I woefully regret that it has taken me more a week to learn of the grim news. Eye Candy Caddies, a reputable British business entity which provides (theoretically) capable and attractive young women to serve as loopers is currently in the process of being blacklisted; it's services having been banned from a number of courses in England managed by the villainous entity known as Leaderboard Golf.
Normally, when choosing a ball, one takes into account that there is a subtle tradeoff between maximum distance and maximum spin around the greens. Golf ball technology has progressed so that there is less of a tradeoff, and TaylorMade claims to have eliminated it with a new ball they'll introduce soon: the Penta TP.
Titleist has been dominant in the ball market, despite challenges, for decades. Though TaylorMade's TP Red and TP Black were reviewed well, they did little to take away from Titleist's market share and have been heavily discounted at retailers for most of 2009.
The Penta TP is TaylorMade's next offensive attack.
If the FedExCup is starting to work the way it's supposed to and that "way" looks a lot like the traditional season money leaders list, what's the point?
Manufactured drama? More money for the Tour's elite? More FedEx commercials (which, I admit, are generally funny)?
Not, however, as funny as this.
Although I, like many, am neither a Wie-maniac nor a committed Wie-watcher, I was pleased with Michelle's performance at the Solheim Cup this past weekend. The Michelle Wie Story will always be one of failure to meet the ludicrous expectations which surrounded her. It is, of course, a wholly fruitless endeavor to speculate as to the exact genesis of said expectations, but the recipe is surely some part B.J. Wie, some part mass sports media hysteria of the Tiger Woods variety.
What do we make of Michelle's 3-0-1 record at this year's event?
As Tiger Woods limped home Sunday (figuratively, this year) looking thoroughly befuddled and not at all the "Sunday Tiger," we've come to expect, a few disjointed thoughts were swimming about my own befuddled consciousness.
In no particular order of significance, I mulled over the following, which I don't present as any insightful recapitulation of the final round of this year's PGA Championship, or nuanced breakdown of Tiger's failure to secure victory after leading in the final round of a major (for only the second time in his career). Rather, I pen (alright, type) the following as a presentation of a few talking points loosely associated with my impressions of a few days ago.
We're live blogging the final round of the 2009 PGA Championship at Hazeltine National Golf Club. Tiger Woods is poised to win a record-typing fifth PGA Championship (and his third consecutive) and his fifteenth major - each of which he's previously won with the third-round lead as he has this year.
Will major winners Padraig Harrington (two back at -6) or Lucas Glover (four back at -4) win the title, or will Y.E. Yang or Henrik Stenson capture their first? Could someone from -3 or further possibly go low enough to win, or is this a five-horse race? Let's put it this way: if Tiger shoots 70, Paddy and Y.E. have to shoot 67 to win, and G. Lover and Stenson have shoot 65. 67 is the lowest round of the week - and it's only been shot by two people. They're both playing in the final group.
Pos Player Tot R1 R2 R3 --- ------------------ --- -- -- -- 1 Tiger Woods -8 67 70 71 T2 Padraig Harrington -6 68 73 69 T2 Y.E. Yang -6 73 70 67 T4 Lucas Glover -4 71 70 71 T4 Henrik Stenson -4 73 71 68 T6 Ernie Els -3 75 68 70 T6 Soren Kjeldsen -3 70 73 70 T8 Ross Fisher -2 73 68 73 T8 Brendan Jones -2 71 70 73 T8 Martin Kaymer -2 73 70 71 T8 John Rollins -2 73 73 68 T8 Alvaro Quiros -2 69 76 69
For this year's edition of The Sand Trap's PGA picks, we are both predicting and responding to the pressing questions you've been mulling over as of late, including, but not limited to, "Was Rich Beem's dance at the 2002 PGA Championship at Hazeltine the worst victory celebration ever?"
More pertinent inquiries and speculation inside.
A few days ago we gave you a sneak peek at Titleist's upcoming 710 Series of irons: the CB, MB, AP1, and AP2.
Today, we present our own images, from the range at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, OH, as well as some video. Enjoy.
A lot has happened in the game of golf since it last played the role of an official Olympic sport. The last gold medal was won by a Canadian golfer named George Lyon. He won the medal at the 1904 Summer Olympics held in St. Louis, MO.
The fight has been rekindled to once again bring golf into competition for a medal. The official decision will come in October 2009. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will meet on this date and vote on adding no more than two (maybe none) of seven elected sports. The seven sports that are competing for a spot are golf, baseball, softball, karate, roller sports, rugby, and squash. That's right, I said squash!
In this week's Trap Five, we're counting down five of the larger issues in the "Golf in the Olympics"
The five items listed below seem to draw the most attention in Olympic golf discussions.