Thursday, January 24, 2013
Do we expect too much of them because of their talent on the field, court, track or golf course, or is it their own egos that lead them to believe they’re above reproach?
Thursday, January 24
It seems the more we hold our sports heroes in high regard, the more likely they are to fall from grace. Whether they end up cheating in the game, such as in the case of cyclist Lance Armstrong, or on their spouse like Tiger Woods and Kobe Bryant, or even facing criminal charges like Michael Vick or O.J. Simpson, it seems the higher up the pedestal we place them, the more likely they are to fall. The Bleacher Report gives us a countdown of the top 20 tainted sports heroes of all time. Do we expect too much of our athletes — holding them to a higher standard in life because of their athletic talents? Or is it entirely their own fault — their inflated egos leading them to believe they're above reproach?
Thursday, June 14, 2012
The 112th U.S. Open begins today, the winner will take with him life-long bragging rights for prevailing in one of the game's toughest tests.
I do love watching golf - especially the majors. Today the world's top golfers begin what is considered one of the toughest - if not the toughest test - the U.S. Open. This year's surprise winner at The Masters, Bubba Watson, will tee it up with two marquee players, Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods, for the first two rounds at the Olympic Club in San Francisco. The 7,170-yard par-70 Lake Course's sloping tree-lined fairways will be a real test for the field. It includes the longest hole in U.S. Open history, the 670-yard 16th. The field of 144 includes a slew of top-named golfers including Georgia Tech alum Matt Kuchar who nearly won the event in 1998. An amateur at the time, Kuchar won a spot in the field after winning the U.S. Amateur. But…
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
The annual quest for the "Green Jacket" begins on Thursday as the world's best golfers head to Augusta for their chance at golf's ultimate prize.
On Easter Sunday afternoon, golf fans world wide will have their collective eyes glued to the television set to find out which golfer has managed to keep his nerves in check and game from going south during the final round of the 76th Masters Tournament. Played at the famed Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga., it is the ultimate dream of every golfer, professional or amateur, to don the Green Jacket after sinking the final putt for the win. There is a lot of money wagered on this four-day match, forget the ultimate prize is nothing more than a rather garish green jacket (oh, and probably $1 million + in prize money). It is the prestige of winning a Masters Championship. So who will win? Bets are favoring Tiger Woods, who finally …
Saturday, August 13, 2011
An inside look at Friday's rounds at the Atlanta Athletic Club.
Saturday, August 13, 2011
The following information provided by the PGA Championship Communications Department. Second Round "By The Numbers": 1 -- Number of times that Tiger Woods has now missed the 36-hole cut in 14 PGA Championship appearances 2 -- Players tied for the lead after 36 holes (Keegan Bradley and Jason Dufner) 6 -- Number of birdies made today by Bradley 8 -- Number of Americans in the Top 10 through two rounds 16 -- Number of players under par through 36 holes 18 -- Hole that has been the hardest over the first two rounds (4.634 stroke average on the par-4) 24 -- Number of Fairways Hit (out of a possible 28) by D.A. Points over the first two rounds 26 -- Number of Greens Hit in Regulation (out of a potential 36) by Jason Dufner over…
Friday, August 12, 2011
For the first time in his storied career, Tiger Woods has missed the cut at the PGA Championship.
It was a bad week for Tiger Woods. Not only did the most famous golfer in the world fail to make the cut at the PGA Championship, he also failed to pick up enough points to qualify for the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup playoffs. Woods played better on Friday, following his miserable first-round 77 with a 72, but that was six away from making the cut. And by failing to pick up any FedEx Cup points, Woods didn't get in the Top 125 that qualify for the playoffs. That means he won't be playing at The Tour Championship next month at East Lake. Wood had little chance to make the cut at the Atlanta Athletic Club when the day started, but all hope was lost when he made back-to-back double-bogeys at No. 11 and 12. In 36 holes, Woods had 12 holes where he …
Duluth resident Stewart Cink remains in contention at 93rd PGA Championship.
Tiger Woods began the day with a gallery of fans that stood about five deep and hung on every shot. By the end of the round he was hoping that no one was paying attention. Woods opened the 93rd PGA Championship with the highest score he'd ever posted in the event. The 7-over 77 was two shots higher than his previous worst score in 53 rounds of competition at the PGA Championship. It was his highest opening-round score in a major championship. The day began well for Woods, who stated that his goal for the week was a victory. He made birdie on three of the first five holes and thrust his name on the leaderboard. But that's when things began to go amiss; over the next 13 holes he was 10 over par, with three double-bogeys. “I'm not down. I'm …
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Quotes and notes from the first round of the final major of the year.
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Gathered below is a few interesting statistics and quotes from Thursday's round at the 93rd PGA Championship. He Said It ... "Sixty-three (63) is great. He shot my age today." Two-time PGA Champion Larry Nelson, commenting on the score posted today by first-round leader Steve Stricker. Nelson shot 78. First Round "By The Numbers:" 2 -- Madison, Wis., residents (Steve Stricker and Jerry Kelly) who are 1-2 after the first round of the 93rd PGA Championship 3 -- Number of players without a bogey or worse on their card in the first round (Stricker, Shaun Micheel, Brandt Jobe) 5 -- Eagles made in the first round 14 -- Double bogeys made at the par-3 15th hole, the second-toughest hole in the first round 21 -- Double bogeys made…
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
93rd PGA Championship gets underway at Johns Creek's Atlanta Athletic Club
One hundred and fifty-six of the world's best professional golfers played their last practice rounds on Wednesday at the Atlanta Athletic Club's Highlands Course. Play begins in earnest on Thursday when the first round of the 93rd PGA Championship gets under way. The first pairings tee off on #1 at 7:30 a.m. and on #10 at 7:35 a.m. A few interesting facts provided by the PGA Championship. Should the 2010 PGA Champion, Martin Kaymer, win the PGA championship for a second time, he would become the first player from continental Europe to successfully defend a major championship. Should a European Tour Member win at Atlanta Athletic Club, it would be the first time European Tour Members have won all four major championships in a single season…
PGA Championship play begins on Thursday at the Atlanta Athletic Club.
Couldn't make it out to the Atlanta Athletic Club for the practice rounds on Tuesday? No problem. Browse through this photo gallery to see what was going on as the leading professional golfers in the world prepare for the 93rd PGA Championship.
It's August so it's supposed to be hot, but how do the pros always look so cool?
Even though the temperatures registered in the mid 90s, it didn't stop the estimated 30,000 golf enthusiasts from enduring the heat Tuesday for the chance to see their favorite players. Fortunately, the PGA Championship organizers were thinking ahead and anticipating Georgia's August sultry weather and installed a few cool features to allow fans to escape the heat -- at least temporarily. The misting station near the practice putting green was a popular spot for spectators as were the fans mounted atop the bleachers overlooking the 18th green. The fans also spray a cool mist. A number of spectators were willing to climb to the top of the stands to take full advantage of the electric fans. Patch caught up with two young men taking a cool …