Helen Owen. 32-34-24. British model.
The UCLA grad is putting an absolute beatdown on Instagram, and with over 180K followers.
We can see why.
Andrew Orischak was sitting pretty in his U.S. Junior Am final against Philip Barbaree, leading 5-up with only eight holes to play. Alas, Barbaree rallied with a stunning performance to beat Orischak one-up in a playoff.
What's worse, Andrew's dad had set up a deal with Holly Sonders to go to the prom next year with his 16-year-old son if he captured the crown.
Orischak admitted when he went 5-up, he was thinking ahead.
"That was probably my biggest downfall," Orischak said. "I was playing very solid golf. The whole week I told myself I was just going to hit one shot at a time. I was thinking about winning before the match was over."
It also could've been the opportunity to have the 28-year-old Sonders on his arm at the prom next year. Golf is tough enough without 16-year-old hormones running rampant.
However, Sonders admirably agreed to go anyway. Nice consolation prize.
Robert Allenby's recently fired caddie (or did the caddie fire his boss?) Mo Middlemo fessed up in an interview that this is the correct story--and not what Allenby told him to say.
Middlemo now says he believes Allenby simply fell over and injured his face after drinking too much wine and tequila and not eating enough food."Do I think he got mugged and bashed and absolutely robbed? No I don't. That's the story I told because that's the story he told me to tell because I wasn't there," Middlemo told News Corp Australia."Do I think he just fell over and cracked his head? Honestly I do … I think he fell over and someone picked up his wallet and had a great time with his credit card."
And, another caddie, Simon Clarke, an Australian who was looping for another player in the group who said he has known fellow Aussie Allenby for more than two decades, told Reuters, “I wouldn’t be talking about it if he [Allenby] didn’t tell the media afterwards a whole lot of porky pies [Australian slang for lies]."
“I’ve known Rob for a long time and I’ve known Mick for a long time," Clarke said. "It’s disappointing that at age 42, or however old he [Allenby] is, he’s still treating people that way and how many good caddies he’s gone through.
"It’s sad that he speaks to the guys this way and doesn’t wait until after the round. It’s disappointing that he’s up to his old tricks.”
Call me not surprised.
One thing is a certainty. Robert Allenby is one sorry human being.
Aussie Jason Day missed out on the British Open playoff by one shot when his birdie attempt on the 72nd hole was short. It was the 8th time since 2010 he has finished in the top-5 in a major without winning.
Yet, after arriving a day late due to the Monday Open finish, he had three straight birdies on Sunday to take the RBC Canadian Open, including sinking roughly the same distance putt for birdie on 18.
“I got the ball to the hole this time,” he said.
The multi-winner in 2015 has finished in the top 10 in seven of 14 events this season--and in the top five six times.
Canadian David Hearn took a two-shot lead into the final round and started with two birdies but gave them back with two bogeys. He was attempting to be the first Canadian to win it's country's national championship in 61-years.
"I obviously had a wide range of emotions today," Hearn said. "I got off to a great start, and in the middle of the round, I just struggled a bit with hitting the quality shots I had been hitting all week."
"It’s hard to win any tournament on the PGA Tour," he said. "For me, I’m getting a lot better and I’m closer to doing that. I’ve been real close a couple times this month. Hopefully I’ll break through soon. I would have loved to have done it in front of everybody and made everybody proud, but I’m sure everybody is still proud, and I certainly am. I’m proud of the way I played."
Kate Beckinsale turns the big 42 tomorrow. 34-24-35. British actress.
Underworld, The Aviator, Pearl Harbor, Van Helsing
Father Richard Beckinsale was a popular British comedic TV actor before passing away at age 31. After tumultuous adolescence (a bout of anorexia - cured - and a smoking habit which continues to this day), she gradually took up acting.
Studied French, German and Russian literature while a student at Oxford. Ranked #3 in the 2010 Ask Men list of the top 99 "most desirable" women.
"If someone had told me years ago that sharing a sense of humour was so vital to partnerships, I could have avoided a lot of sex!"
Enjoy the weekend.
Aussie Tour pro Robert Allenby was once again in the news. Not for any great golf prowess, but for yet another curious incident.
Yesterday, Allenby got into a tiff with caddie Mick Middlemo over iron selection at the RBC Canadian Open.
After incurring a penalty stroke off the tee on the par-5 13th, his fourth hole of the day, Allenby had just over 150 yards in for his fourth shot. His caddie Mick Middlemo, new on the bag this year, called for an eight-iron, while Allenby wanted to hit seven. Middlemo insisted and Allenby’s shot caught a gust of wind and ended up in the creek that fronts the green. He took a triple-bogey eight on the hole en route to a front-nine 43. The fireworks, however, started right then and there.
“I said to him, ‘You know this happens every week. This has happened for like the last three or four or five months. We keep making bad mistakes and you’re not helping me in these circumstances,’” Allenby said after his round of 81. “And he just lost the plot at me. He just told me I could go eff myself. And I said, ‘Look, you need to slow down. I mean just calm down.’ And then he just got right in my face as if he wanted to just beat me up. I said, ‘Stop being a such and such and calm down and get back into the game.’ And he just got even closer and closer and I just said, ‘That’s it, you’re sacked.” I said, ‘I will never have you caddie ever again.’ And we never spoke for the rest of the (first nine) and when we got to 18 we walked off and he said some smartass remark to me and I said, ‘You don’t deserve to be caddying out there.’ And he just got right in my face and threatened me so I said, ‘Go.’ So he left.”
Caddie Middlemo had a different version.
Middlemo told GolfChannel.com that it was Allenby who went on a profane rant, telling the caddie, “I’m so sick of this fu——- bu——— you c—-.”
“I said, ‘Look, if you want someone to abuse, get someone out of the parking lot,’” Middlemo said. “And then he said it to me again and I said, ‘I dare you to call me a c—- again.’ That was it.”
“He said, ‘I’m going to get a caddie banned for life on this Tour.’ And I asked if it was me and he said, ‘Yes.’ That was it,” he said.
“He was 20 yards ahead of me and I put the bag down and got my stuff and hung my bib on the bag and then I walked away and went home.”
“It’s the worst I’ve ever heard. But it’s not like I’m the first guy this has happened to with him. I’m the fourth caddie to walk off the golf course with him.”
Allenby, who withdrew from the tournament after carding an 11-over 81, requested a security escort when leaving the course because he claimed Middlemo had threatened to wait for him in the parking lot.
The mess turned out to be a dream for Tom Fraser, a 61-year-old school principal who noted Allenby carrying his own bag and volunteered to help. Allenby said why not, and Fraser caddied for the final nine holes. He called it “the experience of a lifetime.”
This lead to a funny line by Steve Elkington on Twitter:
Allenby has made only 7 cuts in 22 events.
One has to think Bubba Watson must be one heck of a jerk to easily beat Allenby in a recent poll of Tour players when asked who's the most disliked player on Tour. His 23% easily beat Allenby's 9%.
Playing with those two would have to feel like being summoned to golf hell.
This is a timely post from GolfDigest.com's popular Undercover Pro describing the feelings when a caddie fires his boss.
I've made more than $20 million in my career, and I've been shown the pink slip by my bagman.
Last time I got the heave-ho was a couple years ago. I made more cuts than I missed that season, but by my standards, I was in a slump. On Tuesday of a tournament week, my caddie—whom I'd employed for years—told me he had something to say. It was late afternoon, and we were walking through the parking lot. We stopped. A player who was a lock to get into the FedEx Cup and a few other big events had offered him a job.
I was shocked. We'd had some bad weeks, but I didn't see this coming. To his credit, he told me to my face instead of sending a text, like a lot of caddies and players will do. I told him I couldn't stop him from taking it. He said he knew an available caddie he thought I'd work well with, at least for the week, so I wasn't completely in the lurch. We shook hands, then I grabbed my bag and carried it to the car. As a guy who's won on some big stages, a moment like this can ring your bell.
When you've been out here long enough, you learn not to take firings personally. Golf's a business, and inevitably you're going to wind up in the same group with former coworkers. If you hold a grudge against an old caddie or the player who hired him, it's only going to affect your game. And it's important to remember that caddies live under way more uncertainty than players, so you really can't begrudge any decision they make. They're always hanging out in the parking lots of qualifying events, working phones, scrambling to figure out who's injured or whose friend didn't show up, anything to get on a bag. They'll say, "What's the weight?" meaning how much will they get paid. These days, $1,300 to $1,800 per week is a typical base salary on the PGA Tour. Some players pay "5-7-10" (5 percent of a check for a made cut, 7 percent for a top-10 finish and 10 percent for a win), though 8 percent across the board is becoming more common. So if a top-five finish pays $377,000, the caddie's take for the week, including base and an 8-percent bonus, is approaching $32K. There are probably 15 or 20 very top players who pay their caddie an annual salary, with bonuses sprinkled here and there.
My current caddie is fantastic. But if a Dustin Johnson or Jordan Spieth offered him a job tomorrow, I'd tell him he'd be crazy not to take it. No hard feelings.
Charisma Carpenter turns 45. 34C-24-35. American actress.
Angel, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Expendibles 1 & 2, The Lying Game
Named after an Avon perfume. Cherokee, Irish, Scottish, Spanish, French and German mix. Was a cheerleader for the San Diego Chargers' football team. Once a champion ballet dancer.
"You can take the girl out of Vegas, but you can't take the Vegas out of the girl."
Two-time PGA Tour winner Sang-Moon Bae (including the Byron Nelson Championshi) will leave the Tour sometime this year to fulfill his South Korean military obligation.
A court ruling Wednesday in South Korea eventually will force the two-time winner off the PGA Tour and into a mandated two-year military service in his native country.
"I am sorry to those who have supported me, including all my fans and South Koreans, for causing anxiety," Bae told the Yonhap News Agency. "I completely respect the court's decision, and I humbly accept the judgment by the law."
South Korean men between the ages of 18 and 35 years must complete two years of military service because the country technically remains at war with North Korea.
The 29-year-old Bae was charged in February with violating that rule by not securing an extension that permits overseas travel. A United States resident since 2013, Bae challenged that decision in court, saying he didn't qualify as an overseas resident because he hadn't spent enough time outside of South Korea in 2014.
"My plan is to play as much as I can the rest of this season -- the PGA Tour and into the FedEx Cup playoffs -- before reporting for my military duty in South Korea,'' Bae said from the Canadian Open on Wednesday.
According to Reuters, Bae will earn about $130 per month in the South Korean military. For his PGA Tour career, he has earned $5,683,241, more than $2 million of which has come this season.
Bae is one of the highest-ranked golfers from South Korea, which also boastsK.J. Choi (who has eight PGA Tour wins) and Y.E. Yang (the only South Korean to win a men's major title).
Choi didn't turn professional until after his military service.
"When you are at your prime age, you have to go in the army,'' Choi, now 44, told ESPN.com in February. "So that takes a lot out of you.''
Bae's PGA Tour exemption is through 2017. Earlier this year, the PGA Tour board preliminary approved an amendment to tournament regulations, so that "mandatary obligation'' is considered with its provision on major medical issues and a family crisis. The board is scheduled to ratify the amendment at its meeting next week.
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Thanks to Craig Rosengarden for the tip.
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