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Dawn Olivieri
 is 35. 32-23-34. American actress, model and voice actress.

American Hustle, House of Lies, Hydra, Heroes, Infamous 2, Entourage

Said she's been told she was "The type of gal in high school you'd never notice until one day you look up and realize she's gorgeous." Discovered by modeling agency her senior year in high school. Moved to Milan. Moved back to the states after said agency stiffed her on the modeling checks. 

"I wish i could lie and cheat but I'm not that kind of girl."  

 

Fowler Moved To Tears After His Demise On The 17th Hole

 

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Rickie Fowler was enjoying a two-stroke lead heading to the driveable par-4 17th hole. Until he decided to smoke his driver 360-yards into the drink. 

So, why bring the water into play?

“I hit it right on line, hit it exactly where I was looking,” Fowler said. “That's kind of the unfortunate part to hit the shots that I did and to pull them off, and then it kind of backfired there. Hit a perfect shot.”

Standing on the tee with Fowler, Matsuyama was just as surprised.

“He hit a perfect drive in regulation at 17,” Matsuyama said through his translator. “I'm surprised it went into the water. It was a great shot.”

Following the ensuing action, Fowler was tearful when meeting with the press.

"The hard part is having all my friends and family and grandpa here who haven’t seen me win," he said, choking up. "But I will be able to hang with them tonight. I’ll be alright. With how good I’m playing, I know I can win. That’s the hard part."

Tied after 72-holes, Fowler and Matsuyama continued thru three playoff holes until the fateful 17th once again. This time, Fowler chose a 3-wood--and hit it left into the drink again

He couldn't convert the par putt and Matsuyama wins his 2nd Tour event, joining Jordan Spieth (8) and Patrick Reed (4) as only players with multiple PGA Tour wins before age 25. 

Matsuyama also broke his Tour-leading streak of seven runners up finishes since the beginning of 2015 without a win. 

One thing I noticed though was how sloooooooow Matsuyama's preshot routine is. I mean, how is he not on the clock?

 

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Alice Eve
 is 34 tomorrow. 36-25-34. English actress. 

She's Out Of My League, Men In Black 3, The Raven, Star Trek Into Darkness, Entourage 

Has heterochromia; her right eye is green and her left blue. Ranked #7 of of the most "Beautiful Famous Faces" by "The Annual Independent Critics List of the 100 Most Beautiful Famous Faces From Around the World." 

"I did literature at university, so I had a real relationship with poetry, but they don't make many films about the world of a poet."

Enjoy the weekend.

 

Another Pro Is Penalized For Too Many Clubs In Bag

 

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For the second time this year, a pro golfer was cited for exceeding the limit of 14 clubs in the bag. You know why it happens. Players try different sticks on the range and forget to remove something before entering the tournament. Still, caddies everywhere are probably counting a couple of extra times to makes sure. 

First, LPGA player Sandra Gal was penalized Wednesday for carrying an extra 3-iron at the Coates Golf Championship.

PGA Tour scribe Bryan Wacker reported that Keegan Bradley forgot to take out either a 3-iron or hybrid before teeing off at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Luckily for him, he noticed it after the first hole and was penalized only 2-strokes--and still shot a nice 68. 

“I don’t know what we missed to not catch that,” said Bradley, who signed for a 68 instead of 66, the latter of which would have left him just one back of co-leaders Rickie Fowler and Shane Lowry after the opening round. “It sucks.”

For his part, Bradley, who hasn't won since 2012, recovered well. He made four birdies over his next eight holes after the gaffe.  

Bradley’s caddie Steve Hale took the blame, saying, “That’s on me.”

Added Bradley: “He’s a great caddie. We all make mistakes.”

Be careful counting out there. 

 

Bubba Welcomed With Boos At The Stadium Hole

 

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Well, it was bound to happen. 

Following Bubba Watson comments that he "didn't like the course" and the only reason he was playing in the Waste Management Phoenix Open was "because of my sponsors and everything," the fans on the famous par-3 16 Stadium hole let him have it

Watson was showered with boos even as he stood over the ball. Despite the jeering, he stuffed his tee shot to 11 feet.

Before reaching the green, Watson tried to win back some fans by tossing out Ping visors. He also tweeted this morning, "I love the @WMPhoenixOpen and fans are awesome... looking forward to today!"

Despite the boos on the tee, he received plenty of applause after he canned his birdie putt.

Watson closed with two pars just before sunset for a 2-under 69.

He was not made available to the media after his round.

 

Gentle Ben To Sell Austin Home for $5.7 Million

 

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I guess it's time for some senior Tour players to downsize. 

Ben Crenshaw recently listed his Austin home for $5.7 million

The 7,326-square-foot home is in the Tarrytown neighborhood. Crenshaw, 64, is asking $5.7 million for the one-and-a-half acre estate covered with trees and beautifully manicured grass -- which you'd expect from a golfer -- and one fantastic outdoor putting green.

You can see the entire gallery here. Trophies are not included in the deal. But, you may be able to negotiate a putting lesson or two.

 

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Natalie Imbruglia
 is 41. 32-23-34. Aussie indie singer/songwriter/actress.

Johnny English, The X Factor. 

Italian/Aussie mix. Younger sister of singer Laura. Won 1999's Billboard Music Award for Best New Artist. Debut single, Torn, peaked at #1 on Adult Top 40 charts.

It was only cool to have blonde hair and be a surfer chick [in Sydney]. I could learn how to surf, but I still looked Italian. It took me a long time to realise that was a good thing.

 

The Petulant Bubba Watson Bashes TPC Scottsdale

 

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Bubba Watson is a supremely talented golfer. He's also a supreme enigma (or enema) who (depending on your stance) is either refreshingly honest or merely an immature jerk. 

Yesterday, Watson aired is thoughts on TPC Scottsdale, home of the Waste Management Phoenix Open this week.

He wasn't kind.

“I don't like it. I'm not going to PC it. I don't like it at all." 

"Obviously, I'm here because of my sponsors and everything," Watson said. "I love coming here. It's always great weather. Used to have a house here. It's always beautiful coming here and playing here."

He reiterated that he's only playing the tournament out of loyalty to Phoenix-based Karsten Manufacturing, the maker of his Ping equipment, and sponsors Oakley and Stance Socks.

"I just mentioned why I'm here," Watson said. "I've got three beautiful sponsors that love it here."

"I didn't see any reason to change it," Watson said. "Again, they didn't ask me. It's just my own opinion. I didn't see any reason to change it" (Tom Weiskopf redesigned it in 2014).

Everybody is entitled to their opinion. But as they say, "If you have nothing nice to say..."

It's yet another reason why he along with Patrick Reed are two of the most disliked players among their peers. Bubba has enjoyed a very nice career and the monied perks that go with it. It's apparent he can't bring himself to take the high road. And, that's the reason so many find it hard rooting for the petulant pro. 

 

New Euro Tour Commissioner Brings A Refreshing Change

 

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New Euro Tour commish Keith Pelley brings wears royal blue eyeglass frames and loud pocket squares. But, he's hardly merely a fashion trendsetter

For, Pelley is attempting to change the stodgy, all-too conservative roles of most sport commissioners (see PGA commissioner Tim Finchem). He wants to allow his pros to play in shorts, instill more penal actions for slow play and reducing the number of minimum events for Euro players from 15 to five. 

It's a big challenge as he strives to make the Euro Tour a formidable force while trying to co-exist with the big Tour across the pond. But don't bet against him.

Pelley has also broken with the PGA Tour when it comes to player fines, which in the U.S. are strictly confidential with the exception of violations of the circuit’s policy regarding performance-enhancing drugs.

“We have nothing to hide,” Pelley said. “It is not only a penalty from a monetary perspective, you won’t want to see, and your peers won’t want to see someone be fined. Nobody likes to be highlighted for slow play and I think this is a deterrent for that.”

Hello again Tim Finchem. 

Pelley said last year his desire to challenge the status of the PGA Tour and the lucrative purses that set the standard in professional golf: “[The BMW PGA Championship] is €5 million [about $5.5 million]. The other event, in the U.S. that week, is $6.7 million,” he said. “That’s unacceptable. Wentworth needs to be $8 million - $10 million.”

Pelley also dug in last year when the PGA Tour unveiled it’s 2016 schedule with the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, a co-sanctioned event, penciled in the same week as the French Open in July. To protect the French Open and organizers at Le Golf National, which will host the 2018 Ryder Cup, Pelley removed the Bridgestone from the European schedule and offered players double Ryder Cup points to play the French Open.

His motives are beginning to work. The European Tour had a higher total rating at the BMW PGA Championship (played opposite theCrowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial), Irish Open (AT&T Byron Nelson Championship), Scottish Open (John Deere Classic) and the circuit’s final two playoff events (BMW Masters and DP WorldTour Championship). 

Good for him. Question is, will Finchem and his staff of minions take note. Sadly, I believe we shouldn't hold our collective breath.  

 

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One of our favorite gingers, Isla Fisher, is 40. 34-24-35. Scottish actress. 

Arrested Development, Rango, Wedding Crashers, Confessions of a Shopaholic. 

Born in Oman before family moved to Australia. Married to actor Sasha Baron Cohen

I love the power women have. I think women rule the world because they rule men. Manipulating men -- that's our job. That's what we're on the planet for.

 

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