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Tiger Woods Continues Grand Slam Chase in PGA Championship at Bethpage Black

Philip Keidel - May 15, 2019

It’s like he never went away.

It’s surprising but perhaps not shocking how many people are now saying that they always believed in Tiger Woods and “knew he’d win again,” now that he’s the reigning Masters champion. All of those Tiger fans knew something even Woods himself didn’t, because apparently during the darkest times when he was too hurt and too lacking in confidence to compete, only Tiger’s caddie thought he could still do it.

But he did it, and now Woods has another chance to do the one thing in his epic career that has eluded him so far: win the Grand Slam in a calendar year. He famously once held all four major trophies at the same time, but the “Tiger Slam” — though amazing — could never capture the imagination the way a true Grand Slam would any more than if a rule change allowed a horse to win the Preakness and Belmont Stakes this year and then next year’s Kentucky Derby. It’s impressive…it’s just not the same.

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Phil Mickelson Ends Matt Kuchar, Talks About Hitting Bombs at Masters

BWanksCB - April 13, 2019

It’s moving day at The Masters, and if I were a betting man, I would do the following two things:

  1. I would download PointsBet and get a $50 free bet with no deposit and up to $1,000 in risk free bets with code BROADLINES.
  2. Drop the HAMMER on Phil Mickelson. Risk it all and not even think twice about it.

Why Mickelson when the leaderboard is stacked with some of the sport’s top names, you ask? Because he’s going to drop BOMBS, attack pins, and talk a lot of shit. I love his game plan, plain and simple.

Just absolutely tremendous content here. Spicy. The thought of Mickelson pulling up to The Masters, perhaps golf’s most distinguished and proper tournament, shit-talking Matt Kuchar and riffing about hitting bombs like a frat bro who’s 12 deep on the 18th hole is A+. Love it. I was rooting for the Tiger comeback story until today, but I’m out. You’re my boy, Phil. Give ’em hell out there.

Things Went to Shit at the US Open, But Holly Sonders Will Make It All Better

Kyle Scott - June 17, 2016

In case you weren’t paying attention, the weather went to shit at the US Open at Oakmont yesterday and the tournament is running behind with a wild schedule which will finish out Round 1 today and then start Round 2 this evening. The USGA, which urges pace-of-play anyway, still plans on finishing the tournament on-time if everything moves along at a decent pace, but not if Jason Day and his pre-shot Samuri ritual and Jordan Spieth and his deep, probbing conversations with caddie Michael Greller have anything to say about it.

Anyway, the weather was bad enough. But things were further complicated yesterday when lightning BLEW THE SPRINKLER SYSTEM. Here’s course guru Gil Hanse speaking to Holly Sonders, who sets your screen on fire: Continue Reading

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My Brother-In-Law Golfed in Malawi Yesterday, and You Thought Your Local Course Was a Dog Track

Kyle Scott - October 8, 2015

My brother-in-law, Dan, is less of a world traveler and more of an explorer. Whereas you or I might go on vacation to London, he lives there, and vacations and spends other assorted spare time traveling to far-flung places and singlehandedly upping CB’s Google Analytics country count (he was the one visit from Myanmar earlier this year). But he’s only one of three visitors in 2015 from Malawi, which is where he’s spending the first week of this fine October. Malawi. Here’s all you need to know about Malawi, from Wikipedia:

Malawi is among the world’s least-developed countries. The economy is heavily based in agriculture, with a largely rural population. The Malawian government depends heavily on outside aid to meet development needs, although this need (and the aid offered) has decreased since 2000. The Malawian government faces challenges in building and expanding the economy, improving education, health care, environmental protection, and becoming financially independent. Malawi has several programs developed since 2005 that focus on these issues, and the country’s outlook appears to be improving, with improvements in economic growth, education and healthcare seen in 2007 and 2008.

Malawi has a low life expectancy and high infant mortality. There is a high prevalence of HIV/AIDS, which is a drain on the labour force and government expenditures. There is a diverse population of native peoples, Asians and Europeans, with several languages spoken and an array of religious beliefs. Although there was periodic regional conflict fuelled in part by ethnic divisions in the past, by 2008 it had diminished considerably and the concept of a Malawian nationality had re-emerged.

What to do in Malawi, besides not touch anything and pray for bottled water? Dan golfed, and somehow found decent enough 3G coverage to send photos and this missive, through iMessage, of course. His words and pictures:

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Roll up to the ‘country club’ and they look at me strange wondering what I want. Nobody seemed to know the cost and there wasn’t exactly a clubhouse for someone to help me out. Eventually sorted it out for 1,500 kwacha temporary membership fee, 600 Kwacha greens fee, 1500 for clubs/balls/tees and then I would find caddies. Had 4 different people offering to caddy immediately and they would find me golf clubs to borrow/use along with whatever few golf balls and tees they had. I Picked a guy that seemed to have himself most together in general and the least shitty set of clubs and so I was off with him and another dude as a second caddy, along with my driver, fairway wood, 4, 6, 8, 9, PW and putter. Continue Reading

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Tiger Woods Proves What an Oversensitive Prick He Can Be in Players’ Tribune Piece

Jim Adair - November 18, 2014

Photo Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Derek Jeter’s Players’ Tribune has already published some noteworthy essays from athletes. Blake Griffin wrote about his experiences with Donald Sterling. Kevin Love talked about his decision to go to Cleveland. Michael Carter-Williams defended himself and his teammates from accusations of not trying to win. And today, Tiger Woods whined about some jokes a guy made.

Golf Digest‘s Dan Jenkins wrote a piece of parody for the magazine about a fictional interview with Woods. The piece, entitled “My (Fake) Interview With Tiger (or how it plays out in my mind),” may not actually be very funny and does come off as a little whiney in itself, but sandwiched in-between two dozen Cialis ads in Golf Digest, would anyone have even noticed it?

The answer to that is no. But Tiger Woods noticed, and struck back against his “no fun, kind of a dick” reputation by writing a piece called “Not True, Not Funny.” Dude’s a treat.

In his defense of poor, picked on Tiger Woods, Tiger Woods said the piece, which admits in its own title that it’s fictional, is a “grudge-fueled piece of character assassination,” and asks, “journalistically and ethically, can you sink any lower?” You cannot “ethically” sink any lower than writing an admittedly satirical piece on Tiger Woods. And thus finishes today’s edition of Tiger Woods — with an utter lack of self-awareness — teaches us about ethics.

Woods continues:

“No fair-minded writer would put someone in the position of having to publicly deny that he mistreats his friends, takes pleasure in firing people, and stiffs on tips—and a lot of other slurs, too.”

Tiger is right again. No fair-minded writer would do that. Which must mean Dan Jenkins is a fair-minded writer, since he never once, in his parody that had “fake” in the title, put Woods in that position. The complete lack of self-awareness here is totally astounding. Also, on a side note, Jenkins’ piece isn’t exactly funny, but it’s far from a “character assassination.” That’s what Elin tried.

The piece ends with an editorial footnote: “This is the first in a series of columns we’re calling ‘Straight Up.’ It’s a place where athletes can offer their side on something that has been written or said about them.” Oh man, I can’t wait.

Dustin Johnson Did Coke and Ruined Another Golfer’s Marriage

Kyle Scott - August 1, 2014

This, is what we call the Paulina Gretzky Effect.

Golf.com with one of my favorite exclusive reports perhaps of all-time:

Dustin Johnson is serving a six-month suspension from the PGA Tour after testing positive for cocaine, a source has told Golf.com.

According to the source, Johnson has failed three drug tests: one for marijuana in 2009 and two for cocaine, in 2012 and 2014. He was previously suspended for the 2012 failed test, but that suspension was never made public. Under the PGA Tour’s drug-testing policies, the Tour is not required to announce any disciplinary actions against players who test positive for recreational drugs.

Johnson’s conduct has long been a topic of conversation among close observers of the Tour. He is often seen in bars near his home in Jupiter, Fla., and is also known to have had a sexual indiscretion with at least one wife of a PGA Tour player.

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Anyway, it turns out Dustin Johnson’s personal leave ostensibly to hang out and do drugs with Paulina Gretzky is actually more like a six-month suspension… to hang out and do drugs with Paulina Gretzky. Tomato-tomahto. Either way, there’s probably going to be drugs and Paulina Gretzky. And probably someone else’s wife. Tough life, Dustin’s got.

Superimposed Ads on Glass No Longer Most Obtrusive in Sports

Kyle Scott - April 22, 2011

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That's a really big shaft!

And we're not counting soccer, because…. never mind.

Last night, the San Diego Padres debuted their new foul pole, which is adorned with an 88 foot high Taylor Made driver… in fair territory. That's it, San Diegans, you win. I welcome Comcasts' ads on glass, so long as the Phillies avoid putting up comically large cheesesteaks or Krimpets. On second thought… I like Krimpets. Mmm butterscotchity goodness dripping off the right field foul pole on a warm summer's day. I think I just gave Joe Blanton a boner.

[Sign On San Diego]

The shaft, which weighs 1,000 pounds, is remarkably realistic. The grip, made out of wrapped aluminum, appears to be soft rubber.

“My first reaction is that it looks like a real golf club. They did a great job,” Garfinkel said after an inspection Wednesday.

The club will no doubt create a buzz among local fans, as well as the national media. ESPN and the Wall Street Journal are doing stories, and it will most certainly create chatter in the “SportsCenter” highlights.

A promotion is in the works to reward a batter whose home run hits the shaft. A baseball striking the club figures to make quite a racket – maybe something like the Friar mascot ringing the bell.

 

Those shaft-friar references are located entirely too close in that paragraph.

Anyway, the golf club sucks and it will predictably be owned by Ryan Howard this evening (figuratively… I think).

via Deadspin

Phillies Golf in Florida

Kyle Scott - February 26, 2011

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The Phillies took part in the Bill Giles golf tournament yesterday. Check out one of the pairings: Cliff Lee, Mike Schmidt, Ruben Amaro, and John Timberlake- uncle of Justin. Oh the stories to be told.

Few more pics below, including one of Joe Blanton with a cigar in his hand and a Bud Light in the background.

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Thanks to reader "lilbskippy" for the pics.