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Posted on: April 30, 2008 5:06 pm
 

Roll tape, please

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- We're not sure where it was filmed, when, or under what circumstances.

But who cares?

There's a hilarious karaoke clip of British standout Lee Westwood doing a bar-room rendition of the Monkees' ancient oldie, "Daydream Believer" now posted on YouTube. Westwood exhorts the beer-swigging crowd, which is clearly behind him.

Westwood, joined in song by manager Chubby Chandler, who also represents Ernie Els, is clearly caught up in the mood, throwing in some mean dance moves and hip twists to accentuate the lyrics. As for the melodic talents of the pair, you make the call.

Here's the link: http://youtube.com/watch?v=S7t5YjO6xQI

But if you really want a good laugh, check out the Fox broadcast clip of Rory Sabbatini playing in the Australian PGA Champioship last winter.

The link is: http://youtube.com/watch?v=ohnd98mZybs

Category: Golf
Posted on: April 29, 2008 4:19 pm
 

Boo was Masterly, too

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Boo Weekley said an assist for his victory two weeks ago at Hilton Head must be credited to an unlikely source.

Not his caddie, not his equipment company, swing coach, psychologist, or even the golfing gods above.

He says Trevor Immelman should receive some of the credit.

Weekley played the first two rounds at the Masters with Immelman, the eventual winner at Augusta National, and sensed early that the young South African was definitely operating on another psychological plane. Weekley was somewhat in awe as Immelman went wire-to-wire as the leader.

"I saw a little bit of it as we were playing because very rarely ‑‑ when you get into a zone or when you get into where you're actually feeling comfortable over what you're doing, but Trevor, the first two days I played with him, he looked so just focused, confident, the whole nine yards, and it's amazing that you very rarely see that as a player," Weekley said Tuesday at the Wachovia Championship.
 
"But when you look at it and you see another player doing that, you're like, 'Man, I wish I could get where he's at, in that comfort zone.' I think a lot of it had to do with what happened for me the following week at Hilton Head is because I actually was focusing on a lot of the stuff I saw him doing.
 
"I kind of tried to get myself in that position, and it was neat."

It was as much about how immelman acted as the way he played.

"I don't know, it has a lot to do with how you're swinging, too, but it was just he got in a zone and he made a lot of good swings, didn't get upset when he hit some good putts and the putts didn't fall, stuff like that. It was just the little stuff that makes the difference, him being patient."

Weekley won the Hilton Head event for the second straight year and was given, in accordance with tournament tradition, a plaid sports coat. Weekley now has two, which remains far short of Davis Love's five career wins. To put it kindly, it's not exactly the type of evening wear most guys would wear out on the town.

"If you get if about five of them, you could make one hell of a curtain or a table cloth," Weekley cracked.

Weekley, who is gaining a throng of fans in every town he visits, stands fifth in U.S. Ryder Cup standings and the top eight earn automatic berths on the team. It was noted that he might be a good pick to play U.S. nemesis Sergio Garcia, who was disqualified last year for signing an incorrect scorecard at the PGA Championship when playing partner Weekley wrote down the wrong score. Garcia has killed the U.S. in the match play over the years and Weekley might just drive him batty.

"Why do y'all think I'd drive him crazy, just because we made one mistake?" Weekley said. "It ain't the first time it's ever happened."

On the first front, he's wrong. Weekley alsos crewed up Garcia's card when playing alongside him in Boston last year, though Garcia noticed the mistake. Which means that, technically, Weekley is right on the second count -- it has happened before.

Rather famously, Garcia is a little sensitive about these type of things.

"So am I," Weekley smirked. "I just don't show it."

 

Category: Golf
Posted on: April 23, 2008 2:36 pm
Edited on: April 25, 2008 9:50 am
 

Immelmania rolls into Dallas

Not only had Trevor Immelman never before won the Masters, he'd never been to New York City. The former is easy enough to understand, but the latter was a bit surprising to hear.

He took care of both in a 24-hour period last week, jetting off the day after he won at Augusta National to attend an NBA game in Madison Square Garden and to read the top-10 list on David Letterman's nightly talk show.

After a few days at home to soak up the impact of his first major, Immelman is back at work this week on the PGA Tour at the Byron Nelson Championship, where he finished second three years ago. But Dallas tournament particulars aside, everybody on Wednesday wanted to hear about his whirlwind trip to NYC and his newfound fame.

Immelman, a fan of many sports, loved attending the Knicks game, he said. As for his self-deprecating top-10 list regarding the benefits of winning the green jacket, he had his doubts about a couple of them.

"There was a few in there that I was a little skeptical about reading, but I think everybody understands that you're having a bit of fun and you're supposed to be generating some laughs," he said.

Or so he hopes. List entry No. 6 read, "President Bush called to congratulate me on winning Wimbledon." 

"I need to make sure I keep getting visas into this country," Immelman cracked. "I don't need to upset anybody, especially the president."

He wasn't as worried about No. 1, which read, "Get to put arm around Tiger Woods and say, 'Maybe next year.'"

"I knew Tiger would handle his pretty well," Immelman said.

He found out sooner, rather than later. Woods called him soon after the show.

"He thought it was real funny, so he obviously stayed up to see what I was going to say about him," Immelman said. "But he thought it was funny, and he was fantastic, as usual. He called me to congratulate me on my victory and told me how well I played and that it's something I'll never forget, and I really appreciated him taking the time."

Woods has undergone the surgery on his left knee by the time he spoke with Immelman.

"It seems like, as per usual, he's trying to find a positive spin on it and he's wanting to make sure that he comes back stronger, especially in that area around the left knee," Immelman said. "I anticipate him to win the next event he plays in."

(Thursday update: Immelman shot an 8-over 78 in the first round and is unlikely to make the cut).

 

Category: Golf
Posted on: April 16, 2008 12:28 pm
 

Wizards of whiz

It might be time to buy stock in a plastic-cup or porcelain company, because it appears that players on the PGA Tour will be lining up en masse at some point when the new drug plan begins this summer.

The European Tour hosted a banquet during Masters week and a couple of scribes corralled Commissioner George O'Grady early to ask a couple of questions about the drug testing rollout planned for this summer. As he has said in the past, the Euro plan won't be nearly as comprehensive as the PGA Tour program, which will cost over $1 million to administer.

"We simply don't have as much money," he said.

O'Grady said, in broad brush strokes, that he hopes to perhaps test the winners and a few more players in the field each week, and hopes to have tested every fulltime player at some point by the end of the year. Then he dropped a little bombshell of sorts. O'Grady said that PGA Tour counterpart Tim Finchem intends to test an entire field at some point, which could be prohibitively expensive, it was pointed out.

"It would probably be a limited-field event, like a WGC or something like that," he said.

If that's how it plays out, there's only one World Golf Championship event left on the schedule, the Bridgestone Invitational in early August. The Tour Championship in mid-September, limited to 30 players, also seems like a possible target, as does the BMW Championship, with a field of around 70 players, which precedes it.

So, you guys have been warned. Let there be no pop-quiz when it's time to whiz.

Category: Golf
Posted on: April 16, 2008 12:08 pm
 

This analysis was clearly limp

Hopefully, nobody was listening and the audio tape has been burned. But I doubt it.

Sunday night at 10:15 p.m., I appeared on a syndicated radio show from the media room at Augusta National. The Masters had just ended and a friend had set up an appearance on the Fox radio network show featuring ex-Major League veterans Rob Dibble and Denny Hocking.

The two had been yacking about baseball when the segment began, and Hocking threw me a big-league curveball in the middle of the Masters conversation. Hocking, who probably doesn't watch that much golf, said he noticed that Woods appeared a little gimpy during the tournament, especially when climbing in and out of bunkers.

Caught a bit off guard, I made a joke out of it, cracking wise that Woods has walked with a Fred Sanford gait for so long, there surely was nothing to it. Woods can be a bit of a hypochondriac, though to his credit, he never uses sickness or infirmity as an excuse. Nothing to worry about, I told Hocking and Dibble.

Two days later, Woods had surgery on his left knee and will be on the sidelines for at least four weeks. Nice analysis, insight and context from your friendly neighborhood expert, right?

Truth be told, nobody saw it coming, including some members of the Woods camp. In talking with a couple of other scribes since Woods announced on his website Tuesday night that he had gone under the knife, the realization hit us quickly. Sometimes, the guys with their noses presses closest to the looking glass are the last to notice things that seem obvious to those who observe only occasionally.

 

Category: Golf
Posted on: April 15, 2008 12:54 pm
 

Finchem: Time to go for golf gold

Believing the time has come to get golf in the games, if you will, PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem on Tuesday threw his weight behind the notion of adding the sport to the Olympics as soon as possible.

Finchem says its inclusion would boost the game's profile in developing countries like China and help grow the game globally, offsetting a largely stagnant period in the U.S. over the past decade. By starting the movement now, golf could be included as an official sport by 2016, he said.

"While there remain questions to be answered and issues to be resolved, I believe the time is now right to move forward," he said in his online column on PGATour.com.

Potential hurdles include addressing scheduling issues that would arise for players on the various world tours, but the potential benefits far outweigh the drawbacks. Phil Mickelson also spoke out in favor of the idea last week at the Masters, too.

"While golf is a developed sport in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Japan and some other countries, it is only a minor sport in many countries, including some of the larger developing countries, like China and India," Finchem said. "If golf were an Olympic sport, the profile and importance of the game would increase, generating additional interest in people playing golf and also generating funding from both national Olympic committees and individual governments for the development of golf and young golfers."

Some have noted that since golf has an established Grand Slam and a series of notable events, it might not need the Olympics. Some players might hesitate to play, given that top Americans already are expected to participate annually in the Ryder or Presidents cup matches for free, the theory goes.
 
"I do not believe that Olympic golf would have any effect on the stature or prestige of these other significant events, but rather would provide another, complementary opportunity for our players to compete and demonstrate their skills on a global stage," Finchem said.

A week earlier at Augusta National, Mickelson had cemented many of the same points.

"I think that the game of golf has to grow on an international level, and as soon as it becomes an Olympic sport, a lot of those Olympic foundation (developmental) revenue dollars will be going to get kids from other countries involved in the game of golf so that they are competitive at the Olympics," Mickelson said last Tuesday at the Masters. "I think that would be the biggest step we could make in helping growing the game.

"We seem to be stagnant in the growth; we lose as many golfers as we gain each year in the United States. If we could make this an Olympic sport on the international stage, I think golf could really grow as a sport.

"I don't know what the most ideal format has been. I do think that having golf become an Olympic sport is a very important thing for the game of golf, and I would definitely play if given the opportunity to represent my country."

Plus, forget the economic ramifications. It would be fun to watch these guys sweat with an entire country's fate riding on their backs.

 

Category: Golf
Posted on: April 15, 2008 12:28 pm
 

'Immelmania' kicks off with Letterman

Like Zach Johnson before him, Trevor Immelman proved that he's a good sport.

A day after the biggest win of his career at the Masters, he flew to New York City to appear on David Letterman's talk show, where he was asked to read the day's famed Top-10 list.

Johnson's list the previous year was decidedly self-deprecating. Immelman had no trouble being humble, either.

The Top-10 ways his life has changed since winning the Masters.

10. Have been elevated from unknown to obscure.

9. Thanks to the pize money, I no longer have to buy generic root beer.

8. Suddenly, I don't look so foolish for trademarking 'Immelmania.'

7. I'm BFFs with Lauren and Heidi from 'The Hills.'

6. President Bush called to congratulate me on winning Wimbledon.

5. When my caddie recommends a club I can say, 'Excuse me, how many Masters have you won?'

4. Invited to Masters Winners Week on 'Jeopardy.'

3. I get a lifetime supply of them little pencils.

2. Guess who's playing 36 holes with the Pope this weekend?

1. Get to put arm around Tiger Woods and say, 'Maybe next year.'

 

 

 

 

 

Category: Golf
Posted on: April 13, 2008 2:59 pm
 

Bring on the numbers

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- The wind is howling, the pollen and debris in the trees is raining down like snowflakes, and flags are surely flapping.

That said, catching the leaders in the final round of the Masters will be even more difficult than normal for players like Tiger Woods.

Augusta National traditionally produces some Sunday fireworks, partly because pins are placed in the easiest spots of the week.

"We've got them all in the honey holes," said Fred Ridley, the club member who handles the course set-up.

Be better not be kidding, because as tough as it's going to be for players to pull the right clubs in swirling winds and get the ball close to the hole, there might not be as much drama.

Woods began the day six shots behind leader Trevor Immelman, but none of the four players atop the leaderboard has ever finished in the top four at a major championship, much less won a Grand Slam event. But if the weather keeps players from making a run from the rear, the leaders won't be as pressed to make birdies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Category: Golf
 
 
 
 
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