Padraig Harrington Finally Wins

Padraig Harrington, a 43-year old Irishman and three-time major championship winner, finally won a tournament today on the PGA Tour--the Honda Classic at the PGA National Golf Club at Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. He had gone winless for seven years and was about a very distant 385th in the World Sony Rankings. When you experience that much of a slump, you begin to doubt yourself a lot. This win couldn't have happened to a seemingly nicer guy. But it was looking bleak for him at the end of … [Read more...]

Plumb-Bob Your Putts

Watching on television the finishing nine holes today in the Northern Trust Open at Riviera Country Club in Santa Monica, California, so many pros missed putts on the ocean side of the hole. I think if they would have plumb-bobbed their putts, they wouldn't have been fooled by the tilted ground on which they were golfing their ball.The picturesque Riviera County Club lies in the Santa Monica Canyon that gradually slopes straight down to the blue Pacific Ocean, only two miles away. So, the … [Read more...]

James Hahn Wins his First PGA Tour Tournament

What a great story for the PGA Tour. Korean-American James Hahn just minutes ago won the Northern Trust Open at Riviera Country Club in Santa Monica, California. It is his first PGA Tour tournament win after competing in over sixty PGA Tour tournaments. He won with a birdie on the second hole in a three-man, sudden playoff with Paul Casey and budding superstar Dustin Johnson. Hahn was ranked 297th in the Sony World rankings. But the slender, handsome, six-foot, one inch Hahn looked like a cool, … [Read more...]

Charlie Sifford and Billy Casper Have Passed Away

During this past week, two outstanding professional golfers with the PGA Tour died. Charlie Sifford died at 92 years of age, and Billy Casper died at 83. Sifford won only two regular PGA Tour tournaments; but he was outstanding in that, like Jackie Robinson in baseball, he broke the so-called "color barrier" in professional golf and thereby paved the way for African-American pro golfers such as Lee Elder, Calvin Peete, and Tiger Woods to compete on the PGA Tour. And Billy Casper was outstanding … [Read more...]

Jethro Will Always Be Jethro

Donna Douglas died yesterday at 82 years of age. She played a starring role as Elly May on that beloved but whacky TV sitcom comedy The Beverly Hillbillies. It was one of American television's most watched series, and it ran for nine years. It was about a poor, backwoods family that struck oil on their land, making them filthy rich. They then moved west to Beverly Hills, California, next to Hollywood. Enjoying the "good life" in sunny and culturally-modern California, however, did not take the c … [Read more...]

The U.S. Loses the Ryder Cup Again

Sunday, at Glen Eagles, Scotland, the U.S. lost the Ryder Cup with 11.5 points to Europe's 16.5 points. It was the eighth time out of the last ten Ryder Cups that Europe has beaten the USA. Held bi-annually, this professional golf competition is one of the foremost sporting events in the world. It started during the 1920s. The U.S. had a lock on this bi-annual competition, winning it 22 times out of the first 25 competitions. But no more. Scotland's Rory McIlroy, now the Number 1 golfer in the … [Read more...]

Three Exciting Pro Golf Wins Yesterday

In the world of professional golf, two new faces, a rising star, and an old runnerup arose to the top to win exciting tournaments yesterday.Little-known American Mo Martin won the Women's British Open at famed Royal Birkdale in Southport, England. Although a short hitter, on the last hole of the tournament, the par-five eighteenth hole, 31-year-old Ms. Martin smashed her second shot and it hit the pin, stopping six feet from the hole. She made the putt for an eagle to win by one stroke. It … [Read more...]

Michele Wie–You Go Girl

LPGA Tour player Michele Wie won her first major professional golf championship 2.5 weeks ago at 24 years of age. She won on a great golf course--Pinehurst No. 2 in North Carolina--the week after the men's U.S. Open was staged there. So, the course was in tip top, major championship condition. And Michele won it in grand style. She held off No. 1 LPGA player Stacy Lewis to win the U.S. Women's Open Golf Championship. She's finally coming into her own with her first major win.Michele Wie … [Read more...]


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