Alison Eastwood is 41. 32-24-35. Yes, Clint's daughter. Actress.
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, Tightrope, Absolute Power.
A rebellious teenager growing up. Received a fine and three years' probation after a drunk-driving arrest in 1991. Kicked a drugs and alcohol addiction at age twenty. Was conceived during the production of Dirty Harry (1971). Posed for Playboy at age 30.
She certainly makes our day.
Just when you think Sergio Garcia has maybe matured (or at least dare bowing up to Tiger Woods), he sticks his big 'ol foot down his throat. His long feud with Woods escalated the last few weeks when Garcia thought Tiger grandstanded pulling a wood while Garcia was in mid swing at the Players Championship.
Yesterday at a European Tour black tie event, Garcia was asked in jest by GolfChannel's Steve Sands if "he would invite Tiger Woods to dinner at the U.S. Open."
Garcia: "We will have him round every night. We will serve fried chicken."Uh oh.
At the very least it wasn't funny. At the very worst it was idiotic and ignorant with possible racial overtones. Like the living ghost of Fuzzy Zoeller was channeling thru El Nino.
With his PR firm in full damage control, Garcia apologized...
“I apologize for any offense that may have been caused by my comment on stage during the European Tour Players’ Awards dinner. I answered a question that was clearly made towards me as a joke with a silly remark, but in no way was the comment meant in a racist manner.”
Garcia's club manufacturer TaylorMade put this out: "Sergio Garcia’s recent comment was offensive & in no way aligns with TaylorMade-adidas Golf’s values & corporate culture."
In the meantime, Woods offered up responses via his Twitter account.
"The comment that was made wasn't silly. It was wrong, hurtful and clearly inappropriate."
"I'm confident that there is real regret the comment was made."
The Players ended two weeks ago and it's long past time to move on and talk about golf."
This morning, Garcia met the firing squad for about 7 minutes at the BMW PGA Championship to expand on his apology.
"I was caught off-guard by the question, but don't get me wrong. My answer was totally stupid and out of place."
He also said that he'd never heard Zoeller's "fried chicken" comment at the '98 Masters--one that cost Zoeller several endorsement deals (Garcia was 17 at the time).
There's no way Jack Nicklaus allows the two to be paired in the first two rounds at Memorial next week...does he? Either way, Garcia better expect less than a heartfelt welcome by the Memorial gallery--and for a guy with thin skin that should be an interesting watch how he reacts and plays.
Jack Nicklaus granted Guan Tianlang an exemption into his Memorial Invitational. Yes, he's talented, polite and fairly mature for a 14-year-old, but I'm not a big fan of him receiving more sponsor exemptions for events that don't need the extra pub (Tiger Woods is playing the event).
We know he can make a pro cut at this point, but Tianlang isn't gonna win any time soon and giving up a spot to an amateur before a pro doing it for a living just doesn't seem right. It merely looks like carnival plate-spinning.
FYI, Tianlang is the 86th ranked amateur in the world...
And, Tianlang withdrew from the upcoming U.S. Open qualifier at Lakewood CC in Dallas.
Charissa Thompson. 32-22-34. Television host/broadcaster. Has worked for ESPN, Fox Sports, Versus and Big Ten Network. Sideline reporter for NFL and NCAA football. Is reportedly leaving ESPN for the new rival Fox Sports Network for big bucks.
Well, its official...sort of. Rule 14-1B to prohibit the use of anchored strokes is approved by the USGA and R&A along with the European Tour. However, the PGA Tour and PGA of America are saying not so fast folks and will wait to make their final decision.
Obviously so many potential issues. Its the first time I can remember a ruling not approved over all golf ruling bodies.
--Will other governing golf bodies rule independently such as the AJGA and NCAA?
--If the PGA Tour ultimately follows in step, what of the players currently anchoring until the Jan 1, 2016 ban date? Keegan Bradley is already hearing "cheater" comments while performing an act thats still legal.
--What about the Ryder Cup? PGA of America still currently approves it but the Euro Tour will not.
--The ruling doesn't ban the length of a putter--just the anchoring of it. So, those who complain they need them 'cause of bad backs can still broomstick it. Can't wait to see what those strokes look like.
"The last thing the governing bodies want to do," R&A chief executive Peter Dawson has said, "is be party to any kind of schism in the game.""We are simply trying to define the way that golf should be played," Davis said in a wide-ranging interview in this month's Golf Magazine. "For hundreds of years, golf was about taking a club, putting a ball into play and seeing how many strokes it takes you to get it in the hole. And while some people say, 'Hey, I have more fun anchoring,' we're simply saying, 'We don't think that's golf.'"
"As far as the PGA Tour," Tiger Woods said Monday, "I hope they do [outlaw anchored putting] as soon as possible to be honest with you. I've always said that." Padraig Harrington, who recently began to use a belly putter, said recently he will keep using one until it's illegal, as it should be. "It's for the betterment of the game that we get rid of it," Harrington said.
Nelson winner Sang-Moon Bae got some rave reviews from CBS analyst Nick Faldo for closing well after nearly imploding after the 9th hole Sunday.
We all marvel at this golf swing," Faldo said, "but I marvel at his mental strength as well. He showed great strength today. It wasn't very right for awhile and to face the big five holes to get in and shoot [even], fantastic. He won't be a flash in the pan either."Sang-Moon is also planning on representing South Korea in the upcoming Summer Olympic Games. It appears Bae still has mandatory military service to perform for his country. However, he can bypass the obligation if he wins an Olympic Medal or golf major.
Interesting results from the 36-hole Open qualifier yesterday at Gleneagles GC.
Josh TeaterCamilo VillegasJohnson Wagner Scott BrownBrian DavisBud CauleyRobert KarlssonLuke Guthrie
Those missing shooting at least the qualifying -4 were
Erik ComptonRory SabbatiniJimmy WalkerRyo IshikawaJordan SpiethDavis Love lllGary Woodland.
Included were 18 WDs...
Caught Lara Logan's segment on 60 Minutes last night. 34D-22-32. Born in South Africa. Gutsy reporter/war correspondent who gained access into the Afghanistan war to investigate stories for a British TV network.
Joined 60 Minutes in 2005. Emmy winner. Her CBS crew were arrested and detained for one night by the Egyptian Army on 3 February 2011, while covering the Egyptian Revolution. She said the crew was blindfolded and handcuffed at gunpoint, and their driver beaten.
Twice divorced, she was once married to Jason Siemon, a United Kingdom basketball star. Also, one-time bikini model.
We can see why...
It was a hell of a 1st PGA Tour win for Sang-Moon Bae at the HP Byron Nelson Championship. He squandered a 4-shot lead by butchering the par-4 9th hole, didn't hit a another fairway until the 14th, but somehow held on with some stout tee shots on 17 and 18 to beat a faltering Keegan Bradley by two shots.
We had him on the Teebox wrap up show last night and it started by him announcing "I am Sang-Moon Bae, HP Byron Nelson Champion!" How do you not love that?
Craig and I sat in the players lounge with a two tour players. One said if he had a two-shot lead on 18, I'd hit an iron and take the lake out of play. Bae bashed a driver to the fairway. They then said they'd bail out right to take water out again. Bae hit (okay kinda chunked) his approach right at the pin.
Not guts no glory...
Bae had won 11 international events prior to yesterday (his 42 PGA Tour start). We asked what was more important; the two-year exemption, a Masters invite or the $1,170,000 check. He quickly said, "The MONEY." Greatness.
Some notes to review:
Bae is 11/13 in cuts made this year.
It was his first start at the Nelson. Other winners in their first start include Jason Day and Bradley.
Bae is the 5th Tour winner of Korean-descent, joining K.J. Choi, Y.E. Yang, Kevin Na and John Huh.
Bae is the 8th first-time winner this year and the 3rd in last four weeks. He's also the 7th come-from-behind winner in the last 8 weeks. Only Tiger Woods went on to win the Bay Hill Invitational with a 54-hole lead.
AG buddy Art Sellinger told Craig last year to watch out for Bae. Pretty good prediction.
I along with countless others enjoyed his golf analysis. Venturi's 35-years in a booth is the longest ever for a television broadcaster. Ironically he suffered from extreme stuttering. So much that his family doctor predicted he'd never even be able to utter his name. He was typically fair but also blunt and didn't suffer fools. Great storyteller, knew countless Hollywood celebs and yes, was a hell of an amateur and Tour player before Carpel Tunnel Syndrome cut short his career.
CBS aired a 30 minute tribute prior to the 3rd round Nelson coverage.
The GolfChannel will replay David Feherty's interview with Venturi that was filmed soon after his quadruple bypass. Its worth catching at 9pm tonight.
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