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Eva Mendes turns 41. 34-25-36. Cuban-American actress. 

Hitch, The Other Guys, Training Day, 2 Fast 2 Furious

Was ranked #11 on Maxim magazine's Hot 100 of 2010 list. Owns a Belgian Malinois dog and gives commands to it in French, because it was trained in this language. Belgian Malinois are similar to Alsatians but considered more intelligent. They are used by United States SEAL teams.

"I wanted to be a nun when I was very little. Well, that was until my sister told me that they don't get paid. Then I went off that idea quickly."

 

Mickelson Was The "Puppetmaster" Of The Ryder Cup Task Force

 


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Ousted PGA of America President Ted Bishop continues to attemp remaining relevant. His latest move was to spill the beans that most of the Ryder Cup Task Force wanted Fred Couples as the next captain, but that Phil Mickelson had other ideas

"What’s curious is how Love wound up as captain," Bishop penned. "A majority of the eight men who represented the players and past captains on the task force wanted Fred Couples to take the helm."

"It’s clear that Mickelson controlled the tenor of the task-force meetings. Last week, when a reporter asked Love how he evolved from a task-force member to captain, Phil practically knocked down Davis to grab the microphone. Mickelson was quick to point out that Love had not lobbied for the job. He said Davis sees the big picture, has the experience and is a perfect fit. He also acknowledged that Love had made mistakes at Medinah and that he had learned from those mistakes. Phil capped his remarks by saying, “Davis will put us in a position to succeed rather than create obstacles to overcome.” Phil was clearly taking another shot at Watson."

When it came to the task force, it appeared to be the 'Mickelson rule,' not the majority. Bishop labeled Mickelson as the task force puppetmaster. 

“From his pub-stool perch in the second row, Phil presided over the press conference like a hawk surveying its prey. In typical Mickelson fashion, he was courteous to Love and the PGA, allowing them to outline their vision for ’16 and beyond — even though those plans clearly had Mickelson’s fingerprints all over them.”

It's also been rumored that Phil will be the next Ryder Cup captain in 2018...

 

Despite Dislocated Shoulder, Arnie Will Hit Honorary 1st Drive At Augusta

 


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The King, Arnold Palmer, dislocated his shoulder in three months ago and hasn't swung a club since. But the 85-year-old will still take a swipe as an honorary Masters driver in AprilHe suffered the injury in a fall in December before the Father-Son Challenge.

“I’m looking forward to being out on that tee even if I fan it.”

“I was going to make a speech at the Father-Son and I tripped on a carpet and did a 360,” he said.

“Oh yeah, I plan on it,” Palmer said. “I haven’t (been practicing). I’m not allowed to swing yet. ... I will whatever.”

Still the icon. 

 

The Latest Trend In Fitness Is...

 


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Fitness trends come and go (remember the hype of CrossFit or P90X?). But the new trend is deliciously old school and one I've championed for years--body weight training. It's easier on the body, cheaper and you'll surely get a terrific sweaty workout.

Makes sense for the golfer as well. Developing a good core and better flexibility are a wonderful benefit for your game. 

Things like push-ups, planks and plyometrics are finally getting their due respect. It's not that people haven't been doing body-weight exercises for years, it's just that the most common perceptions people have of what constitutes a good workout have been things such as running on a treadmill, or circuit training on a row of muscle-specific machines in some big-box gym.
 
 

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Jessica Biel turned 33 yesterday. 36-26-36. American actress. 

The Illusionist, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Total Recall

Intoxicating heritage of Hungarian Jewish (from her paternal great-grandfather, the origin of her surname), Danish, English, German, and Swiss-German. Married to Justin TimberlakeCollects vintage glasses with no lenses.

"There is so much pressure to look a certain way in this town. But it's nice to have a little meat on you, and I hope I inspire women to appreciate their muscular calves."

 

Adam Scott Arrives At Doral With Conventional Putter

 


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Adam Scott is the latest anchored putter user to get a head start on using a shorter flatstick before the 2016 embargo

“I might play with it (in this week’s WGC-Cadillac Championship),” he said. “I’ve had fun working with it, but I don’t really have a plan yet.”

“It’s been fun to change (back to the conventional putter), just like it was fun to change to the long one,” he said. 

Scott is the highest-ranked player (#5) to use the broom handle. 

Here are his stats before and after switching out to the long wand in at the 2011 WGC Match Play. It wasn't quite a miracle cure, but...

Year
Strokes Gained: Putting
Rank
2004
0.88
1
2005
0.016
101
2006
-0.122
133
2007
0.127
73
2008
-0.436
179
2009
-0.888
180
2010
-0.746
186
2011
-0.187
143
2012
-0.203
146
2013
0.001
103
2014
0.217
55

 

 

Golf's Top-Paid Executives

 


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It appears most have a fascination of what other people earn in their various professions. Golf is no different. Well, GolfDigest.com lists the highest paid execs in golf

I don't have a comment or opinion about the list, but maybe you do. 

 

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Nathalie Kelley turns 30. 34-28-34. Peruvian born Australian actress.

The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Body of Proof, The Depraved

Born in Lima, Peru. Peruvian mother and Argentine father. Speaks fluent Portuguese and Japanese. Has a degree in Political Science at the University Of New South Wales, majoring in Third World Development. Played the love interest in the music video for the Bruno Mars song "Just the Way You Are".

"I'm such a girl because all the guys go for cars because of their engines or something like that. I like the colour and the design."


Here's Why You Could Be Losing Nearly 30-Yards On Your Drives

 


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Golfdigest.com posts some compelling reasons why you're not maximizing distance on your drives. 'Cause don't we all wanna hit it as far as humanly possible?

Of course we do. 

We studied how 150 average golfers hit their drivers. We measured swing speeds from 60 miles per hour to 130, and handicaps from 0 to 36. For the test, we used a Foresight Sports GC2 launch monitor that measured swing speed, ball speed, launch angle, spin rate and distance. We also asked dozens of America's 100 Best Clubfitters to share similar launch data from their customers. What we found is that the average golfer launches the ball too low, generates too much backspin and doesn't make solid contact with the center of the face. Specifically, we're not hitting it as far as we should given our respective swing speeds.

Nine out of 10 golfers in our test hit the ball short of what we estimate their potential to be. What's a good estimate for your driving-distance potential? If you're not hitting it 2.5 to 2.7 times your clubhead speed, you need a better-fitting driver, a lesson, or both.

Two-thirds of the players in our survey weren't within 15 yards of their potential driving distance, and half of those were 30 or more yards short of optimum.

Our data suggests that many golfers would benefit from more loft on their driver and perhaps a softer flexing shaft. But what we all really need is a quality driver fitting. With the feedback available from launch monitors and the increasing ability of good fitters to work with quality instructors, the right fitting can change your clubs and even your swing.

A recent test by TrackMan, whose launch monitor is used on the PGA Tour, found that a swing speed of 90 miles per hour can gain about 30 yards by just swinging up on the ball.

Luckily, we may just have a solution for ya--at a terrific price too.

So go on get yourself that untapped extra 30-yards. 

 

After A Long Drought, Harrington Returns To Winner's Circle

 


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Incessant tinkerer Padraig Harrington (his swing aids are a constant comic relief) once won three majors in a span of six events. He was firmly in the penthouse of golf. But, like Tiger Woods, his head got in the way of performance, to where he ultimately fell to to 259th in the world.

Until the Honda Classic.

Paddy was 5 shots back with eight holes to play. Ian Poulter imploded with five water balls. Patrick Reed (normally Mr. Monday) faltered. Only Tour rookie Daniel Berger made a charge with a 64 and was waiting on the range for a potential playoff. Paddy rinsed his shot on the par-3 17th and had to make birdie for a playoff spot. He rammed in a 17-footer.

After pars, the twosome faced the same 17th. This time, Harrington stiffed his tee shot while Berger drowned his. Game over. 

So, how did Paddy overcome his long term issues?

Whatever physical tinkering he had done with his swing, not seeing the results he’d hoped for had crept into the mental side of his game and in 2012 he suffered the yips.

“As a lot of people who win major tournaments, you look back at them and you try and live up to them, play up to them,” Harrington said. “I just got very intolerant of my mental game, my focus.

“When you get (the yips), it's really frustrating, it's really hard. You don't know what to do. You grind your way through it and it is a tough thing to get through.

“But yeah, there's no doubt low points in those years, because you know, in 2008, 2009, I'm very much in the penthouse. I wasn't quite down to the doghouse but not far away from it.”

It hasn't helped that he has tinkered with his swing endlessly in the last seven years. Sound familiar? 

"My big problem is really trying to control the outcome and not settling for the process being enough," he said. "Ultimately, I have found out that is the biggest hindrance to my game. My mind out there was better than it's ever been. It was ugly at the end there. I found it for a while, though." 

Offering him solace is that he found it in Indonesia, too. After blowing a four-stroke lead through 54-holes, Harrington sank a 15-foot par putt on the 72nd hole to beat Thanyakon Khrongpha of Thailand by two shots. It was his first win since the 2010 Johor Open, also on the Asian Tour.

The only defect was his incredibly slow play. It took the final group over three hours to play nine holes. Congrats to Paddy but how about picking up the pace, huh? 

 

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