Jennifer Connelly turns is 43 today. 37-26-35. Curvy actress.
Requiem For A Dream, A Beautiful Mind, Blood Diamond, The Hulk, The Rocketeer
Born in the Catskill Mountains, NY. Irish and Norwegian ancestry mix. Speaks fluent Italian and French. Enrolled at Yale before transferring to Stanford. Chosen as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#54) in 2007.
Sadly, this isn't the first story about a youth sports coach indicted for child molestation charges. But until now, we haven't heard one involving a junior golf coach. Ironically, the news came down the day before he was to receive a major award...
Andrew Michael Nisbet, 31, faces 65 felony counts, including lewd acts on a child and arranging sexual meetings with minors, after he allegedly assaulted two male victims over a three-year period from 2009 to '12, according to the Mercury News.
Nisbet was arrested Saturday while working at Los Positas Golf Course, the day before he was to have received the Junior Golf Leader Award from the PGA of America's Northern California Section.
Nisbet was being held without bail in the Santa Rita Jail. His plea-entry hearing is scheduled for Jan. 15. Police are said to be interviewing more potential victims.
Sports Illustrated awards their Sportsman of the Year every December. Each writer nominates their favorite candidate. Golf scribe Alan Shipnuck chooses Phil Mickelson mainly based on his extraordinary final round at the British Open--an event he typically struggles at.
There are many worthwhile candidates, but its hard to argue with Lefty being picked.
The Mickelsons were celebrating maybe the greatest triumph of Phil’s Hall of Fame career, his rousing comeback to take the British Open. Mickelson’s back-nine 32 is among the most legendary golf ever played at this august championship, and it showcased his evolution from a one-dimensional slugger to a nimble shotmaker. How many athletes reinvent themselves at 43, after a quarter-century of myth-making success? While battling arthritis, no less? Mickelson is now three-quarters of the way to a career Grand Slam and he’s not done yet.
The Open was part of a career year. Already in 2013 Mickelson had shot the second lowest four-round score in PGA Tour history, at Phoenix, and tamed a rollicking track at the Scottish Open. At the U.S. Open he had displayed just as much grace in defeat as victory. The serial disappointments Mickeslon has suffered at our national championship would break a lesser man, but resiliency may be his most important gift, right up there with the flop shot.
David Duval, once the #1 ranked player in the world in 1999, is struggling to find his once formidable form (now ranked 1,528). He failed to make the cut in 22 of his last 28 starts, and only played the weekend in two of 11 tournaments in 2013.
Here, he talks about his goal for the year--or try another option.
“As a player you need to perform and if I don’t do that in 2014 I will do something else,” the 42-year-old informed his followers on Twitter, in the course of a 14-tweet barrage.
"Without hesitation that 2014 will be the last year I rely on the kindness of strangers, er, sponsors, as he tries to get back on his golfing feet."
Emmanuelle Chriqui is 36. 34-23-33. Moroccan Jewish actress.
You Don't Mess With the Zohan, Entourage, The Mentalist
Last name pronounced "Shreeky." Montreal, Canada. Starred in first commercial for McDonalds at age 10. Ranked #1 on AskMen.com's Top 99 Most Desirable Women 2010.
In an interview on golf.com, Greg Norman talks about how he became a business icon, his on-course strategies, how he got screwed by the PGA Tour and how he'd have fared against Tiger Woods. Well, many golfers have beaten Woods over the years, but the major win difference of 14-2 makes it tough to take Norman's stance too seriously.
Its still is a worthy read.
A lot of people ask how I'd stack up against today's players if I had use of modern equipment. Listen, it's not about the gear. Winning is about what's in your heart and in your head. Equipment dictates how to play the game in an era, but the physical and mental skills are the same. And I had them. I never feared anything or anyone on the course, and I wasn't afraid to fail. So I think I'd do pretty well against Snead, Hogan, Tiger and Phil -- whoever. Tiger's a tough guy, but I was a tough guy on the course, too. I probably would have beat him.
When I was young I read a lot of articles by Ben Hogan. He wrote pages on the stiffness and torque he used in his shafts. I remember thinking, Sh-t! I need to figure this out. I spent a lot of time trying different shafts and, when I found a good match, making sure the spine was set in the same place on every club. I got it right, so I can't figure out why today's pros can't do likewise. Take Rory [McIlory]. It's absurd to say he has gear issues. It's so easy to re-create the same specs and feel from one set to the next. Something else is going on [with him].
The biggest difference between weekend players and pros? Let's say we're both 100 yards from the pin -- a sand wedge for me and a gap wedge for you. I'll use my pitching wedge and swing at 70 percent. You'll hit your gap wedge at 100 percent. And you'll lose. Weekend players go for broke while pros look for a way to play the minimum.
The abyss of my professional career was my run-in with PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem over the World Tour, my idea for an international series of tournaments. It was a beautiful plan and good for golf. I had the support of numerous marquee players, a lucrative TV contract in place, and most important, I had structured it so that the players owned it. I've always believed that if you help build equity in something, you should receive some of the spoils. Unfortunately, Finchem and the media ripped me to shreds. They said I was trying to ruin the game. It got so bad that a lot of PGA club pros who carried Greg Norman Collection [clothes] began canceling their contracts. I was devastated, but I was so sure of the World Tour's promise that I called each one of them to explain my side of the story, because I was never offered the chance to do so with the PGA Tour. It took weeks. I asked each one to hear me out and draw his own conclusions. Everyone kept their contract. My tour never got off the ground, yet three years later the PGA Tour launched the World Golf Championships. I guess they didn't like the fact that it wasn't their idea.
PGA Tour player Ben Crane loves a good laugh. YouTube any of his videos and I think you'll agree. In this interview, he tells why he thinks his fellow Tour pros need to lighten up and how many total hours of his entire life he's practiced the game.
Do you think most Tour pros could stand to loosen up?I'm very serious between the ropes at times, especially when it's not going well. I can feel like I can't let myself have a good time. But guys need to pick their chin up a little bit and look around. Dude, you're on the PGA Tour! You've probably dreamed about this since you were a kid. It's so fun. I don't care if you just made double; you have the opportunity to look at a kid and throw him a ball and make his day. I try to remember that.
You finished the year 139th in driving distance. Was that because of your back?My clubhead speed on the Nation-wide Tour was about 124 miles an hour. If I saw the front lip of a bunker 300 yards out, I wouldn't even think about it -- I'd just fly it. I was so long. I was No. 1 in driving distance for the first five months of the season out there, but then I got injured and stopped working on being fast, and now I'm way down in driving distance. [Laughs] I can't smoke it anymore.
Rory Sabbatini famously left you in the dust at the 2005 Booz Allen at Congressional. Have you gotten much faster with your pace of play since then?Rory and I are friends, and I've tried to get better. Last year I talked to Jon Brendle, a Tour official, and they see everything. I said, "Hey, how am I doing?" His reaction was very positive. He said, "Just keep up with the group in front of you." I don't want guys to get bummed out when they get paired with me. I didn't even know in high school and college golf that I was slow. No one ever said anything.
On the importance of practice.
The pro I worked with growing up used to say, "I think if I worked a little harder I could've made it." I thought, I'll never say that.
So you got your 10,000 hours in. Thirty-five thousand -- I added 'em up. He's been alive for 310,000 hours, so Crane has spent over 10% of his total hours on earth practicing golf.
So you should be really good by now, given you've put in more than three times as much as the 10,000 hours that Malcolm Gladwell recommends in his book "Outliers."I read "Bounce" [by Matthew Syed] and "Talent is Overrated" [by Geoff Colvin]. I think Bounce is the best one. He proved that guys like Mozart, Roger Federer -- it has nothing to do with genes; it's about putting in specific, intense hours of practice. Of course, you can't play post for the Houston Rockets if you're my size.
Gal Gadot. 34-24-34. Israeli actress, model.
Fast Five, Fast & Furious 6, Fast & Furious, Knight and Day
Just announced to star as new Wonder Woman. Miss Israel in 2004. Avid motorcycle rider. She owns a black 2006 Ducati Monster-S2R. Gadot served 2 years as sports trainer in the Israeli Defense Forces.
"I like being a bad-ass."
Kinda funny that Tiger Woods won't comment on girlfriend Lindsey Vonn's skiing technique.
I suffered another year of going ace-less. Well, at least these guys are skilled Tour players...
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