"Bad dates doomed Turning Stone tourney"

Eventually the details behind the Turning Stone event's abrupt departure would be revealed and Chris Wagner reports on CEO Ray Halbritter's stance.

Halbritter hinted as much Friday when he explained the reasons he was opting out of the tournament contract after four years. Saddled with sketchy fall-weather dates the first three years and an opposite-field, time-share date this year, Turning Stone’s CEO spelled out his requirements to the PGA Tour: Provide a stand-alone date in either June, July or August — two weeks before or after a major — or the contract was over.

That made it essentially a choice between Greenbrier or Turning Stone and the tour went with Greenbrier, seemingly a great idea at the time. However, the more we read about Jim Justice's lawsuit issues, including the latest news of Lester George adding to his complaint, the less glamorous the place looks.

“To become No. 1 you have to win and win a lot to maintain it. That’s the way it goes.”

That's Tiger sounding the least beat concerned about losing the No. 1 world ranking. It helps when you've won 14 majors.

“As far as the world ranking is concerned, yes, I’m not ranked No. 1 in the world,” Woods said Monday. “In order to do that you have to win and I didn’t win this year.”

Though I'm not sure this has proven to be accurate, but we'll chalk it up to Tiger sticking to diplomacy:

“As far as the emotions go, it is what it is,” Woods said. “To become No. 1 you have to win and win a lot to maintain it. That’s the way it goes.”

Lee Westwood won once this year at Memphis. Martin Kaymer has won four times, including a major.

"Anthony Kim is an animal 115 bottles then to top it off a 25k bottle of Dom, which he showered the dance floor with..."

After Anthony Kim's efforts to be the next John Daly WD from this week's Justin Timberlake event in Vegas, Steve Beslow at golf.com follows up on the Las Vegas Review Journal report with details of Kim's thumb injury and extensive quotes from IMG that you want to check out if searching for a warm chuckle to start the day.
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"He is one loose cannon."

What happens in Vegas...ends up in the newspaper!

Thanks to reader NRH for Norm's Las Vegas Journal-Review item on Anthony Kim continuing his image rehab at the Bellagio during this week's tour stop.

"He is one loose cannon," said a dealer, who said Kim may have set a personal record for F-bombs while playing high-stakes craps over the weekend.

Maybe it was the heartbreak of not securing a European Tour card for 2011?

"Do you believe what just happened out there? I have a job again."

Classic finish to today's Frys.com event today, classic post round remarks by champion Rocco (as always) and classic call by Oosterhuis in advance of Rocco's fourth (!?) hole-out of the week.

The video does not include epic shots by Alex Prugh, Bo Van Pelt and Rickie Fowler driving the green at the same hole.

Sea Island Auction Looms As Tour Event Is Played Before Invisible Gallery

One reader likened it to a "club invitational-sized" crowd for the McGladrey Classic. I thought that was kind. But they certainly do seem to be sticking to their 7500-a-day gallery limit!

Meanwhile, Monday is auction day for Sea Island, as J. Scott Trubey reports. Just all around good vibes!

After two years of doubt, a measure of clarity should come Monday for Sea Island in the form of a bankruptcy auction.

The remaining assets of the bankrupt Sea Island Co. — the five-star Cloister and Lodge hotels and four celebrated golf courses among them— will be sold to the highest bidder at the headquarters of Atlanta law firm King & Spalding.

Walter Driver's old stomping grounds where diversity makes for prime Awkward Family Photos material!

But an auction is required by bankruptcy law, and a competing group of bidders has brought drama to a community known more for tranquil marshes, elegant hotels and plush service.

“We’ll be holding our breaths on Monday,” said Jane Fraser, a Sea Island member and resident.

The partnership of Oaktree Capital Management and Avenue Capital Group won a lengthy bid process to acquire the storied resort for $197.5 million. Its offer, known as a “stalking horse bid,” is said to honor Sea Island memberships, keep Sea Island’s 1,400 employees and retain Sea Island Co. scion A.W. “Bill” Jones III as chairman and CEO.

A competing team made up of Starwood Capital and Anschutz Entertainment is also cleared to bid at Monday’s auction.