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Larisa Fraser, 26. 33-23-34. Canadian model.

Supermodel with a who's who client list including Nordstroms, Macy’s, Boston Proper, Kodak and Canon Cameras, to magazine layouts for SELF Magazine, Womens Health, GQ, and Glamour Magazine. 

Recently married to Milwaukee Brewer steroid abuser Ryan Braun (the "Hebrew Hammer") in December '13. 

"Sure modeling is great, but I really want a cooking show on the Food Network."

Enjoy the weekend.

 

Phil Snaps 8-Iron In Bunker

 


You can always count on Phil Mickelson to provide a YouTube moment or two. Yesterday he delivered some worthy mirth while many of his peers were struggling to break 80 at TPC San Antonio's Valero Windblown Open.

He also finished in T4 after round one.

Sit back and stay till the end. 


But that wasn't the only equipment calamity. Troy Merritt caved in the clubface of his 2-iron on the 11th hole yesterday. 

The real surprise is someone still carrying around a two-iron.

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Troy tweeted:

"Golf was hard enough today. I didn't need this to happen on 11. Hit it hard, and it didn't even get to the fairway!!"

Then he remembered, oh yeah, these are my sponsored clubs. 

"Still love my @WilsonGolf equipment!! Just hit that 2 iron in the perfect spot, I guess. I'll have a new one in the bag shortly!!"

 

Better Hurry Up And Read About TaylorMade's Latest CEO

 


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It's been barely a year since Ben Sharpe replaced exiting TaylorMade CEO Mark King as the czar of the beleaguered adidas golf division. Sharpe left his post abruptly for the clichéd "personal reasons" exit strategy (hint: it wasn't his idea).

Anyway, the new smiling fresh meat (for the short term) to enter the lion's den is 43-year-old David Abeles, who rejoined the company in February as the president of TaylorMade and Adams Golf.

A WSJ article published today noted that Adidas' stock price fell 40 percent in 2014 and that it was seeking to bring products to market at a more rapid pace. The article detailed that Adidas reported 2014 net profit of 490 million Euros, down from 787 million Euros the year before, on sales worth 14.5 billion Euros.

A more rapid pace? Does that mean new TM sticks arriving on a weekly basis? Will these guys ever learn that the beaten down golf consumer is already sick and tired of being fed new equipment every quarter or so? It's truly a sorry way to run a business for all involved parties (golfers, retailers and manufacturer). 

Thus, I have a new wager to ponder.

What or who has the longest shelf life this go around; the latest TaylorMade driver or CEO...

 

Baddeley's Birdie Is A Most Unlikely One

 



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was leading the Valero Open at 3-under arriving on the par-4 17th. But he smoked his first tee shot OB.

Oh well, Badds retees and...jars the 336-yard shot. 

Yeah, that's a pretty damn good scramble. 

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Tomorrow On The Teebox

 


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Tomorrow's Teebox Golf Show special guest host is AG editor Travis Measley who fills in for Craig. 

We take issue with a high-profile player and bash the increasingly clueless PGA Tour for wasting everyone's time again on absurd rulings. 

Oh, and we make our fearless Masters picks (I really like mine).

So how 'bout giving us a listen and/or stopping by Crest Cars in Plano Saturday morning from 8-10 on 1310 The Ticket.

 

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Amy Smart is 39 today. 34-24-33. Actress.

Justified, The Butterfly Effect, Crank, Varsity Blues, Shameless

German, English, Irish, Dutch, Swiss-German, and Welsh mix. Vegan. Certified yoga instructor. Had one of the craziest R-rated scenes ever in Crank. Hates to watch horror movies, but loves to "scare the shit out of people."

"There's something about blonds that triggers a lightheartedness. People can't take you seriously. Brunettes are more mysterious."

 

Begay: 'Tiger 50/50 To Play In Masters'

 


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Tiger Woods' buddy/confidant and one-man PR firm Notah Begay spoke with 120 Sports and intimated Woods is a coin flip to play at Augusta in two weeks. 

That's better odds than I gave him, but this portion of Begay's interview doesn't instill immediate confidence. 

"It’s easy to get bullied into trying to acquiesce to the media’s concerns, or the PGA Tour’s concerns, or other people’s agendas. My suggestion to him was to take as much time as he needed to just figure out this issue with his short game and also to work on or clean up a couple of things that might be a little loose with his golf swing."

“I don’t know that there was any one thing specifically that you can say a player looks at, but it’s simply something that a player feels when they step on the golf course," Begay said. "They feel like they can go out there and basically defend themselves. If a player feels like they can do what they want, then they go out and play.” 

"My suggestion to him was to take as much time as he needed to just figure out this issue with his short game and also to work on or clean up a couple of things that might be a little loose with his golf swing," Begay said. "I think things are really settling. We’ve had some good discussions over the last week or so and he feels good about it. I think it was good for him to stay a step back, to reassess a variety of different things and do things on his timeline."

However, Notah didn't exactly admit that Woods had improved greatly or that he's mentally ready to re-enter the media madness. That's either a smoke screen or Tiger is still searching. 

Question is will Tiger Woods' proud ego allow him to potentially scuff it around a track that punishes those who struggle with the short game?

And, in front of a worldwide audience to boot.

So whatcha calling; heads or tails?

 

Keegan Bradley's Shows Loyalty Over Fired College Coach

 


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St. John's alum Keegan Bradley was none too happy upon learning his college coach was booted out after the fall season. 

Until that news, Bradley was so loyal to the school, he prominently displayed its logo on his bag. 

Not anymore

What's interesting is that in 2014 (his last season), Frank Darby led the Red Storm to the Big East title, and was named conference coach of the year. 

"I'm pretty disappointed with the school," Bradley told Bloomberg in standing up for his former coach. "Chris Monasch [the athletic director at SJU] doesn't really care about the golf team. He never did when I was there at least."  

Darby had been at St. John's since 1994, his squads winning more than two dozen tournaments during his tenure. In 2014, his last season, the Red Storm won the Big East title, and Darby was named conference coach of the year. Clearly he had maintained a successful team while being located in the New York City borough of Queens -- not exactly the easiest place to play golf. So, what the heck happened?  

"I give Keegan a lot of credit for speaking up," Darby said. "He respected how I did things there and I respect the way he did things there, and more importantly the things he's done after. It's more about life than just playing golf."

There has to be more details to this saga given the success of Darby's last season.

But, let’s just say I wouldn’t be asking for any alumni donations from Keegan anytime soon. 

When Do The Great Golfers Lose Their Edge?


 


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Ryan Ballengee posts a thorough piece on when golf's greats begin to lose their formidable talents. He cites Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Phil Mickelson and Tom Watson

Few golfers escape their 30s with their talent intact. Nicklaus topped out at 38 as has, to date, Phil Mickelson. Tiger Woods’ best days appear to have ended at 37 — and it’s easy to argue sooner, but that would either be an indictment of Sean Foley or giving too much credit to Y.E. Yang. Tom Watson was the minor outlier in this group, peaking at 34. Palmer appeared to peak at 37, but then he had a four-win season when he was 41, so maybe it was a false positive.

All five golfers were great between 26 and 30 and from 31 to 35. However, Palmer and Nicklaus were most prolific in the latter range, winning a combined 50 times in that span — Nicklaus with 26, Palmer with 24. As Woods has aged, he’s won less. Tom Watson was showing signs of fading before turning 31. Curiously, Phil Mickelson has basically won the same number of tournaments in each five-year period.

What is probably most interesting, however, is looking at the stretches of approximately 50 starts where each of these five players did their best work.

For Nicklaus, between professional starts 199-253, he won 34 percent of the time. For every other 50-ish-start stretch except from start Nos. 350-400, Nicklaus won at least a 15-percent clip.

Arnold Palmer’s career was made by a 90-start run from Nos. 154-246. He won 29 times, or 31 percent, of those 93 starts. With the exception of his second peak from start Nos. 294-362, where he won at a 15 percent clip, Palmer never won at more than an 11-percent rate for a 50-ish-start stretch.

Tom Watson was a shining start from start Nos. 150-297, winning 30 of his 37 titles, in that 148-tournament stretch. He otherwise was a total crapshoot to win.

As the age-based data suggested, Phil Mickelson is oddly consistent — except for the prototypical stretch of his early 30s, where most players are expected to peak. Mickelson was his worst from 30-32, winning at just a 4 percent rate from start Nos. 213-261. However, for the next 143 starts, Mickelson won at a nearly 12 percent pace.

Woods has basically never won at less than a 15-percent clip for any 50-start stretch. He’s the only guy on this list not to dip into the single digits at any point, though Nicklaus only did so at a point well past his peak. What’s remarkable is a pair of stretches for Woods. From start Nos. 50-109, Woods won at a 37 percent rate. From starts 165-200, he won almost 39 percent of the time. That’s unreal.

However, what has perhaps saved Woods’ winning percentage in more recent years is, sadly enough, injury. Woods played little in 2010, as his marriage was ending, and in 2011 and ’14 when he was hurt. He didn’t play through pain, so he didn’t worsen his record.

 

 

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Katharine McPhee turns 31. 34-25-36. American singer/actress

Scorpion, American Idol, The House Bunny, Smash, Shark Night 3D

Irish, Scottish, and German mix. She came in second place on May 24, 2006, next to American Idol (2002) season 5 winner Taylor Hicks, although she did win a black Ford Mustang during the American Idol finale. 

"People made a big deal out of [my album cover being racy]. They said,'She's a slut, blah blah blah.' But I'm really not showing that much skin. It's all suggested."

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