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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
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    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
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    Harvey Penick: The Life and Wisdom of the Man Who Wrote the Book on Golf
    by Kevin Robbins
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    Teeing Off: Players, Techniques, Characters, and Reflections from a Lifetime Inside the Game
    by Ken Bowden

There may possibly be some reader whose golf life has been so insulated and isolated that he or she does not know what is meant by the verb to yip. What it means is to be so overwhelmed by grotesque fear of missing a short putt as to lose control of the putter. That loss of control can take two basic forms: inability to move the putter at all, which was the affliction Ben Hogan suffered at the end of his career; or the putter, as if in the hands of demons, wildly stabs at the ball.
SANDY TATUM ("recovering yipper")




"Finding an emotional balance will be more difficult than finding the first fairway."

Craig Dolch files a very nice column about the emotional mixed-bag that Phil Mickelson faces this week and compares. Uh, editors, did we really need this tagline at the end of the column?

Craig Dolch is a freelance columnist for PGATOUR.COM. His views do not necessarily represent the views of the PGA TOUR.

Look, we all understand that Craig's a subversive rebel looking to undermine the integrity of the PGA Tour and most weeks you need a disclaimer to distance yourselves from his radical views. But on this column? On this topic? Really? Let's give it a week off, eh?


"I challenge anyone to say there is a more democratic golf competition"

Doug Ferguson files a nice look at the beauty and unique nature of U.S. Open qualifying.

Max Adler wraps up his diary series with an entertaining look at the Century Club qualifying and some of the decisions that alternates face.


"But the answer is, you don't earn that money back."

In one of those wonderful golfing traditions, David Fay made his annual reiteration that the USGA is committed to an 18-hole playoff. But this year there's a twist. We get to find out just what those 18 holes cost thanks to Doug Ferguson's report:

Fay said the USGA had to spend nearly $120,000 for an extra day of buses, $45,000 for the smaller buses, $30,000 for parking, $60,000 for security to stay an extra night and day. Throw in lunches for bus drivers, media, volunteers, parking for the media and travel costs for the USGA staff.

"When you round it up, and throw in the ever popular 'miscellaneous,' it came out to $513,000," he said. "Sure, we hope to see a few more hot dogs and beers and shirts. But the answer is, you don't earn that money back."


"You'll see Bethpage probably play a bit more consistent than it did in 2002"

Jason Sobel interviews Mike Davis about Bethpage and one of the more interesting subjects is the current USGA's notion of trying to prepare the course conditions to play similarly each day, instead of the old mentality of starting at a point and, weather permitting, letting the rough grow and the conditions speed up over four days. Obviously there are compelling cases for both sides, though if it means debacle-free tournaments, the current approach is obviously more attractive.

But on the other side of things, you'll see Bethpage probably play a bit more consistent than it did in 2002, with respect to our intent of not making it harder every single day, which I think was the case back in '02. The rough got higher every day, the greens got a little faster, maybe firmer, so that shouldn't happen this go-round.

Q: Well, if it's not the USGA's belief that the course should be set up more difficult for each progressing round, is it possible that we could see Bethpage actually play easier Sunday than it does Thursday and Friday?

A: I think it could. To a large extent, it's going to depend on what Mother Nature gives us; if it's windy, then obviously it will play tougher. But yes, that is a definite possibility. I think if you look back at Torrey Pines last year, you'd find that Sunday was actually the easiest of all four days and that didn't just happen out of coincidence. There was a mindset that on certain holes we really wanted to give the players some opportunities to score, give them a little bit more risk-reward, and I think that certainly bears out in how they played.

And Sobel asked Davis about players he seeks out, player input in general, and this about the debate over Bethpage's design lineage. Mike should run for office with an ability to answer like this!

Q: I know there's been some debate about this, but is the USGA sticking with the idea that Tillinghast was the original and sole designer of Bethpage Black? A: Yeah, on the materials that we have put out, Tillinghast has been the architect of record. I think we have also said we don't really want to get in the middle of that debate, but having said that, we have certainly seen drawings that Tillinghast did of Bethpage Black. We know that [Joe] Burbeck had a big part in the construction, but I think that we're going to try to stay out of that argument. If asked, we certainly would want to give Tillinghast some credit. Certainly, Burbeck during the construction should get some credit, and I think Rees Jones during the renovation should get some credit.


"The improved course setups are allowing players to play a little more quickly."

Peter Kostis praises the shift in PGA Tour course setup toward a little less rough, a little more variety and a lot more excitement. He also offers this in another answer to readers at

5. From watching golf on TV, it's tough to tell whether or not slow play is as much of a problem this year. From what you've seen, are the players just as slow this year, and what can realistically be done to speed up the pace of play?

Be certain of one thing: The pace of play on the PGA Tour is still brutally slow. That said, I think the improved course setups are allowing players to play a little more quickly.

This makes the USGA pace of play policy look like an easy sell:

Here is something I would love to try: Hold a tournament in which half of the total purse was guaranteed to be distributed to the players, but the distribution of the second half would be pro-rated based on the field's average time to complete the round. Set some "time pars" so that if everyone plays quickly, the players will be awarded the full purse on Sunday night. I think this would really encourage professional golfers to be more outspoken on the issue—and willing to call out slow players—because there would be economic ramifications.

And just because slow play is tolerated on the PGA Tour, that does not make it OK for you to play slowly at home. In my home club in Arizona, Whisper Rock, all runs are completed within four hours because that's what's expected. There are very few reasons your round should take any longer.


"He's hit the course five times since late April"

Teeing off not long after returning Sunday from Paris, Barack Obama's avid golfing is analyzed by the Washington Post's Richard Leiby.

The attraction would seem simple. It's a great escape; the game demands such attention that nothing else matters. It's time spent with friends, an unhurried afternoon in loose clothing (shorts seem to be Obama's preference). Yet nothing is without deeper meaning where the presidency is concerned. The golfer in chief's approach to the game is subject to analysis in psychological and political contexts.

To some, Obama's frequent outings reflect a cool self-confidence. "Given all the things that are going on in the world and with the economy," says sports psychologist Bob Rotella, "you'd think he wouldn't be caught anywhere near the golf course . . . To some degree it says: 'I'm not going to worry about what people say about me. I'm going to do my job, and I'm going to play, too.' "


"An odd sight, perhaps, to see a veteran PGA Tour member working as a caddie, but not a U.S. Open qualifier, where the flavor of golf is purest."

Some more U.S. Open sectional qualifying links...

Official results from the USGA page here.

Golfweek's stellar coverage with scores and some write-ups about who got in.

Jim McCabe reports from the largest of the qualifying sites, Columbus. And he offers this commentary on the unique day that is sectional qualifying.

Sean Martin reports from Lake Nona.


"Taking the temperature of the LPGA Championship provides a fairly accurate gauge of the state of the tour."

Ron Sirak tries to figure out the LPGA's goals and mindset as they prepare to say goodbye to Bulle Rock and move their major to a site TBD.

The modest goal for the LPGA seems to be to put together a 2010 schedule in which there are not more off weeks than on weeks, and right now the break-even number of 26 appears to be a stretch. With Corning gone, Ginn gone, Phoenix and Kingsmill in doubt and others up for negotiation, where the LPGA Championship is played next year and by what name is a key to what the future of the tour holds.

Steve DiMeglio reports that a wet spring has left the course playing super long, wet and nasty.


AmEx TV's Are Back!

With all of the cuts at American Express I feared Bethpage spectators/cardholders would not get to hear Johnny talk about Bethpage's grainy greens or Gary Koch say "just a moment ago," but it seems my second favorite thing about the company (after T&L Golf, RIP) is back: those incredible spectator televisions (reviewed here).

Probing around their site I found a few answers and got more in a press release that explains other promotions they have planned for Open spectators with an AmEx card.

American Express CourseCast TVs and Radios for Cardmembers

Onsite during championship play at the 2009 U.S. Open on June 18-21, American Express is providing CourseCast TV and radio devices to enhance the viewing experience, bringing golf fans even closer to the game they love.

American Express CourseCast TV - Cardmembers will have exclusive access to hand-held televisions, powered by Kangaroo TV, that deliver a live telecast of the championship and player information from anywhere on the course so they’re guaranteed not to miss a swing. The TVs are free for Cardmembers to borrow daily June 18-21.

American Express CourseCast Radio - To stay fully connected to the action, Cardmembers can enjoy free radio devices to listen to the play-by-play commentary and live updates on Sirius XM, while they watch the excitement from the grounds. The radio can also tune into other FM stations, so the radio can be taken home for later use.

American Express Championship Experience
Located near the main entrance and open to all attendees, this onsite interactive facility will provide an opportunity for fans to get involved in the action. With highlights that appeal to avid players and general spectators, this year’s American Express Championship Experience will include:

Complimentary Swing Analysis - With cameras to capture swing and advanced motion technology to analyze form, golf enthusiasts can meet with a PGA Professional to improve their game. Cardmembers are offered personalized 10-minute golf lessons by appointment utilizing this dynamic technology.

Green Speed Challenge - Everyone is invited to pick up a club and test their putting stroke on simulated greens of varying speeds, and learn more about the USGA’s role in the development and education of turf grass. The exhibit highlights the work of the USGA’s Green Section.

I'm intrigued by the radio device and a "Green Speed" challenge in their pavillion where members of the Green Section staff will joyfully tell visitors why slower greens would be good for the game. They'll really earn their pay. I think I may have go all Borat on them and start asking brilliant questions. I don't have the clothes to do Bruno.


Memorial Ratings Success; LPGA Not So Hot

Tod Leonard on the weekend ratings:

Tiger Woods is back in the winner's circle, just in time for the U.S. Open and for golf's stagnant TV ratings.

With Woods winning in comeback fashion Sunday at the Memorial, the overnight numbers for CBS were a 3.8 rating and a 9 share. That is double what the Colonial received (1.8/4) the week before when Steve Stricker own a three-man playoff. Anything doubled is huge for the networks.

The golf also doubled up the French Open final, with Roger Federer winning his 14 major title.

The LPGA Tour made a rare appearance on network television on NBC, and though the finish was bunched, it didn't have big names, and the ratings were low. In-Kyung Kim's win Sunday drew an 0.6, or half of what the Prefontaine track event did for NBC, also on Sunday. Not a promising sign for women's golf


New 7th and 8th Holes At Olympic

Joel Stewart posts a study of Olympic's 8 hole then and now after Bill Love's renovation. I recently stopped in and saw the new holes and I can't say I was enthralled, particularly since the 7th had managed to confound players for so long and looks pretty uninspired now.


2009 U.S. Open Sectional Results**


Autograph Seeker Disguised As Golf Writer Goes Unnoticed

Alex Miceli reports the first of two blows for the golf writing cause (not to mention a less humorous security breakdown). The first involves an autograph seeker slipping into Tiger's press conference and after hearing one too many banal questions, finally blurted out his request.

“Jack’s going to hate me for this. (Interloper stands up) Tiger, congratulations for winning the Memorial. I’m a normal person that snuck in here with a patron badge. I was just wondering if I could get an autograph.”

Nicklaus apparently intervened and got the man Tiger's autograph before they carted him off.

The Rally Killer of all Rally Killers? Or does this make him a Point Misser?

While the above exchange is not in the transcript, this low blow was:

Q. Tiger, not to be fishing, but wonder if I could maybe get personal on the issue of do you actually read anything that we write or watch anything that guys say on TV, or is it secondhand information?

TIGER WOODS: It's more TV.


Monty Not Physically Injured By Damage To His Bentley

But as James Corrigan reports, the mental scars may haunt his trips to Celtic Manor over the next two years.

After starting the weekend in a tie for eighth, he finished in a tie for 37th and is still waiting for his season's first all-important top 10. Little wonder he refused to talk to reporters following his 71.

Yet it seems there may have been more contributing to his mood than mere bogeys and pars. There was also the little matter of some rather costly, not to mention disrespectful, damage to his car. While Pavin was granted a police escort to the church from his hotel before playing yesterday morning,

Whoa wait a second...a police escort to church for Pavin and mere valet parking for Monty? Who is the European Captain again? Sorry, continue...

poor old Montgomerie was left to survey his pride and joy which had supposedly been safely parked in the valet area. A fellow hotel resident (female) clearly did not check in the rear-view mirror sufficiently. Crunch!

It was no laughing matter – honest – as Montgomerie had to jump in with his father while his Bentley was off in a local garage being repaired. Yes, it would be a long journey home to Scotland. But Monty will be back. For his motor and for the Ryder Cup.


2009 U.S. Open Sectional Storylines

Some of the names that caught my eye for today's play courtesy of the USGA's release. I'll try to get some scoring links up courtesy of readers who think they can beat


Saticoy Country Club (Somis, Calif.)

· Tim Hogarth of Northridge, Calif., won the 1996 U.S. Amateur Public Links and was a 1999 USGA Men’s State Team participant.

· Jamie Lovemark of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., played on the winning 2007 USA Walker Cup team. He was the individual champion at the 2007 NCAA Division I Championship as a member of the University of Southern California golf team.

· Duffy Waldorf of Northridge, Calif., is a four-time PGA Tour winner who has played in 13 U.S. Opens, tying for ninth in 1994, and was a member of the victorious 1985 USA Walker Cup team.

Lake Nona Golf and Country Club (Orlando, Fla.)

· John Cook of Orlando, Fla., was the 1978 U.S. Amateur champion and 1979 U.S. Amateur runner-up. He is an 11-time winner on the PGA Tour and has played in 23 U.S. Opens. His best finish came in 1981 (4th). A member of the Champions Tour, he also finished fifth in the 2008 U.S. Senior Open.

 Hawks Ridge Golf Club (Ball Ground, Ga.)

· Matthew Kuchar of Atlanta, Ga., is a former standout at Georgia Tech and a PGA Tour member who won the 1997 U.S. Amateur. A member of the 1999 USA Walker Cup team, Kuchar has played in six U.S. Opens, earning low-amateur honors in 1998 with a 14th-place finish. He tied for 48th last year.

· Grayson Murray, 15, of Raleigh, N.C., is the youngest player in all of the sectional qualifying fields (DOB: Oct. 1, 1993).

Woodmont Country Club (Rockville, Md.)

· Fred Funk of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., is a member of the PGA and Champions Tours who has played in 19 U.S. Opens, finishing sixth in 2004. He was runner-up at the 2008 U.S. Senior Open.

· Neal Lancaster of Smithfield, N.C., who tied for fourth at the 1995 U.S. Open, plays on the PGA and Nationwide Tours. He has played in three U.S. Opens and shares a U.S. Open record with Vijay Singh, shooting 29 for nine holes (second nine, fourth round in 1995 and second nine, second round in 1996).

Old Oaks Country Club / Century Country Club (Purchase, N.Y.)

· Michael Allen of Scottsdale, Ariz., recently won the 2009 Senior PGA Championship in his first start as a 50-and-over player. He has played in five U.S. Opens, tying for 12th in 2001. He also is a former assistant pro at Winged Foot.

· Brad Faxon of Barrington, R.I., is a member of the PGA Tour who has played in 20 U.S. Opens. His best finishes came in 1989 and 1994, when he tied for 33rd. He played on the victorious 1983 USA Walker Cup team.

· Andrew Giuliani of New York, N.Y., is the son of former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani. A former member of the Duke University golf team, he earned the final qualifying spot at Brooklawn Country Club in Fairfield, Conn.

· Andrew Svoboda of Larchmont, N.Y., finished 71st at last year’s U.S. Open after getting into the field as an alternate. He was a semifinalist at the 2004 U.S. Amateur and also played in the 2006 U.S. Open. Both of those events were at Winged Foot, where his parents are members and where he has won the club championship.

· French-born Jean Van de Velde of Dubai has played in two U.S. Opens, including a 45th-place finish in 2002 at Bethpage. He is best known for his runner-up finish at the 1999 British Open, losing in a three-man playoff to Paul Lawrie.

· Cameron Wilson, 16, of Rowayton, Conn., advanced to match play at the U.S. Junior Amateur in 2007 and 2008, and is the second-youngest golfer in sectional qualifying. He is one of three players under 17 to qualify for sectionals.

Brookside Golf and Country Club / The Lakes Golf and Country Club (Columbus, Ohio)

· Aaron Baddeley of Scottsdale, Ariz., is a PGA Tour member who was runner-up at the 1998 U.S. Junior Amateur, where he was the stroke-play medalist. He has played in four U.S. Opens, tying for 13th in 2007 and 29th in 2008.

· Chris DiMarco of Orlando, Fla., is a PGA Tour member who has played in eight U.S. Opens. He tied for ninth in 2004 – his best U.S. Open finish – and 24th in 2002 at Bethpage.

· David Duval of Denver, Colo., is a PGA Tour member who has played in 14 U.S. Opens, tying for seventh in 1998 and 1999. He won the 1989 U.S. Junior Amateur and was a member of the winning 1991 USA Walker Cup team.

· Steve Flesch of Union, Ky., is a PGA Tour member who has played in 10 U.S. Opens. He tied for 18th in 2002 at Bethpage and tied for seventh in 2004.

· J.B. Holmes of Campbellsville, Ky., is a member of the PGA Tour who has played in three U.S. Opens, tying for 48th in 2006. He was a USA Walker Cup team member in 2005 and played on the 2008 USA Ryder Cup team.

· Danny Lee of New Zealand won the 2008 U.S. Amateur. As an amateur, he won the 2009 Johnnie Walker Classic, a European Tour event. He has since turned professional and thus gave up his full exemption into the 2009 U.S. Open.

· Tom Lehman of Scottsdale, Ariz., is a member of the PGA and Champions Tour who has played in 16 U.S. Opens. He had four consecutive top-five finishes at the U.S. Open from 1995-98. He also won the 1996 British Open.

· Jack Newman of Des Moines, Iowa, is a member of the Michigan State University golf team who won the 2008 U.S. Amateur Public Links. As a result, he played in the 2009 Masters but failed to make the cut.

· Jose Maria Olazabal of Spain is a PGA Tour member who has played in 17 U.S. Opens and was recently chosen for induction into the World Golf Hall of Fame. A two-time Masters champion, he tied for eighth at the 1990 and 1991 U.S. Opens.

Germantown Country Club / Ridgeway Country Club (Memphis, Tenn.)

· Alex Cejka of Germany is a PGA Tour member who has played in three U.S. Opens, making the cut each time. He tied for 50th at the 1996 U.S. Open.

· John Daly of Dardanelle, Ark., currently plays on the European Tour but will be making his first PGA Tour appearance of the season at the St. Jude Championship, which begins June 11. He has played in 13 U.S. Opens, including in 2002 at Bethpage. His best finish came in 1996 when he tied for 27th. He won the 1991 PGA Championship as an alternate and claimed the British Open four years later.

· James Driscoll of Brookline, Mass., is a PGA Tour member who was runner-up at the 1995 U.S. Junior Amateur and the 2000 U.S. Amateur. He was a member of the 2001 USA Walker Cup team.

· Steve Elkington of Australia is a 10-time winner on the PGA Tour who has played in 12 U.S. Opens. He tied for 21st in 1989 and 1990. He also won the 1995 PGA Championship.

· Brian Gay of Windermere, Fla., is a PGA Tour member who has played in five U.S. Opens. He was a member of the victorious 1993 USA Walker Cup team.

· Jason Gore of Valencia, Calif., is a PGA Tour member who has played in three U.S. Opens. He tied for 49th at the 2005 U.S. Open, where he played in Sunday’s final pairing with Retief Goosen, and was a member of the winning 1997 USA Walker Cup team.

· Paul Goydos of Coto de Caza, Calif., is a PGA Tour member who has played in nine U.S. Opens, tying for 12th in 1999. He failed to make the cut in 2002 at Bethpage.

· Tom Shaw of Franklin, Tenn., is the head golf coach at Vanderbilt University. A previous member of the PGA and Champions Tours, he has played in nine U.S. Opens and 12 U.S. Senior Opens.

· Scott Verplank of Edmond, Okla., is a five-time winner on the PGA Tour who has played in 17 U.S. Opens, including the past 11. He won the 1984 U.S. Amateur and was a member of the victorious 1985 USA Walker Cup team.

Northwood Club (Dallas, Texas)

· Olin Browne of Tequesta, Fla., is a PGA Tour member who has played in 11 U.S. Opens. He tied for fifth in 1997.

· Bronson Burgoon of Dallas, Texas, recently helped Texas A&M capture the team title at the 2009 NCAA Division I Championship. His victory in match play sealed the Aggies’ win over the University of Arkansas.


"The conversation went good shot, good shot, good shot"

Column highlights filed following Tiger's win at Memorial, starting with Helen Ross writing for

And Woods put on a clinic Sunday -- hitting all 14 fairways for the first time since he won at Bay Hill six years ago. In fact, he only missed the short grass seven times all week and his driving accuracy percentage of 87.5 equaled the best of his career.

"The conversation went good shot, good shot, good shot," said Michael Letzig, who got the up-close-and-personal view while paired with Woods on Sunday.

Woods' iron play was extremely sharp, as well. He hit 53 of 72 greens in regulation -- none as precise as the approach at the 72nd hole that stopped 14 inches from the pin and stamped the victory with an exclamation point.

Thomas Bonk on the win:

Forget all the fallout from Woods' perceived problems closing in his last three tournaments -- the Masters, Quail Hollow and the Players Championship -- this one was an instant classic. Now with 19 wins in his last 35 PGA Tour events, Woods is clearly back on track, and he's pleased with the timing.

Rex Hoggard notes this from Jack Nicklaus:

Just ask Nicklaus, perhaps the only man alive who can relate to Woods’ brilliance.

“If he drives the ball like that it won’t be a contest,” Nicklaus said. “Can you imagine, 14 of 14 fairways (hit) today, seven (missed) fairways all week. That’s pretty good...”

And Steve Elling adds this from the Golden Bear:

The host of the event, a guy with 18 major championships, was slack-jawed at Woods' performance and even made Woods blush during the trophy-presentation ceremony on the 18th green.

"Tiger, you're not known for hitting the ball straight, are you?" Jack Nicklaus said into the public-address system as thousands laughed and Woods pulled the cap down over his eyes.
Then the Golden Bear uttered the words that everybody was thinking: Woods, the defending U.S. Open champion who will seek his 15th major beginning June 18 on Long Island, has never seemed like a stronger pick.

"I suspect that No. 15 will come to Tiger Woods in about two weeks," Nicklaus said. "If he drives the ball this way, and plays this way, I'm sure it will. If not, it would surprise me greatly."
Thanks for saving me from having to state the obvious, Jack.

Bob Harig caught up with Hank Haney and quotes the vindicated instructor:

"I heard people on TV say he was lost," said Haney, who arrived for the final round Sunday. "How can anybody say he's lost? It makes no sense. I thought he deserved an opportunity to get himself back feeling good. It was a pretty serious injury [ACL reconstruction] for an athlete. And then you consider how long he was out of competition. This was a huge confidence boost for him."


"Comments that I made in a conversation with a writer last week regarding the importance of social media and tweeting have been taken out of context"

Randell Mell reports that the Brand Lady is in full retreat mode saying her "I'd love it if players Twittered during the middle of a round" remarks were taken out of context by Bloomberg's Michael Buteau and Mason Levinson.

Apparently the context was another value-engineered module not called the LPGA Tour. Happens all the time.

LPGA Commissioner Carolyn Bivens released a statement saying she isn't advocating players use Twitter to communicate during rounds.

"Comments that I made in a conversation with a writer last week regarding the importance of social media and tweeting have been taken out of context," Bivens said. "We have not discussed tweeting or the use of handheld devices during tournament rounds with the USGA, or even within the LPGA, nor do we intend to. Our players will not be tweeting during the rounds of LPGA events.”

The statement created a stir amid questions about whether tweeting during rounds would violate the Rules of Golf.


“Although the effort may appear herculean at times"

John Branch looks at the last day of Bethpage public play and tries to explain the convoluted system for walk/drive up system. No offense to Branch who files a compelling piece, but I still don't get it.

Yet there is one way to ensure a time at Bethpage Black, a major-championship course with $50 fees during the week, $60 on weekends, and double that for non-New Yorkers: get to the parking lot and spend a night. Maybe two. Maybe more.

“Although the effort may appear herculean at times, and it may seem insane, you can play that golf course,” Dave Catalano, the director of Bethpage State Park, said.

The overflow lot is a roofless waiting room of tedium and nervous energy. The lure on this day was to be among the last civilians to play the course under the brutal conditions that Tiger Woods and the gang will soon endure: slivers of fairways surrounded by choking rough and punctuated by glass-quick greens. Hulking grandstands were in place, and it took little imagination to fill them.


Tiger Moves To Fourth In FedEx Cup Standings; Haney's Job Status Seems Safe For Now

Naturally the subject came up after the finale of the Memorial where Tiger picked up a much-needed 500 points.

Q. Tiger, after Augusta most of us had Hank Haney on the unemployment line. Can you talk about what Hank does for you, especially with the changes in your swing and how maybe we were like maybe misguided in some way in running that.

TIGER WOODS: Yeah, you guys jumped the gun on that one. You know, Hank's been just absolutely phenomenal for my game and helped me through a lot. We work great together. And just like he and I understand. I mean, give me a little bit of time.

You know, most guys, when they have a surgery like that, it takes them a little bit longer to come back. People expected me to go out and win everything I played in. Maybe I'll just surprise everyone by winning a third event. I just think that Hank's been just phenomenal for my game and my development. He's one of my best friends.


"I'm sure he answered a lot of questions today."

Jim Furyk, runner up to Tiger at the Memorial, after a mightily impressive final round showing and with some transcript fine-tuning:

Q. Jim, after Charlotte and the players, Tiger wasn't really himself in those last rounds. Do you feel that there was like a vulnerability about him, or was that it?

JIM FURYK: I wish you'd all quit piecing him off. That's about all I have to say about that. Wish you'd just quit chapping him so much and make him come back and keep proving stuff.
I don't think -- you know, Tiger woods is always Tiger woods. He can't be 100% every week, but I'm sure he answered a lot of questions today.