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...]

Are Children Taking Over the Sports World?

Look at all the young athletes who are breaking records in their sports, turning pro at such young ages, and making a mark for themselves even against the best pros in the world. It's astonishing. The LPGA is a prime example. In today's issue of USA TODAY, they've got the cutest picture of an eleven-year old girl golfer named Lucy Li. With that name and her golf swing, she's going to go places. First off, she's playing in the U.S. Women's Open at Pinehurst No. 2 in North Carolina. (See my other … [Read more...]

Martin Kaymar Has the Best Golf Swing on the Planet

There are a lot of really good golf swings on the PGA Tour nowadays. Some of it is because golf swing instruction has improved through the years. Adam Scott sure has a good swing. Tiger Woods used to have a great swing, but I think he's lost it somewhat. But I think Martin Kaymar probably swings the club the best of any PGA Tour players now. He sure proved it last week, leading all the way from start to finish at Pinehurst No. 2 in North Carolina. What a start: 65 and then another 65, and in the … [Read more...]

Remembering Payne Stewart During U.S. Open Week

This is U.S. Open week, and pro golfer Payne Stewart will be warmly remembered. The tournament is being held in Pinehurst, North Caroline, at Pinehurst No. 2, one of the world's most celebrated championship golf courses. It was designed by the famous golf course architect Donald Ross. Payne won the U.S. Open there the last time that prestigious tournament was held there, in 1999. It was his last tournament win, and he did it in style. Some of the top pros in the world were in the hunt that last … [Read more...]

Phil Mickelson an Insider Trader? I Doubt It.

Last Friday at Jack Nicklaus' Memorial tournament at Columbus, Ohio, the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) intercepted PGA Tour professional golfer Phil Mickelson for questioning about their investigation of insider trading involving three people: Phil, billionaire activist investor Carl Icahn, and leading sports gambler William ("Billy") Walters. It is about Mickelson and Williams purchasing stock in the year 2011 in two companies: Clorox and Dean Foods. The investigation is being conducted … [Read more...]


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