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Rory McIlroy Is A Machine

June 17, 2011 By: Katchop Category: Golf

Rory McIlroy is dominating the US Open.

Rory McIlroy is a Terminator sent from the future to destroy the world of golf.

Rory McIlroy is a Terminator sent from the future to destroy the world of golf.

From ESPN

That’s what it’s come to: the world’s best players are thisclose to conceding the U.S. Open to the 22-year-old McIlroy. That’s how dominating, how, well, Tiger-ish, he’s been. McIlroy isn’t just atop the leaderboard, he’s hovering over it, almost golf god-like.

“I don’t really know what to say,” said McIlroy, almost sheepishly, after shooting a 5-under-par 66 on Friday. “It’s been two very, very good days of golf.”

Nobody knows what to say, except, “Wow.” You can’t describe some of what he’s done because it’s never been done before. McIlroy has taken a chalkboard eraser to all sorts of previous Open accomplishments and records. And in the process, he’s made us sort of forget about what’s-his-name.

McIlroy actually reached minus-13 for the Open when he birdied No. 17. Never been done before.

Original Photos belfasttelegraph, walyou, thesqueeze

Phil Mickelson Mad At Krispy Kreme

April 14, 2011 By: Katchop Category: Golf

Phil Mickelson is angry that a Krispy Kreme donut shop has been using his likeness in advertising.

Usually when Phil Mickelson gets mad over Krispy Kreme donuts, it's because nobody left any for him.

Usually when Phil Mickelson gets mad over Krispy Kreme donuts, it's because nobody left any for him.

From NBC Sports

We all recall how Phil Mickelson celebrated his victory in The Masters in 2010 … by rolling up to an Augusta, Ga., Krispy Kreme outlet the following day and ordering 36 donuts. (A tradition unlike any other). A KK employee used the occasion to take this famous photo, which he tweeted to AOL’s Clay Travis, and subsequently went viral, as they say.

But all did not end well wit the story, unfortunately. It seems that the Augusta Krispy Kreme location erected an in-store billboard display using the photo with their own logo. And when Phil’s lawyers got wind of it, legal threats began to fly.

Original Photos Yahoo, halfassamerica

Invisible Man Wins Masters

April 11, 2011 By: Katchop Category: Golf

Well maybe not invisible, but not too many people had heard of Char Schwartzell before yesterday.

Phil Mickelson helps the invisible Charl Schwartzel put on his new green jacket after Schwartzel's Masters win yesterday.

Phil Mickelson helps the invisible Charl Schwartzel put on his new green jacket after Schwartzel's Masters win yesterday.

From The St Augustine Record

OK sports fans, I want a show of hands: Who among you could have picked Charl Schwartzel out of a lineup among other random South Africans on Saturday?

Those of you with your hands up are either lying or need to get out more. Now we’ll all know who the guy is when we see his name on the leaderboard at The Players Championship next month.

Original Photo Yahoo

Ryder Cup Gear Still Sucks

October 03, 2010 By: Katchop Category: Golf

The Ryder Cup continues on Monday.

Sun Mountain Sports has update their advertising.

Sun Mountain Sports has update their advertising.

From gather.com

Choosing Sun Mountain rain gear for the Ryder Cup 2010 was a poor business decision. Apparently the buyers for PGA failed to notice the suits were inadequate for the potential weather conditions. Sun Mountain rain gear is also in an embarrassing position since their rain gear didn’t do the job. It is sure to have an impact on this Montana-based company’s reputation.

Sun Mountain released a statement, “Sun Mountain has been designing and selling outerwear for more than two decades. We have provided rainwear to 3,000 plus PGA of America Professionals and over 150 tour players, and supplied outerwear to numerous U.S. teams, including the Walker Cup and the 2000 and 2009 Presidents Cup teams. Sun Mountain has staff on the ground at the Ryder Cup working in conjunction with the PGA of America on this issue.”

Original Photos SunMountain, collegiategolf

US Ryder Cup Team All Wet

October 02, 2010 By: Katchop Category: Golf

The US Ryder Cup team had their waterproof rain suits turn out to not be waterproof.

Phil Mickelson wears a scuba mask to protect his eyes from his soaked Sun Mountain Sports rain suit, which is not waterproof and possibly made from animal feces.

Phil Mickelson wears a scuba mask to protect his eyes from his soaked Sun Mountain Sports rain suit, which is not waterproof and possibly made from animal feces.

From CNBC

Executives at Sun Mountain Sports, a golf company based in Missoula, Montana, are undoubtedly feeling embarrassed this morning after the rainsuits it designed for the US Ryder Cup team weren’t able to hold off the downpour in Wales.

So the US team publicly ditched the custom outfits for raingear the team purchased in the merchandise tent — with the Europe Ryder Cup logo on it nonetheless.

For Sun Mountain, there’s no retail recalls coming.

Original Photos k2scuba, Zimbio

Golf World Still Not Over PGA Bunker Ruling

August 22, 2010 By: Katchop Category: Golf

Dustin Johnson getting penalized for grounding his club at the PGA Championship last week still has people upset.

Dustin Johnson blew the 2010 PGA Championship dur to grounding his club in a bunker.

Dustin Johnson blew the 2010 PGA Championship due to grounding his club in a bunker.

From The Daily Commercial

Similarly, most golf writers produced next-day pieces that described the rules of golf as sacrosanct. After all, rules were rules. In this case, they’d been around since shortly after that first itinerant shepherd picked up a stick and hit a rock (or whatever it was) as far as he could toward a rabbit hole in the pasture. There’d be no pity taken on Dustin Johnson. The man grounded his club in a hazard and that was that.

Except that it’s all a bunch of baloney!

It’s idiotic to suggest that intent has nothing to do with rules.

Virtually every sport has exceptions to its rules of play based, basically, on the concept of fairness. In the NFL, a disputed fair catch takes place only when officials gather to decide the receiver’s intention. Was his casual wave at shoulder height enough to convince onrushing defenders that he meant to catch the ball and stop right there? The operative principal is fairness. He’d receive a competitive advantage if he “faked” the signal, then rushed through a defense that had eased up a bit.

Original Photos Yahoo, Amazon

Corey Pavin Feuds With Jim Gray

August 15, 2010 By: Katchop Category: Golf

Corey Pavin exchanged words with Golf Channel reporter and LeBron James stooge, Jim Gray.

Corey Pavin spent a lot of time checking his Twitter account while on the course after he feuded with Jim Gray.

Corey Pavin spent a lot of time checking his Twitter account while on the course after he feuded with Jim Gray.

From SI.com

U.S. Ryder Cup captain Corey Pavin had a heated exchange with Golf Channel reporter Jim Gray after Pavin insisted that Gray misquoted him about Tiger Woods’ prospects for making the team. Standing nose-to-nose with Pavin in front of a group of media members, Gray called him a liar and said, “You’re going down.” The Tour pro responded, “You’re full of it.” At one point Gray started to walk away, prompting Pavin to say, “You’re just going to walk off?” Gray then returned to face Pavin and the men continued jawing at each other in raised voices.

Original Photos Yahoo, mobiles.co.uk

Tiger Woods Does Not Look The Same

August 12, 2010 By: Katchop Category: Golf

Tiger Woods is struggling through the worst stretch of his career.

Most golf observers think that Tiger Woods looks different this year.

Most golf observers think that Tiger Woods looks different this year.

From The NY Times

Woods is living out the worst performance nightmare of his career, wandering around lost, in public. Very much in public. One of the greatest athletes of our time is suddenly in need of a total reboot.

After Woods played the worst tournament of his career last weekend, I began to wonder: has any great athlete, at the top of any sport, ever had his or her game blown to smithereens so fast — not just from age, not just from injury, but pretty obviously from some deeper miasma of psyche and soma.

Original Photos Yahoo, lakers-fan.com

British Open Blows

July 17, 2010 By: Katchop Category: Golf

The wind was the big story on the second day of the 2010 British Open.

The 2010 British Open saw play halted due to high winds, but after an hour they cleaned up the bodies and resumed play (katchop)

The 2010 British Open saw play halted due to high winds, but after an hour they cleaned up the bodies and resumed play (katchop)

From The Washington Post

Wind is an inescapable part of the British Open at St. Andrews, and so is luck when it comes to morning and afternoon tee times. The trick for the contenders was to not get too upset about it. Those who fared best in the gusts of 35 to 40 miles per hour were those who didn’t let the bluster completely rob them of their composure, those who were content just to survive and not shoot themselves out of it.

Original Photos Yahoo, WREX

Tiger Stalked At British Open

July 16, 2010 By: Katchop Category: Golf

Tiger Woods shot a 67 in the opening round of the 2010 British Open, and was stalked by women.

Tiger Woods walks off the 18th green and prepares to spend some time with his fans (katchop)

Tiger Woods walks off the 18th green and prepares to spend some time with his fans (katchop)

From The Scottish Sun

Tiger Woods began his quest for The Open title at St Andrews amid scenes of chaos and lunacy never before seen at the famous course.

Dozens of photographers, TV cameramen and reporters pushed and jostled each other to get the best view of the world’s No1 golfer – and love cheat.

And five stunning blonde models – hired by a bookies chain – turned up in tiger-print T-shirts in a bid to attract his eye.

One of the sexy cubs purred: “We haven’t been able to keep our eyes off the Tiger!”

Original Photos Yahoo, Amazon

British Open At St. Andrews

July 14, 2010 By: Katchop Category: Golf

The 2010 British Open marks the 28th time it’s taken place at St. Andrews.

John Daly and Tiger Woods pal around at the Old Course in St. Andrews, Scotland (katchop)

John Daly and Tiger Woods pal around at the Old Course in St. Andrews, Scotland (katchop)

From The NY Times

How has this relatively flat, not very long (7,377 yards) par-72 course, which has been tweaked but never had a major redesign, been able to withstand the tests of time and more than a century’s worth of advances in talent and technology?  It helps to have 112 strategically placed bunkers, the vagaries of Scottish weather and huge greens with undulations subtle and overt that form a last line of defense.

Original Photos Yahoo, French

Amare Stoudemire Is A NY Knick

July 06, 2010 By: Katchop Category: Golf, NBA

The Knicks signed Amare Stoudemire to a max contract on Monday.

The New York Knicks used a big chunk of change to lure Amare Stoudemire to Madison Square Garden (katchop)

The New York Knicks used a big chunk of change to lure Amare Stoudemire to Madison Square Garden (katchop)

From ESPN

But you do know what Amare Stoudemire is, right?

A hell of a catch for the New York Knicks.

In fact, if Stoudemire can convince James or Wade to join him, he will represent the smartest signing the Knicks have ever made.

This isn’t the time to focus on what or who Stoudemire is not. If he fails to stay healthy, or if he fails to shape a consistent contender without a quarterback named Steve Nash throwing him spirals, Stoudemire will get what’s coming to him from the Madison Square Garden crowd.

That’s fine. Stoudemire wouldn’t be the first big-name, bigger-money ballplayer jeered out of New York, and he sure wouldn’t be the last.

Only this much is certain for now: Stoudemire is the Knicks’ best player since Patrick Ewing, better than Allan Houston and LJ and Spree, even if every New Yorker — the new power forward included — hopes Amare surrenders that title by the end of the week.

Original Photos solecollector, zimbio

Tiger Tries To Focus At US Open

June 17, 2010 By: Katchop Category: Golf

The 2010 US Open gets underway at  Pebble Beach today.

At the 2010 US Open in Pebble Beach, Tiger Woods is doing his best ignore all the distractions, such as a shark attacking a helicopter (katchop)

At the 2010 US Open in Pebble Beach, Tiger Woods is doing his best to ignore all the distractions and just focus on golf (katchop)

From ESPN

As at Quail Hollow, he might play poorly and MC once again. Or as he did 10 years ago, he might completely get into the zone and win it all. (But not by 15. That was a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence.) Anyone who says they know where TW will finish is purely guessing — and it’s not a very educated guess, either.

I’ll make a guess, too: Woods will continue improving, but his game right now isn’t where it needs to be in order to win this tournament. He’ll be playing Sunday and might even find his name on the leaderboard, but it’s tough to imagine Tiger clutching the trophy when it’s all over.

Original Photos Yahoo, hoax-slayer

Tiger Woods Returns

April 10, 2010 By: Katchop Category: Golf

Tiger Woods used the Masters Tournament  to return to golf, TV commercials and the tabloid pages this week.

Tiger Woods returned to golf at the Masters Tournament this week with a swing unaffected by his off season scandal. His hairline is a different story though (katchop)

Tiger Woods returned to golf at the Masters Tournament this week with a swing unaffected by his off season scandal. His hairline is a different story though (katchop)

The National Enquirer reported that during his years of romps with countless paramours, he even bedded his 22-year-old neighbor, whom he had known since her teenage years.

Raychel Coudriet, who first met Woods at 14, was reportedly “smitten” by the golfer and eventually had a one-night stand with him on his office couch.

The supermarket tabloid claimed the sexual encounter left Coudriet “shaken and humiliated” when it took place last year on a couch in his office just a mile from his Florida home.

Coudriet went into a rage when it was revealed over the past few months that Woods bedded other women, the newspaper reported.

Original Photo Yahoo

NY Rangers Surviving Without Marian Gaborik

March 04, 2010 By: Katchop Category: Golf, NHL

The New York Rangers may have been without Marian Gaborik lately, but to the surprise of many they’ve actually been able to win.

The New York Rangers are surprising everyone, including themselves, by being able to win some games without Marian Gaborik (katchop)

The New York Rangers are surprising everyone, including themselves, by being able to win some games without Marian Gaborik (katchop)

The Rangers, tied with Boston for eighth place in the Eastern Conference, may not have Gaborik as they seek a fourth consecutive win.

The right wing, who leads the team with 35 goals and 69 points, has missed three of four games due to a cut on his right knee suffered in a collision with teammate Henrik Lundqvist last month.

Gaborik, however, played through the injury during the Olympics and had four goals and one assist in seven games for Slovakia.

New York was able to overcome his absence Tuesday, getting two goals from Ryan Callahan in a 4-1 win over Ottawa. The right wing credited his third multi-goal game of the season to having played for the United States in the Olympics.

Original Photo sportsfanhome

Where Is Tiger Woods?

January 02, 2010 By: Katchop Category: Golf

People magazine is wondering where Tiger Woods is.

People magazine is looking for Tiger Woods in all the wrong places (katchop)

People magazine is looking for Tiger Woods in all the wrong places (katchop)

Sources had previously said that Woods, 33, was going to cruise the waters off the Bahamas on his $20 million yacht Privacy with friends during the holidays, but the yacht has reportedly been docked in northern Palm Beach County, Fla. Woods, who turns 34 Wednesday, has suddenly gone from being perhaps the most visible name in the sports world to being, well, invisible.

Original Photos street-tease, freakingnews, iconspedia

Tiger Woods’ Doctor Faces New Charges

December 18, 2009 By: Katchop Category: Golf

Dr. Anthony Galea’s treatment of Tiger Woods is going to be investigated by the Florida Department of Health.

Tigeroid Woods celebrates (katchop)

Tigeroid Woods celebrates a clutch putt (katchop)

Although the DOH spokesman would not confirm or deny that an investigation into Galea was underway, “Florida statutes provides that the practice of medicine or an attempt to practice medicine without a license to practice in Florida is a felony of the third degree.”

Galea’s former assistant MaryAnne Catalano told authorities in September that Galea does not have a license to practice in the U.S.

“The UAI looks at the facts and determine if an investigation needs to take place,” Doc Kokol, the spokesman, told the Daily News. “If there is an investigation, (the DOH) could coordinate with local law enforcement.” Kokel added that there is no record of a state health care practitioner issued to Galea.

Original Photos JeffHaynesMedia, Moonbattery.

EA Sports Sticking With Tiger Woods

December 13, 2009 By: Katchop Category: Golf

Despite getting dropped by several sponsors,  EA Sports has stated their intentions to maintain their relationship with Tiger Woods.

EA Sports is spinning off a new title from the popular Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 video game (katchop)

EA Sports is spinning off a new title from the popular Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 video game (katchop)

Sponsors like Gillette and Electronic Arts are going to drop Tiger Woods regardless of what they are saying now,” Ozanian wrote on Forbes.com. “Near term, Tiger is done as a corporate pitchman.”

Not so, according EA’s follow-up, which reinforced their commitment to the “Tiger Woods PGA Tour” series.

“There is no change in our marketing strategy for the franchise,” EA said in a statement to GameDaily. “Our strong relationship with Tiger for more than a decade remains unchanged.”

Original Photos Virgin Media, PSP – Spot, ElMundotech

Tiger Woods Takes A Break

December 12, 2009 By: Katchop Category: Golf

Tiger Woods announced that he would be taking an indefinite break from golf.

Tiger Woods went on an indefinite break from the PGA to peruse other endeavors (katchop)

Tiger Woods went on an indefinite break from the PGA to explore other endeavors (katchop)

In a statement posted on his Web site, the world’s greatest golfer for the first time flat-out admitted he cheated on his wife, Elin Nordegren.

“I am deeply aware of the disappointment and hurt that my infidelity has caused to so many people, most of all my wife and children,” he wrote.

“I want to say again to everyone that I am profoundly sorry and that I ask forgiveness. It may not be possible to repair the damage I’ve done, but I want to do my best to try.”

Original Photos Wolfsbayne, TopNews

Tiger Woods Blows Off Police

November 30, 2009 By: Katchop Category: Golf

Tiger Woods issued a statement on his website regarding his accident, but declined to speak with police.

Tiger Woods gets in a little practice, despite some minor cuts and bruising (katchop)

Tiger Woods gets in a little practice, despite some minor cuts and bruising (katchop)

I’m human and I’m not perfect,” the world’s top golfer said in a cryptic statement on TigerWoods.com.

“The only person responsible for the accident is me,” Woods wrote. “My wife, Elin, acted courageously when she saw I was hurt and in trouble. She was the first person to help me. Any other assertion is absolutely false.”

Woods divulged no details of what caused the bizarre crash outside of his Florida home or the status of his relationships with his wife, Elin Nordegren, or his alleged mistress, Rachel Uchitel.

Original Photo armymwr.com

Tiger Woods Involved In Crash

November 28, 2009 By: Katchop Category: Golf

Tiger Woods was involved in a late night accident on Thanksgiving.

Tiger Woods taunts the traffic camera while running a red light hours before he crashed outside his home (katchop)

Tiger Woods taunts the traffic camera while running a red light hours before he crashed outside his home (katchop)

Fox News Channel and CNN relayed the bulletin this afternoon: Tiger Woods, 33, was injured in a car crash at 2:25 a.m. this morning at his Isleworth home.

The extent of his injuries wasn’t clear at first. The news channels first said the injuries were serious, but updates said the accident was minor. The hospital said he was released in good condition.

Original Photos Google DailyPilot

Tiger Invades NY

August 25, 2009 By: Katchop Category: Golf

Jersey City actually, for the Barclay’s Classic at Liberty National Golf Club.

Tiger tries to take over the NY area this week (katchop)

Tiger plans to take over the NY area this week (katchop)

The field includes the top 125 players, including Phil Mickelson (who happens to be a member at the exclusive club) and defending champion Vijay Singh, who won the event held last year at the Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus.

But Woods is the big draw, no doubt about it, and he’ll certainly be up for the challenge of the three-year-old 7,419-yard course, especially after losing on the final day of the PGA Championship nine days ago to Y.E. Yang (who also has committed to play).

The Green Man

August 11, 2009 By: Katchop Category: Golf

Have you heard of the Green Man? Neither did Tiger Woods… until the 17th hole of the Buick Open earlier this month.

A fan dressed in a green body suit watches Tiger Woods line up a putt on the 17th green during the third round of the Buick Open

(skynews)

The familiar sight of Woods winning his latest tournament was accompanied by the man in a green bodysuit with “Save the open” written on his back.

He was standing at the 17th hole of the course, traditionally seen as the “wildest” on the PGA tour.

Fans have been traditionally “partying” at the hole since the Buick Open began 51-years ago.

As he chanted “One more year!” the crowd standing around the penultimate hole joined in, showing their support for the tournament.

The “Green Man”, as he soon became known, was demonstrating because the future of the competition is in doubt after General Motors (GM) ended its sponsorship of the event.

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(skynews)

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