Alexis Randock is 26. 34-22-33. Bikini model.
ASU grad. She is currently working as a model for the Wilhelmina agency. And, she's been dating Tour player Rickie Fowler for over a year.
Enjoy the weekend.
The Presidents Cup just got a bit more interesting. Not only did the Internationals storm back in fourballs going 3-1-1, a strange ruling had everyone scratching their heads.
It occurred during the match between Phil Mickelson/Zach Johnson and Jason Day/Adam Scott. Phil decided to use a different Callaway ball for extra distance on the par-5. Except that's a no-no. It's called the one-ball rule. One type ball used for an entire match.
Thus, Lefty make a crazy mistake--so did the rules committee.
"It's a strange situation," said Mark Russell, the vice president of rules and competition for the PGA Tour.
The one-ball condition means that players cannot switch golf ball models during the round. The penalty is known as a one-hole adjustment. So when Mickelson realized he was playing with a different ball, the International team was to be awarded one hole at the conclusion of the one they played.
Match referee Gary Young consulted with the rules committee, and Russell said he told him that Mickelson was disqualified from the hole. Russell said he checked with other officials on the committee and they concurred.
Only later did the committee realize it had given Young the wrong information. Because the penalty already had been assessed - the one-hole adjustment - Mickelson should have been allowed to finish the hole. He was in the fairway, 292 yards away on the par 5.
Russell said once a shot had been played, the committee could not go back and have Mickelson finish the hole because "allowing a correction could potentially undermine the strategy" already in play by both teams.
"It's just unfortunate that he was told he had to pick up the ball," U.S. captain Jay Haas said. "Had he been able to play out and make a 4 and tie the hole, then it would only have been 1 down instead of 2 down. But that didn't happen, so nothing you can do about it."
"It's my responsibility to know that," Mickelson said. "I should have at least asked about it before I teed off."
"He was not angry," Captain Jay Haas said. "Just, 'Hey, rookie mistake, my fault, captain.’”
"I feel like we spotted the International's best team two holes, and they still couldn't beat us," Mickelson said. "Just saying."
As Golf.com's Gary Van Sickle tweeted:
What makes less sense, Phil not knowing ball rules in his 10th Prez Cup or carrying 2 different ball models in his bag.
Valid point. Except the rules officials fanned on it as well.
The U.S. squad is now clinging to a 5.5 to 4.5 lead.
"I think the U.S. team after yesterday, they probably thought it was going to be a walk-off," Branden Grace said. "We put our chests out and we went full heart. We're in a good position now. We're just one point back, and you know, a lot can happen."
If nothing else, the controversy and the International's rally may have given the Presidents Cup some welcome incentive to watch over the weekend.
The U.S. Mid-Amateur winner gets an invite to the Masters. Good stuff no?
Well, winner Sammy Schmitz did it in style. Like getting a hole-in-one on the uphill par-4 260-yard 33rd hole to ultimately defeat Marc Dull 3 and 2.
After Dull hit his tee shot on the West Course’s 15th hole, Schmitz rifled his driver, which landed on the green 17 feet to the left of the hole, caught the slope behind the hole and rolled back in for an ace. It is believed to be only the second hole-in-one on a par-4 in USGA amateur competition. Derek Ernst aced the 299-yard, par-4 eighth hole at Bandon Trails in the Round of 64 of the 2011 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort.
“I can’t believe it,” said Schmitz, who advanced to match play in both of his previous Mid-Amateurs, losing in the Round of 64 in 2011 and the Round of 32 in 2012. “I’ve been hitting driver (on the hole) the entire tournament. I think I’ve hit the green four times. I just had a good feeling. I can’t believe it went in. It’s very surreal.”
“It’s not real yet,” Schmitz said of winning the Robert T. Jones Jr. Memorial Trophy. “It feels real good. It’s been a long week, a long nine days being away from my two little girls at home. I’m pretty happy and proud.”
Mid Am competition is for any amateur age 25 and above with a GHIN of 3.4 or lower.
Carly Francavilla is 24. 32-23-33. Actress/model/spokesperson.
Oz the Great and Powerful, Grind, Snatch and Steal
Mostly Italian with a hint of Lebanese & Polish. Ex-champion figure skater and cheerleader. Seen in several Ford Motor ads.
She definitely gets our motors running.
Thank you Internet. For if we were still mired in the paper-only era, and given the 10PM EDT broadcast time, I'm not sure how many folks could've easily find out about the Presidents Cup results. Oh wait...GolfChannel!!!
For those still wondering, the U.S. team not surprisingly went out quickly to a 4-1 lead over the Internationals after Day 1.
Who isn't sensing another Zzzzzz blowout? It's fairly surprising that since 2002, both squads average 28th in World Rankings yet the U.S. can't beat the Euros but hammer the Internationals...
International Captain Nick Price lamented about his team's historical struggle in alternate shot (foresomes) formats. Curiously, Price decided to go with the format to start rather than foreballs where the Internationals enjoy better success.
“Looking at the other pairings, it's a little difficult when you're doing the foursomes the first day, when you're putting guys together,” he said. “You try and figure out who is going to play well with who. I think that's been probably our Achilles heel in the International team for the longest time.”
Phil Mickelson and Zach Johnson won the only match to reach the 18th hole.
It was the fifth straight time the Americans have taken the lead in the opening round of this one-sided contest, and the three-point lead was their largest margin since they had a four-point lead in 2007 in Canada.
Jordan Spieth, the No. 1 player in the world, and Dustin Johnson proved as formidable as advertised in a 4-and-3 win over New Zealand's Danny Lee and Marc Leishman of Australia.
Perhaps the most pivotal match was the first one. Bubba Watson and J.B. Holmes, two of the longest hitters in golf, never trailed after a birdie on the second hole, though it was tight on the back nine against Australia's Adam Scott and Japan's Hideki Matsuyama.
Matt Kuchar and Patrick Reed were the only U.S. team to lose (3 and 2 to Louis Oosthuizen and Branden Grace).
U.S. captain Haas will ride the hot horses again today. He'll only replace Kuch and Reed with Bill Hass and Chris Kirk.
I caught only a little of the broadcast. As mentioned yesteday, the only way to bring more viewers and interest is for the U.S. squad to struggle. Hard to believe many think that is going to happen this year.
Allie LaForce is 26. 32-23-34. Sideline reporter, model.
SEC football and March Madness sideline reporter for CBS. Former Miss Teen USA 2005 (representing Ohio). Began modeling career with Trump Modeling Management. Graduated from Ohio University and was a starting point guard. Engaged to Los Angeles Angels pitcher Joe Smith. Oh well...
“The more reps the better.”
As I've said and written numerous times, GolfChannel analyst Brandel Chamblee is one of my favorite sports analysts. Whether you like him or not, he's honest and does extensive research to back his stances.
He writes about the dicey role of saying what he firmly believes--at the risk of hurting some thin-skinned Tour players.
In my first year as a commentator I received some impassioned advice about how I should approach the job. It was 2003 and I was still playing a few events on the PGA Tour. During the third round at Colonial I was walking off the ninth tee with a five-time Tour winner whom I had known as long as I had played golf. We were talking about the people in the profession I was joining.
“I hate Johnny Miller,” my fellow Tour player said. “Whatever you do, don’t be like him.”
“Why do you hate him?” I asked.
“Because he thinks he knows everything.”
Johnny Miller is the king of saying why something happened. This infuriates many players and viewers, but what the players don’t get is that Johnny is not commentating for them. He is talking to millions of viewers. As a colleague is quick to say when confronted by an irate Tour player, “I had your job for 20 years; you haven’t had mine for two minutes.”
The host might ask me, “Why doesn’t Charles Howell win more golf tournaments?” I hate questions like this because I really like Charles Howell and I don’t want to say anything to upset him or his family, but I have to give my opinion, so I try as hard as I can to give an educated opinion and to be fair. Then five minutes later I might be asked another question: “Brandel, how come Tiger changed his swing in 2010 and is this swing as good as his 2008 swing?”
I can’t just say “he changed his swing to get better”; why would anybody change to get worse? I have to look at this new swing and compare it with the previous one and to the one before that and then do countless hours of research and give my opinion. This involves some guessing, obviously, but I am paid to guess to some extent in every opinion I give. And then a few minutes later I am asked to give another opinion.
Some might find it curious for International captain Nick Price to sit Korean born Sang-Moon Bae in the President's Cup opening match beginning Thursday. Bae is one of two Koreans on the squad along with Danny Lee.
Here is Price's reasoning...
Bae was scheduled to be paired with former Masters champion Charl Schwartzel of South Africa, who arrived in Korea with a virus. They played a practice round together Tuesday, and according to Price, the duo won their intramural team contest. But when Schwartzel missed Wednesday's practice session because he was feeling increasingly poor, Price fought the urge to shoehorn Bae somewhere in his lineup.
"It was certainly very tough, very tough," Price said wearily when asked how difficult it was to bench the home country's hero. "First of all, I didn't want to break up the other teams that had played so well together. The other thing is Moon hasn't played a lot of alternate shot. It was unfortunate because he and Charl played unbelievably well [Tuesday].
"The thing is everyone has to play twice [before singles]. I looked at what they did with their pairings, and it was a tough one, but this is how we have it set up."
I kind of get it, but you'd think Price would want to involve the Korean gallery early to hopefully build momentum with some hometown partisian noise.
Alicia Silverstone turns 39. 34-24-34. American actress.
Clueless, Batman & Robin, Blast From the Past, The Crush
Burst on the scene in Aerosmith's Cryin' video. Signed a $10,000,000 3-movie deal with Sony after Clueless (1995). Speaks fluent French.
"I hate people to call me 'that Aerosmith chick!"
One reason this week's President's Cup matches possess little buzz is due to the International team's woeful record of 1-8-1. It's no rivalry unless the matches offer competitive juice and reminds one of the America's Cup when the U.S. dominated contests until we finally lost back in 1983. Suddenly, outcomes were in doubt and interest rose dramatically.
Thus, for good reason International captain Nick Price believes this one is so important for the event to stay relevant--and if the International stars will continue to show up.
“I will tell you guys, this is a really important Presidents Cup,” Price said. “I’m not going to say, ‘What if?’ But this better be closely contested. I’ll let you guys figure out the repercussions.”
“We seem to think looking at the past, that the most excitement there is in an event is when you have a 28-point format. I think the Solheim Cup showed that two weeks ago,” Price said. “Some people think that you're hiding your weakest players, but in actual fact what you're doing is putting your strongest team forward. It's glass half-full or glass half-empty, depends which way you look at it.”
Following months of internal dialogue over the proposal, the Tour and Finchem reduced the total number of points available to 30 with the caveat that every player must play at least twice before Sunday singles.
“It’s hard for these guys,” Price said. “You ask these guys to give up a week and to play in an event that is not competitive. Any one of these guys can go play anywhere around the world and receive money and they can easily dump this event if they wanted to. Most of them don’t want to do that.”
“This is a huge deal for us right now. If it doesn’t happen and we keep losing guys won’t get interested in it and won’t want to play in it and won’t want to travel,” Jason Day said. “I’m here for the captain and for the guys. We would like to win one. No one likes losing.”
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