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Danielle Panabaker
turns 27. 34-25-34. American actress.

Friday the 13th, The Crazies, Mr. Brooks, Piranha 3DD

Born in Augusta, GA. Earned Bachelor's degree from UCLA at age 19. 

"You can always learn something [in bad acting classes], maybe it's a technique you don't like; maybe it's a style. But you learn different things."

Enjoy the weekend. 

Would You Rather Win $10 Million Or A Major?


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Interesting question posed  whether its better to win the FedEX Cup prize of $10 mil or earn a major victory?

Does too much money in the FedEx Cup ruin a promising career and prevent major wins?

Padraig Harrington said in an interview with David Feherty that one of the worst things for a golfer’s career it to win a major.

A sense of security can come over the player and he won’t have the same desire to win another, plus higher expectations can place too much pressure on the player, as he is expected to win more majors to validate the first.

Here is an interesting statistic. The FedEx Cup has been contested for the past eight years and only one FedEx Cup champion (Tiger Woods) has won a major championship after winning the $10 million.

Vijay Singh won the 1998 and 2004 PGA Championships plus the 2000 Masters prior to winning the FedEx Cup. Jim Furyk, won his major, the 2003 U.S. Open, prior to winning the 2010 FedEx Cup. 

Neither Singh nor Furyk has won another PGA Tour title since winning the FedEx Cup. Furyk has had some great years and contended in majors, but has not won.

Other past winners of the FedEx Cup, Bill Haas (2011), Brandt Snedeker (2012), Henrik Stenson (2013), and Horschel this year have ZERO major titles among them.

Some believe a major win validates a career and the ensuing endorsements will grow close to the $10 mil windfall. Others would secretly rather take the money for pure financial security. 

What would you do?


Bizarre Reason D.A. Points WD's From Championship


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Talk about protecting the field. D.A. Points withdrew from the Championship because he's already exempt from having to earn his Tour card and didn't want to take a valuable spot for another player

Points is already exempt for the 2014-15 season via his victory at the 2013 Shell Houston Open but because of the way the Tour structured the four-event Tour Finals he was exempt into the events.

“It was going to be an eight-week break without any competition (since his last PGA Tour start),” Points said. “The Wyndham Championship [T-18] was my best tournament of the year and I felt like I had a better feeling where my game was headed.”

Points was also using this week to audition a new caddie and since TPC Sawgrass is only a 2 1/2-hour drive from his home he figured there would be no harm in his participation.

“I thought unless I finish in the top 4 or 5 it wouldn’t make a difference [with the final money list], but then guys were on me about it,” Points said. “I understand that and that’s not why I’m here. I’ve got a lot of friends who are playing in this. I’m not here to keep anybody from getting a job.”

Points is not the first exempt Tour player to participate in the Finals. Ben Curtis played the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship last year but since that was the third Finals event, and he missed the cut, it went virtually unnoticed.

“We made some tweaks to the Finals this year from last and we will certainly talk about how to improve the system for next year,” said Tour president Bill Calfee. “We talked about this possibility where a player is exempt for the tour and maybe he had an off year. We felt like it would be hard to tell that player he couldn’t play based on that criteria. We shouldn’t be in the position of denying a player an opportunity to make his living playing golf. 

I applaud D.A. for realizing this. I know he got some flak from the players but he’s looking out for what’s best for the tour overall.”

No doubt the Tour will address the issue moving forward. 


Colsaerts Hits Longest Drive Ever On Euro Tour


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Big hitter that Nicolas Colsaerts. The Belgian struck the longest poke ever on the European Tour when he blasted on 447-yards at the Wales Open. And no, it didn't hit a cart path. 

He took full advantage of a prevailing breeze and the hard condition of the fairway at the 575-yard hole, which Colsaerts was playing as his ninth.

Colsearts' drive was five yards longer than the previous known European Tour mark of 442 yards set by India's Shiv Kapur in the third round of the 2012 Madeira Islands Open.

The Belgian said "the hole was playing downwind and I managed to get a good bounce." He went on to make an eagle on the hole.

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Kate Bock
is 23. 34-24-35. Canadian model. 

First appeared in SI Swimsuit issue in 2013. Discovered in high school while competing at a swim meet in West Vancouver. Biggest fear is breaking her teeth. Speaks French. Celebrity she'd most like to do a kissing scene with? Tom Brady. 


Just Where Is The Mysterious Anthony Kim?

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Great read by Alan Shipnuck in SI about the whereabouts of the elusive Anthony Kim

It appears he has a dilemma whether to cash in on a disability insurance policy worth near $20,000,000 or take his chance back on Tour. 

The sightings have the ring of myth. One night he is at his favorite bar in Dallas, So & So's, sitting in the usual corner booth ordering bottles of Patron for a small entourage. Then he is in a penthouse at the Dallas Ritz-Carlton, playing a private, big-money card game. Next thing you know, he is on the range at the Madison Club in La Quinta, Calif., or hitting balls at TPC Craig Ranch outside Dallas. Then he is vacationing in Belize with a comely companion. Or beachcombing in Santa Barbara. Or at Costco in La Quinta with hair grown down to the middle of his back.

"His absence is definitely felt," says Mickelson, who paired with Kim to win 1½ points at Valhalla. "The AK of 2008 was so impressive. He had guts. He wasn't afraid of anyone or anything. He had every shot, and he just kept coming, making birdie after birdie."

No IMG staffer would comment for this story, but the party line is that Kim is still injured and expected to return to the Tour someday. This is refuted by a close friend of Kim's in Dallas who watched him hit balls recently. (Kim declined numerous interview requests from SI, and his comrade would speak only anonymously, saying, "He'd be f------ livid if he knew I was talking to you.") "AK's not injured," says the friend. "He can play, he can walk. His swing looks good, the strike sounds solid, his ball flight is good. His physical health is not the issue."

So what is? The answer very well may lie in an insurance policy Kim has against a career-ending injury. An IMG source pegged its value at $10 million, tax-free. Kim's friend, who has had financial discussions with him, says, "It's significantly north of that. Not quite 20, but close. That is weighing on him, very much so. He's trying to weigh the risk of coming back. The way he's phrased it to me is, 'If I take one swing on Tour, the policy is voided.'"

Assuming the friend's figure is accurate, Kim would have to earn some $35 million on and off the course to match the amount he would collect by never playing golf again. (That's factoring in taxes; agent's commissions; private jets; diamond-encrusted belt buckles; salaries for a caddie, swing coach, short-game specialist, trainer, nutritionist and osteopath; and other expenses of the modern Tour pro.) For context, his career Tour earnings are $12.2 million, $9.2 million of which was accumulated between 2008 and '10. 

Tough call, no? 


Bear Cub Is Intruiged With A Flagstick


This video was taken at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort in British Columbia. Just don't ask the bear cub to tend the flag for ya. 

Could Davis Love III Be Tiger's Next Swing Coach?


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Yesterday, I posted a quote from Tiger Woods saying that none of his previous swing coaches knew what it was like to play in a major during crunch time. Does that mean he wants a seasoned Tour veteran for his next guru?

If so, here's a possible candidate

Before you roll your eyes, give it some thought. Love is the son of the late Davis Love Jr. who was one of golf’s most revered and respected teachers before his tragic death in a private plane crash in 1988. Because of who his father was, Love grew up around great golf teachers – among them Harvey Penick – and has an understanding of the golf swing and how to fix swing flaws that goes beyond most of his peers on Tour.

For years, Love has been a go-to guy on the range when players are struggling. Golf is unique in that it is the one sport where competitors will help one another when one of them is struggling. Remember the last time Woods had a hot putter, back in 2013? He credited the improvement to a tip he got from Steve Stricker.

Love is a very confident teacher. Years ago, Tom Kite, who was one of Love’s mentors on Tour when he first came out, approached Love on the range in Greensboro and asked Love if he would take a look at his swing.

Love agreed – on one condition. “I don’t want to walk out here tomorrow and see you asking someone else for help,” he said. “I’ll tell you what I think but you better listen and you better not be trying something else a couple of days from now.”

Lots of hurdles to overcome as Love wants to continue playing. And he officially put the cabash on the theory with this tweet:

"Paddle Board, Snowboard, and fishing coach for sure, lots of great golf coaches out there!"

Which certainly sounds like a no go. Meaning, the wild speculation continues. 


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Natalie Pack is 25. 34-24-35. American model. 

2012 Miss California but missed placing in Miss USA--the first time a Californian didn't place in seven years (2004-11). Owns and rides a Harley. Attends UC Irvine. Wants to be an OBGYN. 

Adam Scott And Steve Williams Split

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After three years, Adam Scott and caddie Steve Williams are ending their partnership

Steve has been an integral part of my team in a period where I have fulfilled some of my lifetime golfing goals. His dedication and professionalism have been without question, and his friendship is highly valued," Scott said in a statement. “Our priorities and stages of life are different now, and so we decided that this is the best time to end our partnership."

Scott, who hired Williams full-time in the summer of 2011 after Williams was fired by Tiger Woods, won his first career major at the 2012 Masters and reached No. 1 in the world with Williams on his bag.

Williams, 50, said earlier this year that he planned to cut back on his caddying duties after this season.

“After discussing this in detail with Adam it became evident that my plan was not going to fit with Adam’s requirements and so we decided to end our partnership," Williams said. “Having caddied for the first Australian to win the Masters is a career highlight and a memory I will cherish forever. If the right opportunity arose I would consider caddying on a part time basis in the future."

Think what you want about the sometimes oafish Williams. But he has earned a supremely successful career carrying the bags of Ray Floyd, Greg Norman, Tiger Woods and Scott. Most would say he elevated Scott's game to major heights.


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