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February 23, 2006
Volume V, Issue 4
Fringe Clippings
His humor may be a little drier...
If CBS-TV funnyman David Feherty looks a little different, it is because he has lost 50 pounds. And how did he do it? He quit drinking. Feherty, who won five times on the European Tour and had a singles victory over Payne Stewart at the 1991 Ryder Cup, has been part of the CBS broadcast team for several years. He said a visit to the doctor more than a year ago was, well, sobering. "It's not the drinking that was bad. I felt good when I was doing it,'' he said. "It was the sleeping that was the problem. I felt terrible when I woke up." All kidding aside, Feherty said he hopes his story might be a lesson for others. "I was the Tiger Woods of drunks,'' he said, "If some other career drunk sees me getting over this, maybe it will help them.''
He was playing in those bloody tournaments all the time, and for money too...
If Colin Montgomerie's golf is not the best, perhaps it has something to do with his mind being in other places. The Scot arrived late to the Dubai Desert Classic a few weeks ago due to the settlement of his divorce case with former wife Eimear, who had cited her husband's unreasonable behavior and claimed his obsession with golf caused her anxiety and depression. By settling, Monty avoided a court date and a public airing of both sides. But his dear cost him dearly. The numbers, however, varied among publications in Britain. The Times cited Monty's payout as 15-million pounds (about $27-million), as did the Daily Express and the Sun. The Daily Mail reported it to be 8-million pounds (about $12-million). Once he gets over the grief, perhaps he'll get down to playing well. His wife no doubt thought him insensitive, but she has now given him incentive.
So ya think it's tough being "a boy named Sue?"
If you don't recognize the name J.B. Holmes, don't be alarmed. He was an accomplished amateur golfer who went by the name John Holmes. But upon turning professional -- and having heard a lifetime of jokes about the "movie" star by the same name -- Holmes the golfer decided to go with his initials. And he has managed to get the masses talking about his golf ball-hitting prowess, which saw him launching 300-yard plus drives in winning the FBR Open. "It's amazing to watch. It doesn't even look like he's swinging hard at it and the ball goes forever,'' said PGA Tour player J.J. Henry, who watched Holmes hit six drives that went more than 330 yards during the final round of the FBR Open.
Hey, are the guys on Tour paying into Social Security?
When Tiger Woods withdrew from the Nissan Open, it was the first time he had ever done so due to injury. It was just the second mid-tournament withdrawal of his career, the other coming at the 1998 Pebble Beach Pro-Am, where he elected to not return for the third round after it was postponed for six months due to weather. Since Woods made the cut, he received last-place money of about $8,000, although it does not count on the money list. But what is sure to be a relief: Woods also received credit toward his pension for making the cut, likely a huge concern to someone reported to making more than $80-million per year.
House, no problem. But, about that pending long distance bill...
Michelle Wie is moving. Sort of. Her family recently purchased a home at Bighorn Golf Club in Palm Desert, Calif., with the intention of using it as a base on the U.S. mainland. The Wies live in Hawaii, where Michelle, 16, attends high school and where her father, B.J., is a professor at the University of Hawaii. The purchase price was not released but the home is part of a 36-hole development. Bighorn was the site of Michelle's pro debut last October at the Samsung World Championship, where she was disqualified for taking an improper drop. Still, she has reported endorsement deals for about $10-million, so she ought to be okay.
Paralysis by Analysis
Can you answer this question from one of the Fringe Faithful?
Sent: Friday, February 10, 2006 2:01 PM
From: Mike Myers
To: The Editor
Subject: question for you

Say you have a 3 foot put downhill -- you attempt and the ball rolls past the hole and off the green -- can you replace the ball to its original spot with a 1 stroke penalty -- I say yes because I recall an e-mail from a golf buddy on a rule stating this -- dinner riding on this so please respond.

Mike Myers

Sent: Friday, February 10, 2006 2:23 PM
From: Bob Kennedy
To: Mike Myers
Subject: You win dinner :)

Hello Mike,

You can replay the ball under rule 28-A

Rule 28. Ball Unplayable

The player may deem his ball unplayable at any place on the course except when the ball is in a water hazard. The player is the sole judge as to whether his ball is unplayable.
If the player deems his ball to be unplayable, he must, under penalty of one stroke:
(a) Play a ball as nearly as possible at the spot from which the original ball was last played (see Rule 20-5); or
(b) Drop a ball behind the point where the ball lay, keeping that point directly between the hole and the spot on which the ball is dropped, with no limit to how far behind that point the ball may be dropped; or
(c) Drop a ball within two club-lengths of the spot where the ball lay, but not nearer the hole. Penalty for Breach of Rule:
Match play — Loss of hole; Stroke play — Two strokes.

If the unplayable ball is in a bunker, the player may proceed under Clause a, b or c. If he elects to proceed under Clause b or c, a ball must be dropped in the bunker.
The ball may be lifted and cleaned when proceeding under this Rule.

Best regards,
Bob Kennedy
Reading the Line
Teach your children well... a code that you can live by...
Tiger Woods' father, Earl, predicted a decade ago that his son's impact would go beyond golf. That was quite apparent on Feb. 10 at the opening of the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif. Woods, with the help of former President Clinton, presided over the opening of the 35,000-square foot complex for which he is understandably proud. "I think we can really make a tremendous impact on kids' lives and futures,'' he said. The project's price tag was $25-million and Woods donated the first $5-million. He also gives all of his earnings from the Target World Challenge each year to the Tiger Woods Foundation and he worked out a deal so that the Deutsche Bank Championship, played near Boston, would donate its charitable funds to his foundation. The learning center is designed to help students prepare for careers in math, science, technology and language arts. The complex will also have a 10-acre driving range and putting course.
The Boss of the Moss is on a roll...
You just knew that Loren Roberts was going to be a big success on the Champions Tour. It's a Tour that rewards someone who can putt. The courses are a bit shorter and not as exacting as those on the PGA Tour. You can get away with a few stray drives here and there. The game is determined on the greens, and Roberts has long been known for his putting prowess. It even got him the nickname "Boss of the Moss'' more than a decade ago. Roberts, 50, has accomplished something never before done on the Champions Tour. He won the first three tournaments of the year. In nine events going back to last year, he has won four times. And with that smooth putter, he figures to be adding to his bankroll.
Stuff you may not have known about the ladies...
  1. Paula Creamer marks all balls with a 1958 quarter. The reason: she wants to be "the first to shoot 58 in a tour event."
  2. Annika is working on obtaining a black belt in karate.
  3. Laura Davies is a horse lover and recently purchased a racehorse.
  4. Natalie Gulbis has dated the Pittsburgh Steelers' Ben Roethlisberger.
  5. Paula Creamer got her "Pink Panther" nickname because of her penchant for wearing pink.
  6. Sophie Gustafson, number 55 in the LPGA rankings, is engaged. Her fiance is none other than former LPGA Tour Commissioner Ty Votaw.

Show me the money...
On the LPGA tour in 2005, 6 players exceeded the $1 million dollar threshold. They were of course Annika, followed by Paula Creamer, Christie Kerr, Lorena Ochoa, Jeong Jang and Natalie Gulbis.

For the boys on the PGA Tour, the money was more plentiful. 78 players exceeded the 1 million dollar winning mark in 2005 and 30 of them had earnings in excess of $2 million. Kind of reminds you of that old country and western ditty that goes something like, "Mamas, don't let your babies grow up to play on the LPGA...."

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