Sandra Echeverria is 29. 34-24-35. Hispanic actress/singer.
The Bridge, Savages, The 7
Caught her sizzling up a scene in The Bridge last year as a drug lord's girlfriend. Can speak in Spanish, Middle Eastern, French, Russian, Italian accents. Part of singing group "Crush" that recorded two albums and performed in 200 concerts.
Enjoy the weekend.
Funny story where Tiger Woods is already talking smack to Rory McIlroy about next year's Masters.
“I’m not comfortable because I know that [Woods] is working his butt off to get back here and get back to where he wants to be,’’ McIlroy said. “We talked about a few things and he’s telling me, ‘I’m not going to let you win a green jacket next year [a Masters win would complete the career Grand Slam for McIlroy].’
I say whatever motivates Woods to get back to form is good for everyone. But right now (despite Rory shooting a 74 yesterday at The Barclays), the only way Tiger prevents Rory from winning is if he kidnaps the kid and hides him in a closet during Masters week.
Meanwhile, McIlroy continued frolicking around the Big Apple and dousing hot Suits actress Meghan Markle with an ALS Ice Bucket Challenge (click the box). I think most guys would buy a mulligan to do it again...
Saturday morning on the Teebox...
--We check to see if Rory McIlroy is still running the table at The Barclays
--Ask if a Tour player was overly honest calling a penalty on himself and removing $53,000 from his wallet
--Ask why rangefinders are okay during U.S. Amateur competition but not on pro tours
--At 9:10, one of us tells you why he gave up a cherished weekly habit
--And, we'll do it all from the greatness of Coyote Ridge GC in Carrollton this Saturday morning from 8-10.
Moon Bloodgood turned 39 yesterday. 34-24-34. Dutch-Irish-South Korean mix actress.
Terminator Salvation, Eight Below, Falling Skies, Day Break
One of People Magazine's 100 Most Beautiful People in the world 2009. Was once professional cheerleader for the Los Angeles Lakers. Appointed the goodwill ambassador of the Korean Tourism Organization on July 4, 2009, becoming the first Hollywood star to promote Korea.
Some could understand a Slip 'N Slide might injure Matt Kuchar's back. But, he didn't do it sliding on one. Rather, his back seized up waiting in traffic looking for the toy.
There was a party planned at the house he was staying in Louisville, and Kuchar went looking for a Slip'N Slide for the kids. He tried two stores and couldn't find one.
"Sat in the car for about an hour fighting traffic and when I got back, I thought, `Boy, my back doesn't feel very good right now,"' Kuchar said Tuesday.
He figured it would loosen up on Wednesday after some treatment -- no such luck.
In other Tour news...
Robert Allenby joined some not-so-elite company - the last man to qualify for the FedEx Cup playoffs. He finished at No. 125 by one point over Nicholas Thompson (who at least keeps his card through the money list).
Only three of the previous seven players who got the last spot - Lee Janzen (2008), Troy Matteson (2009) and William McGirt (2011) - managed to make it to the second round of the playoffs at the TPC Boston. Janzen did this when The Barclays field was 144 and the Deutsche Bank Championship field was 120 (he went up to No. 119).
No one who started in the last spot has ever made it to the third round at the BMW Championship. Troy Matteson missed out by 62 points in 2009.
Riding the hot week...
Camilo Villegas became the fifth player outside the top 200 in the world ranking to win on the PGA Tour this year.
And even though only the FedEx Cup playoffs remain on the schedule, there's a chance to add to that list because 14 players who qualified for The Barclays are outside the top 200. That starts with Andres Romero (No. 201) and ends with Robert Allenby (No. 367).
The others from outside the top 200 to have won this year: Steven Bowditch (Texas Open), J.B. Holmes (Wells Fargo), Ben Crane (St. Jude Classic) and Geoff Ogilvy (Barracuda Championship in Reno).
Villegas also became the sixth PGA Tour winner this year who doesn't have another top-10 finish.
I think many a mid-to-high handicap golfer wonders what they'd shoot with a few extra straight yards off the tee. In this piece, an 18-handicapper played with pro Mark O'Meara with the goal to see what score each would shoot using the other golfer's drives back in 1991.
Peter Andrews was an 18-handicapper who was convinced he could be shooting in the 70s "with only a few measly extra yards off the tee, assuming 50 yards qualifies as measly." O'Meara was by then a PGA Tour star -- not yet a winner of two major titles, but already with six tour wins to his name. The concept was quite simple: playing from 6,279 yards, Andrews played O'Meara's tee ball in on every hole, and O'Meara played Andrews'.
The old adage "fool me once shame on you; fool me twice shame on me" appears to be applicable with Bubba Watson's latest apologies over his recent immature on-course behavior. After awhile, the "I'm sorrys" just don't pass the sniff test.
Maybe this time, he means it. Although, I have my doubts...
"If you look at the bigger picture, not competing in the Long Drive Contest was the first mistake," the reigning Masters champion said Tuesday after a practice round ahead of Thursday's start of the FedExCup Playoffs at The Barclays. "When you look at just me as an individual, that was the selfish part, because I didn't agree with it but there's a lot of things that I don't agree with that I do.
"Then you look at it from my attitude on the golf course. Because I want something so bad, that's not the reason to do that. You still just bite your tongue and compete at a high level, don't show emotion, and I take it overboard because I want something so bad. I want to be considered a great player. I want to win golf tournaments and I've got to learn on that.
" … And then my language was not good. That's a different topic, and childish again. It's all childish stuff and I'm trying to mature and become a better man. I take it on the chin. It was my fault. Everything's my fault and I should be bigger and stronger and better than that."
Barbie Blank aka Kelly Kelly is 27. 37-24-36. American pro wrestler, model.
WWE "wrestler" from 2006-12. She was a young gymnast and hoped to go to the Olympics but she had to give it up as she broke her tail bone when she was 10. Her WWE Finisher is called K2 which is a leg drop bulldog.
Blonde or brunette? Looks like a winning choice either way.
Tom Weiskopf played with both Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods. So, obviously in the September issue of Golf Magazine, he's asked who would win a match while in their prime.
"It's close," Weiskopf said. "It depends on who picks the course. I'll take Jack in a playoff."
Having dueled with Nicklaus throughout the 1970s and having played with Woods in the early 2000s, Weiskopf said the two all-time greats have more in common than not.
"They're similar in so many ways: long off the tee, terrific with long irons," he said. "Tiger gets the edge with the wedge and short game, Nicklaus the edge with the putter and course management."
But whereas Woods was "aggressive, bolder, even reckless," Nicklaus, like Ben Hogan, "hit the best-percentage shot all the time," Weiskopf said.
Sadly, like other time machine matches, we'll never know. But its always fun to speculate.
Nathan Spoon-Tanner aced three holes in less than two months. Its just another dig to this long-suffering golfer who hasn't earned one in 45 years. Damn.
Spoon-Kanner nailed his first on June 29, an 88-yard shot with a pitching wedge. He followed that up with a 180-yard ace using a hybrid club on August 4. His last one came this past Monday via a 112-yard shot with a nine-iron.
“I'm nothing more than an average golfer,” he told The Santa Cruz Sentinel, although he began playing when he was just 2 1/2. “I'm just teeing in on the greens. It's a pretty amazing feeling.”
There were multiple witnesses, according to the paper, for his first and third aces, and at least one friend was there for all of them.
“I was there all three times,” said Spoon-Kanner's playing partner, Quinn Sanberg. “It was like an out of body experience just watching them. He's starting to make it look easy now.”
Aside from doing considerable special education work, Spoon-Kanner has had surgeries on both knees, so all his recent success could be just sweet redemption.
“It's more than ball and club and putting the ball in the hole. I am thankful to be somewhat healthy and pain free. I went through a lot with surgery. It was a long-haul recovery. I think I am being rewarded.”
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