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Jack Nicklaus as You’ve Never Seen Him Before

Nov. 18, 2004     By     Comments (0)

Jack Nicklaus took a fishing trip to Russia, and Golf Digest .com has the story (and a photo gallery).

Jack Nicklaus and his sons took a fishing trip to Russia and came back with… a bloody nose. Don't have to worry about sharp metal objects flying at you too frequently in golf (well, not frequently). Fishing is another story.

Bloody Jack Nicklaus

Read the story or just check out the slideshow, both at golfdigest.com.

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Bunker Rakes: In or Out?

Nov. 18, 2004     By     Comments (13)

There may not be a rule regarding bunker rakes, but there is some common sense.

Bunker RakeWhen you're done raking a bunker, should you place the rake inside or outside the bunker?

That simple question has long perplexed individuals. We hear it's even been the cause of at least one divorce! What do the rules say about bunker rakes - they sure are a mystery. Let's get an answer.

In either position - in or out - the bunker can affect a player's ball. Outside it could knock a ball into a bunker (or prevent it from falling into one), and inside it could keep a ball in a bunker or bury under the rake.

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Light a Match in Bunkers

Nov. 18, 2004     By     Comments (0)

Light a match to light up your bunker play.

Gary Player is widely recognized as one of the best bunker players in the world. In his "Playing Lessons from the Pros" (on the Golf Channel), Player gives an interesting tip for playing out of the sand:

When you light a match, you don't just slowly drag the match along the box. You flick it - fast - kkkkshhhhhhttttt! You do the same thing when you play out of the bunker. Don't try to slide the club slowly through the sand - it won't come out! Instead, flick it through the sand, accelerating rapidly. The ball will pop out with lots of spin.

There you have it. Light a match to light up your bunker play.

Top Ten Golfers of 2004

Nov. 18, 2004     By     Comments (0)

"The Top 10 Golfers of 2004" according to about.com. How would you rank them?

About.com's Golf section has a list of the Top 10 Golfers of 2004. We'll post the list here, but we'll leave the discussion to you. Post a comment!

10. Michelle Wie
 9. Kevin Stadler
 8. Retief Goosen
 7. Tiger Woods
 6. Meg Mallon
 5. Phil Mickelson
 4. Ernie Els
 3. Ryan Moore
 2. Annika Sorenstam
 1. Vijay Singh

How would you have ranked them? What additions or removals would you have made?

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Bass Ackwards: Singh and Sorenstam

Nov. 18, 2004     By     Comments (1)

Blatant sexism? Whatever you call it, The Golf Channel and other reporters need to get it right.

AnnikaThe Golf Channel, and much of the golf journalism world, has been going ga ga over Vijay Singh's season. He had a great year - we grant you this - but headlines like "Sorenstam Having a Vijay-Like Year" are despicable. The headline should read "Singh having a Sorenstam-Like Year."

"Sorenstam has won nine times around the world this year, same as Vijay Singh." Annika Sorenstam has won at least five events each of the past five years. Neither Tiger Woods nor Vijay Singh can say that, nor could they ever.

Blatant sexism? Whatever you call it, I don't understand what's so difficult about understanding that some players are better in their respective arenas than others, and Annika stands above all men in that regard.

Dick’s: Titleist on Sale

Nov. 17, 2004     By     Comments (0)

Get to Dick's if you like Titleist irons - they're having a sale.

Titleist IronsDick's Sporting Goods (store locator) is having a sale on sets of Titleist's popular DCI 990 and DCI 762 series. Originally $699 and $899 respectively, both sets now sell for $399 and are available with R300 flex shafts.

The DCI 762 features a large volume cavity, progressive offset, and dual hosel lengths to provide for exact weight distribution and careful CG management; a thin face design allows for a larger club face area for increased confidence and playability, and a larger cavity for enhanced forgiveness; multi-piece carbon and metalized mylar cavity insert provide improved feel, increased playability, and modern flight characteristics.

The DCI 990 is designed with the better player in mind; a high performance blade design that features a variable muscle back cavity that provides traditional, solid feel, enhanced workability and consistent performance.

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Tiger Pissed about Ryder Cup Captain Lehman

Nov. 17, 2004     By     Comments (2)

Tiger feels Mark O'Meara should have been chosen for the 2006 Ryder Cup, and he isn't shy about sharing his feelings.

Tiger Woods and Mark O'MearaTom Lehman is the next US Ryder Cup captain, as we told you here on The Sand Trap .com, and Tiger Woods ain't happy about it. Tiger slammed the PGA of America for not choosing his good buddy Mark O'Meara, saying:

I thought he should have been captain, because of the heritage of where he's from. He's Irish, so it would have been a perfect fit for Mark O'Meara to be the Ryder Cup captain in Ireland, especially as he goes to the K Club every summer to fish.

O'Meara was in the running, and has better career stats than Lehman: 16 wins and two majors to 5 wins and one major. "He's obviously very disappointed he didn't get it," Woods said. "He feels this was probably his only chance, because of his age. He'll be 51 by the time the next one comes around and more than likely that one looks like it'll be Azinger's."

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WGC World Cup of Golf Tees Off

Nov. 17, 2004     By     Comments (3)

The WGC World Cup of Golf starts tomorrow in Seville, Spain.

Playing dual roles of hosts and favorites, Sergio Garcia and Miguel Angel Jimenez will tee it up tomorrow in the WGC World Cup of Golf in Seville, Spain. Garcia, an invited player, chose Jimenez as his partner to give themselves a home field advantage. One other advantage the couple has is that the 7,134-yard layout was designed by two-time Masters champion Jose Maria Olazabal.

Scott Verplank and Bob Tway make up the American contingent. The top ten Americans in the world ranking turned down the invitation to this, the last of the season's four World Golf Championships. Only two top-10 players accepted - Garcia and Ireland's Padraig Harrington.

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LPGA Endorsements

Nov. 17, 2004     By     Comments (4)

Annika Sorenstam has endorsement deals, but does anyone else on the LPGA Tour? Why the disparity?

LPGA LogoThe Sun-Sentinel says that "Annika Sorenstam distorts the picture in women's golf." Quality of play? Tenacity? Training? Ability to close out opponents with a 54-hole lead? No - ad dollars.

Replete in Callaway visors and sleeves, Mercedez-Benz/Cutter & Buck shirt fronts, Kraft collars, ADT bags, and Oakley sunglasses, Sorenstam "…looks like a NASCAR driver," LPGA Commissioner Ty Votaw declares proudly.

The article then mentions Hall-of-Famer Beth Daniel, logo-free. Daniel, 48, has won 33 events and is 10th on the money list this year. "I buy… hats myself," Daniel said. "I buy… shirts."

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