course longer than the Nile River, the talk of changes to the course was one of the better talking points when golf was on hiatus.

"Did you hear they were adding rough?" "I can't believe they are putting in more trees to the left of 17!" "Wow, we need to do more with our lives when we sit around and discuss a golf course we will never play."

Well, Augusta announced they are tweaking the sanctuary a little, and by a little, I mean a little.

The back portion of the first tee will be moved up seven yards, mostly to make some room for the galleries to pass between the putting green and Numero Uno.

Also, 10 yards were added to the tee on the 7th and the front of the 15th.

I know, I know, it is sad to see such a treasure given such a nasty face lift, but can we all agree not to rush the gates in April? Done and done.

Oh, was that the Masters we were talking about? Seems like the perfect time to bring you a pretty fun Masters moment. I think you have probably seen this shot.

Phil Mickelson said he isn't totally committed to being a full fledged member of the European Tour in 2009. Well, he said that and then he didn't say it. Pretty Mickelson-y, to be honest. [FanHouse]


Listen, I know this is a golf blog that has nothing to with politics, but I wanted to take the time away to advice anyone and everyone to get off your tailbone and go to the polls.

I'm only 24, so maybe I'm the wrong to be advising anyone on anything, but a lot of my friends have commented on the pain of having to go to the polls or dealing with the long lines. Listen, it might take an hour, it might take longer, but is that really going to be the reason you avoid the biggest election in my lifetime and many others?

Barack Obama, John McCain, Sarah Palin, Joe Six Pack, Joe the Senator -- who cares, just go out, check a box, read the propositions and try to go with what you believe in.

I promise you'll feel a lot better tomorrow if you let your voice be heard.

Okay, back to making fun of Sergio Garcia. GO VOTE!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

John Daly explains the Hooters debacle. I promise, it's worth reading. [FanHouse]

Justin Timberlake Is Now a Member of Callaway

If the next CD Justin Timberlake comes out with has a ton of Callaway Golf references, you'll know why.

The guy that bangs every hot girl in Los Angeles signed a deal with Callaway, adding to his continued push to be a factor in the golf world.

There’s nothing like hitting the ball perfectly—I’m hooked on that feeling," Timberlake said. "With Callaway’s help, I’m hoping to experience that more often."

Yeah, that and the fact that they're probably paying you a few million bucks.

Can I give you a piece of advice, Justin? Do not continue to drink yourself into oblivion, thus losing your Callaway deal and eventually be arrested at a Hooters. Someone has already did that and it didn't work out so well.

So, there you have it. Timberlake is now bringing Eli back.

The New Titleist Driver Is Solid

When it comes to products, I'm fairly biased and am not scared to admit it. I like Titleist above all other products, mainly because I think the performance clubs fit my game better and because I'm a little traditionalist in the golf course. I have played the Tour Balata, the Professional, the Tour Prestige and now I'm a Pro-V1x guy through and through.

That is why, two days ago, I picked up one of the new 909 D2 drivers by Titleist. Since I'm left-handed, they only had it in a stock shaft, so until I have five minutes to drive north to Hot Stix and get a stiffer shaft put in, this is what I will deal with.

Let me tell you, the new drivers are incredible. I basically was hitting a long, soft fade with the driver all day until I needed the left-to-right draw, which the club can produce. I thought the weight was spot-on, the head was large but not too big and the feel of it was what I was hoping for.

Anyway, it's Sunday with no real golf to speak of, so I thought it was worth noting that the new Titleist stuff is great.