Brooke Shields turns 49 tomorrow. 34-26-36. American actress/model.
Pretty Baby, Suddenly Susan, The Blue Lagoon, Endless Love
Starred in Pretty Baby at age 12. Started career in Ivory Soap ads. Chosen as one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world by People Magazine (2006, 2008, 2009). Between 1980 and 1985, she appeared on more than 300 magazine covers internationally.
"People think of me as a mannequin, all show and no substance."
Have a great weekend.
Beta-blockers were once thought to be the miracle drug to calm nerves on the course, but never truly caught on.
But a thought-provoking column on GolfDigest.com ponders what drugs have actually lowered golf scores--specifically Adderall.
Adderall is making its claim as the substance of our time. Adults all the way down to elementary-school kids are given the stimulant to treat the impulsivity and inattentiveness of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
To find out if it's pervasive, I posted the following on Reddit: "Has anyone ever taken Adderall before they've played golf?"
Responses poured in, 48 comments in three days. A 30-year-old accountant told of being diagnosed with Adult Attention Deficit Disorder (or ADD, which is ADHD without the hyperactivity component) after he had obtained two master's degrees. He would take Adderall in the morning, and the effects would linger when he played golf after work. The first summer he was on the medication, he went from a near-beginner to an 18-handicap. One 28-year-old golfer told me that swallowing an Adderall and smoking pot was perfect for relaxed, intense focus. Another young male, an elite player who competed in the 2011 U.S. Amateur when he was 24, was prescribed Adderall in high school, and his game steadily improved. He said he became more single-minded. Lengthy practice sessions suddenly didn't feel so monotonous.
It's as if my body was doing the work, and I'm just sitting back and watching. The more intense the situation gets, the calmer I feel, the more things slow down. It's a weird sensation, hard to articulate."
The spell of Adderall can be just as difficult to describe. "It was like, a sense of time dilation," said one Reddit responder, a 7-handicap we'll call Tom whose case we'll revisit later. "Everything you don't want to matter just slowly goes away."
Greg Norman said that "lots of guys were on beta blockers" during the height of his career. Nick Price was prescribed the drug for high blood pressure and took it between 1984 and 1989. Mac O'Grady said that his putting improved when he tried beta blockers in 1985.
"When I think of the two drugs that could provide the most benefit to golfers, it's beta blockers and Adderall," says Dr. Grant Liu, a professor of neurology at the University of Pennsylvania.
Another big two-pack of the Teebox Golf Show this weekend.
On Saturday, we'll give you all the inside scoop on the Nelson, how area courses are dealing with the floods and at 9:10 Craig has a diet question for us to ponder.
And we broadcast from Crest Cars in Plano from 8-10.
On Sunday, we offer up a special Nelson final round preview from 11-1 at Bear Creek GC by DFW Airport. And put on a Tour caddie about the stressful life dealing with rainy conditions. Should be an action packed two hours leading you into the hopeful final round at the TPC Four Seasons.
All that on Sportsradio 1310 and 96.7 The Ticket.
Britt McHenry is 27. 34-24-34. Sports reporter.
Fox Sports, ESPN
Played soccer at Stetson College and graduated Magma Cum Laude before enrolling in Northwestern's School of Journalism. Worked as SD Padres dugout reporter before moving to ABC-TV in Washington D.C. Hired by ESPN in May.
Recently became infamous for berating a tow truck employee that was thankfully caught on tape that led to a week-long suspension by ESPN.
"I will never be rude again."
Anyone buying that?
Maybe it's all the golf he's played lately. Maybe it's the added pressure and expectancy of playing in front of his home folks. Whatever the reason, Rory McIlroy had a troublesome first round at the Irish Open.
Like shooting a fat 80.
McIlroy bogeyed half of the course and couldn't hit a birdie. The sellout crowd of 20,000 gasped with each miss.
If McIlroy fails to make the cut Friday, it would be his third straight early Irish Open exit.
"I don't want to blame outside factors, I just didn't play good enough today," McIlroy said. "I played well off the tee, I felt like I drove the ball pretty well, but the closer I got to the green, the worse the score got for me."
"I've missed the cut the last two years at the Irish Open, so I don't want to make it three in a row," McIlroy said. "I want to at least go out there tomorrow and fight for it, try and claw my way back up towards the cut line. If I can sneak in there, that would be great."
Meanwhile, playing partners Martin Kaymer and Rickie Fowler shot 79 and 71 in heavy gale winds.
Excellent article by Dallas Morning News Brad Townsend on the remarkably successful relationship of Jordan Spieth and caddie Michael Greller.
I've posted the history before of school teacher Greller's part-time caddie gig that landed him a bag for Jordan's college buddy Justin Thomas who then recommended him to Spieth when turning pro.
The relationship is near Phil Mickelson/Bones Mackay-esque where it could very well be a career long bro-mance.
“The caddie thing was kind of just a fun thing to do in the summertime, and it kept getting more fun,” Greller said. “I haven’t stopped having fun.”
“I think one reason we hit it off so well is I don’t back down from him at all,” Greller said. “I don’t care that he’s Jordan Spieth. To me he’s the same guy I met four years ago. I want to stick it to him so he doesn’t stick it to me.”
“Mike’s my right-hand man,” Spieth said. “He’s the only other guy on course who can help influence what happens.
“He’s doing a great job for me. And each week we’re learning a little bit more. Still are.”
Does Thomas ever tease Spieth and Greller that they owe him a finder’s fee for introducing them?
“Yeah, I’m messing with them all the time, especially since Jordan didn’t tell me that Greller was going to caddie for him,” Thomas said with a laugh.
The dynamic duo tee off at 1p CDT today.
Thanks to Craig Rosengarden for the heads up on a huge list displaying the various ways players entered the AT&T Byron Nelson Championship--including at least 12 alternates making the field after a rash of WD's Wednesday.
It's quite an eclectic roster including major and minor medical exemptions, PGA Section Champion, Life members, etc, etc...
Hey, ya can't win without entering, so congrats to all. Hope the weather cooperates.
Megalyn Echikunwoke is 32. 32-22-32. American actress.
Spyder Games, A Good Day To Die Hard, 24, House of Lies, 90210, CSI: Miami.
Her father is Nigerian and her mother is German/Scots-Irish descent. Her last name Echikunwoke means "leader of men" and Megalyn is the granddaughter of a Nigerian tribal leader of the Igbo, which technically makes her African royalty.
"One thing I am really dying to do, while I'm still young and in shape, is an action movie. I would love to do a Lara Croft type of thing that's really physical and tough."
Back in September, a Sports Ilustrated article outlined the dilemna for Anthony Kim debating to return to the course or reap an eight-figure insurance payout. He hasn't been seen on the PGA Tour since 2012 after withdrawing from the Wells Fargo Championship.
Maybe that's a-changing.
Kim recently was part of a Toby Keith fundraiser where you could bid to play a round with him for $24,000.
Live auction items included an outing with pro golfer Anthony Kim ($24,500), a Highwaymen signed guitar ($24,000), a John Deere Gator ($22,000), a custom-painted Toby Keith guitar ($20,000), and CMT Music Awards and British Open packages, each going for $20,000.
The last we saw him was playing poker in Las Vegas.
We're not sure if the insurance policy is for only competitive golf or any golf. Guessing then now 20-year-old Kim and his handlers know for sure.
A fun revealing background on why Jordan Spieth always talks to his golf ball.
Walk onto any golf course in America and you’re bound to hear plenty of guys doing the same, yelling for their ball to go, get down, get left or right, bite, sit, among more unmentionable things. The same is often true at the professional level, but few cut loose with such frequency and fervor as Spieth.
Adds Justin Thomas, who has known Spieth since he was 14 years old: “I’ve never played with (Jordan) when he hasn’t talked to the ball. He used to be way worse, too. We make fun of him a lot because more often than not (his ball) ends up just fine.”
“He was yelling for it to get down and he hit it to like 6 feet,” said Thomas, who was watching from home. “Then, he hit his putt and started walking like he missed it. Of course it went right in the center, didn’t even catch the lip. I texted his caddie (Michael Greller) immediately. He was cracking up because he knew I was going to give him so much crap about it.”
“I’ve tried not to do it as much,” said Spieth, who is acutely aware of the habit but in the zone of competition also for the most part is blissfully unaware when it’s happening. “It’s just who I am and part of how I express my intensity. It’s just part of my game. It’s almost like the old Tiger Woods video game where you could put spin on the ball in mid-air. I’ve tried to tone it down, but I guess I haven’t.”
Spieth-speak isn’t limited to just tee shots or approaches, either. He and Greller have a running bet where if Spieth holes out from off the green more than 13 times in a year, Greller owes him dinner. Anything less and Spieth has to buy. Majors count double.
“When you hear it, most of the time it’s because I don’t hit it exactly how I wanted to,” Spieth explains. “When I hit a shot exactly how I want to, I don’t say a word.”
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