Showing posts from August, 2014

12-Year-Old Girl Wins Volvo SUV with Hole-In-One

Malaysian golfer Natasha Oon recently scored a hole-in-one during the RSGC Ladies Amateur Open Championship at the Royal Selangor Golf Club in Kuala Lumpur. Awesome! More awesome: It was the hole-in-one contest hole. Awesomer! So Oon won the hole-in-one prize: a Volvo XC60 T5, a big, luxury SUV valued around $90,000 USD. There's only one problem for Oon: She's not nearly old enough to drive. She's only 12 years old. In the video below, Oon says she didn't even realize she was on the hole-in-one hole. She also says she "duffed" her 8-iron. The ball landed atop a hill next to the green and rolled down, onto the green and into the cup. She's a very mature 12-year-old, this video makes clear. Oon would probably make a more responsible driver than many others already on the road. Via , here's what the crossover SUV looks like: So if little 12-year-old Natasha Oon can't drive in Malaysia until she's 17? What happens to the

Watch Michelle Wie Create Paintings in Short Timelapses

We've written before about Michelle Wie's art . She paints and draws in various forms, but the end result is always striking, interesting and intriguing. At least to my untrained eye. Wie is currently out of action with a finger injury, which has given her plenty of time to focus on painting. And this time she hasn't just posted photos of the end product. This time she has shown us herself actually creating her artwork. Now we can watch the artist Wie at work:

The Strange Chella Choi Incident at Canadian Women's Open

Did you hear about the odd incident involving LPGA golfer Chella Choi at the 2014 Canadian Women's Open? Choi mis-marked her golf ball on the putting green and when, after the round, she was confronted with clear evidence of a rule violation - one that came with a 2-stroke penalty - she withdrew from the tournament rather than accept the penalty. Choi's reaction was odd because there is absolutely no doubt she committed a penalty. A rather obvious penalty. She can't possibly think the application of a penalty was unfair. Maybe her score had something to do with it. With a 2-stroke penalty added, Choi was going to miss the cut. Rather than have an "M/C" on her record, she took a "WD" instead. (Does that choice affect how much money she gets? Anyone know?) Also odd because the penalty was just so ... flagrant. Choi putted about a foot past the hole. Tap-in range. She quickly walked to the other side of the hole and placed a ballmarker on the left side

Remember that Weird Dustin Johnson-Natalie Gulbis 'Relationship'?

Were they or weren't they? Dating, that is. Were Natalie Gulbis and Dustin Johnson a couple in early 2011, or weren't they? Not even Natalie and Dustin could agree on the answer. Do you remember that strange series of events? Public figures generating rumors about dating, girlfriends/boyfriends, are-they-or-aren't-they is a common thing. But it hasn't happened too often in golf. Before Dustin Johnson blew up the rumor mill with allegations (yet unproven, and in some cases denied by affected third parties) of drug use and sleeping around with other men's wives, he and Gulbis blew up the rumor mill in 2011. Well, "blew up" is too strong a word. Not many people outside golf paid any attention. So let's say DJ and Natalie "inflated" the rumor mill. The rumors started at the 2011 PGA Tour season opener, the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, where Natalie was spotted in the crowd following Dustin's group. Gulbis then confirmed to

Wiezilla? Giant Michelle Wie Terrorizes Japan! #swearimnotagiant

Funny Instagram/tweet from Michelle Wie today: I totally fit in when I visit Japan... #flashbackfriday #swearimnotagiant @mp_foundation ai_shorty — Michelle Wie (@themichellewie) August 1, 2014 What makes it funny is the photo: Wow, is Michelle in heels or on stilts? Anyone else reminded of this: Or maybe picture Wiezilla rampaging through Tokyo? Kudos to Michelle for having such a sense of humor about herself. I especially love the #swearimnotagiant hashtag. And I think I've found the best representation for how Wie might have felt while taking that photo:

Dustin Johnson Needs to Add This Song to His Playlist

Unless you've been putting under a rock, you've heard about Dustin Johnson's departure from the PGA Tour to seek help with "personal problems." And you've probably heard the allegations included in a Michael Bamberger report on : Johnson was (allegedly) suspended for testing positive for cocaine use. For the second time. After an earlier failed marijuana test. This may or may not be true; we may or may not know for sure someday. But something like this happening to DJ is absolutely no surprise at all to golf insiders. (The report also includes the allegation that Johnson slept with another PGA Tour player's wife and caused the breakup of that marriage. Allegations of an affair with a second tour player's wife have since been made. It's apparently open season for Dustin Johnson misbehavior rumors.) Wherever Johnson is now - and I hope he really is getting help for whatever problems he has - I suggest he add this song to his pla