Friday, October 31, 2008

John Daly Arrested

A picture is worth a thousand words.
Here is the mug shot after John Daly was arrested for being drunk and uncooperative outside a (surprise) Hooters in Winston-Salem, NC. 'Nuff said.

Hitting range balls while wondering whatever happened to Randy Glover.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Tiger the Caddie

How cool would this be? Tiger Woods showed up at Torrey Pines on Monday and caddied the back nine of the South Course for a 59-year-old high handicapper from New Jersey. Woods drove up to the 10th tee in a golf cart and told John Abel, "Hey, I hear you're looking for a caddie. I'm Tiger Woods -- pleased to meet you." Abel won a sweepstakes sponsored by Buick, which also sponsored the Buick Open at Torrey Pines, site of Tiger’s U.S. Open victory in June. Woods offered Abel advice, cleaned his clubs and lined up putts. The pin on 18 Monday was in the same place as it was during the final round of regulation at the U.S. Open -- front right -- when Woods made a 12-foot birdie putt to force a playoff with Rocco Mediate. After the round, Woods dropped a ball in the same spot and let Abel attempt the putt, which he missed.

Hitting range balls while wondering whatever happened to Rives McBee.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Pray For Seve

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Seve Ballesteros who confirmed this weekend that he has a brain tumor. He will undergo a biopsy tomorrow to determine a course of treatment. The swashbuckling Spaniard, known for miraculous recovery shots, faces what he called “the hardest challenge” of his life. "Throughout my career I have been among the best at overcoming challenges on the golf course," the five-time major winner said in a statement released by Madrid's La Paz hospital. "Now I want to be the best confronting the hardest challenge of my life, with all my strength, counting on all of you who are sending me encouraging messages." Ballesteros, 51, was admitted to the hospital Monday after briefly losing consciousness. During his career, Ballesteros won 87 titles worldwide, including nine PGA Tour tournaments. He won two Masters (1980 and 1983) and three British Opens (1979, 1984 and 1988). Seve competed in eight Ryder Cups where he had an overall record of 20-12-5 and was captain of the victorious 1997 team.

Hitting range balls while wondering whatever happened to Doug Weaver.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Hole Outs!

Mr. Fairway isn’t one to brag about his golf game, inconsistent as it is, but he can’t help mentioning two great shots from the season. Earlier this summer, he holed out a lob wedge from about 60 yards for an eagle three on a short par five. Yesterday, playing a great Robert Trent Jones Sr. golf course at Cacapon State Park in West Virginia, he did it again. After badly hooking his drive on the 408 yard 7th hole, Mr. Fairway safely punched an 8-iron back to the fairway 57 yards from the center of the green (according to the marker on the post that indicates where carts must leave the fairway). He pulled out the trusty lob wedge and knocked it in for a birdie three. Alas, because of the configuration of both holes with the cups cut behind mounds, Mr. Fairway didn’t see either shot actually go into the hole. Nevertheless, nothing is sweeter than walking up to the green a finding your Titleist in the cup.

Hitting range balls while wondering whatever happened to Gary Groh.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Daly Does Europe

John Daly reportedly is considering taking his act – drinking, gambling, missed cuts, high scores -- to Europe next year. One has to believe that his interest in the European Tour is directly related to the fact that he no longer is competitive in the U.S. making just five cuts in 16 tournaments this year and winning a meager $56,017. The former PGA and British Open champion, who is now ranked number 737 in the world, is becoming a caricature of himself known more for his off-course antics. Golf fans still turn out to see him perhaps as much to see his prodigious drives, but also to see if he will have a meltdown. Daly has been living off sponsor exemptions but even those started drying up after he spent part of a rain delay at the Pods Championship in the Hooters beer tent and returned on Saturday after missing the cut. Former swing coach Butch Harmon fired him as a student and he lost his invite to Arnold Palmer’s tournament for missing the pro am. He also showed up playing golf with an Arkansas TV reporter wearing blue jeans and no shirt over his humongous gut, which made for an entertaining You Tube video. It will be interesting to see how Daly’s European vacation turns out.

Hitting range balls while wondering whatever happened to Ed Fiori.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

PGA Tour Has Heart

The PGA Tour has a heart after all. Erik Compton, who received his second heart transplant four months ago, leaned this week that the tour has approved his request to use a cart during his upcoming Q-School rounds. Compton, who has played on the Nationwide Tour, had his first heart transplant when he was 12 years old. Last October, he suffered a heat attack and doctors told him his survival depended on him receiving another heart. He received his second transplant in May and sought permission from the tour to use a cart for this fall’s Q-School. The tour also approved his use of beta blockers, a banned substance, because they are part of his medical prescriptions. The tour’s approval for Compton is a marked change from the stance it took when Casey Martin, whose diseased leg prevented him from walking the course, had to sue sued the PGA Tour under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Martin played on the Nike Tour and won a tournament in 1998. He earned his tour card in 2000 but did not retain it. The Supreme Court ruled in his favor in 2001. Best of luck to Erik Compton.

Hitting range balls while wondering whatever happened to Ed Furgol.