Peggy Lipton turns 68! 36-26-34. American actress. Irish-Russian mix.
Mod Squad, When In Rome, The Postman, Twin Peaks, Crash
Ex-wife of Quincy Jones. Their daughter is actress Rashida Jones. One of many who dated Elvis Presley. Revealed in her book Breathing Out that she had a tryst with Paul McCartney before finding fame on"Mod Squad" (1968).
Euro Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley already made his three choices: Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood and Ryder Cup rookie Steven Gallacher.
Now, its Tom Watson's turn. But who should he choose? No one really made a strong push heading into today, although you could argue Chris Kirk did a commendable job beating playing partner Rory McIlroy Sunday and Monday.
"I certainly don't feel entitled, or feel like I'm a shoe-in to get a pick," Kirk said. "I've obviously really put myself into consideration, and it's something that I would love to do. But like I've said before, the nine guys that made it are automatic. Those are the guys on the team. The other three? If you get in, it's a bonus."
However, Kirk had only one top-25 finish since June 1 before winning Monday.
Brandt Snedeker missed the last two cuts.
Webb Simpson missed the cut at the Masters, Players, British and PGA.
Hunter Mahan had one top-10 since March before winning the Barclays.
Bill Haas has played well the last three events and finished in the top-10 at the Deutsche Bank--if that floats your boat.
My guess while holding my nose is Watson goes with the chalk and tabs Keegan Bradley (Phil likes playing with him), Mahan and Simpson. That is unless he has a gut feeling about someone or likes the chemistry he brings.
We'll see at 5pm CDT.
For those scratch handicap golfers believing they could hang with Tour pros, these posted handicaps of those golfing for a living will give you pause before spouting off. Rest assured they all are at least a +4.4.
Just remember to ask for strokes (lots of strokes) before entering in a money match with these guys. Listed are Bubba Watson, Phil Mickelson, Paul Casey, Tim Herron, Fred Funk, Aaron Baddeley, Jim Furyk, Geoff Oglivy, Martin Kaymer and Paul Goydos.
Can you guess who has the lowest handicap?
Some golf course managers have a good 'ol time with their posted signs.
Check out more here from the GolfChannel.
Barbara Bach turns 69! 36-24-32. American actress.
The Spy Who Loved Me, Force 10 From Navarone, The Unseen, The Great Alligator
Married the Beatles drummer Ringo Starr in 1981. Sister-in-law of the Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh. Received a Masters Degree in Psychology from UCLA in 1993.
Enjoy the holiday weekend.
Long time sportwriter Frank Deford poses the question if our POTUS playing golf casts the correct "powerful" image to the rest of the world.
There's been much criticism of the president lately, even within his own party, that he's too detached and withdrawn, not combative enough anymore. This can be explained completely with a sports analogy: We elected a basketball president, but then we ended up with a golf president.
Golf is an internal game. Nobody is playing against you. Nobody is guarding you. Basketball, on the other hand — basketball is in your face, one-on-one, combative to its core. Obama actually had a court built in the White House. And remember all the pictures a few years ago of the president playing hoops, going all out? Why, even after he became the most powerful man in the world, he suffered a split lip in a game that required a dozen stitches.
Basketball is about slashing, dunking, crashing the boards. What is the one basketball term that most delineates the game? "No harm, no foul." Meaning: Challenge the limits, check, poke, use just enough strategic contact. That's how the man got to the White House.
But golf? What do we hear? "It's your honor." "I'm away." "We halved the hole." There's no halving in politics!
But here's a tip to the White House media office. Never, never again let the president be photographed in a golf cart. What is the wussiest item in all of sports? A golf cart — that electric chaise lounge. A movable divan. Could you ever picture Vladimir Putin in a golf cart? You think Angela Merkel poses in a golf cart? In a pig's eye.
Personally, I don't think so. Yes, golf is an individual game but much can be gleaned about a person's personality when playing with others over four hours. Is he cavalier with the rules and scoring? Does he get easily frustrated? Can he handle pressure?
You certainly don't need to see your POTUS playing golf too much, but it hardly casts a lazy, terrible impression when your leader hits the course occasionally. I might suggest mixing in some other athletic activities--if for no other reason to show a well-rounded person is in office running our country.
Remember, everything in moderation works.
Tomorrow morning on the Teebox Golf Show...
--At 8:30, GC's Brandel Chamblee pops on to discuss Tiger's best options moving forward to resurrect his game
--Talk about our trip to Horseshoe Bay yesterday--and our new pre-round routine that seems to really work
--Touch upon the weird occurance on the 18th green with Hunter Mahan and wife Kandi at the Barclays
--If golf is too "wussy" a sport for our POTUS to play
And we'll do it all from Crest Cars in Plano Saturday morning from 8-10.
Hope you can tune in or better yet, stop by and say hi.
Alexa Vega turns 28. 34-24-32. American actress/singer.
Evening Shade, Spy Kids, Machete Kills, Repo! The Genetic Opera
Whether you enjoy or despise his work, GolfChannel lead analyst Brandel Chamblee always does his homework before spouting hot sports opinions. Chamblee's been a frequent critic of Tiger Woods' constant swing changes ("why keep messing with success?") and now, compares TW's current demons with the once-great Seve Ballesteros.
What has happened in the last few years has defied all reason. Both his body and his swing have become so altered from that architecture, and he seems so orphaned from the intuition that led to that swing, that he is scarcely recognizable.
Like Tiger would be after him, though, Seve was wild off of the tee and like Tiger would do after him he let the pursuit of perfection engulf his talent. Seve, seeking to straighten his drives, sought the guidance of Mac O’Grady, whose mythical ball striking was just that, mostly myth. From 1983-93, his productive years, he was, if I were being nice, average tee to green. But he was a student of Homer Kelly’s book “The Golfing Machine”, a sort of cryptic geometric bible about the golf swing and this advanced the myth.
Seve took the bait and digested those inscrutable golfing machine ideas and never had a top-five finish in a major after age 32. By his mid-30s I saw a player that was divested of all that he was.
Do yourself a favor, go onto YouTube and search Bobby Jones, Ben Hogan, Lee Trevino,Tom Watson and Jack Nicklaus. Scroll down until you find video of them playing in a tournament and watch, not how they swing, but how they begin to swing. In those 20-30 seconds before the club moves away notice how forthright and confident they move – authoritative and awesome to watch.
None of their teachers were ever in sight.
Now search for Suzann Pettersen, Mike Weir, Michelle Wie and Justin Rose, not to see their swings, which are beautiful, but to see how they begin to swing. You will notice a distinct difference to the names above, in both the purpose and cadence of their pre-shot routines. They make rehearsals, they contort their bodies into positions they hope to achieve during the swing, they fret with faux takeaways, all to do something they are already exceptional at. It’s a type of timidity that has become the norm.
The difference between these two groups is the very nature of the way this game is taught now at the professional level – by helicopter teachers who hover. These teachers are well informed and drown out the self-discovery and the confidence that comes from that and replace it with one idea after another and another.
Who should be his next coach is likely the difference between him breaking Jack’s major record or not and because of what he means to golf, that decision means a lot to the game. This is all precisely why I hope his next teacher’s name is Tiger.
Touche. Even Tiger's biggest fans should have a rough time arguing Chamblee's points.
I think Hank Haney gets unfairly slammed for his opinions on Tiger Woods' golf game, because he's merely responding to countless interview requests when something newsworthy occurs in Eldrick's life. Lets face it, he does have some insight into Woods' after coaching him for six years.
So, what's he think Tiger needs to do? Practice. A lot.
"The biggest thing I see is that you have a cumulative effect of lack of practice. This is the biggest issue as opposed to who is going to coach him next."
"Either Sean hasn't told him the right things, he hasn't been able to commit to it, or Tiger hasn't tried it," Haney said. "In all honesty, all three of those things fall on the coach. It's part of coaching. At some point, you have to take responsibility.
"But then again, has he had a fair chance? If Tiger hasn't listened, that's on the coach. If he hasn't practiced, that is on the player. If he can't practice, there is nothing you can do about it. But that has been my theme for you know how long. What is his commitment level like? Is he capable of practicing?"
"In the last six years, he's only played golf three years," Haney said. "Who else could take three years off and do any good? Really, you're going to take three years off? I know he's great, but that's a lot to ask. And even this year, how much did he practice? He's gone this whole year with next to no practice time.
"Ben Hogan used to say the first 500 balls he hit during the day got him back to where he was yesterday. Now that might be a stretch, but even if it's the first 150 balls you hit to get you back to yesterday, how far has Tiger fallen behind in the last six years?"
"He's got to get healthy," he said. "He's got to get his technique better, and he has got to practice. And if he doesn't do those things, it's going to be hard to see how he can get back to where he's Tiger Woods. Every time I watch a tournament, I'm still shocked when he doesn't win."
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