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An Eleven-Year-Old Qualifies for the U.S. Women’s Open



Lucy Li made history Monday as the 11-year-old became the youngest to ever qualify for the U.S. Women’s Open.

Li earned her way into the event by shooting rounds of 74 and 68 on the par-72 Old Course at Half Moon Bay in a sectional qualifier in California on Monday.

She beat second-place qualifier Kathleen Scavo by seven strokes.

Lexi Thompson (12 years, 4 months, 18 days) previously held the record for youngest to qualify for the event, doing so in 2007.

The 11-year-old from Redwood Shores, California, already has a victory at Augusta under her belt, having won her age group in the first annual Drive, Chip and Putt Championship held in April ahead of the Masters.

Last year, Li qualified for the match-play portion of the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship but lost in the first round.

Wow. The rest here.

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Tiger Backs Out of Masters


I’ve long been in the middle ground re Tiger Woods, neither a hater nor a big admirer (although I do approve of his commitment to our military, which is a consistent theme for him). But this – this is sad. A Masters without Tiger Woods, which will occur this year for the first time since 1994, is a much poorer Masters. I don’t think I’ve ever actually rooted for Woods to win a major; I don’t celebrate when he loses, but his demeanor doesn’t fit my ideals. Still, I want him in the field. He makes almost every tournament more exciting. He provides a great storyline, every time. And his performances sometimes are so otherworldly as to be absolutely riveting. (His most recent major victory, the 2008 U.S. Open on a fractured leg, was a wonder to behold and a testament to his skill and grit.)

More than that, no matter what one thinks of his personal life or his occasional lack of graciousness, Woods certainly has had a run of bad luck with injuries. Calf, knee, ankles, leg, wrist, and back: This is a guy who has suffered a lot, physically, at what for a golfer is still a rather young age (if not young for major victories, at least young for the number of injuries he has had). It is a shame to see a fierce competitor sidelined like this.

Moreover, this is just awful for the Masters and for CBS. With the exception of a stunningly entertaining match-play championship, this golf season (post New Year’s) already has been a dud, from the standpoint of the casual fan. Neither Woods nor Phil Mickelson has come close to winning. Nor has Sergio Garcia, at least not in the United States. Rory McIlroy hasn’t won. Adam Scott hasn’t won. Ernie Els hasn’t won. Jim Furyk, Luke Donald, Graeme McDowell, Lee Westwood, Justin Rose: nada. Even some of the more identifiable rising stars — Keegan Bradley, Jason Dufner, Bill Haas, Rickie Fowler, Brandt Snedeker — have been largely AWOL.

Even the mid-level golf fan, before the season started, probably couldn’t identify half of the following from a photo lineup: Stephen Bowditch, Matt Every, Chesson Hadley, Patrick Reed, Scott Stallings, or maybe even Russell Henley. Yet all have been winners since New Year’s, and often without a lot of serious drama. It’s good for young players to emerge — but it’s usually good when they do so in a mix with established stars, rather than all at once, in a parade of unfamiliarity for most fans.

In short, there is no obvious, galvanizing storyline leading into Augusta this year. Indeed, there’s not even a semi-obvious one. It’s the most unsettled, aimless season leading into the Masters that I’ve ever seen. 

And now, to take away Tiger Woods . . . well, that just is a huge buzz-kill. 

Here’s hoping the magic of Augusta transcends the lack of buzz leading in. And here’s wishing for a speedy recovery for Woods, even if one hopes he never surpasses the Major victory record of Jack Nicklaus.

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Congrats to Australia’s Adam Scott


And his dramatic playoff win at Augusta on Sunday.

But the golf world is still talking about — who else? — Tiger Woods and the controversial two-stroke penalty he was assessed after a viewer called in to complain about where Tiger spotted his ball after plopping one in the water on  No. 15.

At first there was outrage that Tiger only given two-strokes and not disqualified for signing an incorrect card on Friday. But with the tournament behind us, there’s new photographic evidence that Tiger didn’t deserve a penalty at all:


Tiger Woods was assessed a two-stroke penalty and received a mountain of criticism after taking an illegal drop on the 15th hole of Friday’s Masters that sent the venerable tournament in chaos.

The question now, however, is whether he actually committed a violation at all, or instead was the victim of a false confession.

[The false confession was from Tiger, himself]

The Augusta Chronicle on Sunday printed two photos by staffer Michael Holahan of Woods’ two chip shots from the 15th fairway. The first hit the flagstick and rolled into the water, forcing Woods to take a one-stroke penalty and then drop his ball “as nearly as possible” to his original location.

The Chronicle circled various divots in the 15th fairway to show Woods’ second shot was in almost the exact same location as the first.

While the photos may not be conclusive evidence and they will no doubt be picked apart, Tiger does appear to be standing within inches of where he took his first shot, not the two yards that he himself thought he had moved.

Holahan maintained his location for both shots, offering a clear comparison. Television replays, on the other hand, came from different locations as an ESPN cameraman on the course set up in slightly different locations.

The new evidence doesn’t settle it one way or the other and if professional golf is going to continue using viewers at home for their officiating, there needs to be a tightening of the rules and penalties that can be assessed via one of these amateur-replay-calls.

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Top Seven Masters Moments


Oh, to be Jim Nantz. He moves from a courtside seat at a thrilling national championship game to a perch amid the stately Georgia pines for my favorite event of the sporting calendar.

Although a toughened and “Tiger-proofed” Augusta National has penalized the risk-takers in recent years, the back nine on Sunday at the Masters still provides some of the greatest drama in sports. I’ve looked back over my decades of Masters-watching and come up with my own top 7 Masters Moments.

7. Player’s Charge, 1978. A still-trim, still-feisty Gary Player goes wild on Sunday, shooting a 64 and erasing a seven-shot deficit to win by one. Player finishes well before the other leaders and has to wait until Hubert Green misses a three-foot birdie to tie to claim his third Green Jacket.

6. Norman’s Collapse, 1996. Star-crossed Greg Norman truly earns his crown as the king of Masters heartbreak. He squanders a six-shot lead over Nick Faldo, shooting a 78 to Faldo’s 67 and losing by five. It’s Faldo’s third green jacket.

5. Couples Defies Gravity, 1992. Nursing a slim lead on Sunday, Fred Couples comes to the diabolical par-3 12th, the scene of so many disasters, and narrowly averts one himself when his mis-clubbed tee shot somehow clings to the bank instead of trickling down into Rae’s Creek. Couples goes on to beat Ray Floyd for his only major.

4. Larry Mize, 1987. Playing a few miles from his home, the quiet, unassuming Mize hits the shot heard round the golf world, holing an impossible 140-foot pitch shot on the second playoff hole to deny Greg Norman a green jacket.

3. One for the Swoosh, 2005. The moment will always be etched in our memories — the ball hanging tantalizingly on the edge of the cup on No. 16, the Nike logo momentarily freeze-framed on our television screens before the ball tumbles into the hole, unleashing an awkward golfer high-five moment between Tiger Woods and caddie Steve Williams that detracts only slightly from the event. To answer your question, Verne Lundquist — no, in our lives, we’ve never seen anything like it. Woods goes on to wins his fourth (and most recent) Green Jacket in a playoff with Chris DiMarco.

2. Lefty’s Leap into History, 2004. Sporting a bemused grin, as though he’s actually enjoying the pressure-packed final round, Phil Mickelson gets the major monkey off his back, following up an opening-round 72 with three straight 69s to hold off a charging Ernie Els. Mickelson’s clinching putt on 18 and subsequent leap for joy provide one of golf’s great cathartic moments.

1. Jack’s Back. It’s 1986, and Jack Nicklaus is little more than a footnote to the proceedings at Augusta. Heading into the final round, he is four shots back and still below everyone’s radar. Jack birdies 9, 10 and 11 to creep up the leaderboard. A bogey at 12 calms the frenzy, but he gets it back with a birdie at 13. Then, an eagle putt at 15, a near-hole-in-one at 16, and a birdie at 17 unleash roars that rattle the pines. Nicklaus’s 65 puts him at 9-under, and his competitors, seemingly shaken by this turn-back-the-clock day at Augusta National, stumble home one by one. Jack needs only 33 strokes to complete the final ten holes of the greatest Masters of them all.

— Rob Doster is senior editor for Athlon Sports.

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Tiger Woods Says POTUS Is a Pretty Good Golfer


ABC News/Yahoo!:

“He was my partner, and as I said, we won,” Woods told reporters at a press conference after a practice round at the WGC-Accenture Matchplay Championship in Arizona.

“He hit the ball well, and he’s got an amazing touch. He can certainly chip and putt,” Woods said of Obama. “If he … spends more time playing the game of golf, I’m sure he can get to where he’s got pretty good stick” — golf-aficionados’ terminology for a talented game.

Just what we need, the president playing more golf.

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Tiger Woods Golfs with President Obama


While Michelle vacations in Colorado with the kids, the president hit the course with Tiger Woods yesterday:

President Barack Obama teed it up with Tiger Woods on Sunday.

The White House confirmed that the President and the world’s most famous golfer played a round at a secluded, exclusive yacht and golf club on Florida’s Treasure Coast.

Once the sport’s dominant player before his career was sidetracked by scandal, Woods joined Obama at the Floridian, where Obama is spending the long Presidents Day weekend. The two had met before, but Sunday was the first time they played together.

The White House, which has promised to be the most open and transparent in history, has prohibited any media coverage of Obama’s golf outing.

The foursome also included Jim Crane, a Houston businessman who owns the Floridian and baseball’s Houston Astros, and outgoing U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk, a former mayor of Dallas, said White House spokesman Josh Earnest. Crane and Kirk also were part of Obama’s foursome on Saturday, the White House said.

I wonder if the president and Tiger talked about the importance of fatherhood, you know, as they golfed hundreds of miles away from their kids.

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The Golf Bike


Why not just go straight to horses and call it polo?

The PGA Merchandise Show features a section called Inventors’ Spotlight, where new ideas, good or bad, bizarre and interesting, are introduced. A product that seemed to be garnering more attention than others was the Golf Bike, a bicycle designed to carry clubs and be used as an alternative to walking the course or using a cart.

“We’re a bike company, but we also do golf swing aids and we’re also golfers,” Roger Hawkes of Higher Ground Bicycle Company, said. ” We combined what we do for a living in the cycling world along with our passion for golf.

“It’s low impact to the course. Obviously, it’s going to add fitness and speed of play. When we use it it’s about an hour for nine holes.”

Golf Bike


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Taxes in California Too High for Tiger, Too


Well, duh:

Tiger Woods said today that the reason he left California in the mid-Nineties was because the state’s taxes were too high.

The golfer spoke at a press conference on Tuesday about his decision to move to Florida in 1996. 

Speaking at Torrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla, California, Woods said: ‘I moved out of here back in ’96 for that reason.’

I guess the president only listens to Tiger on how to read a green, not economic policy.

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Mickelson Warns of ‘Drastic’ Change to Lower his Taxes


Via Bleacher Report:

While most of the golf world was watching Scott Stallings kick away his five-stroke lead on Sunday afternoon, Phil Mickelson was speaking to a small contingent of media members after his round at PGA West (Palmer Course) about how he is planning “drastic changes” due to the recent increase in federal and particularly California’s state income taxes.

“I’m not sure what exactly, you know, I’m going to do yet,” Mickelson said via ASAP Sports.

“I’ll probably talk about it more in depth next week.  I’m not going to jump the gun, but there are going to be some.  There are going to be some drastic changes for me because I happen to be in that zone that has been targeted both federally and by the state and, you know, it doesn’t work for me right now.  So I’m going to have to make some changes,” Mickelson continued.

California’s state income taxes for people earning more than $1 million per year recently rose from 10.3 percent to 13.3 percent. Mickelson’s federal income tax would have risen from 35 percent to 39.6 percent through Congress’ so called “fiscal cliff” agreement.

Social security, also known as the payroll tax, rose by two percent for all working Americans as part of the fiscal cliff agreement. 

In total, Michelson’s taxes would have increased by nine percent in just the past few weeks. However, only three percent of that increase would have come from the state of California. Mickelson could be living in any of the other 49 states in the America and still would have seen at least a six percent increase in his tax rate.

Mickelson’s “drastic change” is most likely going to simply involve a move to another state.

I agree. Moving from California to Florida or Texas — states that have no state income tax — isn’t so drastic. As a matter of fact, the move is quite common. The Manhattan Institute released a report on the great California “exodus” last September:

For decades after World War II, California was a destination for Americans in search of a better life. In many people’s minds, it was the state with more jobs, more space, more sunlight, and more opportunity. They voted with their feet, and California grew spectacularly (its population increased by 137 percent between 1960 and 2010). However, this golden age of migration into the state is over. For the past two decades, California has been sending more people to other American states than it receives from them. Since 1990, the state has lost nearly 3.4 million residents through this migration.

This study describes the great ongoing California exodus, using data from the Census, the Internal Revenue Service, the state’s Department of Finance, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Federal Housing Finance Agency, and other sources. We map in detail where in California the migrants come from, and where they go when they leave the state. We then analyze the data to determine the likely causes of California’s decline and the lessons that its decline holds for other states.

The data show a pattern of movement over the past decade from California mainly to states in the western and southern U.S.: Texas, Nevada, and Arizona, in that order, are the top magnet states. Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Idaho, and Utah follow. Rounding out the top ten are two southern states: Georgia and South Carolina.

A finer-grained regional analysis reveals that the main current of migration out of California in the past decade has flowed eastward across the Colorado River, reversing the storied passages of the Dust Bowl era. Southern California had about 55 percent of the state’s population in 2000 but accounted for about 65 percent of the net out-migration in the decade that followed. More than 70 percent of the state’s net migration to Texas came from California’s south.

What has caused California’s transformation from a “pull in” to a “push out” state? The data have revealed several crucial drivers. One is chronic economic adversity (in most years, California unemployment is above the national average). Another is density: the Los Angeles and Orange County region now has a population density of 6,999.3 per square mile—well ahead of New York or Chicago. Dense coastal areas are a source of internal migration, as people seek more space in California’s interior, as well as migration to other states. A third factor is state and local governments’ constant fiscal instability, which sends at least two discouraging messages to businesses and individuals. One is that they cannot count on state and local governments to provide essential services—much less, tax breaks or other incentives. Second, chronically out-of-balance budgets can be seen as tax hikes waiting to happen.

The data also reveal the motives that drive individuals and businesses to leave California. One of these, of course, is work. States with low unemployment rates, such as Texas, are drawing people from California, whose rate is above the national average. Taxation also appears to be a factor, especially as it contributes to the business climate and, in turn, jobs. Most of the destination states favored by Californians have lower taxes. States that have gained the most at California’s expense are rated as having better business climates. The data suggest that many cost drivers—taxes, regulations, the high price of housing and commercial real estate, costly electricity, union power, and high labor costs—are prompting businesses to locate outside California, thus helping to drive the exodus.

Population change, along with the migration patterns that shape it, are important indicators of fiscal and political health. Migration choices reveal an important truth: some states understand how to get richer, while others seem to have lost the touch. California is a state in the latter group, but it can be put back on track. All it takes is the political will.

The whole MI report here.

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Annika Sorenstam Severs Finger Joint, Tweets Pic


Annika Sorenstam is hardcore. She’s got the picture to prove it. (Warning: severed finger ahead):

There are few golfers on this planet that had a career like Annika Sorenstam. The 42-year-old is third all-time on the LPGA win list with 72, third all-time in majors (10) and the only player in LPGA history to shoot 59 in a round.

Sorenstam retired from professional golf in 2008 but that doesn’t mean she still isn’t a big part of the game. She appears frequently on the Golf Channel’s “Morning Drive” show and … alright, I tried. I tried to make this article normal and natural but I just … I can’t.

On Tuesday, Sorenstam tweeted a picture of an accident she had while slicing chicken for a dinner and the results are pretty grotesque.

As a person whose first inclination is often, “That’s disgusting . . . let me get a picture of it,” I applaud Ms. Sorenstam for her efforts.

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Seve Ballesteros’s Legacy


Perhaps we shouldn’t have been surprised by Europe’s incredible comeback yesterday from a 10–6 deficit to retain the Ryder Cup with a 14 1/2 to 13 1/2 win at Medinah Country Club. The Europeans drew their inspiration from the guy who made this event what it is, even though he wasn’t there to witness it.

Seve Ballesteros, who died in 2011 and whose image the Euros carried on their golf bags, was more than a great player. He was Europe’s version of Arnold Palmer, putting a sport on his back and selling it to an entire continent. Almost single-handedly, Seve made the Ryder Cup an event, transforming a low-key, American-dominated series of exhibitions into one of the greatest spectacles in sports.

As the 1990s wore on, Ballesteros lost the ability to overcome his wildness with his magic around the green. His deft putter left him. But his charisma didn’t. Seve’s finest hour may have come not with a golf club in hand but a walkie-talkie. Because of his legacy and influence, the Ryder Cup was held for the first time on mainland Europe in 1997, at Spain’s Valderrama Golf Club. As non-playing captain, Seve was the fire that ignited the European team against a heavily favored American team. Ballesteros, one of the greatest match-play golfers in history, willed his team to a historic win without firing a shot — much as he did yesterday. For a full Ryder Cup recap, click here.

— Rob Doster is senior editor for Athlon Sports.

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Arnold Palmer Is Awarded the
Congressional Gold Medal


In an unexpected development, Congress did something right this week — it awarded Arnold Palmer a Congressional Gold Medal, reflecting the body’s “highest expression of national appreciation for distinguished achievements and contributions.” In a less unexpected development, John Boehner cried at the ceremony. But I’ll cut our emotionally transparent Speaker a little slack. Arnie is a living reminder of a time when we found legitimate heroes among our sportsmen.

Palmer’s accomplishments are legion. He won 62 PGA Tour events, seven of them major championships. He played the game with a telegenic swagger that yielded equal measures of triumph and heartbreak for his devoted Army. He was a pioneer among athlete pitchmen; Mark McCormack founded sports marketing giant IMG on the basis of a handshake deal with Arnie, recognizing the power of the era’s most charismatic athlete to influence consumer opinion. Palmer even popularized a beverage (equal parts iced tea and lemonade) that bears his name.

Most importantly, though, Palmer held fast to the game’s ideals of integrity and fair play. “I like to think and truly believe that golf and golfers promote some sort of human values that symbolize such characteristics as honesty, hard work, dedication, responsibility, respect for the other guy, playing by the rules,” he said. “Kinda something we do in the game in golf.”

On hand for the ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda was Palmer’s friend and rival Jack Nicklaus. Together, they ushered in golf’s modern age and its explosion of purse money and television exposure; they also played the game the way it was meant to be played. I would argue that they constitute one half of golf’s Mount Rushmore.

— Rob Doster is senior editor for Athlon Sports.

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Ryder Cup: U.S. Talent vs. European Intensity


’Tis the season for partisanship, provincialism, and contentiousness. I’m talking of course about the Ryder Cup, those biennial matches that bring an us-vs.-them jingoism to the normally genteel and gentlemanly game of golf. This morning, U.S. captain Davis Love III finalized the American side with his four at-large picks, choosing Jim Furyk, Steve Stricker, Dustin Johnson, and Brandt Snedeker to complete a deep and talented squad that will face a top-heavy European squad under captain Jose Maria Olazabal.

On paper, the Americans would seem to have a slight advantage. Of the top 22 players in the current Official World Golf Ranking, eleven will be competing for the Stars and Stripes, only six for the Euros (although Europe can claim three of the current top four — Rory McIlroy, Luke Donald, and Lee Westwood). The American players collectively hold 23 career major championships; the Euros claim only five.

But once again, the U.S. faces a serious obstacle in this year’s matches, set for Sept. 28–30 at Medinah Country Club in suburban Chicago. Historically, the European side has simply wanted it more. The Ryder Cup is the Euros’ Holy Grail, their Super Bowl, their Olympics. While the Americans typically send a group of strong individuals, the Euros counter with a truly unified, single-minded team.

Love’s challenge is to prod his team to match the Euros’ intensity. Europe’s limitless passion for this event always seems to erase any talent gap — a gap that has shrunk to virtual nonexistence anyway.

Here is a full rundown of the respective teams.

— Rob Doster is senior editor for Athlon Sports.

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Ed Schultz: Why Aren’t Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama Members at Augusta?


Via Newsbusters:

Ed Schultz: Augusta Should Have Admitted Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton Instead of Condi Rice

What an unhinged loon. First of all, Condi Rice is a pretty good golfer. Second of all, have we ever seen Hillary or Michelle on the course? Ever?

A better question is why isn’t Bill Clinton a member. A 2002 USA Today piece suggested the club likes its members “rich and discreet.” Bill, Hillary, and Michelle don’t really fit the profile.

Anyway, Schultz’s rant is just another example of the Left’s idea that only women who agree with them should count.

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Mitt Congratulates Condi


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Augusta National Admits Two Women


From USA Today:

After three quarters of a century, women will be included on the membership rolls of Augusta National Golf Club, one of the most exclusive clubs in the world and the host of the Masters.

Augusta National Chairman Billy Payne announced Monday that former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and business executive Darla Moore will be the first female members of the club.

The news was first reported by the Associated Press.
“This is a joyous occasion as we enthusiastically welcome Secretary Condoleezza Rice and Darla Moore as members of Augusta National Golf Club,” Payne said in a statement. “We are fortunate to consider many qualified candidates for membership at Augusta National. Consideration with regard to any candidate is deliberate, held in strict confidence and always takes place over an extended period of time. The process for Condoleezza and Darla was no different.
“These accomplished women share our passion for the game of golf and both are well known and respected by our membership. It will be a proud moment when we present Condoleezza and Darla their Green Jackets when the Club opens this fall.”
Why do I get the feeling that these first two picks aren’t going to placate the people who get upset at this sort of thing?

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Rory McIlroy, Golf’s New ‘Him’


It may have turned into the Snore by the Shore, but it was a weekend of milestones for the world’s No. 1 golfer, Rory McIlroy, who’s out-Tigering Tiger Woods at the same point in their respective careers. In 27 holes of rain-delayed Sunday golf at the formidable Ocean Course at Kiawah Island, McIlroy put on a breathtaking display: 9-under par, no bogeys, an utter subjugation of a great field, and a great golf course.

Rory’s litany of achievements this weekend:

He becomes the youngest PGA Champion (23 years, three months) since the tournament moved to stroke play in 1958, beating Jack Nicklaus’s record.

His 8-shot margin of victory breaks Nicklaus’s record 7-shot margin at the 1980 PGA.

McIlroy is the second-youngest player to win two majors. Nicklaus was one month younger when he won his second; Tiger was four months older.

His 8-shot win reprised his 8-shot demolition of the U.S. Open field in 2011. He’s the first player to earn his first two major victories in such dominant fashion.

He’s halfway to a career Grand Slam, and had he avoided a Sunday back-nine meltdown at the 2011 Masters, we’d be talking about him in the reverent tones once reserved for Tiger at his apex.

One of the refreshing things about Rory is his relative humility given his youth and level of accomplishment; he hasn’t burst into the champions’ locker room and started throwing elbows.

Yes, he wore Sunday red in an obvious nod to the guy who made such attire famous, but he said afterwards that he would have left the red shirt in the closet under certain conditions. “I thought if I was playing with him [Woods], I wouldn’t wear it,” he said. “Obviously, ‘him,’ you know who ‘him’ is.”

As Sunday made clear, there’s a new “him” in town.

— Rob Doster is senior editor for Athlon Sports.

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‘Golf Is Designed to Price Black People Out’


Let the comments commence:  

In discussing the $40,000 a year Eric Jackson says his daughters’ golf career costs, including the $1000 he recently spent on a club for one of his daughters (is there a $1000 club in golf, or a $1000 junior set?), he says…

In the winter months, they use an $11,000 golf simulator in the basement that the girls are rapidly outgrowing. Between practice, tournament fees, traveling, lodging, coaching and equipment, the family spends about $40,000 a year for the girls to compete.

“This is an expensive sport, and the better you get, the more expensive it becomes. The last club I bought Erica cost $1,000,” Eric said. “I believe golf is designed to price black people out, and if these girls don’t get the financial backing they need, it could be the end of them competing.”

Hate to be the bearer of bad news, but oftentimes golf prices just about everyone out. Especially at the prices quoted in this story.

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Webb Simpson Wins the U.S. Open


Webb Simpson sounds like a new deficit-panel, no?

And kudos to 17-year-old Beau Hosser for his run:

A standing ovation awaited 17-year-old Beau Hossler as he walked off the 18th green Sunday.

So did future Texas teammate Jordan Spieth, who also offered a well-done handshake to the California kid who couldn’t steal the U.S. Open but won over plenty of hearts along the way.

“I feel bad the way it ended with Beau, I really do,” said Spieth, who ended up as low amateur Sunday after Hossler finished with a double bogey. “It would have been nice for both of us to be standing out there with the week that he had. You’re going to see him not too far from now having plenty of success.”

Spieth closed with rounds of 69-70 to finish at 7-over 287 — two shots better than Hossler, who shot 70-73-70-76 on the tight, twisting layout of The Olympic Club.

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Breaking News: Tiger Woods Makes a Chip


Tiger Woods won the Memorial golf tournament yesterday, thanks in large part to this shot out of the rough on number 16:

The U.S. Open starts in less than two weeks. Is he back?

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