June 15, 2007
Volume VI, Issue 9
Daly was said to have had a knife time at the St. Jude Championship...
Johnny, Johnny, Johnny. Even you must recognize that there are problems. John Daly was allegedly attacked by his wife Sherrie with a steak knife last Thursday night. Too bad on a number of levels. He was playing in the Memphis St. Jude Championship and was tied for eighth after Thursday’s first day round. Alas, the knife attack may have been making him subconsciously think of slicing and damage to his putter. Anyway, his game went south after Thursday night’s “family interaction,” and John ended up finishing with a final round 79 as well as finishing 79th in a field of 80. He was playing on a sponsor’s exemption.
Sherrie is John’s fourth wife. They married in 2001, just seven weeks after they met. Apparently he didn’t want this little prize to get away. Some of you may recall Sherrie was charged with illegal gambling in 2003 and sentenced in January 2006 to five months in prison .
When the police arrived Friday morning to investigate Daly’s allegations, Sherrie had already left with the two children. Our thoughts are with the Dalys and particularly the children. Clearly, intervention is called for, and we hope that either as a couple or individually, John and Sherrie obtain professional help to cope with their darker side.
Four back on Sunday and end up winning by five strokes? No way...
Yes, you read correctly. Woody Austin woke up Sunday morning four back at the St. Jude Championship. Yikes, what a round he had that day. Woody shot an amazing 8 under 62! Austin’s Super Sunday propelled him to a five-stroke victory and a $1.08 million dollar pay-day. He finished 13 under, carding a bogey-free final round that included an eagle and six birdies. Congratulations!
When is a million dollars a bad thing?
Paul Claxton won the Nationwide Tour’s Melwood Prince George’s County Open recently, a title that earned him $108,000. It also brought Claxton another distinction, one that is bittersweet: he became the tour’s first player to surpass $1-million in career earnings. Since the tour is designed to help players get to the PGA Tour, Claxton is likely not proud of the honor. He has played in 269 Nationwide Tour events over 13 seasons. Still, they don’t print the money any differently.
Wonder if the Queen knew about the King...
Arnold Palmer was among those invited to the recent state dinner at the White House in honor of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip. It was the third state dinner under three different presidents that Palmer has attended. His first was in 1970 during the Nixon Presidency and came in the midst of a tournament Palmer, known as the King, was playing in Greensboro. Palmer also attended a state dinner in honor of the Queen in 1990 during George H. W. Bush’s presidency.
Are golfers real athletes?
We’ve all heard this question before. And there appears to be little doubt that fitness is becoming a bigger part of the game than in years past with the reasoning that all else being equal, extra fitness will provide an advantage. Nevertheless, a survey was conducted where endurance, strength, power, speed, agility, flexibility, nerve, durability, hand-eye coordination and analytic aptitude were graded as key components of athleticism. Sports were then ranked on how much these traits were demanded as key components needed to achieve success in the respective sport. Boxing ranked first, followed by hockey, football and basketball. Golf ranked — drum roll please — 51st out of the 60 sports, just behind table tennis and horse racing. Golf did, however, place ahead of cheerleading and roller-skating, with fishing finishing last.
Rules and more rules...
In 1982, GOLF MAGAZINE published, with the United States Golf Association, a list of golf's "10 Golden Rules." The aim was to simplify the complex rules book for golfers. The 10 rules remain just as golden today. They are repeated below.
- Play the ball as it lies.
- Don't move, bend, or break anything growing or fixed, except in fairly taking your stance or swing. Don't press anything down.
- You may lift natural objects not fixed or growing, except in a water hazard or bunker. No penalty.
- You may move man-made objects even in a bunker or water hazard. If they are immovable, you may drop within one club-length of the nearest point of relief, no nearer the hole. In a hazard, you must drop in the hazard. No penalty.
- You may drop away from casual water, ground under repair, burrowing animal holes or casts. On the putting green, place, or in a hazard drop, at the nearest point of relief, no nearer the hole; otherwise drop within one club-length of the nearest point of relief, no nearer the hole. No penalty. (Okay, so they're not all simple.)
- In a water hazard or bunker, don't touch the water or ground with your hand or club before the stroke.
- If you hit your ball into a water hazard and cannot play it, either drop behind the hazard or at the place where you played the shot. One penalty stroke. If you hit into a lateral hazard, you may also drop within two club-lengths of the point where the ball last crossed the hazard margin, or a point equidistant from the hole on the opposite margin. One penalty stroke.
- When you hit your ball out of bounds or lose it, add a penalty stroke, go back and drop a ball at the place where you played the shot. On the tee, you may tee the ball. If you think you have hit your ball out of bounds or lost it outside a water hazard, play a provisional ball before searching for the first one.
- When you have an unplayable lie, you may drop a ball at the place where you played the previous shot, adding a penalty stroke. On the tee, you may tee the ball. Alternatively, drop within two club-lengths, no nearer the hole, or any distance behind the unplayable spot, keeping it between you and the hole. If the ball is in a bunker, you must drop in the bunker, under either of the alternative options.
- On the putting green, you may repair ball marks and old hole plugs on the line of the putt, but not spike marks.
Ya mean like if I get two more bogeys I am out for the year...
Just shortly before she withdrew from the first round of the Ginn Tribute, Michele Wie’s “handlers “ were said to have been asking LPGA officials for “Rule 88” clarification.
Now lets put things in perspective:
- Michelle withdrew after 16 holes. At that point, she was averaging a bogey on every hole.
- “Rule 88” says that LPGA nonmembers who don’t break 88 – and Wie was potentially just two holes and bogeys away from that – cannot play again for the rest of the year.
- Michelle withdrew because of a “wrist injury.”
- The weekend after her withdrawal, Michelle was practicing on the range and showed up the following Monday in a Pro-Am.
A number of people including Annika have spoken out about what appears to be somewhat suspect conduct. Annika commented, “It’s a little funny that you pull out with an injury and then you start grinding. My doctor told me to rest.’’
A little less fuss and a lot more action…
Sean O’Hair is a fine player who has overcome much to make it on the PGA Tour. He’s just 24 and has a bright future. But he’s not going to make many friends playing as slowly as he has recently in some high-profile events. At both the Players Championship – where he played in the final pairing with eventual winner Phil Mickelson – and the Memorial, where he was in contention and tied for fifth, O’Hair was excruciatingly slow. It was tough to watch, eliciting comments from the commentators and no doubt those watching at home. Those of us who hit far more shots and get into far more trouble can get around a golf course faster. Granted, we’re not playing for millions of dollars. But O’Hair sets a bad example. Slow play is a chronic problem in the game. And it starts at the top.
No fluke here…
When Zach Johnson won the Masters, he was among the most unheralded winners in the tournament’s history. You had to go back 20 years, to Larry Mize in 1987, to find a Masters champion who had won so infrequently before his victory at Augusta.
Johnson has now won again, his victory at the AT&T Classic – six weeks after the Masters – was the quickest “next Tour win” of any Masters champion in the last 10 years. You have to go back to 1997, when Tiger Woods followed his Masters victory with a win at the Byron Nelson, to find a Masters champion who won so quickly.
Johnson was part of a small group of Masters winners who had two victories or less before winning the Masters – Herman Keiser (1956 Masters winner), Claude Harmon (1948), Charles Coody (1971), Tommy Aaron (1973), Fuzzy Zoeller (1979) and Larry Mize (1987) were the others. Only Zoeller, who won the 1984 U.S. Open, went on to win another major championship.