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Abigail Spencer is 33. 32-23-33. Actress.

Cowboys & Aliens, Suits, Oz the Great and Powerful

Describes her style as "A hip old man." Eats chocolate every day. Father was Pensacola surfing legend Yancy Spencer III.

"My cherished clothing item is the Borsalino chocolate brown Indiana Jones hat. Signature piece. Fits perfectly. Love a good hat."

Enjoy the weekend.

 

Couples: U.S. Needs Less Task Force, More Fun


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Fred Couples, a possible future Ryder Cup captain, believes the floundering U.S. squad only needs to chill and have fun to return to the winner's circle

"I don't think anyone should panic. I don't think we need a task force. I don't think we need the PGA of America straining about this," he told reporters at the season's final Champions Tour stop. "What I really think they need is to get players that have been on a lot of these teams to get a feel for what kind of captain they need."

Tom Watson wasn't the right fit, as his hard-line stance alienated some players and his questionable lineup decisions led to a five-point defeat. Couples believes one of his best traits as a potential captain is relating to the 12 players in his team room, something he feels Watson failed to do.

"I just think by watching, he didn't cradle his boys enough, and that's what they need," he said.

"I think anyone would love to be the Ryder Cup captain. I particularly don't think it's really that hard to do, I really don't," he said. "I keep hearing it's a two-year process. Well, what would I do right now? I don't even know who's going to be on the Presidents Cup team, let alone the Ryder Cup team. So I could go have dinner with Rickie Fowler for two straight years and tell him everything, and then he might not make it.

"So I think it's all - it's just a little bit much. We need a little more fun and that comes with winning."

At this point, its difficult to raise a compelling argument. Maybe, the good times will roll. Nothing else has. 

 

Gary Player: 'I Can Fix Tiger In One Hour'


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Gary Player follows fellow old Lee Trevino in saying he can fix Tiger Woods' issues in quick order. Not sure if its true altruistic motivation or simply a marketing scheme, but Player received some press nevertheless. 

“Would I love to sit down with him for one hour and give him a piece of my knowledge,” Player said. “I can’t tell you what I’d say. But then I think he could win majors ... I’d talk to him quite a bit about the swing. He’s got flaws. There’s a reason. I reckon I could get those things across from him that could make a massive change because I’ve got the experience that it would take him at least another 40-50 years to get. I’ve got this in the bank! But you can’t go around volunteering to help everybody.”

That was the end of an answer to the question: “What do you think of Tiger?” Here's Player’s initial answer in full:

“Tiger is the most talented golfer that ever lived, without a question. Whether he’ll reach Jack Nicklaus’s majors is debatable, no one knows. Time will tell. I’m going to give you a very interesting scenario. If Tiger Woods once he had won the U.S. Open by 15 shots, if Tiger Woods never had a lesson from another pro in his life. And I’m not condemning those pros, some of them are pretty intelligent, Hank Haney and his other teachers, they’re pretty good. But Tiger was so good and so much better than anybody plays today. He could never hit the ball like Ben Hogan. Not even close. But that’s not what counts. It’s scoring, winning. Tiger Woods if he had never had another lesson, if he left what he had, he would have won 20, 22, 24 majors. But he’s also been unlucky. Three knee operations, a back operation, and a few other problems. So, will he come back as champion? I really hope so because the game needs Tiger Woods. It helps me. It helps golf manufactures. It helps young people in countries that aren’t all white. We need a black man to be a champion. Will he accomplish and become the best golfer ever? Only the Lord knows.”

At this point, Tiger should give it a shot alone for a bit--unless he likes having a buddy/babysitter along for the ride. 'Tis interesting that the two Hall of Famers have only one more major victory combined than Tiger's 14.

 

Six Top Pros Give Their 'One' Swing Thought

 

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I believe one swing thought is good for your game. Something that starts your sequence or combats an issue that constantly shoots your wheels off. Here are six top pros' single swing thoughts to help their games--and maybe yours. 

RORY MCILROY

"Under pressure, I do use one simple swing thought: I pick a spot a foot in front of the ball and hit over it -- hard. That takes my mind off the outcome of the shot and keeps me in the process."

ADAM SCOTT

"Whatever I'm working on, I like to keep one swing thought in my head when I'm on the course. Keeping it simple helped me at the Deutsche Bank Championship in Boston last year. Thinking only about getting to my left side, I shot 62 Friday and won my first PGA Tour event."

KEEGAN BRADLEY

"I focus on my facial muscles. When you can get your mouth to relax, your whole body relaxes."

Not sure about that. Relaxed is never what comes to mind watching him constant twitch. Maybe he should try Botox... 

 

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Danielle Panabaker is 28. 34-25-34. Actress. 

Friday the 13th, The Crazies, Mr. Brooks, Piranha 3DD

Graduated from high school at 14. Received her Bachelor's degree in English from UCLA in June of 2007, at the age of 19. 

"You can always learn something [in bad acting classes], maybe it's a technique you don't like; maybe it's a style. But you learn different things."

 

How The Titleist Pro V1 Almost Happened By Accident

 

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In a book by Mark McClusky about how science greatly assisted sports performance, he outlines how the Pro V1 revolutionized golf. This excerpt gives a fascinating account how the ball quickly became the industry standard and remains to this day. 

The next year, 2001, average driving distance leapt six yards in a single season. There was a very clear reason for that huge jump -- the introduction of what might be the single most influential product in the history of any sport: the Titleist Pro V1 golf ball. For decades, top golfers had all played with balls constructed in the same way: A liquid-filled rubber core was wound with thin rubber thread, building the ball up to the correct diameter as if it was a ball of yarn. This was covered with balata, a type of rubber harvested from a tropical tree called the bully tree. The balls were sometimes inconsistent, but they offered the best level of spin and distance for strong players. Other types of balls, made for high handicappers, emphasized distance over control and used solid rubber cores, but low-handicap golfers viewed them with distain.

Solid-core balls like the Pro V1 were much more consistent and reliable. The durability was better. The solid core allowed engineers to tune the ball to react differently in different situations. When smashed with a driver, the ball would spin less than a balata ball, keeping it from hooking or slicing. When hit with a wedge, it would spin more quickly, giving the player more control to stop the ball on the green. And in every situation, it flew significantly farther than a balata ball when hit with the same force. 

The first week the new Pro V1 model ball was available for tournament play, in October 2000, forty-seven players switched from their previous ball. That sort of wholesale equipment change was unprecedented in the history of golf. How fast was the transition across the sport? At the 2000 Masters, fifty-nine of the ninety- five players used a wound golf ball. One year later, only four players used one. By the end of 2001, not a single tournament champion on any of the world’s major professional tours had won using a wound ball; the rout was so comprehensive that Titleist stopped making them at all.

The invention of the Pro V1 started out as a little bit of an accident. The company’s engineers were just trying to combine some of the technologies in their balls for amateur golfers with the ones in their pro models, and they stumbled upon the construction of the Pro V1. From that point, its refinement became a process that involved five years of prototypes and endless testing at the company’s facility in Massachusetts. “We didn’t have a clue what we really had at the time,” recalled Bill Morgan, the company’s head of golf ball development, in a 2013 interview. It took a day in which a hundred of the company’s sponsored pros used the prototype ball -- and gave it rave reviews --  for the company to fast-track it into production.

 

Phil Signs New Multi-Year Deal With Callaway

 

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Phil Mickelson is one of those golf stars where an equipment company would gladly back up the Brinks truck to sign. And even after maybe his worst performing season, Callaway was happy to ink Lefty to a multi-year deal.  

“When I joined the team at Callaway 10 years ago, I knew I was making the best decision of my career,” Mickelson said. “And I feel even stronger about that decision today. Backed by innovative technologies, industry-leading products, and the outstanding R&D group that works so closely with me, I honestly believe that these next few years will be the best of my career.”

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Gabrielle Union turns 42. 36-25-36. Actress. 

Bad Boys II, 10 Things I Hate About You, Bring It On, Ugly Betty

All-star high school point guard. Degree in sociology. Fluent in Spanish. Married Miami Heat guard Dwayne Wade on Sept 2, 2014. 

"Thank God for J-Lo [Jennifer Lopez]. All of a sudden big asses are de rigueur."

 

Why You Don't Trash Talk Michael Jordan

 

Funny and quick Twitter knockout by Michael Jordan swatting away Keegan Bradley's initial trash talk. Sports nut Bradley should've known MJ takes no prisoners when dishing out the insults. 

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Remembering The Incomparable Tiger


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Kyle Porter over at cbssports.com Eye on Golf compiles a worthy list illustrating how the dominating Tiger Woods bludgeoned fields nearly every week. Its a nice but frustrating reminder of his greatness. Age and health probably won't allow a return to that sublime record, but the possibility of getting remotely close is what draws eyeballs every time Eldrick tees it up. 

26.1 -- That's the percentage of tournaments won by Woods on the PGA Tour. He's entered 302 of them and won a whopping 79. Even more stunning is his 21.2 percent of majors won that he's entered. He's 14 for 66 so far and has started out 14 for 46 (30.4 percent!).

11 -- That's how many times Tiger has missed the cut in his 302 PGA Tour tournaments played. For context: Phil Mickelson, arguably the second best player of Woods' generation, has over 70 missed cuts.

That 11 (two of which happened in 2014) is mythical.

683 -- That's how many weeks Woods has been No. 1 in the world. He has the 1st, 2nd, 6th and 11th longest streaks at No. 1 ever. He has twice been No. 1 for over 263 weeks in a row.

Nobody else has ever touched 100 in a row.

19.4 -- On May 20, 2001, Tiger led the world golf rankings by 19.4 points over Mickelson, who was in second place.

To put that into context for you, No. 1 in the world right now, Rory McIlroy, only has a 11.6-point lead. 

4 -- This gets overlooked, but Woods has only finished outside the top 10 at the Masters just four times. He's only finished outside of the top five a total of six times. Six times out of 17!

His finishes outside the top 10 are as follows: T15, T18, T22 and T40.

 

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