Emmanuelle Chriqui is 36. 34-23-33. Moroccan Jewish actress.
You Don't Mess With the Zohan, Entourage, The Mentalist
Last name pronounced "Shreeky." Montreal, Canada. Starred in first commercial for McDonalds at age 10. Ranked #1 on AskMen.com's Top 99 Most Desirable Women 2010.
In an interview on golf.com, Greg Norman talks about how he became a business icon, his on-course strategies, how he got screwed by the PGA Tour and how he'd have fared against Tiger Woods. Well, many golfers have beaten Woods over the years, but the major win difference of 14-2 makes it tough to take Norman's stance too seriously.
Its still is a worthy read.
A lot of people ask how I'd stack up against today's players if I had use of modern equipment. Listen, it's not about the gear. Winning is about what's in your heart and in your head. Equipment dictates how to play the game in an era, but the physical and mental skills are the same. And I had them. I never feared anything or anyone on the course, and I wasn't afraid to fail. So I think I'd do pretty well against Snead, Hogan, Tiger and Phil -- whoever. Tiger's a tough guy, but I was a tough guy on the course, too. I probably would have beat him.
When I was young I read a lot of articles by Ben Hogan. He wrote pages on the stiffness and torque he used in his shafts. I remember thinking, Sh-t! I need to figure this out. I spent a lot of time trying different shafts and, when I found a good match, making sure the spine was set in the same place on every club. I got it right, so I can't figure out why today's pros can't do likewise. Take Rory [McIlory]. It's absurd to say he has gear issues. It's so easy to re-create the same specs and feel from one set to the next. Something else is going on [with him].
The biggest difference between weekend players and pros? Let's say we're both 100 yards from the pin -- a sand wedge for me and a gap wedge for you. I'll use my pitching wedge and swing at 70 percent. You'll hit your gap wedge at 100 percent. And you'll lose. Weekend players go for broke while pros look for a way to play the minimum.
The abyss of my professional career was my run-in with PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem over the World Tour, my idea for an international series of tournaments. It was a beautiful plan and good for golf. I had the support of numerous marquee players, a lucrative TV contract in place, and most important, I had structured it so that the players owned it. I've always believed that if you help build equity in something, you should receive some of the spoils. Unfortunately, Finchem and the media ripped me to shreds. They said I was trying to ruin the game. It got so bad that a lot of PGA club pros who carried Greg Norman Collection [clothes] began canceling their contracts. I was devastated, but I was so sure of the World Tour's promise that I called each one of them to explain my side of the story, because I was never offered the chance to do so with the PGA Tour. It took weeks. I asked each one to hear me out and draw his own conclusions. Everyone kept their contract. My tour never got off the ground, yet three years later the PGA Tour launched the World Golf Championships. I guess they didn't like the fact that it wasn't their idea.
PGA Tour player Ben Crane loves a good laugh. YouTube any of his videos and I think you'll agree. In this interview, he tells why he thinks his fellow Tour pros need to lighten up and how many total hours of his entire life he's practiced the game.
Do you think most Tour pros could stand to loosen up?I'm very serious between the ropes at times, especially when it's not going well. I can feel like I can't let myself have a good time. But guys need to pick their chin up a little bit and look around. Dude, you're on the PGA Tour! You've probably dreamed about this since you were a kid. It's so fun. I don't care if you just made double; you have the opportunity to look at a kid and throw him a ball and make his day. I try to remember that.
You finished the year 139th in driving distance. Was that because of your back?My clubhead speed on the Nation-wide Tour was about 124 miles an hour. If I saw the front lip of a bunker 300 yards out, I wouldn't even think about it -- I'd just fly it. I was so long. I was No. 1 in driving distance for the first five months of the season out there, but then I got injured and stopped working on being fast, and now I'm way down in driving distance. [Laughs] I can't smoke it anymore.
Rory Sabbatini famously left you in the dust at the 2005 Booz Allen at Congressional. Have you gotten much faster with your pace of play since then?Rory and I are friends, and I've tried to get better. Last year I talked to Jon Brendle, a Tour official, and they see everything. I said, "Hey, how am I doing?" His reaction was very positive. He said, "Just keep up with the group in front of you." I don't want guys to get bummed out when they get paired with me. I didn't even know in high school and college golf that I was slow. No one ever said anything.
On the importance of practice.
The pro I worked with growing up used to say, "I think if I worked a little harder I could've made it." I thought, I'll never say that.
So you got your 10,000 hours in. Thirty-five thousand -- I added 'em up. He's been alive for 310,000 hours, so Crane has spent over 10% of his total hours on earth practicing golf.
So you should be really good by now, given you've put in more than three times as much as the 10,000 hours that Malcolm Gladwell recommends in his book "Outliers."I read "Bounce" [by Matthew Syed] and "Talent is Overrated" [by Geoff Colvin]. I think Bounce is the best one. He proved that guys like Mozart, Roger Federer -- it has nothing to do with genes; it's about putting in specific, intense hours of practice. Of course, you can't play post for the Houston Rockets if you're my size.
Gal Gadot. 34-24-34. Israeli actress, model.
Fast Five, Fast & Furious 6, Fast & Furious, Knight and Day
Just announced to star as new Wonder Woman. Miss Israel in 2004. Avid motorcycle rider. She owns a black 2006 Ducati Monster-S2R. Gadot served 2 years as sports trainer in the Israeli Defense Forces.
"I like being a bad-ass."
Kinda funny that Tiger Woods won't comment on girlfriend Lindsey Vonn's skiing technique.
I suffered another year of going ace-less. Well, at least these guys are skilled Tour players...
Kim Basinger turns 60! 35C-25-35. Actress.
L.A. Confidential, Batman, 8 Mile, 9 1/2 Weeks
At the age of 20, was earning $1,000 a day as a model. Headed up an investment group that purchased the entire town of Braselton, in her native Georgia, for $20 million (she would later have to sell it). Had never seen a Bond film when she signed on to do Never Say Never Again (1983). Ranked #3 in MovieFone's Greatest Bond Girls poll.
"I think any girl who comes to Hollywood with sex symbol or bombshell hanging over her has a rough road."
Not sure what was more surprising yesterday. Zach Johnson holing an improbable wedge from the drop area for par (after plinking one in the hazard) or Tiger Woods blowing a 4-shot lead with 8 holes to go (including three par 5s!) at Woods' World Challenge event. Meaning Johnson bested Woods by 5 shots over the last 8 holes. Wild.
Johnson's par on the 72nd hole sent the match to a playoff. Tiger hit his 2nd straight approach into the bunker while Zach's landed 25-feet left of the flag. Woods' bunker shot ended 4-feet away. Zach's birdie try skimmed the cut after glancing off Tiger's ball mark. Then Tiger power-lipped out his par try giving Johnson the crazy win (watch here).
"I feel very fortunate and somewhat lucky," Johnson said.
"Zach, I don't know how the last three iron shots didn't go in the hole," Woods said. "Pretty impressive what he did. He got me."
“I was struggling blocking putts, and today was a perfect example of that,” he explained. “I blocked a lot of putts today and just had a tough time finding my release point, and I just could not find my release point, no matter what I tried to do to adjust and just wasn't there.“So the last hole, you know, being left‑to‑right and just didn't want to block that one, and I didn't. I over‑released it.”
In case you were wondering, that was Woods' 11th missed putt inside 4-feet in 2013. Also, the 2nd straight time he lost in a playoff at his event (losing to Graeme McDowell last year). Some might say it was no big deal, but Tiger did take forever to hit the putt and leaves some wondering if he'll carry a little mental scar tissue heading into 2014. Woods first event will be a Torrey Pines January 23-26.
Two of the youngest and oldest Tour players earned victories yesterday. 16-year-old Lydia Ko won her 4th pro event but first as a professional by taking the Swinging Skirts World Ladies Masters in Taiwan. After leaving some $900,000 off the table as an amateur, Ko earned $150,000 for the win.
"I didn't know I'd do it this quickly," Ko said. "I'm just so fortunate to do it at such a great tournament. I was nervous, but I just said to myself, 'Concentrate on your game.'"
Meanwhile the strange-stretching 49-year, 337 day wonder Miguel Angel Jimenez became the oldest winner ever of a European Tour event, defending his title at the Hong Kong Open.
"This is my fourth and it was my hardest. When you need to play a playoff, you need to play one more hole, and against two guys also trying to win is hard. But my experience paid off," said Jimenez who adds this title to ones he won in 2004, '07 and '12.
Bernie Madoff, who bilked investors untold millions, admits when he knew his incredible Ponzi scheme was about burst.
Mr. Madoff recalled one of the first moments he sensed that economic conditions in 2008 could be fragile. He was at the Palm Beach Country Club in Florida, he said, and he had "a young black kid" for a caddy, and the caddy was buying and selling homes."He said he didn't need credit. He would buy homes and flip them for a profit," Mr. Madoff recalled. "I told my wife, 'This is the end.' "
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