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Friday
Apr122013

Lindsey Vonn Looking To Get In Reps As Weekend Goes

Meg Mirshak talks to a recuperating Lindsey Vonn about seeing Augusta National for the first time while watching Tiger Woods play the 2013 Masters. No, she didn't use Tigers reps line, but it's only a matter of time.

“I’m trying to do as much [walking] as I can every day, but I’m hoping to walk more on the weekend,” she said.

After Woods putted on No. 10, Vonn returned to the big oak tree in front of the Augusta National Golf Club clubhouse.

Now that is a climb!

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Climb? The tree or the hill?
04.12.2013 | Unregistered CommenterVRWC
Clearly, she is setting the rules about talking with the press.

She is grabbing some of the control that Tiger used to have over his posse.

Good for her.
04.12.2013 | Unregistered CommenterNanSouth
I knew that Bo Derek poster intimately, sir, and Lindsey Vonn is no Bo Derek!
04.12.2013 | Unregistered CommenterAK47
MEH
04.12.2013 | Unregistered CommenterJRP
Lindsey Vonn, unlike most of Tiger's other partners (Joanna Jagoda, Elin) is a public personality in her own right. People seeking to speak to Joana or Elin would have been doing so because they were Tiger appendages; Vonn is legitimate quarry as a top athlete currently recovering from injury (which appears to be the subject of the interview). I doubt she is going to be run by the Woods machine. If they are as attached to one another as they make out, they will have discussed this sort of thing. If he is getting to the point of cooperating with a partner and not ruling her, he may be improving.

Nah -- it can't last.
04.12.2013 | Unregistered CommenterGhillie
Lindsey is a nice looking person and I honestly wish her and Tiger the very best.
04.12.2013 | Unregistered CommenterPress Agent
It's been what 6-7 weeks since she had surgery? Pretty impressive she was able to walk at all. Bodes well for her recovery.

Also not bad perks right now being her physical therapist.
04.12.2013 | Unregistered Commenterelf
Kinda refreshing....high profile person like her just blending in and politely gallerying with all the regular folk, what a novel concept, and classy.

I hope I'm not the only one that just heard Colin Cowherd completely dismantle Rick Reilly and all his anti-Tiger theses -- just hilarious! Betcha Rick declines next time Colin extends the invite to come on the radio!!
04.12.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
True, LV is no BD. As Joan Rivers put it, if you threw both of them in a think tank, one of them would drown.

Here's to the happy couple.
04.12.2013 | Unregistered CommenterKLG
Ky that is hilarious, I promise proper attribution when used in the future! Opening day on the Black tomorrow ;)
04.12.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
Anyone know if the round by round open threads are extinct? I'd much rather have one place to read all comments on the day's events as they unfold. I didn't see anything like that yesterday.

It's an honor and a pleasure to exchange unfounded, knee jerk and ultimately meaningless complaints and reactions wth you all during the Majors. Dammit, it's our right!*

*not actually our right.
04.12.2013 | Unregistered Commenterdsl
Case in point:

Up here in Canada (eh) the TSN hijack of the ESPN broadcast has this promo for one of the title sponsors (they must pay the most for the hijack rights). Namely, I believe it's Acura. The big voice on the promo calls the toonamint the:

Augusta...National Masters

There's a slight pause between Augusta and National and no pause between National and Masters.

I mean, honestly. If that's not the most Canadian puckheaded network slip-up ever, you can call me Shirley.
04.12.2013 | Unregistered Commenterdsl
<Anyone know if the round by round open threads are extinct?>
i think this is it: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/golf/22100589
text thread used to be hilarious!
04.12.2013 | Unregistered Commentergrr
Grr - thanks, but actually I was referring to the ones that used to be on this site. I believe Geoff is onsite at the 'Augusta...National Masters' so maybe he hasn't been able to create the Day 1/ Day 2, etc open threads...
04.12.2013 | Unregistered Commenterdsl
Vonn is no demure wall flower.

With Tiger abruptly leaving meals, quiely sucking suger free popsicles while playing video games or watching Sportscenter, reading her the riot act on how Team Tiger wants her to behave, and keeping her in the car during his kids' soccer proactice, I say she calls off this Endorser's Dream Charade in about a year and a half.

Book it.
04.12.2013 | Unregistered CommenterRaz
Her accident was horrific and she's absolutely fearless about getting in shape for the Olympics in terms of training hard
04.12.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDaphne
Raz if that happens will it bring you pleasure?
04.12.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
No Round 2 Thread. So, posting here. Just saw a tweet that Tainlang Guan was assessed a 1-stroke penalty for slow play? Really??? That's our first penalty in the Majors? A 14-year old? Couldn't ever have been any of the other notoriously slow playing turtles out there to hit. What. An. Embarassment!
04.12.2013 | Unregistered CommenterPete the Luddite
Pete the Luddite, you are correct. If he is a legitimate player he is a legitimate candidate for this. However, it is tough to believe he is slower rhan some of the others!!
04.12.2013 | Unregistered CommenterStiggy
OMG!
04.12.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
http://www.augusta.com/masters/story/blog/guan-penalized-slow-play

A friend emailed that it was Paramor. This is gonna cause a big stink. The young man is slow, but to finally get around to doing something about slow play and then assess him with a penalty, when the woods are full of snails who have no excuse? Pure bullshit.
04.12.2013 | Unregistered CommenterKLG
I haven't heard Nantz or Faldo address the situation yet....gonna be real interesting to hear how they handle it.
04.12.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
@Stiggy, of course he's legitimate. The argument here, amongst many of us, is and will be that the choice and timing of the assessment stinks to high heaven. Given the plethora or choices over the years and tournaments, this is a shocking one, IMHO.

@DTF, I can hear it now... NANTZ: "Hello, friends. Sit down, because you're not going to believe this..." :)
04.12.2013 | Unregistered CommenterPete the Luddite
Paramor does not work on the PGA Tour, where slow play is apparently next to Godliness. He works on the European Tour and assesses slow play penalties when he sees them. His confreres from the PGAT should watch and learn.

Pity it was the kid. Somebody should tip Paramor off about Na. And Furyk when he allegedly starts to putt. I have cooked meals while waiting for him to complete his back-off, back-off pre-shot preparation. For years.
04.12.2013 | Unregistered CommenterGhillie
Pete the Luddite, no argument at all.

I was about to say this was ridiculous to do to a 14 year old when it hit me he was a player like all the others.

I agree entirely that there have been many others who could have been hit with penalties over the years.

It is also interesting that it is a European tour referee who assessed the fine.
Over the years they have been more active in dealing with this plague.

If this causes him to miss the cut it will be a real shame.
04.12.2013 | Unregistered CommenterStiggy
Paramor is the same guy that screwed up the last day back-9 duel between Paddy and Tiger at Firestone in 2009. He's like a bad cop who has no understanding about the concept of discretion. What a moron.
04.12.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
From my email informant:

Last time ANYBODY was assessed a stroke penalty in ANY major was nine years ago. Apparently he was on the clock and took 50 sec to make his shot instead of 45. 5 fncking seconds.
04.12.2013 | Unregistered CommenterKLG
Even "I'm The Story" Miceli isn't dumb enough to do something like that....truly flabbergasting. This will be Paramor's last Masters.
04.12.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
At DTF: to me the great thing about the rules of golf and slow play, there is no discretion. You warn him, time the group and you have real times to show him. Than it is to Paramor who penalizes the player, the player him self dose by not playing fast.
04.12.2013 | Unregistered CommenterMark
This is ridiculous, especially if he misses the cut by one. Paramor needs to use better discretion here and he is the one guy in the field with the feel good story of the early rounds. They were a hole away from finishing, The Lords of Augusta in the last decade have given that piled for removal drop for Ernie and let Rory slide for playing around in the bunker on 18. Now this? The kid handled it like a pro in the interview with RInaldi even though you knew he thought it was b.s.
04.12.2013 | Unregistered CommenterNRH
Master's statement

http://www.augusta.com/masters/story/blog/augusta-national-statement-guan-penalty

That is a lot of slow play, hope everyone feels like the correct thing was done.
04.12.2013 | Unregistered CommenterMark
Sorry Mark, forests and trees. See Crenshaw's comments.
04.12.2013 | Unregistered CommenterNRH
Mark if you don't think these officials have discretion in a situation like this you're kidding yourself. Here's how it works...

<thought bubble> "OK, this kid is about to get another bad time...now lets see, this kid is the biggest story of the event...he's an amateur with no chance of winning and is right on the cusp of making the cut...I really do not want to penalize this kid as there is nothing to be gained from it....dang, you know what, my delicate stomach is suffering mightily from that huge burrito I ate last night at Chipotle and I have to take a dump RIGHT NOW!" <scurry away and let the kid finish>

If you don't buy that scenario just read this article right here: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/golf/theopen/5858433/The-Open-2009-Referee-John-Paramor-looks-kindly-on-Ross-Fisher.html

In the 2nd round of the 2009 Open Championship one John Paramor hisself excercised discretion 7 different times in a single round with a single player.

Put that in your pipe and smoke it.
04.12.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
Aside from economics and the domesticated Pinnacle, about which nothing can be done apparently, slow play is the one true scourge of the Game. However, the only reasonable person in the universe who feels like the correct thing was done here is John Paramor. And that includes Fred Ridley. His Tournament will now be overshadowed by this. Leishman is likely to go to 7-under, at least. And Tiger is 4-under through the 7th. Doesn't look good for the young man.
04.12.2013 | Unregistered CommenterKLG
KLG, Correct.
It does seem lack a bit of common sense and discretion would have been the best approach here.
04.12.2013 | Unregistered CommenterStiggy
What in heck happened to Dustin Johnson on the closing holes?

Woods will be the 36 hole leader and probably wins this thing comfortably, imo.
04.12.2013 | Unregistered Commenterfyg
@fyg: I saw him chunk his third into the drink on 15 and take two to get out of a greenside bunker on 18. Not sure about the rest.
04.12.2013 | Unregistered CommenterNRH
@fyg -

I think DJs wacky short game came to light on the closing holes. He's (in my not-so-learned opinion) got to learn a dead-handed pitch/chip. Waaaaaaay too much wrist/movement in his short stuff for major consistency.
04.12.2013 | Unregistered CommenterPepperdine
Ky, by definition wouldn't Paramor be considered an unreasonable person?

I think ol' Jet Ski's back finally went out on him there after the 13th hole...been a long time comin' ;)
04.12.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
@DTF -

Doesn't his swing look painful and/or un-sustainable?
04.12.2013 | Unregistered CommenterPepperdine

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