Showing posts from April, 2014

Watch Golf Trick Shot Performance from 1930

Here is a newsreel account of a golf trick shot performance from 1930: Two thoughts about this. First, the guy performing - Ray Robertson - has some of the skinniest legs you'll ever see. He's like David Leadbetter's spindlier great-uncle. Second: trick shots haven't changed much over the decades in golf, have they?

Lots of Twitter Love for Michelle Wie's Hawaii Win from Fellow LPGAers

There was a time when Michelle Wie was strongly disliked - resented might be the better word - by golfers on the LPGA. At least those who didn't know her well. Those who took the time to talk to the young Michelle in her days as a teen phenom - players like Natalie Gulbis, Beth Daniel and Meg Mallon - always had nice things to say about her. But Wie was often followed by controversy (most of it manufactured by others) in those early years, and it hurt her with the LPGA rank-and-file. But that was a long time ago. Wie has long since become one of the most popular players on tour with her peers, who respect her friendliness, her sense of humor, her respect for fans and the way she interacts with fans, and all the hard work she puts in trying to get better at golf. The fondness so many on the LPGA have acquired for Wie is obvious in the Twitter reactions by fellow players after Wie's win in the 2014 Lotte Championship. Here is a sampling: @themichellewie congrats!! Hard wor

Golf Balls Raining Down on Small Airport

Here's something weird: A small airport in Carter County, Tennessee, has recently encountered a mysterious problem: a plague of golf balls. Golf balls started showing up on the airport property, including the tarmac, only within the past month. They've found up to 100 of them. Where are they coming from? The closest golf course or driving range is seven miles away! The report from WJHL-TV states: To ensure the safety of employees and travelers, officials conduct daily inspections, and several times this month they've found golf balls scattered across the runway. Tuesday was no exception. "Over the last 30 days we have been finding golf balls," said Dan Cogan. Cogan is not at a local golf course, he's about seven miles away at the Elizabethton Municipal Airport. "Four different occasions we found golf balls out there and the total is well over 100 golf balls," Cogan said. Cogan is the airport manager. He said they're finding the golf

Looking Into the Future of Honorary Starters at The Masters

Gary Player, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus gathered on the first tee at Augusta National Golf Club this morning and teed off the 2014 Masters as honorary starters. It's the third year the "Big 3" have been together in the role. Palmer's been doing it since 2007, Nicklaus joined him in 2010, and Player made it three in 2012. How long might these guys continue in the role? I'm not trying to be morbid — believe me, I hope all three of these legends are around as long as possible — but Arnie is 84 years old, Player is 79 and Nicklaus is 74. (Hard to believe, isn't it?) Of course, Gene Sarazen served as Masters honorary starter until the ripe old age of 99! But eventually, we'll have to say goodbye to these legends, and welcome someone new in the role. Who might that be? There are two golfers who I think are the most obvious next-in-line for honorary starter duties: Tom Watson and Ben Crenshaw. Watson is one of the most-honored and best golfers of all