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Alice Eve
 is 34 tomorrow. 36-25-34. English actress. 

She's Out Of My League, Men In Black 3, The Raven, Star Trek Into Darkness, Entourage 

Has heterochromia; her right eye is green and her left blue. Ranked #7 of of the most "Beautiful Famous Faces" by "The Annual Independent Critics List of the 100 Most Beautiful Famous Faces From Around the World." 

"I did literature at university, so I had a real relationship with poetry, but they don't make many films about the world of a poet."

Enjoy the weekend.

 

Another Pro Is Penalized For Too Many Clubs In Bag

 

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For the second time this year, a pro golfer was cited for exceeding the limit of 14 clubs in the bag. You know why it happens. Players try different sticks on the range and forget to remove something before entering the tournament. Still, caddies everywhere are probably counting a couple of extra times to makes sure. 

First, LPGA player Sandra Gal was penalized Wednesday for carrying an extra 3-iron at the Coates Golf Championship.

PGA Tour scribe Bryan Wacker reported that Keegan Bradley forgot to take out either a 3-iron or hybrid before teeing off at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Luckily for him, he noticed it after the first hole and was penalized only 2-strokes--and still shot a nice 68. 

“I don’t know what we missed to not catch that,” said Bradley, who signed for a 68 instead of 66, the latter of which would have left him just one back of co-leaders Rickie Fowler and Shane Lowry after the opening round. “It sucks.”

For his part, Bradley, who hasn't won since 2012, recovered well. He made four birdies over his next eight holes after the gaffe.  

Bradley’s caddie Steve Hale took the blame, saying, “That’s on me.”

Added Bradley: “He’s a great caddie. We all make mistakes.”

Be careful counting out there. 

 

Bubba Welcomed With Boos At The Stadium Hole

 

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Well, it was bound to happen. 

Following Bubba Watson comments that he "didn't like the course" and the only reason he was playing in the Waste Management Phoenix Open was "because of my sponsors and everything," the fans on the famous par-3 16 Stadium hole let him have it

Watson was showered with boos even as he stood over the ball. Despite the jeering, he stuffed his tee shot to 11 feet.

Before reaching the green, Watson tried to win back some fans by tossing out Ping visors. He also tweeted this morning, "I love the @WMPhoenixOpen and fans are awesome... looking forward to today!"

Despite the boos on the tee, he received plenty of applause after he canned his birdie putt.

Watson closed with two pars just before sunset for a 2-under 69.

He was not made available to the media after his round.

 

Gentle Ben To Sell Austin Home for $5.7 Million

 

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I guess it's time for some senior Tour players to downsize. 

Ben Crenshaw recently listed his Austin home for $5.7 million

The 7,326-square-foot home is in the Tarrytown neighborhood. Crenshaw, 64, is asking $5.7 million for the one-and-a-half acre estate covered with trees and beautifully manicured grass -- which you'd expect from a golfer -- and one fantastic outdoor putting green.

You can see the entire gallery here. Trophies are not included in the deal. But, you may be able to negotiate a putting lesson or two.

 

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Natalie Imbruglia
 is 41. 32-23-34. Aussie indie singer/songwriter/actress.

Johnny English, The X Factor. 

Italian/Aussie mix. Younger sister of singer Laura. Won 1999's Billboard Music Award for Best New Artist. Debut single, Torn, peaked at #1 on Adult Top 40 charts.

It was only cool to have blonde hair and be a surfer chick [in Sydney]. I could learn how to surf, but I still looked Italian. It took me a long time to realise that was a good thing.

 

The Petulant Bubba Watson Bashes TPC Scottsdale

 

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Bubba Watson is a supremely talented golfer. He's also a supreme enigma (or enema) who (depending on your stance) is either refreshingly honest or merely an immature jerk. 

Yesterday, Watson aired is thoughts on TPC Scottsdale, home of the Waste Management Phoenix Open this week.

He wasn't kind.

“I don't like it. I'm not going to PC it. I don't like it at all." 

"Obviously, I'm here because of my sponsors and everything," Watson said. "I love coming here. It's always great weather. Used to have a house here. It's always beautiful coming here and playing here."

He reiterated that he's only playing the tournament out of loyalty to Phoenix-based Karsten Manufacturing, the maker of his Ping equipment, and sponsors Oakley and Stance Socks.

"I just mentioned why I'm here," Watson said. "I've got three beautiful sponsors that love it here."

"I didn't see any reason to change it," Watson said. "Again, they didn't ask me. It's just my own opinion. I didn't see any reason to change it" (Tom Weiskopf redesigned it in 2014).

Everybody is entitled to their opinion. But as they say, "If you have nothing nice to say..."

It's yet another reason why he along with Patrick Reed are two of the most disliked players among their peers. Bubba has enjoyed a very nice career and the monied perks that go with it. It's apparent he can't bring himself to take the high road. And, that's the reason so many find it hard rooting for the petulant pro. 

 

New Euro Tour Commissioner Brings A Refreshing Change

 

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New Euro Tour commish Keith Pelley brings wears royal blue eyeglass frames and loud pocket squares. But, he's hardly merely a fashion trendsetter

For, Pelley is attempting to change the stodgy, all-too conservative roles of most sport commissioners (see PGA commissioner Tim Finchem). He wants to allow his pros to play in shorts, instill more penal actions for slow play and reducing the number of minimum events for Euro players from 15 to five. 

It's a big challenge as he strives to make the Euro Tour a formidable force while trying to co-exist with the big Tour across the pond. But don't bet against him.

Pelley has also broken with the PGA Tour when it comes to player fines, which in the U.S. are strictly confidential with the exception of violations of the circuit’s policy regarding performance-enhancing drugs.

“We have nothing to hide,” Pelley said. “It is not only a penalty from a monetary perspective, you won’t want to see, and your peers won’t want to see someone be fined. Nobody likes to be highlighted for slow play and I think this is a deterrent for that.”

Hello again Tim Finchem. 

Pelley said last year his desire to challenge the status of the PGA Tour and the lucrative purses that set the standard in professional golf: “[The BMW PGA Championship] is €5 million [about $5.5 million]. The other event, in the U.S. that week, is $6.7 million,” he said. “That’s unacceptable. Wentworth needs to be $8 million - $10 million.”

Pelley also dug in last year when the PGA Tour unveiled it’s 2016 schedule with the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, a co-sanctioned event, penciled in the same week as the French Open in July. To protect the French Open and organizers at Le Golf National, which will host the 2018 Ryder Cup, Pelley removed the Bridgestone from the European schedule and offered players double Ryder Cup points to play the French Open.

His motives are beginning to work. The European Tour had a higher total rating at the BMW PGA Championship (played opposite theCrowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial), Irish Open (AT&T Byron Nelson Championship), Scottish Open (John Deere Classic) and the circuit’s final two playoff events (BMW Masters and DP WorldTour Championship). 

Good for him. Question is, will Finchem and his staff of minions take note. Sadly, I believe we shouldn't hold our collective breath.  

 

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One of our favorite gingers, Isla Fisher, is 40. 34-24-35. Scottish actress. 

Arrested Development, Rango, Wedding Crashers, Confessions of a Shopaholic. 

Born in Oman before family moved to Australia. Married to actor Sasha Baron Cohen

I love the power women have. I think women rule the world because they rule men. Manipulating men -- that's our job. That's what we're on the planet for.

 

Some Super Bowl/Golf Prop Bets

 

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Jeff Sherman from the Las Vegas Westgate sports book lays some Super Bowl prop bets tied to golf this weekend

For instance, you can bet on which total will be higher: The amount of receiving yards by Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas or Jordan Spieth's first-round score at this year's Masters. For perspective, Thomas has averaged 75.22 yards receiving per game in the Broncos' 18 games this season.

Rory McIlroy final-round score in Dubai vs. Emmanuel Sanders receiving yards (-0.5)

Henrik Stenson final-round birdies in Dubai vs. Greg Olsen receptions (-0.5)

Danny Willett final-round score in Dubai (-4.5) vs. Jonathan Stewart rushing yards

Rory McIlroy final-round holes over par vs. Total sacks by Broncos' defense (-0.5)

Bubba Watson final-round birdies in Phoenix vs. Emmanuel Sanders receptions (-0.5)

Rickie Fowler final-round score in Phoenix (-2.5) vs. Greg Olsen receiving yards

Brooks Koepka final-round score in Phoenix (-31.5) vs. Cam Newton rushing yards

Phil Mickelson final-round score in Phoenix (-17.5) vs. Ted Ginn, Jr. receiving yards

 

The Undercover Pro: Most Of Us Are In It For The Money

 

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GolfDigest.com's Undercover Pro is always a good read. 

Must've missed this from last year, but the Pro discusses the main motivation for Tour players. Meaning, it's mostly money rather than history the majority of players chase. And his belief is the FedEx Cup cash cow is more important than most majors. 

Sure, guys want to win and get trophies—I have two—and more than a few appreciate the concept of their place in history, but anybody with their head on straight knows that's just a byproduct of doing well. Make checks, get into events, keep your card—you've got to play pretty damn good to do that.

Tell you what: I'd take a FedEx Cup over a PGA Championship. Any day. This is our business. If you win the FedEx, you've had an incredible year. You've likely won the Tour Championship and probably another playoff event, and maybe even something in the regular season, too. The smallest possible total prize money you're looking at is around $14 million. Your family is set for life, as long as you're not an idiot. At $1.8 million, the PGA Championship has actually become the largest winning payday of all four majors, but that's still comparative chump change.

Some players will tell you they'd rather win a major, and mean it. All depends on circumstances. They're either wide-eyed, fresh out of college, or they've got a tidy pile banked. Thirty years from now the FedEx Cup might really mean something, but now to history buffs it's just a slightly better Race to Dubai. Henrik Stenson—there's a dude who took a hard knock, getting swindled in a Ponzi scheme—won both titles in 2013, and if you ask me, that was the best year anyone ever had. Almost $20 million.

British Open? Makes me pause a moment longer, but I'd still take the FedEx Cup. I know, the Open's the birthplace of golf and the oldest major, and to have your name etched on the claret jug is, well, quite a thing. You're sharing eternity with Old Tom Morris and his kid. But Ben Curtis or Bill Haas? I know whose career I'd rather have.

U.S. Open? I've watched our nation's championship every year, either on television or playing in it, since I was 11 years old. Almost three decades. I know every moment and venue as well as anyone in the media. It's a very tough choice, but I still say FedEx Cup.

The Masters? You've found my breaking point. It's a special fraternity, where you get to go back every April for the rest of your life. That's a lot of residual value to your brand as a golfer. And because it's the first major on the calendar, it's also the most lucrative in the short-term. If you and your agent are smart, you can parlay a Masters win into sweeter appearance fees and endorsements for an entire season. Win the PGA Championship in August, and those same marketing dollars have already been spent. And the people who'd write the checks are on vacation anyhow.

 

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