Olivia Wilde is 30 today. 32-25-32. British/Irish actress.
In Time, House M.D., Rush, Cowboys and Aliens
Once won a pancake eating contest while in Australia. Is a natural blonde. Lifelong lover of classic cars, she owns a 1958 Chevy Biscayne and a 1959 Thunderbird convertible. Ranked #5 in the 2011 FHM list of "100 Sexiest Women in the World". Engaged to comedian Jason Sudakis.
"I'm a natural blonde, but I feel like a brunette. I feel like people treat me now how I should be treated. People used to be shocked, when I was blond, that I wasn't stupid. I used to get these comments that I swear people thought were compliments. Like, "Oh! You're smart."--like they couldn't believe it."
WGC Cadillac winner Patrick Reed has now won three Tour events in his last 14 tournaments. We admire him because he qualified in six straight Monday qualifiers last year before winning for the first time. So the kid has some brass ones.
Yesterday, he played carefully to win by a stroke. He's the youngest WGC winner ever at 23. Thus, Reed was plenty pumped up after the round.
Now 20th ranked in the world, Reed feels his ranking should be even better. Reed cited an amateur career that includes going 6-0 in matches to lead Augusta State to two NCAA titles, followed by three PGA Tour wins in seven months. Yet, he hasn't even teed it up in a major yet.
"I don't see a lot of guys that have done that besides Tiger Woods and the legends of the game," Reed said. "I believe in myself, especially with how hard I've worked. I'm one of the top five players in the world. I feel like I've proven myself."
He's probably one of the five hottest players right now, so guess it depends if he's talking present tense.
Johnny Miller said, "Well, it always good to think it, but also keep it to yourself." GolfChannel analysts echoed Miller's sentiments.
I'm not so sure. The new breed of player is brash, confident and fearless (note Reed's now customary red Sunday shirt). Maybe its time for some welcome trash talking among the overly polite Tour players.
Tour player Steve Flesch tweeted: A few years ago, nobody else would dare wear a red shirt on Sunday. Now,nobody cares. It's a fearless new breed of player emerging on Tour.
He just has to back it up now.
Tiger Woods shot a supposedly fairly pain-free 66 on Saturday to leave him only 3 shots from the lead heading into Sunday. Optimism was rampant.
Until, he scraped it around in the final round with a 78. He said the back spasms flared up on the 6 hole. It led to only his 8th birdie-less round in 1,128 rounds and his first ever in a final round.
“It was just a simple 8‑iron,” he said afterward. “The only thing you do on a downhill lie like that is just go forward. Should be no problem, but it was a problem.”
Asked if he’d considered withdrawing at any point during the round, Woods simply offered, “No.”
As to whether he’s had or will have an MRI on his back, he answered, “We’ve done all the protocols.”
And more from Johnny Miller.
"We're so spoiled by Tiger and the past and what he can do on the last day and the fact that he's tough to beat here at Doral especially," NBC's Johnny Miller said early in the telecast, "but he used to dominate the final round scoring average category on tour, leading it seven times. But he was 95th last year. He's great for golf and we need him, but he needs better last rounds."
: Tiger's bad back is making the end of an era talk look a little more realistic. The thing about Tiger and Phil is they might not be a factor week-in-and-week-out on Tour or even play that much, but they could still rise to the occasion and knock down a couple of majors in any given year. It's too early to say they're done, but it's not too early to wonder about them.
Jack Nicklaus once predicted that only a serious injury or personal issues would prevent Tiger from beating his mark of 18 major wins. Right now, Jack prediction looks pretty spot on.
Raquel Alessi turns 31. 34-25-33. American actress.
Ghost Rider, Miss March, Standoff
Studied acting at NY University. Says she loves to push the edge with "whatever she does. "I’ve broken things. I’ve gotten stitches."
"If I had my choice, I’d be running around with a gun and totally be that tomboy chick."
Enjoy the weekend.
Saturday morning on the Teebox, we'll be at the big Dallas Golf Show at the Las Colinas Convention Center from 8-10 and then at the AG booth till 5pm.
We'll see if Tiger Woods' back is back, go over the AG Best of Private Club Rankings and Craig will take the wireless mic into the crowd!
So give us a listen and stop by and say hi. We don't bite. Much...
There's no gambling at Bushwood sir.
Or, apparently in Florida based on this story.
As the group of golfers walked to the clubhouse that morning, it was greeted by general manager Chuck Winship.
No more betting in league play, said Winship, revealing he was under investigation by Tarpon Springs police.
"Every golf course in this country does it, and why they singled out this golf course I'll never know," said group member Ray Hamil, 78."You call any course you want (about gambling leagues) and they will all tell you the same thing, and if they don't, I'll buy you the biggest steak in the state."
"Originally," Winship said, "I thought it was joke." Then he learned the case has been forwarded to the Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney's Office.
Winship told members that morning that if they wanted to play a regular round of golf, fine. But if they wanted to put up the usual $20, to be divided afterward based on how they play, they would have to go elsewhere.
The prospect of law enforcement overseeing the pervasive and somewhat perfunctory routine of golf wagers seemed peculiar, if not pointless, a pair of legal experts said.
"On the Richter scale of crime, this has got to be in the minus," said Bob Dekle, a professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. "I don't see a prosecutor being wildly enthusiastic about prosecuting the case unless there are thousands and thousands of dollars being bet."
This P.J. Carmichael kid can hole a shot from some incredible places.
See for yourself.
Maite Perroni turns 31. 34-23-35. Hispanic singer/actress.
Gained international popularity as a member of the successful group RBD. Latin American phenomenom. Favorite hobby is roller skating and looking hot.
Tiger Woods is back this week at the WGC Cadillac Championship.
Question is, is his back back?
"I think we have to take a more global look at it, yeah, absolutely, because it comes and goes," he said.
"We've got to make sure that we do preventative things to make sure that it doesn't happen and adjust certain things, whether it's swing, lifting, whatever it may be, you have to make certain adjustments.
"We've done that throughout my entire career (principally to accommodate his troublesome left knee), and this is no different."
Except that it is.
In Woods' own words "a bad back is something that is no joke."
"It's after impact. So my leg was busted (in 2008). I could deliver the club to however I wanted to on the golf ball. It was just going to hurt like hell afterwards," he said.
"This was different because it effects downswing, follow-through and it was getting so tight that I felt like I couldn't move."
"The will to win hasn't changed," Woods said.
"It's, 'Physically, am I able to do it?.'"
FYI, Adam Scott will take over the #1 World Ranking spot if he wins this week and Woods finishes 6th or worse.
Good post here on how Tiger Woods' 6 WDs in 297 Tour events compare with other Tour pros.
Phil Mickelson: Four in 492 starts, all since 2004
Ernie Els: Two in 366 starts
Vijay Singh: Seven in 529 starts.
Fred Couples: Six in 607 starts
Jim Furyk: One in 507 starts
Zach Johnson: Two in 269 starts.
Adam Scott: One in 218 starts.
Stewart Cink: One in 455 starts.
Matt Kuchar: Two in 306 starts
Steve Stricker: Two in 430 starts.
Bill Haas: Zero in 246.
Mark Calcavecchia: 26 in 754 starts
Jack Nicklaus: 7 in 595 starts
Tom Watson: 1 in 610 starts!
Arnold Palmer: 23 in 734 starts
Lee Trevino: 17 in 481 starts
Greg Norman: 10 in 330 starts.
Nick Faldo: Four in 302 starts.
And then there's. . .
John Daly: 38 in 496 starts.
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