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  • Playing Through: Modern Golf's Most Iconic Players and Moments
    Playing Through: Modern Golf's Most Iconic Players and Moments
    by Jim Moriarty
  • Tommy's Honor: The Story of Old Tom Morris and Young Tom Morris, Golf's Founding Father and Son
    Tommy's Honor: The Story of Old Tom Morris and Young Tom Morris, Golf's Founding Father and Son
    by Kevin Cook
  • His Ownself: A Semi-Memoir (Anchor Sports)
    His Ownself: A Semi-Memoir (Anchor Sports)
    by Dan Jenkins
  • The Captain Myth: The Ryder Cup and Sport's Great Leadership Delusion
    The Captain Myth: The Ryder Cup and Sport's Great Leadership Delusion
    by Richard Gillis
  • The Ryder Cup: Golf's Grandest Event – A Complete History
    The Ryder Cup: Golf's Grandest Event – A Complete History
    by Martin Davis
  • A Life Well Played: My Stories
    A Life Well Played: My Stories
    by Arnold Palmer
  • Harvey Penick: The Life and Wisdom of the Man Who Wrote the Book on Golf
    Harvey Penick: The Life and Wisdom of the Man Who Wrote the Book on Golf
    by Kevin Robbins
  • Teeing Off: Players, Techniques, Characters, and Reflections from a Lifetime Inside the Game
    Teeing Off: Players, Techniques, Characters, and Reflections from a Lifetime Inside the Game
    by Ken Bowden

As each year goes by I fear the true sporting spirit of match play is less and less in evidence. We find a growing disposition for play to concentrate on the figures that are registered at a hole rather than on the question of whether the hole is lost or won in a purely friendly match. TOM SIMPSON

 

  

Wednesday
Nov112009

"The golf establishment, especially in the United States, is full of venal, haunted little men--players, executives, sportswriters, broadcasters"

I'm reluctant to link the Matthew DeBord-authored Huffington Post piece that reader Rick sent, but it's so uninformed and off base that I just can't resist. The topic? The media and white men running the game of golf are to blame for Michelle Wie's 2006-2008 doldrums. (Yes, it's a timely piece, too!)

Why would golf do this to its most bankable star since Tiger Woods? Simple: She's a woman in a sport full of men who never stop being threatened. The golf establishment, especially in the United States, is full of venal, haunted little men--players, executives, sportswriters, broadcasters--who pledge allegiance to the spirit and dignity of an ancient Scottish game, but who in truth want to dismiss anything that disrupts their once-comfortable lock on the sport.

If only the golf establishment was an interesting as he suggests.

That said, we know the situation is quite the opposite in two ways. First, that the establishment was most definitely hoping (and continues to pray) she succeeds so they can profit off her success. And two, her parents have received the harsh treatment for career mismanagement and oddball things like wanting to live in her dorm and hanging with her on campus.

It's been forgotten now, but Tiger was assailed when he first arrived.

That's right, he was a tad rough around the edges and his dad made some ludicrous suggestions that, well, turned out to be about right.

Some called his epic 1997 Masters win a fluke.

Riiiiiggggghhhhhtttt!

Others suggested that he had been given unfair advantages by being allowed to skip the PGA Tour's qualifying school.

Maybe in a barber shop in Indonesia? Because after all he skipped Q-school because he made enough money to earn his card.

But over the ensuing years, through sheer brilliance, Woods wore down his critics. By the time he won the 2008 U.S. Open, limping through a Monday playoff on what was effectively a broken leg, all naysaying had been vanquished.

Yep, not until Torrey Pines in '08 had the naysayers been vanquished!

Arianna, this is embarrassing. Wait, there's more?

Michelle Wie had the potential to be bigger than the game and to provide women's golf with the worldwide explosion in popularity that it needs.

And last I heard, no one doubts that is still possible. I guess except DeBord?

But the best possible time for that to happen was two or three years ago, before she was buried under an avalanche of negativity and slumped. She's back now, and she seems like a more mature person and more complete player. But opportunity lost is still opportunity lost. And if women's golf continues to falter, golf will only have itself and its ridiculous, petty culture to blame. Wie was, and to a degree, still is the future. Her ascent was Tiger Woods crossed with the Williams sisters. Her decline was troubling. Her comeback is critical.

Well we agree that her "comeback" from brilliant talent is critical.

Wednesday
Nov112009

Counting Down: Golf Inc.'s Most Powerful People In Golf

Sorry Wally, Golf Inc. only puts you at #17, a slot behind someone named Joe Munsch from a company called Eagle Golf. But at least you're ahead of Mark King and George O'Grady. But Gary Player at #12? What an assemblage of talent. 

Wednesday
Nov112009

"Can't all those Chinese fans just watch the President's Cup live on TV, all the way from San Francisco?"

Lawrence Donegan digs into the ASAP archives to demonstrate how Tim Finchem has changed his tune on PGA Tour sanctioned events in China.

Wednesday
Nov112009

R&A Honors Seve

Nice move...definitely helped that he is not a woman.

The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews

FOR IMMEDIATE PUBLICATION
 
SEVERIANO BALLESTEROS ACCEPTS HONORARY MEMBERSHIP OF THE ROYAL AND ANCIENT GOLF CLUB OF ST ANDREWS
 
11 November 2009, St Andrews, Scotland: The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews is pleased to announce that Severiano Ballesteros has accepted its invitation to become an Honorary Member.
 
Severiano Ballesteros first caught the attention of the golfing public when, as a 19-year-old, he finished in a tie for second place with Jack Nicklaus at the 1976 Open Championship, held at Royal Birkdale. He then went on to win five Major Championships between the years of 1979 and 1988, adding two Green Jackets to his haul of three Claret Jugs.
 
His three Open Championship victories came in 1979 and 1988 at Royal Lytham and St Annes, and in 1984 at St Andrews. His legendary fist pump, a reaction to holing the birdie putt on the final hole of the Old Course to claim his second Claret Jug, became famous the world over and is now used as a logo for his group of companies.
 
“I am greatly honoured to accept Honorary Membership of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews,” he said. “I have had, perhaps, the outstanding moment of my career at St Andrews and the town will always retain a very special place close to my heart.  I sincerely hope that I will be able to come back next year and be part of the 150th Anniversary of The Open Championship.”
 
Ballesteros competed for Europe in eight Ryder Cups and Captained the European team to victory at Valderrama in 1997. He was also instrumental in creating the biennial Seve Trophy match, now called ‘the Vivendi Trophy with Severiano Ballesteros’, between teams representing Great Britain and Ireland and Continental Europe. He was inducted to the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1999.
 
Earlier this year, Ballesteros launched the Seve Ballesteros Foundation, an organisation which aims to aid research into cancer, particularly brain tumours. Simultaneously, the Foundation also assists young, underprivileged golfers to develop their golfing careers.
 
Severiano Ballesteros joins an illustrious list of Honorary Members of the Club:
          
His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh KG, KT.
His Royal Highness The Duke of York KG, KCVO, ADC.
His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent KG, GCMG, GCVO.
The Hon. George Herbert Walker Bush GCB.
Peter Alliss
Tony Jacklin CBE.
John Jacobs OBE.
Kel Nagle
Jack Nicklaus
Arnold Palmer
Gary Player
Peter Thomson CBE, AO.
Lee Trevino
Roberto De Vicenzo
Tom Watson

Tuesday
Nov102009

In Praise Of Aged Bunkers

From Martin Blake's story, Tiger Woods talking about Kingston Heath:

''The bunkering is just phenomenal,'' he said. ''You never get a chance to see bunkering like this in any other place in the world.''

It's both funny and sad, but the characteristics making Kingston Heath's bunkering "phenomenal" to Tiger are precisely what most American courses try to avoid: the aged patina bordering on a look of deterioration; the irregularity of the shapes and sizes; the native plant material growing in and around the pits; the use of native sands even if they aren't bright white; the exposed dirt "lips" and finally, the lack of sand in the faces.

While the sandy soil, climate and natives lend certain characteristics to the Sandbelt look that would be tough to replicate in many places, there is still so much to learn from the look.(And thanks to the club website course tour, we have some photos to enjoy before play tees off at 7 p.m. Pacific Wednesday on The Golf Channel.)

Consider the functional side. While it's a less sexy topic, function is nonetheless a fascinating component to the Sandbelt bunker that needs to be exported ASAP!  Anyone who has played American golf wonders why the standard bunker contains inches of sand in the faces. (And usually a color not native to any region but Carmel's white sand beach).

The combination of the Sandbelt soil and a less vain golfing population unconcerned with Photoshopping every little bunker blemish, allows superintendents to keep the faces devoid of huge amounts of bunker sand. The floors are the only portion raked (with native sands) and the faces remain hardened sandy earth in a similar shade, though there are places of exposed dirt and bless them for not trying to cover those blemishes up!

While the elimination of buried lies in the face makes the bunkers seemingly less hazardous, note during the Australian Masters how the ball reacts when it lands in these firm bunkers. If the ball is coming in hot, a pinball effect is bound to send the ball anywhere, sometimes even into a nasty lie in the natives. The firmness effectively making the bunkers even more dangerous. Throw in the tight fairway mowing into the low side of most Sandbelt bunkers, and they effectively play much larger than the typical inland American bunker.

The eroded, weathered and rumpled "lips" are the other obvious stand out feature, adding deep shadowing and therefore a character-rich third dimension that only Mother Nature can shape. That naturalness makes what is an otherwise nasty hazard so lovable. Because even the best golfers in the world are not offended by what seems like a natural hazard. But clean 'em up, throw in full sand coverage, rake them meticulously, and the slightest misfortune becomes offensive.

That's the difference between a seemingly natural bunker versus the manmade and why no matter how broken down or dirty the Sandbelt bunkers may appear, they'll always be oh so lovable.

Tuesday
Nov102009

Phelps Goes Retro, Will A Golfer Be So Brave?

Amy Shipley reports that Michael Phelps decided to go retro early to prove his point that high-tech suits were helping swimmers and boy did he make the case.

He blamed Tuesday’s performance on not being sufficiently fit and failing to adapt to the increased number of turns in short-course meters (25-meter pools instead of 50), events in which he has rarely competed. Bowman acknowledged that Phelps’s choice of swimwear – he wore a textile, waist-to-knee “jammer” rather than a long, high-tech model that will be banned as of Jan. 1 – likely contributed, and U.S. officials who declined to be identified because they did not wish to appear to be poor sports said it was the suit choice, period, that slowed Phelps.

I wonder if we'll see anyone openly tout the use of new grooves during the Silly Season so that we can perhaps see some performance differences? I know Stephen Ames and some other Nike players made the switch a while ago, but it would be fun to know more specifically who is playing what.

And nice catch by Deadspin to get this photo of Phelps sporting facial hair and the new/old suit.

Tuesday
Nov102009

Rory Coming To America! 

Not a banner day for the European Tour as Adam Scott is not pleased about a possible rule change and Rory McIlroy finally made the decision to play 15 PGA Tour events in 2010, meaning he'll need to add four weeks to his 2009 schedule.

'I don’t want anyone to get the wrong idea that I am just going away to  America because that is not what I am planning,' said McIlroy.

'I just feel that I will become a better golfer if I also play in  America.  I will be playing in world-class fields with more world ranking points on offer, and the only way for me to get better is to play alongside better players.

'And on paper at this moment there are 16 better players than me in the world.”

As a US Tour member McIlroy will have to play a minimum 15 events on  their schedule but they include the four Majors and three World Golf Championships that are currently held in the States.

Tuesday
Nov102009

"It’s a cross between a discount motel and a beachside nursing home!"

As if Tiger doesn't have enough on his plate, now he has the local gossip columnist bashing his wife's taste in home architecture.

It’s a cross between a discount motel and a beachside nursing home! But hey, from what I’ve been told, Woods’ Swedish missus, Elin Nordegren, is calling the shots on this one. Woods bought four adjacent properties on the tony island for a Martin County-record $44.5 million in 2006. He then tore down the existing homes on the 12 acres, including a classic-looking manse. The new 9,700-square-foot home is split between the living quarters (right on the photo above) and a gym (left side). Both sides will be connected with a glass-covered walkway, according to the blue prints. Good thing the plans call for so much foliage around the house that few passers-by will be able to see it!

Tuesday
Nov102009

Faldo Knighted; Queen Offers Address Position Advice?

Courtesy of Jay Busbee at Yahoo.

I think she's tell him to keep the right shoulder lower at address? Using a sword's a bit over the top, no? Or maybe that was all they had lying around? Wait, what? It's part of the ceremony? Oh, sorry.

Still, I'm not so sure about the right knee on the velvet stool that she bought from Liberace? Maybe an old Leadbetter drill?

 

Tuesday
Nov102009

No Loch Ness Monster, But Plenty Of Golf Balls

Thanks to reader Al for this CNN story on the Danish Golf Union discovering that it takes between 100 and 1,000 years for golf balls to decompose, and that an estimated 300 million are lost or discarded annually.

This was the most amazing part:

The scale of the dilemma was underlined recently in Scotland, where scientists -- who scoured the watery depths in a submarine hoping to discover evidence of the prehistoric Loch Ness monster -- were surprised to find hundreds of thousands of golf balls lining the bed of the loch.

Apparently the Loch is considered a driving range by locals. Lovely. The video evidence:



Monday
Nov092009

"I suggested to Tiger several months ago that now he's in the golf course design business that maybe he bring one of his guys down here to take a look"

There seems to be no shortage of talk about Tiger's appearance fee in Australia and a calculated effort to spin it as a chance for him to brush up on his design expertise, not for the $3 million he's reportedly receiving.

Mark Hayes and Michael Warner in the Herald Sun talked to Sunshine Stevie Williams and lived to write about it:

The golfing superstar was holed up inside his luxury Southbank hotel suite, but continued his pre-Masters reconnaissance mission by sending his caddie to inspect the course.

Steve Williams spent two hours recording distances on all 18 holes in a sign his boss is determined to earn his giant $3 million pay packet.

"I suggested to Tiger several months ago that now he's in the golf course design business that maybe he bring one of his guys down here to take a look," Williams revealed.

"And he's done that, because in such a small, concentrated area, you've got some of the best courses in the world. The design and the bunkering on this course is unique and very, very good.

"I'm sure he (Tiger) will be looking at it tomorrow."

Now, if he goes to see some other courses in his spare time like Crenshaw would, then we'll know he really is serious about this design stuff.

Meanwhile on the appearance fee, Peter Stone opened his story today with this anecdote:

TIGER WOODS is relentless in his pursuit of Jack Nicklaus's record 18 major victories - with just four left to equal the Golden Bear. So, with a sense of mischief, let's suggest another way he could emulate the great Nicklaus.

We'll go back to the 1975 Australian Open, the first of four opens sponsored by the late Kerry Packer at The Australian, when Nicklaus headlined the field for a modest appearance fee.

Like Woods, Nicklaus was undisputed world No.1 at the time. Nicklaus asked Packer what prizemoney was on offer that week and, when told, Nicklaus immediately added his fee to the purse, which brought total prizemoney to $35,000.

So began the Packer/Nicklaus solution to appearance money. In following years, each invited player was paid $6000 and, in 1976, total prizemoney was lifted to $200,000.

This week, the Australian Masters purse is $1.5 million and Woods is reportedly receiving a $US3m ($3.3m) appearance fee.

Would Woods do the same as Nicklaus this week? Dream on.

But most of the fretting over the amount looks like it'll prove futile, because as Steve Elling notes, the event is looking like a hit, no thanks to Greg Norman:

But hand it to the Aussies, they had not seen Woods in 11 years, and he once again proved to be the game's ultimate show pony. Officials reported selling all 100,000 tickets (capped at $44 Australian dollars per round) for the week, and presumably, the Victorian government has a chance of finishing in the black once all the hotel stays, car rentals and incidentals are tolled. By the way, the tax hit in Australia is a shade under 50 percent in this bracket, so Woods will be contributing to the Oz coffers himself, too. Ah, economics in the 21st century, huh?

And judging by Patrick Smith's cranky reaction, someone in IMG's PR department has done a fine job overprepping the media for Tiger's arrival.

The reaction it must be said was childish and so fevered that normally sensible people lost the plot. Helicopters chopped above Essendon Airport, TV cameras covered this angle, that angle. Print journalists jotted down his every move. Even moves he might have made but didn't.
When he set his left foot on the tarmac, the world's greatest golfer said: "This is one small step for Tiger, one giant leap for golf". Or apparently words to that effect. Tiger's entourage is apparently colour-coded to make it easier to control them. It was noted who went into the different-coloured cars. Even the luggage van was described to radio listeners.

Monday
Nov092009

"I know the Tour has been sticking its nose into that as far as it possibly could"

The new Global Golf Post weekly digital magazine debuted today and included a couple of stories from Mike Purkey and Len Shapiro on the latest Olympic golf course design gig-chase. Based on the tone of the quotes in Shapiro's piece, I think we can cross Tom Doak off the list if the PGA Tour gets involved:

Certainly that's always been the PGA Tour model with its network of TPC courses, and Commissioner Tim Finchem even now has to be exploring ways his organization can also profit from Olympic golf. Some speculate he'd love to add to the current total of 19 TPC facilities (with licenses to name 12 more), and TPC Rio does have a nice ring to it.

"I know the Tour has been sticking its nose into that as far as it possibly could," said architect Tom Doak. "They're probably thinking it should be a TPC course. That would make sense to them. But their typical deal is to partner up with a developer that's already doing something, not to go develop something themselves. They don't take those kinds of risks.

"They want to be involved for sure, but it's still not their money. It's usually their decision who designs it to the extent they feel they can leverage the guy with the money, saying they'll only do it if one of these guys designs it. If they really want in there, they're probably going to be throwing their chips in with whoever looks like the leader."

Monday
Nov092009

Dottie Pepper Wants To Spend More Time Away From Brian Hammond

Jim McCabe notes Pepper's decision to step down from her Golf Channel duties and while she'll be missed during their major championship coverage, a commenter on the Golfweek notes that on the eve of the new LPGA television contract with Golf Channel, "the LPGA really needs her and good announcing now more than ever."

Sunday
Nov082009

Is Tiger Woods Still The Zenyatta Of Golf?

When Zenyatta proved Saturday that she's the Tiger Woods of race horses, it was only natural to see Tiger to stop toying with the elite HSBC Champions field and put them away with one of his trademark rise-to-the-occasion finishes.

Befitting his frustrating 2009 season, he failed.

It's been easy to resist joining the growing chorus suggesting the Tiger Woods aura has disappeared after his no-win 2009 major championship run. And yes, we're talking about the HSBC Champions with cell phones going off, cameras clicking on backswings and at the end of a long year with the next major six months away. Not exactly an ideal barometer of Tiger's future. It's always been amazing how consistently he brings his best to even meaningless events.

However, the site of so many oddball shots combined with the mostly outstanding final day play--sans a Mickelson wedge whiff and an Els hybrid whiff--makes it reasonable to wonder if the Tiger-is-unbeatable-aura has ended?

Tim Rosaforte says no big deal, Tiger has a few kinks to work out and it all adds up to a potentially epic year in 2010:

Tiger will process all this and come out in 2010 a better player, because that is his creed. But this run by Mickelson is more than just a two-month hot streak while Tiger fights his putter and shakes off the final pieces of rust. This is enough of a competitive message that the 2010 season, with majors at Augusta, Pebble Beach, St. Andrews and Whistling Straits, could be epic, should Mickelson and Woods keep on their competitive tracks; and should Els build off his second-place finish in China, and not the 5-wood he fatted into the middle of the pond on the 72nd hole.

 But it was hard not to be struck by Peter Dixon's account of the final day and the on-course vibe:

 From the moment that Mickelson increased his lead with a birdie at the 3rd, things started to go downhill for Woods. The walk to the 4th tee provided a stark contrast. Woods kept his head down while Mickelson, smiling and nodding to the crowds, smacked hands as he went.

And then he slowed down to gather his thoughts. Following behind him was like walking with a boxer to the ring; he was going to make his challenger wait. This, after all, was psychological warfare as much as anything else — not a word was to pass between the two — and within four holes, Woods had gone.

Lorne Rubenstein noted that 2010 has the makings of a great year for Mickelson after his impressive win, but also observes:

Woods was barely off the course in the last round of the HSBC when he was looking forward, rather than backward, and that he just wanted to “get out of here.” Asked if there was anything wrong with his game, he said, “No, just one of those days.”

It was also one of those strange years. Very strange.

And as I knew they would, the SI gang had a few thoughts on the matter:

Shipnuck: Tiger will deservedly be player of the year in '09, but his shocking stumble out of the gate in Shanghai — ball in the water, flubbed chips, 4 over on the first 7 holes — is of a piece with his Sunday meltdown at the PGA, the missed putt on the last hole at Liberty National and the Sunday beatdown Phil administered at the Tour Championship. When it comes to Tiger, Phil has never felt this emboldened, and I'm guessing he's not alone.

And...

Morfit: You have to admit Tiger hasn't looked like Tiger lately. No majors in 2009 is not a huge deal, but the way Yang reeled him in at the PGA, the way he failed to make the big putt at Liberty, the way he backed into the FedEx Cup title, the way he took himself out of contention on the front nine at HSBC — uh, excuse me, my regular Tiger Woods has been replaced by Folgers crystals.

Michael Bamberger, senior writer, Sports Illustrated: The players are still in shock over the PGA, more in shock that Tiger didn't make that putt Sunday on 18 at the Barclays, and now this? It's a brand new day.

Saturday
Nov072009

"Think of the fun you would have, shaping shots to fit the contours of the land instead of mindlessly blasting away."

John Huggan offers nine ways Tiger Woods could improve. I'm partial to these two:

5. Use persimmon woods
Again, like the one-trip-a-year thing, you wouldn't have to do this too often. But my goodness it would be fun to see you taking on technology in such an overt way. Think of the fun you would have, shaping shots to fit the contours of the land instead of mindlessly blasting away.

6. Speak out more
Like everyone else who has been to even one of your press conferences, I'm bored to tears listening to you trot out the same old, trite phrases. You seem to think it is clever to give nothing away, but if I hear you say, "it is what it is," or "this course is all there in front of you" even one more time I will run screaming from the media centre. It isn't as if you have to be that controversial; I'd settle for interesting. So let's hear what you really think of the terribly predictable way tour courses are set up these days. Let's hear how you feel about the way modern technology has all but destroyed creativity and imagination at the top end of the game.

Saturday
Nov072009

Tiger And Phil In Last Group

First time since 2005, says Doug Ferguson. Golf Channel provides final round coverage starting at 7 PM Pacific.

Friday
Nov062009

Sharp Park Survives First Major Hurdle

Thanks to reader Dean for Rachel Gordon's SF Insider blog entry on the SF Park and Recreation report release (Friday-at-6:30 pm!!) recommending the salvation of Sharp Park as an 18-hole course, with some pricey design changes to accommodate the endangered species.

The entire report can be read here.

Friday
Nov062009

"Practice what you preach"

Hard as it is to believe, but someone is calling Gary Player out for not practing what he preaches. Shocking, I know. From Grahame Jones in the LA Times, writing about Gary Player hanging at Santa Anita's Clocker's Corner after receiving some sort of Breeder's Cup award.

"I'm a horse nut, so I come and see this every year," Player, who turned 74 on Sunday, said of the Breeders' Cup, whose 14 races take place today and Saturday in Arcadia. "All the best horses are here."

Player knows a thing or two about thoroughbreds.

"I just bred the best filly in our country, Lady Windermere," he said. "That happens once in a lifetime. She's won two Grade 1 races already. So it's big thrill."

Player, winner of nine major golf championships, not to mention owner of a 20,000-acre spread, including a stud farm, in South Africa, was presented with a bit of crystal by the Breeders' Cup folk in honor of his sporting achievements.

He also was presented with a blunt reality check.

After Player told onlookers the owners of top horses have an obligation not to duck the Breeders' Cup, he ran into Chip Woolley, the trainer of Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird.

"Practice what you preach," Woolley tersely told Player, noting Lady Windermere's absence from Arcadia.

 

Thursday
Nov052009

"Researchers found that golfers could reduce their handicap after a few months of using a night-time device that provides nasal positive airway pressure"

From The Irish Times...not The Onion:

GOLF: GOLFERS WITH the night-time breathing disorder obstructive sleep apnea can improve their game and cut their handicap by up to three strokes by treating their sleeping problem, according to a small US study.

Researchers found that golfers could reduce their handicap after a few months of using a night-time device that provides nasal positive airway pressure (NPAP) – a treatment that has been shown effective for curbing sleep apnea.

The study was based on 24 golfers and saw their average handicap fall significantly from 12.4 to 11.0. The effect was even more pronounced in better golfers with a handicap of 12 or under whose average handicap dropped from 9.2 to 6.3.

“The surprise was that the most significant improvement was noted in the lower handicap golfers, many of whom were older,” researcher Dr Marc Benton said.

Benton estimated that there are one to three million regular golfers in the United States who suffer from sleep apnea, and most are undiagnosed or untreated.

Obstructive sleep apnea is a disorder in which the tissues at the back of the throat temporarily collapse during sleep, causing repeated stops and starts in breathing during the night. This leads to poor-quality sleep and, often, daytime drowsiness, fatigue, and cognitive impairment.

I'm guessing this isn't on the PGA Tour's banned list?

Thursday
Nov052009

Kostis Calls For Purse "Rollback"

Retired Tweeter Peter Kostis has never been a fan of a ball rollback but he believes the PGA Tour should immediately cut all purses 10%, sending five percent of the savings to charity and the other five back to sponsors.

I'm sure the stand-up guy he is, Kostis has offered CBS a similar deal. Cut 10% of his pay and give half to the Les Moonves's bonus fund and the other half back to CBS.

Everyone is down, and spending in golf is seen as a very bad corporate idea when people are being laid off.

We need to have an immediate 10 percent rollback in purse structures. Of that rollback, 5 percent should go to local charities of the event and 5 percent should go back to the sponsor.

The Tour is fond of two words: partners and charity, and both need some help, a lot more than Tiger Woods needs another $10 million. If we can highlight the Tour's good charitable work and make some short-term concessions to the sponsors, then maybe we can change the perception that golf is a rich guy's game isolated from the concerns and problems of regular working people. Because golf is the game of regular working people, as you can see every day at your local muni.

And as a country club member, Peter can attest!