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Sasha Jackson
 turns 26. 32-22-32. British actress. 

Till Death, One Tree Hill, Blue Crush 2, Kick Ass Kandy

Former National High Board Diver and Regional Trampolinist. Long distance swimmer. Accomplished martial arts expert. 

"My idea of housework is to sweep the room with a glance."


The Dumbest Tradition In Golf Makes Insurance Necessary

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Okay before going on a mini rant, be aware this isn't based on sour grapes. Look, I've never had a hole-in-one (yes, I wouldn't mind one for my golf bucket list). Its more of a running bit now, yet I do worry about making one while playing alone reviewing a course--thus no witness to acknowledge the feat. 

But one of the dumbest and illogical traditions in golf is the poor golfer who dunks one is unfairly punished by "having" to buy drinks for everyone in his group and probably the entire bar afterwards. 

Anyway, some traditions are worse than others. In Japan and the UK, apparently you are required to host a party or even a cruise after nailing an ace costing thousands of dollars (thanks to Jason Wesch for the link).

That's why some golfers purchase insurance to protect themselves from an unfortunate hole-in-one. Alex Mayyasi writes for Priceconomics:

After spending $650 buying the entire clubhouse champagne at England’s South Winchester Golf Club following a hole in one, Paul Neilson told Bloomberg, “I couldn't afford to go through all that again. I used to have a policy but never got around to renewing it.” Among the stories from Japan, the same article quotes Eiji Yoneda, who was one of 200 people invited on a dinner cruise by someone celebrating a hole in one.

A number of firms offer hole in one insurance, frequently bundled with other services that golfers commonly buy like insurance for golfing equipment or personal liability. (Apparently yelling “Fore!” can’t ward off lawsuits if you hit a ball right at someone.) Golfplan, a U.K. insurer, covers $340 to $510 worth of drinks for hole in one celebrations.

There's no debate here folks. This is a business that should've never been required to germinate. The onus absolutely needs to be on the rest of the players in the group to pony up. Or don't do it at all if you're a sorry bunch.

Why should everyone else be rewarded for something they had no hand in accomplishing? 



There's No Guarantee Your Clubs Will Arrive With You


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For those of you who travel extensively and play golf, this NY Times column will be of interest. You may even empathize with Tour players who white-knuckle their flights desperately hoping their clubs arrive with them. 

On the first leg of Gary Woodland’s British Open odyssey, he glanced out the airplane porthole in time to see a baggage handler at Kansas City International Airport haul his golf bag out of a cart, drop it on the tarmac and fling another suitcase on top of it. The sight of the tools of his trade being treated with such little care made Woodland so agitated that his fiancée told him to turn away from the window.

After an excruciatingly tight connection in Chicago, Woodland arrived in Manchester, England, alas, without his clubs or clothes. “Seeing them throw the bags around and then them not showing up, it was definitely a little more stressful than it needed to be,” Woodland said. 

There are players who opt to send their clubs to a tournament site by express delivery so that they arrive before the players do. And then there are the fortunate few who can afford the five-figure fee for renting a private jet for overseas travel. That category may soon include Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland, this year’s 54-hole tournament leader, whose golf bag was missing after a flight last month from Newark to Dublin. He hopes he does not have to travel on that airline’s planes again. 

“I’m working on getting my own,” he said with a smile. 

For us mortals, one can try Luggage Forward, Ship Sticks and good 'ol FedEx to ship their beloved sticks with TLC and get there on time. Here is a good summary of choices, rates and what to expect. 

And, if I was a pro golfer and didn't use a private jet, I'd certainly give the folks above a shot. 


What Would You Pay For Rory's Open Winning Ball?


Rory McIlroy threw his ball into the crowd after sinking the clinching putt to win the Open Championship. Its hardly surprising that the guy who caught it is planning to cash in

It was caught by Leeds, England resident Lee Horner, who kept it for a few days before Green Jacket Auctions -- the same company that sold a set of Ben Hogan's clubs from 1953 earlier this year -- tracked him down and acquired the ball for an undisclosed sum. Green Jacket Auctions documented Rory's custom Nike RZN Black "Rors" ball and then quickly put it up for auction.

Bidding started last Wednesday and is slated to end Aug. 9. By the start of the day on Monday, 13 bids had been lodged on the site, the highest standing at $2,852.

"Memorabilia like this is usually lost forever," Ryan Carey, one of the co-founders of the site, said, "so we're very excited that we quickly tracked down the guy who caught it."

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Bethany Joy Lenz is 33. 34-24-34. American actress/singer. 

One Tree Hill, Dexter, Thinner, Guiding Light

Hobbies are photography, painting, writing, horseback riding, knitting, and making stationery. Played guitar and sang the National Anthem in the "One Tree Hill" (2003) cast for Super Bowl in early 2004.

"I don't party. I'm a total homebody. I like hanging out with my cat and I've actually been known to stay home and knit."


Jack: 'Tiger Should Absolutely Be On Ryder Cup Team'


Jack Nicklaus didn't make Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson's decision any easier by declaring this about Tiger Woods being on the team. Not sure at this point why Jack had to say anything--but olds tend to speak their minds without a filter. 

"I couldn't imagine [Woods] not being on a Ryder Cup team, unless he does absolutely nothing in recovering from his game between now and then."

"I don't care what he does between now and then. If Tiger wants to play, I would certainly choose him," Nicklaus said. "My guess is that Tom feels pretty much the same way. Tom would certainly like to have Tiger on his team and I think anybody in their right mind, unless he just doesn't want to play or doesn't think he could play, would not choose him."

Woods does have a little time to impress Watson, starting with the WGC this week at Firestone (a tournament he's owned over the years), but so far his return to Tour play has yielded a MC and a T69 finish at the British Open. 

Miller: '1994 Tiger Would Be 30-Yards Past Bubba'

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Johnny Miller believes the 1994 version of Tiger Woods would've blown drives past Bubba Watson

Back in 1994, he could top 130 mph of swing speed without trying. If today’s balls and clubs had been available when Tiger was in college, the 18-year-old Woods would have been 30 yards longer than Bubba is now. Tiger had a mega-wide, mega-long swing built more for a long-drive contest than a U.S. Open, but he tweaked it under Butch Harmon to create arguably the most effective motion in golf history.

Bubba's swing speed is measured at 123 mph. 

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Furyk Is Now 0-7 When Holding 54-Hole Lead Since 2010

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Jim Furyk held a 3-stroke lead after 54 holes at the RBC Canadian Open. But Tim Clark birdied 5 of his last 8 holes to beat Furyk by a shot. Furyk is now 0-7 holding 54-hole leads since winning the 2010 Tour Championship.

Clark was 4-back after bogeying the first hole Sunday.

"I kind of controlled my own destiny," Furyk said. "I've got to shoot 3 or 4 under and it would have been impossible to catch me, or darn near it. I left the door open with even par on the front nine and Tim took advantage and shot 30 on the back." 

Then there's this that kind of boggles the mind when talking about a top-flight player

Furyk now has a dismal 37-percent success rate with 54-hole leads (9 of 24). Comparing him again to Woods (89 percent), Mickelson (67) and Singh (64) in that category isn't pretty.

The funny thing about that stat is that if you take out Furyk's current streak of seven straight failures, you could argue he was once pretty good at closing out tournaments, with a 9-of-17 record between 1994-2010.

In fact, after Furyk's runner-up at the Players two months ago, we argued he should have anywhere between 20 and 24 tour titles based on how many times he's finished in the top three. His 27-percent win rate in those situations isn't awful (Luke Donald's 17 percent is, for instance), but it's below average and well below the marks of Woods (61), Mickelson (44) and Singh (44). The numbers say that even bad "finishers" will win if they put themselves in position to do so enough times.

Those are interesting stats when trying to determine if Furyk is a future Hall of Fame player. 


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Kate Beckinsale
 turns the big 41. 34-24-35. British actress.

Underworld, The Aviator, Pearl Harbor, Van Helsing

Father Richard Beckinsale was a popular British comedic TV actor before passing away at age 31. After tumultuous adolescence (a bout of anorexia - cured - and a smoking habit which continues to this day), she gradually took up acting.

Studied French, German and Russian literature while a student at Oxford. Ranked #3 in the 2010 Ask Men list of the top 99 "most desirable" women.

"If someone had told me years ago that sharing a sense of humour was so vital to partnerships, I could have avoided a lot of sex!"

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Rory Is Rolling In Piles Of Money


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25-year-old Rory McIlroy no doubt received a huge bonus bump following his Open Championship win. On top of the reported $125 mil deal from Nike, McIlroy figures to line his deep pockets further. 

"Almost all contracts have bonuses tied to winning, and to winning majors," agent Mac Barnhardt of Crown Sports LLC told Golf Digest’s Ron Sirak earlier this year. "And the bonus for winning a major is two to four times higher than for a regular win. So we're talking bonuses from $100,000 to $500,000 per contract." 

Sirak continued: “According to one agent who spoke on the condition of anonymity, [Justin] Rose's $1.2 million TaylorMade deal doubled in value after his Open victory. The same agent says [Phil] Mickelson got a $1 million bonus from Callaway for winning the British Open. A second agent says Rose and Masters winner Adam Scott will earn an extra $3 million to $5 million annually for winning a major."

McIlroy’s other sponsors include Bose speakers, the Spanish bank Santander and Omega watches.

On top of all that, McIlroy’s appearance fees are likely to climb too. At the moment, he collects $1 million per appearance in South Korea and China, according to the Irish Times. He is said to have asked for $2 million to appear in the Australian Open two years ago -- an amount equal to Tiger Woods’ fee -- but was turned down, Australian Golf Digest reported

As always, it pays to be good. 


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