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Jordana Brewster
 turns 35 this weekend. 34-25-36. Actress.

Fast Five, The Fast and the Furious, Fast & Furious 6, Dallas, Chuck. 

Born in Panama City. Speaks fluent Portuguese. Married movie producer Andrew Form (Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning) in 2006. Yale graduate (English). Ranked #9 on Maxim magazine's "Hot 100" list of 2009. 

"I think it’s silly to overcompensate with your car. Anything too flashy is a turn-off. Why do you need to do that? Like, yellow?!"

Enjoy the weekend. 


Was Faldo Joking About Rooting Against Spieth Breaking His Record?


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Report on about a debate whether Nick Faldo was rooting against Jordan Spieth to break his 36-hole major scoring record. I'm not sure anyone honestly wants their record broken, but to openly root against it--no matter how refreshingly candid--is kind of a head scratcher. 

A reporter with the Columbus Dispatch who attended the luncheon praised Faldo for his “candid” commentary and then detailed the conversation on stage when the topic turned to whether Faldo and Nicklaus had ever rooted against another player.

Nicklaus said that he neither roots for nor against a player to break his records.

Faldo chimed in, apparently with tongue firmly planted in cheek: “Oh, I do.”

And then, talking about Spieth at this year’s Masters, Faldo told the crowd, “I was sitting up there dodging bullets from this young man. Day 1, he’s in the middle of the 15th fairway at 8 under par, and my fellow announcers were all, ‘Wouldn’t it be nice if he shoots a 62?’ And I’m thinking, Jack (Nicklaus) and I are both in the 63 club; that’s the best round in any major. 

“So I’m sitting in my (tower) at 18, saying, ‘No, it wouldn’t be nice.’ He takes that 4-wood out, and I know it’s the wrong club and I’m going, ‘Hit it! Hit it! Hit it!’ And he did, and he hits it over the green and three-putts (for bogey), so that was that.”

Faldo added that he blurted out, “Yes!” when Spieth missed a 6-foot putt on the 18th hole Friday that would have given the 21-year-old the lowest 36-hole score (129) in major history. Spieth now shares the mark with three players, including Faldo.

The Dispatch noted that Nicklaus initially smiled after hearing Faldo’s comments, and then replied, “That wouldn’t be my attitude, but that’s OK.” 

In his statement Thursday, Nicklaus said that “we were entertaining an audience at a fundraiser, and Nick’s comment was said purely in jest. Nick made it clear he has a tremendous amount of respect for Jordan as a person and a champion.”

Doubt we'll ever really know, but it's an interesting read nevertheless...


Some DFW Courses Are Closing Or Battling Financial Stress


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Glen Gardens GC closes after 102-years. 

Over the last couple of years, there's been various doom and gloom reports about the golf industry. Some issues cited are the crazy weather, manufacturers over-churning of golf equipment, courses struggling to keep the doors open or being closed for other purposes.

Managing courses well isn't easy. Some companies are adept at handling and adjusting to the various moving targets while others have to work with shoestring budgets. 

We certainly don't believe the industry is in crisis mode (witness all the filled course parking lots during good weather) but it's always good to keep an eye out for trends and be proactive rather than reactive.

However, The Star Telegram outlines the latest stories surrounding some Dallas/Fort Worth courses

The Great Southwest Golf Club in Grand Prairie has closed and will be turned into an industrial park.

The owners of Woodhaven Golf Club in east Fort Worth have put it into bankruptcy. Lenders foreclosed on Benbrook’s Whitestone Golf Club and now operate the course as they look for a buyer. Timberview Golf Club in far southeast Fort Worth was sold to a Midland-based foundation that donated it to Rivertree Academy in Fort Worth, which plans a private school and farm for youths.

And the Glen Garden Country Club in Fort Worth, where golfing legends Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson learned the game as kids, is becoming home to a distillery.

But a bit of good news...

Golf has been a growing business in Texas. According to a report on the state’s golf industry published in May for the Texas Alliance for Golf, the sport generated an estimated $4.2 billion in direct economic activity, a nearly 21 percent increase from 2006, when that figure was $3.5 billion.

The number of rounds played and participation stabilized last year, according to the National Golf Foundation. Bad weather suppressed rounds in the first quarter last year, and the year finished only 1.7 percent behind 2013, the foundation said in a recent report.


Tiger Commits To The Players In Two Weeks



Tiger Woods announced on his website that he's commiting to play in The Players in two weeks. It's somewhat newsworthy since he normally doesn't commit to an event until the preceding Friday. 

Woods isn't playing in the WGC-Cadillac Match Play next week because his world ranking is too low. I always have to remind myself of that since he was a given #1 for so long. 

He did show some of his old flash at the Masters (the two consecutive rounds in the 60's were his first there since 2008) but struggled on Sunday to finish T17.

The announcement signals two important factors. He's apparently healthy and is confident again in his short game to give it a go.

Woods has won The Players twice. 


Tomorrow On The Teebox



Tomorrow on the Teebox Golf Show...

  • We check on the new marketing machine that is Jordan Spieth.
  • Why golf broadcasting is woefully behind the times. 
  • Debate whether pros should enter events where they historically suck?
  • Give the departing Orphanage a little Bon voyage send off. 

And we'll do it all from Crest Cars in Plano Saturday morning from 8-10. 

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Kelly Clarkson turns 33 tomorrow. 34-24-36. American singer. 

American Idol, Love Actually

Born in Fort Worth, TX. Grew up in Burleson.  Likes to perform barefoot. Was first American Idol winner; 2002. Initial album sold 250,000 copies in first week. 2 Grammy Awards for Pop Female Vocal for "Since U Been Gone" and her awarded Best Pop Album.

"The rumors are not helping me on the dating front! I prefer the boys. I'm extremely flattered when I do get hit on by girls, and I think it's hot, but I'm not into it. I like boys."


Couples "Disappointed" For Not Being Named Ryder Cup Captain



Many thought Fred Couples would be picked as the next Ryder Cup captain. Davis Love III was named instead. 

Freddie was asked how he felt and yes, was disappointed by the omission

“When we agreed to this (the Icons Cup), I thought Darren had 75 percent chance of becoming the European Ryder Cup captain, and I thought I was more than 50," Couples said. "As it turns out, he is 100 percent the guy and I am zero. To be honest, it is disappointing, but they picked a great guy in Davis, and my time might be the next one."

As the captain of the Presidents Cup teams, Couples has a 3-0 record, but could not parlay that success into a chance at the 2016 Ryder Cup.

“I thought I had as good a shot as any other guys getting it, and it would have been unbelievable for both of us to be Ryder Cup captains and be sitting here," Couples said. "I am thrilled for Davis, and I am certainly happy for Darren.”

“I am put off by not getting it this time,” he said. “But having said that, if they ask me for 2018, I will certainly jump at it and accept it.”


Pro Golfer DQ'd For A Really Strange Reason


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We golfers know there are some strange, arcane rules in the game. 

But this one is a peach

Eduardo Molinari’s disqualification from the European Tour’s Shenzhen International tournament last week might have set the standard in each of those categories after he was disqualified because his caddie hopped on a golf cart — rather than walk — in-between holes.

Riding on a golf cart at any time is against the rules is punished with a two-stroke penalty, but because Molinari wasn’t aware his caddie took a cart, he didn’t assess himself the penalty and was disqualified later in the day for signing an incorrect score.

As crazy as this sounds, it didn't even set a precedent. 

In 2010, 18-year-old amateur Lisa McCloskey was assessed a two-stroke penalty at that year’s U.S. Women’s Open because her caddie took a golf cart to the bathroom so he wouldn’t delay play.

Word to caddies: If you see a cart, promptly run away.


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Jaime King turns 36. 34-23-34. American actress/model/writer

Sin City, Pearl Harbor, White Chicks, Heart of Dixie

Was a top model at age 16. Recovering heroin addict who went sober after boyfriend died after overdosing. Ranked #23 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2008 list. 

[on the huge wages models earn] "The hardest thing is when you go home and realize that you've grown 10 years in 2 days."


Spieth's Dad Shawn Knows How To Measure Success



Jordan Spieth has had quite a run as you all know. But maybe no one knows it better than his dad Shawn (who incidentally saw Jordan win for the first time in person during the Masters). 

When Jordan was leaving Texas to turn pro at the end of 2012, Shawn Spieth went to work on a social media project unique to sports. Spieth and Kyle Nelson, a software and social media entrepreneur, co-founded Stout Partners and developed the "MVPindex."

"I've never been in the business of sports and always wanted to, and this was a great opportunity to do that," said Spieth, who played college baseball at Lehigh and had been involved in software startups until launching MVPindex.

"The second reason was to help Jordan get started, try to do something to help him and others like him build a brand that would be bigger than on-the-field performance," he said. "And then things lined up nicely in terms of timing."

Spieth had arguably the most remarkable rookie season since Tiger Woods in 2013. With no status on any tour, he earned temporary membership on the PGA Tour, won the John Deere Classic, became the youngest American to play in the Presidents Cup at age 20 and finished at No. 7 in the FedEx Cup.

"It was just amazing," Shawn Spieth said. "He was the top Twitter athlete that week. Usually soccer players own social (media) behind entertainers. Jordan was No. 1. That didn't hurt his MVPindex."

In the week after Spieth won the Masters, the MVPindex determined that he was mentioned 50,672 times — more than Tiger Woods, Kevin Durant and The Rock (Dwayne Johnson) combined. For the overall PGA Tour index, Spieth currently is No. 5 behind McIlroy, Bubba Watson, Woods and Ian Poulter. 

And there's this from the Dallas Morning News

“Ten days after winning the Masters, Jordan Spieth finds himself on a leaderboard of a different sort: that of pitchman. Dallas’ golf phenom now ranks No. 5 when it comes to endorsement value among nearly 4,000 celebrities tracked by The Marketing Arm. And when it comes to ‘I want to be like him,’ only Tom Hanks, Bill Gates and Kate Middleton track higher than [Spieth]."

There is good news and bad in Spieth’s leap in awareness. U.S. consumers who recognize his name or face went from 1 in 5 to 1 in 3.

“But it also show that golf is still not considered a mainstream sport by any means,” Delzell says. “The guy who won golf’s biggest tournament of the year still is unknown to 65 percent of the country.”

McIlroy fares only slightly better with a 42 percent recognition factor.

By comparison, NBA superstar LeBron James is recognized in some fashion by 90 percent of Americans. 


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