Monday, October 19th, 2009

Allenby Apologizes to Kim Over Remarks

October 16, 2009 by Jeff Greenwell  
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Allenby Apologizes to Kim Over Remarks

Seems like Robert Allenby is feeling a little remorseful.  After calling out Anthony Kim for doing what many 24-year-olds do, the Australian has said he has personally apologized to Kim for the comments he made.  To refresh your memory, Allenby called Kim the “current John Daly” and the U.S. Presidents Cup team’s “loosest cannon.”  He also claimed that Kim had been out partying until 4 a.m. the night before their singles match, and that Kim had come back to the U.S. team’s hotel walking “sideways.”  Not that it mattered, Kim soundly defeated Allenby in their singles match.

“While I feel like …read more

Ballesteros Eyes 2010 British Open

October 14, 2009 by Jeff Greenwell  
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Ballesteros Eyes 2010 British Open

One of golf’s all-time good guys is looking at making a return to the British Open in 2010, and I for one am hoping he can do it.  Seve Ballesteros is hoping that he can participate in next year’s British Open being held at famed St. Andrews.  Seve is recovering from brain cancer that has left him partially blinded in his left eye.  Ballesteros has won five major titles, including three British Open events.
Ballesteros made the comments in Madrid as he was on hand for the unveiling of the complete field for the upcoming Volvo Match Play Championship.  The tournament …read more

Robert Allenby Calls Out Anthony Kim

October 13, 2009 by Jeff Greenwell  
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Robert Allenby Calls Out Anthony Kim

Talk about your sour grapes.  Australia’s Robert Allenby, playing for the Presidents Cup International team, called out American Anthony Kim after the 24-year-old shortly after Kim had bested Allenby in singles play.  Allenby made reference to an unconfirmed report that Kim had been out until 4 a.m. on Saturday night, and that he had returned to the hotel “sideways.”  Allenby then went on to call Kim “the current John Daly,” and the “loosest cannon” on the U.S. team.
Kim, of course, denied the report, and hoped that Allenby was joking.
“I’m actually pretty surprised that he said that,” Kim said. “I was …read more

Americans Capture the Presidents Cup

October 12, 2009 by Jeff Greenwell  
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Americans Capture the Presidents Cup

The Presidents Cup played out exactly how many thought it would, as the Americans cruised to victory over the International team capture the Presidents Cup.  The margin of victory was 19 1/2 to 14 1/2, with Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson leading the charge against Greg Norman’s overmatched International team.  Woods and Mickelson were outstanding all week, and finished the tournament undefeated.  As their reward, team captain Fred Couples awarded the pair two of the four autographed Michael Jordan jerseys.  The remaining two went to Anthony Kim and Steve Stricker.
Not much went right for the International team on Sunday. …read more

U.S. Maintains Slim Lead at Presidents Cup

October 9, 2009 by Jeff Greenwell  
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U.S. Maintains Slim Lead at Presidents Cup

On paper it looked like the American team would run away with this year’s Presidents Cup.  Fortunately for the International team, golf isn’t played on paper.  For the second straight day, the pesky International squad kept pace with the Yanks, this time in the fourballs matches, and after two days at the Presidents Cup, find themselves trailing the Americans by one point, 6 1/2 to 5 1/2.  Today it was two late rallies, one by the team of Ernie Els and Mike Weir, the other by Tim Clark and Vijay Singh, that kept Fred Couples’ American team from running away …read more

U.S. Grabs Early Lead at Presidents Cup

October 8, 2009 by Jeff Greenwell  
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U.S. Grabs Early Lead at Presidents Cup

After the first day at the Presidents Cup, the U.S. team came out strong and dominated, but a gaffe by Justin Leonard on the final hole left the International team just one point behind, the score standing at 3.5 to 2.5.  Leonard missed a 3-footer on the 18th after he mistakenly thought Retief Goosen had conceded the putt.  Goosen did not, and Leonard’s putt caught the right edge of the cup and spun away.  That miss halved the match, and gave the International squad a very important half point, leaving them one point back of the Americans.
The foursome matches played …read more

Presidents Cup Pairings Favor Americans

October 7, 2009 by Jeff Greenwell  
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Presidents Cup Pairings Favor Americans

The pairings for the Presidents Cup were released today, and despite having a squad boasting impressive credentials, the International team still finds themselves as the underdog.  International team member Ernie Els believes that it would be a major coup if his squad can come out of tomorrow’s play all even.  Captain Greg Norman’s squad has history going against it as well–it has never won the Presidents Cup on American soil.  Heck, the International team only has one win in the history of the Presidents Cup, and that victory came 11 years ago.
Thursday’s opening day starts with six foursome matches.  Phil …read more

Ryo Ishikawa One to Watch at Presidents Cup

October 5, 2009 by Jeff Greenwell  
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Ryo Ishikawa One to Watch at Presidents Cup

If Greg Norman was looking for a player to anchor his International squad at the upcoming Presidents Cup, he need look no further than Japanese phenom Ryo Ishikawa.  The 18-year-old heads into the event having won his fourth tournament of the year, the Tokai Classic.  It is the sixth tournament win of the young man’s career, his first coming when he was just 15-years-old.  He’s quickly become the Tiger Woods of Japanese golf.
On paper it appears the U.S. Team has the advantage, but as anyone who has ever played the game of golf, once you’re on the course, anything can …read more

Watson Comes Up Short in Major–Again

October 4, 2009 by Jeff Greenwell  
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Watson Comes Up Short in Major–Again

What is it with golfing legend Tom Watson and major tournaments.  First there was his inspiring, near-miss at the Open Championship earlier this year, and now he’s come up short again, on the last day no less, at the 2009 Senior Players Championship.  This time it was Jay Haas and his final day 6-under 64 that edged Watson out on this day.  Haas finished one stroke ahead of Watson, a tough pill to swallow considering Watson entered the day with a four-stroke advantage.
Watson, at 60-years-of-age, was trying to become the oldest major winner ever on the Champions Tour.  But three …read more

14-Year-Old Tied For Lead in LPGA Tourney

October 3, 2009 by Jeff Greenwell  
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14-Year-Old Tied For Lead in LPGA Tourney

I usually don’t write about the LPGA too often, except when they’re about to lose yet another tournament sponsor.  But this story is just too remarkable.  Think back to what you were doing back when you were a 14-year-old Grade 9 student, now compare that to Alexis Thompson, the youngster tied with four others, including golf star Lorena Ochoa, atop the leaderboard at the Navistar LPGA Classic.  Thompson fired a 3-under 69 on Friday to put herself amongst the leaders, as she attempts to become the youngest winner ever on the LPGA tour.
The current record for youngest winner on the …read more

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