Friday, November 30, 2012

Monkey Business at the Nedbank Challenge

Here's video of a troop of baboons on the golf course during the 2012 Nedbank Golf Challenge in South Africa. It includes a little baby, plus one big fella who helps himself to some people food:

The cameraman is a little too close for comfort - if not for his own, then for mine. Baboons can be great fun to watch from a distance - but they can also be very violent. With each other, or with other animals, including humans. They have massive canines and powerful jaws. You do not want to get close to one.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Michael Jordan Banned in Dress Code Dispute? Good!

So the New York Post broke the "story" that Michael Jordan's cargo pants got him into trouble with a fancy-shmancy golf club in Miami. And Jordan is now banned from that club.

To which I say: Good!

But not because I have anything against Jordan. Let me explain. The story goes like this: Jordan showed up to play as a guest of a member at La Gorce Country Club in Miami. And he showed up wearing cargo shorts.

The exclusive private club has a dress code, naturally, and that dress code excludes cargo shorts. Collared shirt and Bermuda shorts, please (slacks probably preferred). This certainly goes without saying, right? That a luxury, high-class club wouldn't want its golfers in cargo shorts? Jordan should have known he was pushing it. Maybe he did. Maybe he figured it wouldn't matter. He's Michael Jordan, after all. Or maybe it was simply an honest oversight on his part.

Regardless, Jordan got through the gates and onto the course before anyone with the club noticed. Apparently some other golfers on the course reported back to the clubhouse that Jordan was not appropriately attired.

At which point Jordan was approached out on the course by club personnel and asked to return to the clubhouse and change into shorts that meet the club's dress code.

Jordan refused. At which point he was told he was no longer welcome at La Gorce Country Club.

So why is my reaction, "Good for the club!" Again, not because I have anything against Jordan. I simply believe that if a club has a dress code and enforces it, then it must enforce it fairly and enforce it for all. No letting celebrities or ultra-rich dudes get away with violating it.

Because what would have happened if you or I had shown up at La Gorce Country Club wearing cargo shorts? Or a shirt without a collar? Or with our caps on backwards? Right: We would have gotten the boot right away!

So good for that club for applying their dress code even to the mega-star that is Michael Jordan. And next time, Michael, dress appropriately.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The Long and Short of It: Rickie, Michelle and Jessica

Here's tweet from Rickie Fowler:

And the photo? This one:

(Photo by @RickieFowlerPGA/Twitter)

Rickie Fowler has never thought of himself as tall (that's the joke). He is a little guy. Not just short, but little. Look at him next to Jessica Korda (5-foot-11) and Michelle Wie (6-foot-1).

One thing that first-time attendees at PGA Tour events are often surprised by is how short, or how slight, some of the tour's big hitters are. But that's a historical thing - I recall reading comments from later generations of pro golfers about their reaction to first meeting the 5-foot-10 Jack Nicklaus: "He was shorter than I thought he'd be," along those lines. These guys are huge on TV and in our imaginations. But in real life they are - in terms of physical stature, definitely not in terms of ability - much more like the rest of us.

Monday, November 26, 2012

The Answer is No

Bubba Watson (who else?) posted this photo on Twitter:

Bubba's accompanying tweet:

The answer is "no."

But this photo, by the way, also explains why men's pro golf tours don't let the guys wear shorts.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Padraig Harrington Almost Ready to Join Village People

Check out that "Movember" mustache that Padraig Harrington is working on:

(Photo by @IMGgolf/Twitter)

Maybe he'll shave it off at the end of the month. But I hope he keeps going. Because he's almost ready to step in for the Biker Guy in the Village People:

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Rory McIlroy As You've Never Seen Him


This photo of Rory McIlroy napping while laying out on a beach was posted to Twitter by his girlfriend, Caroline Wozniacki. Who tweeted that it was revenge for an image of her sleeping that Rors had posted. Ahhhhh, young love.

And Luke Donald had a funny reaction ... well, here, I'll just show you:

Here's another photo of McIlroy on the the beach, this one at age 2 (also shared by Rory on Twitter):

Thursday, November 15, 2012

2012 PGA Tour Leaders

So which players led the PGA Tour in its most important statistical categories? These ones, that's who:

  • FedExCup champion: Brandt Snedeker
  • Money Leader: Rory McIlroy, $8,047,952
  • Wins: Rory McIlroy, 4
  • Top-10 finishes: McIlroy and Bo Van Pelt, 10
  • Adjusted scoring average: Rory McIlroy, 68.87
  • Driving distance: Bubba Watson, 315.5 yards
  • Driving accuracy: Jerry Kelly, 73.0 percent
  • Total driving: Boo Weekley
  • Greens in regulation: Justin Rose, 70.34 percent
  • Strokes Gained Putting: Brandt Snedeker, .860
  • Putting average: Jonas Blixt, 1.718
  • Sand save percentage: Jonas Blixt, 65.44
  • Scrambling: Brian Gay
  • Ball striking: Boo Weekley
  • All-around ranking: Keegan Bradley
  • Total Eagles: Charles Howell III, 18
  • Total Birdies: Brendon de Jonge, 425

J.J. Killeen made the most starts with 33 (Tommy Gainey, Blake Adams and Troy Matteson each played 32 times). The longest active cut streak is Jason Dufner's 21 in a row. Only

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Would You Wear This Cap?

It's a golf cap with a built-in fan that is solar-powered:

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Halloween Costumes of Golf Hotties

Ah, Halloween. It's all about the candy. And, often, the eye candy. The women of professional golf dress up for Halloween, too, and some of them share costume photos on Twitter. Below are a few such pics, all of them from the respective golfers' public Twitter accounts.

Lexi Thompson was a beer wench (she's growing up nice, isn't she? said the creepy old man):

Big Breaker Natalia "Mouse" Ghilzon got masked:

Michelle Wie and Nicole Hage:

Big Breaker Nicole Smith is a wonder, that woman (too bad she didn't show us the rear view):

English pro Nicole Whitmore is catty:

And Cheyenne Woods makes a lovely butterfly: