Well, this almost came out of the clear blue sky. Arguably, the most popular couple on the PGA Tour is getting separated as Jason and Amanda Dufner are getting a divorce according to GolfChannel.com.
Jason, as we know, rose to fame and grew a huge fanbase for his victory at the 2013 PGA Championship and for his cool, chill nature off the course. His cool attitude properly dubbed him “The Duf” and has been a fan favorite over the last few years.
His wife Amanda also grew increasingly popular after she was seen at the PGA Championship. Of course after the Duf won the tournament, he did the now famous butt tap on Amanda which also grew the popularity of the two.
Amanda has since enjoyed getting plenty of eyes on her Instagram page, hoping that she would post a picture of herself in a bikini which she has done plenty of times. She’s also closely followed on other social media and has been arguably the most popular wife on Tour among the men.
According to GolfChannel.com, the two were separated on February 17th and now it’s official. According to the court settlement filed by Amanda, there has been an “irretrievable breakdown of the marriage” and there was “a complete incompatibility of temperament that the parties can no longer live together.”
Amanda is suppose to get a whopping sum of $2.5 million while Jason will retain ownership of both his home in Auburn, AL and his home that is currently under construction.
Now, before you come out and say “Who cares?” or “Why is this a big deal?”, you got to realize how popular these two were. A very popular couple thanks to some cameramen and your viewing eyes.
So, it is kinda a big deal, especially since they were only married for three years. Plus, Jason has a big time following of fans and for good reason, the dude is freakin’ awesome so you know this is a big thing for his fans.
Let’s hope once this all gets settled, Jason will be back and playing well. Because, he sure was on the rise after that PGA Championship win.
One thing’s for sure, and we’ll keep this between you and me, I am NOT getting married. I think it’s just too much. I’ll stick with girlfriends (Which I don’t have at the moment. I’m such a geek) thank you!
Oh, and the Duf’s next tournament? Some event called “The Masters” I think. It has some golf course called “Augusta National”? Does that ring a bell at all? Because I have no clue!
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Alright Ryder Cup fans, want to put that last Ryder Cup aftermath meltdown behind you? Well, now you finally can because The U.S. has just announced their new captain.
According to golf writing great Tim Rosaforte via GolfChannel.com, Davis Love III will return as Ryder Cup captain after nearly blowing out team Europe in the historic 2012 Ryder Cup at Medinah here in the Chi (Chicago). Despite Keegan Bradley playing out of his mind, the Euros made an unbelievable comeback that will be stuck in America’s brain for a long time unless a big win happens in 2016.
This may be a big surprise for fans who thought Fred Couples was the heavy favorite. He’s one of the most popular and beloved golfers in the history of the game and has a successful President’s Cup resume.
So this may be a big surprise to fans as DL3 was the captain just a short few years ago. This gives him the opportunity to redeem himself after the Cup was at the tip of his fingertips.
Personally, I love the move. Although I felt Fred Couples was an excellent choice but I’m not disappointed at all about the DL3 move.
I was hoping that he’d get another shot down the road as he led one of the most dominant U.S. teams in recent memory despite to upset. That’s why it was an “upset” because the U.S. squad was just out of control good.
Davis is a likable guy and has had a terrific career to go with it. He has a great leader mentality and now he has the experience under his belt as a captain going into 2016.
This is an exciting move for U.S. Ryder Cup fans and should make for an interesting tournament next year. I wonder what the roster will look like next year too.
Don’t be surprised if you see Jordan Spieth, Patrick Reed, and Brooks Koepka in next year’s Ryder because these guys are definitely on the rise. I’m being biased because I’m a fan, but it would be great and beneficial to have Tony Finau on that team and who knows, he may have a few wins on his resume around that time.
The guy can absolutely drill a golf ball down a fairway. Could be big at Hazeltine, the host course of the 2016 Ryder Cup.
What makes this move so great is that he’s fresh off of a captaincy so I’m sure he’s eager to get back to it. It’s not like it’s a guy who’s captained before, but hasn’t done it in years.
This guy is refurbished and ready to go. Like a pre-owned game at GameStop, it’s been played but is waiting to be played again but when you play it, it’s like nobody touched it.
As for the Euros, it looks like Darren Clarke might be the new captain after there were many rumors swirling that the “Real Most Interesting Man in the World”, Miguel Angel Jimenez was going to be the captain. But, it looks like the European Tour’s 15th all-time wins leader and 2011 Open Championship winner will take the cake.
As for DL3, it’s his chance to get the Cup that was taken from him. No doubt he’ll be coming into the next Ryder Cup with a force and his brain will be working like a Ferrari engine.
DL3 becomes the 8th U.S. Ryder Cup captain to lead the team twice. Probably the quickest to have two stints as well.
His storied resume includes 20 PGA Tour wins and a PGA Championship in 1997. He has 36 tournament wins worldwide.
The 2016 Ryder Cup will be held at the legendary Hazeltine National Golf Club in Minnesota. It has hosted the U.S. Open, U.S. Amateur, and the NCAA Men’s National Championship among others and was designed by golf course architecture legends Rees and Robert Trent Jones.
So, what do you think of this big move? Do you think Davis will lead team USA to victory his second time around? Or will he once again collapse? Things will get real spicy once we find out who’s on the team next year.
Here’s Rosaforte’s report below:
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On a day that was considered “National Golf Writers Dayoff Day”, Tiger Woods made a statement on his website that he is yet again taking a leave of absence from golf. At first he makes it seem like he’ll be gone for a while and then he comes out and says he might be at the Honda Classic which is only a couple of weeks away.
With anticipation, many fans are hoping to see the golf legend play at The Masters. However, this is also the same Masters tournament that many are curious to see how Rory Mcilroy will fare, who is going for the career grand slam at only the age of 26.
Others that fans will keep an eye on include 2-time Masters champion, Bubba Watson, Jordan Spieth who nearly pulled it off last year against Watson and Jason Day who’s no stranger from having great performances at the majors, especially at Augusta.
But here’s Tiger’s statement below via his website on what he plans to do moving forward:
The last two weeks have been very disappointing to me, especially Torrey, because I never want to withdraw. Unfortunately, lately injuries have made that happen too often.
This latest injury is not related to my previous surgery. I am having daily physical therapy and I am feeling better every day.
Right now, I need a lot of work on my game, and to still spend time with the people that are important to me. My play, and scores, are not acceptable for tournament golf. Like I’ve said, I enter a tournament to compete at the highest level, and when I think I’m ready, I’ll be back. Next week I will practice at Medalist and at home getting ready for the rest of the year. I am committed to getting back to the pinnacle of my game. I’d like to play The Honda Classic — it’s a tournament in my hometown and it’s important to me — but I won’t be there unless my game is tournament-ready. That’s not fair to anyone. I do, however, expect to be playing again very soon.
I want to thank the fans in Phoenix and San Diego. They were amazing. I greatly appreciate everyone’s support.
I tell you what man (or lady), when The Masters does roll around, it’ll be the most interesting one in a long, long, long time. But, as I’ve said before, even if we have seen the best of Tiger and Phil Mickelson, I wouldn’t trip. There are too many great young players out there to watch.
In other words, not trying to be a jerk or anything but while you cry into your beer about how the PGA Tour is dying without Tiger and Phil, I’ll be paying attention to the historic slew of young talent coming through with some experienced vets playing in their prime like Hnerik Stenson, Adam Scott, Bubba Watson, Jimmy Walker, etc.
One guy I’ve become a big fan of is Tony Finau (Cousin of NBA rookie and Chicago native Jabari Parker) because he just booms tee shots down the fairway. It’s a thing of beauty.
Fans want to see Tiger and Phil dominate yet when Martin Kaymer destroyed the field at the U.S. Open, nobody cared. I mentioned this in another piece I wrote.
So, with that said, to put things simply, if you need Tiger and Phil or Ernie Els for that matter, to watch golf then you simply aren’t a golf fan.
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According to ABC 5 in Cleveland, On Feburary 3rd, 2015, golf legend Charlie Sifford has passed away at the age of 92. Charlie was highly recognized for breaking the color barrier in this sport we love very much.
Charlie’s beginnings in golf began as a caddie at age 13 and eventually worked his way into playing the game. He began playing on black only golf tours and started working with musician Billy Eckstein as his personal golf coach.
Under legendary boxer and great golf enthusiast, Joe Louis, Charlie was able to compete in his first PGA Tour tournament at the 1952 Phoenix Open. He then went on to win the 1957 Long Beach Open, this before joining the Tour officially.
Finally, he made it to the Tour in 1961 and overcame all odds by winning two tournaments. In just six years, he won the Greater Hartford Open Invitational in 1967. Just two years later, he won the Los Angeles Open at the Rancho Park Golf Course (Now the Northern Trust Open at Riviera).
He then went on to have a terrific career by winning 22 professional wins globally. This included a major championship at the 1975 PGA Seniors’ Championship.
His amazing resume of accolades include:
– The Old Tom Morris Award from the GCSAA
– An honorary degree from the University of St. Andrews as a Doctor of Laws
– The Northern Trust Open (L.A. Open when Charlie won it) created a diversity exemption in 2009 in honor of Charlie.
– The well designed Revolution Park Golf Course was renamed to Dr. Charles L. Sifford Golf Course at Revolution Park in honor of the legend.
– Induction into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2004
– And likely, his greatest achievement, receiving the Medal of Freedom from President Obama just back in November. Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer are the only other golfers to get such a high honor.
It’s amazing. You and I were just talking about Charlie getting the Medal of Freedom award just a short few months ago. We were so happy he got the award and it makes us happy to see that he was around to get into the hall of fame and get the Medal of Freedom.
Charlie opened the door for golfers of all race to come play this great game. He did it with passion and he never let anything get in his way.
Sometimes we don people as legends, sometimes heroes. Well, Charlie was both a legend and a hero and he’ll never be forgotten for the sacrifices he made to make our little sport, a better sport to play, watch and talk about, that much better.
We wouldn’t have ever seen players like Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh, Nancy Lopez, Lee Trevino, Chi Chi Rodriguez, or Calvin Peete, if it weren’t for the wall Charlie Sifford demolished to get to the door of freedom.
Personally, as a minority myself, I don’t think I’d ever be writing about golf if it weren’t for Mr.Sifford.
Thank you Charlie for everything you did and we already dearly miss you sir. You opened the door for all of us and showed us the light.
May you play some of the finest golf courses in the sky. You deserve it.
Rest in Peace Mr. Sifford.
Here’s a terrific video of the story courtesy of ABC 5 Cleveland:
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It seems that Tiger Woods has been missing his share of cuts in the last year plus. He once again missed the cut at the popular Waste Management Phoenix Open after shooting an 11-over 82, the worst round of golf of his entire legendary career.
According to USA Today, this is only the second time Tiger’s ever shot a score in the 80’s. The other time was during the Open Championship in 2002, a time when he was just coming off his famous “Tiger Slam” where he nearly one all four majors in a row.
The first round went OK as he went 2-over and finished with a 73. Then things went downhill from there as he is now 13-over for the tournament as mentioned, has missed the cut.
Tiger hasn’t played in this tournament since 2001 mind you. So, you know their could be an unfamiliarity with the course after not being there in so long.
Thing is, I think he’s focusing too much on his swing rather than course management. I honestly think reading the design of a golf course is what wins tournaments or at least puts you in contention.
I’ve said several times before that I think we will see Tiger win more tournaments and probably one major. I just don’t see him breaking Jack Nicklaus’ record.
It happens to all great athletes. Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all-time and was a prolific scorer. However, he’s fourth all-time in scoring.
Same thing with Tiger, he’ll be known as the one of the all-time greats despite not breaking the record. A lot will say that he is still the greatest of all-time.
I think he’s hit a lot of shots that Jack could never hit. However, Jack, in my opinion is still the greatest of all-time unless Tiger does tie or break his major record.
I think the the reason why so many people believe Tiger’s the greatest is because of the speed at which he’s won his tournaments. Also, as I’ve mentioned, some of the unbelievable shots he’s hit make him stand out to some.
It’ll be interesting to see how he fares the rest of the way. With this not so good of a performance at the Phoenix Open, it’ll just peak our curiosity more and more moving forward this season.
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Remember the whole Tiger Woods “Tiger Tooth” situation? Where he was missing a tooth while watching Olympic ski star and girlfriend Lindsey Vonn at a race?
Well, he’s back and ready for the Waste Management Phoenix Open. He addressed the media with some interesting comments in regards to the missing tooth thing.
When asked why he wore the mask, Tiger responded with a little humor. He basically said that he was just trying to blend in because “You don’t see too many brown dudes at ski races” (The mask he was wearing was a skull designed mask which is white. Looked pretty cool actually. Schwag!).
Here’s the Vine of Tiger’s funny little comment:
Oh wait! There’s more! When being asked again about the mask, Tiger asked the reporter if he’s played “Ghost Recon” which is a video game that features masked protagonists which are soldiers. As a video game nut, I’m glad he brought up a video game. Love it!
However, to be honest I have never played Ghost Recon but it’s just cool to see that he mentioned video games period. I play a lot of sports video games with my share of other games like Journey (Shown on my “About Me” page), Grand Theft Auto 5 (They have golf in it!), etc.
When asked once again about the mask and missing tooth, he went on to say “That’s how the media is” in a jokingly way. Oh come on Tiger! It’s not like a lot of people wrote about your missing tooth and mask or anything! I sure didn’t (*Whistles casually*)!
All kidding aside, people write stories because as fans, we have curiosities. Sure, there’s a handful of fans who’ll roll their eyes but they do click on the story and read it. Plus, there a lot of people who are interested in the story, likely more people interested than not interested and that’s why the stories are written.
Anyways, this will be Tiger’s first time at the Phoenix Open in 14 years. I can only imagine the reaction he’ll get on the 16th hole!
So, with the Waste Management Phoenix Open upon us, we’ll be seeing a field full of unbelievable talent. Better warm up your popcorn and put some extra butter (I like hot sauce on mine) on it because it’s going to be a duel of golf titans this week!
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Source: Kyle Porter, CBSSports.com
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After Robert Allenby’s alleged kidnapping during the Sony Open in Honolulu, Hawaii, a homeless woman had supposedly helped him get away from two bad men. Now, we have a different twist on this story that may make a little more sense.
According to the New York Daily News, a homeless man named Tao Kalili and a friend saw Allenby passed out on the sidewalk. Remember, he was in a bar with his caddie and a friend so he was probably just extremely drunk.
When Tao and his friend woke up Allenby, the 4-time PGA Tour winner went into somewhat of a defensive mode.
“He’s accusing me and my friend, ‘You guys are the ones who stole my wallet and phone. The gig is up. Just hand it over,’” Kalili said according to the New York Daily News.
“I was like, ‘Oh no. Brother, we’re the one who woke you up. We’re the one that was just helping you.’ ”
It also turns out that the homeless woman, Charade Keane, saw Allenby when he was confronting Kalili and his friend according to the NY Daily News. So the pieces are coming together.
The Daily News also mentioned that when Kalili and his friend returned after two hours, that Allenby was once again passed out on the sidewalk but with a bloody face, like in the picture above. They said that he likely fell on a lava rock which explains the bloody face.
Yup, so as expected, it turns out that the Allenby story is nothing more than a guy having just a little too much fun at the bar. A lot of fans thought this was the case and you simply can’t fool people who drink because they’re experts and know what happens when you have a little too much.
Besides, how the heck do you get kidnapped in Hawaii? Hawaii is the last place in America where you should see a kidnapping.
Plus, if he was kidnapped, wouldn’t you think he would’ve gotten beaten up a heck of a lot worse than that? His face looked like it suffered the consequences of a lava rock.
Real beatings would result in broken bones, ribs and things that are a heck of a lot worse. Especially if you were “kidnapped”. Kidnappers do way worse things.
And according to my man Ryan Ballengee of Devil Ball Golf, Allenby fell after coming out of a strip club. These things make a little more sense.
I guess the questions we ask now are, why would he lie and claimed he was kidnapped? Why doesn’t he just simply say that he had a little too much to drink? Is he smiling in that picture? Looks like it.
Could he be just trying to get some attention? His last PGA Tour win was in 2001 after all.
Crazy thing is that he’s still sticking with his story. Some golfers, especially ones who were really good like Allenby (He had four wins in just two years in 2000 and 2001) was, feel they need the attention after not being noticed in a while.
My attitude is, if you want some attention, win some tournaments or get in contention more often. He did so when he nearly won the 2012 Mayakota Golf Classic but ultimately lost to the champion, John Huh.
Plus, it’s not like his career sucked, he’s had a nice career. 13 Australian PGA wins and four PGA Tour wins in not too shabby.
So yup, I think this pretty much settles this situation. Good job detectives (You)!
But just remember, next time you go to Hawaii, watch out for the Hawaiian gangstas! H.W.A. (Hawaiians With Attitude) or the Hawaiian Homies are coming next I’m sure. They’re hit single will be called “Straight outta Lulu” !
UPDATE: Robert Allenby adresses the media. Here’s a clip of his press conference courtesy of the Associated Press.
He did give some blame to the media for making him not look like a victim although I don’t think he mentions it in the video after watching it but it was mentioned.
What Allenby needs to keep in mind is that it’s not the media making him look like he isn’t a victim. They’re called “witnesses” that saw you come out of a bar and fall.
So, this is where we’re at so far. Hopefully this thing is about over. Just a weird story. Man, and I thought I was weird!
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Robert Allenby was allegedly kidnapped, beaten and gotten things stolen from him as you may know already. Well, there’s some more info on the story coming out and involves a homeless woman that supposedly saved Allenby from getting hurt even worse.
This story has been widely criticized as well as some don’t believe that Allenby was really kidnapped. Charade Keane, the homeless woman saw Allenby bloodied up and grabbed him and pulled him away from two men that tried to rob him.
The two have since reunited after that incident.
Here’s a video from ABC news with some extra detail on story:
Allenby rewarded Charade with a $1000 American Express gift card. I’d honestly give her more money if I had the wealth that Allenby has but according to him, he assumed that “she was getting paid” according to GolfChannel.com.
Great courage and bravery on your part Ms. Keane!
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Well, this almost came out of the clear blue sky. According to his official website, Tiger Woods has ended a four year relationship with his swing coach Sean Foley. This was his third coach after Butch Harmon and Hank Haney.
It’s interesting because although he wasn’t playing top of the line golf like he used to, he still won Player of the Year honors last year. That’s why it’s surprising because maybe Tiger thought things were going to click eventually.
Unfortuantely, Tiger has dealt with injuries all year. Tiger will go without a coach for now. Here’s his statement from his website:
“I’d like to thank Sean for his help as my coach and for his friendship,” Woods said. “Sean is one of the outstanding coaches in golf today, and I know he will continue to be successful with the players working with him. With my next tournament not until my World Challenge event at Isleworth in Orlando, this is the right time to end our professional relationship.”
“My time spent with Tiger is one of the highlights of my career so far, and I am appreciative of the many experiences we shared together,” Foley said. “It was a lifelong ambition of mine to teach the best player of all time in our sport. I am both grateful for the things we had the opportunity to learn from one another, as well as the enduring friendship we have built. I have nothing but respect and admiration for him.”
“Presently, I do not have a coach, and there is no timetable for hiring one,” added Woods.
Very curious to see how Tiger does without a coach. This is a first for his career. Tiger has always had a coach. Most golfers do. It’s possible he may have another coach before he even gets back out there however. You just never know!
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Kevin Pingel, a man from Iowa who lives on a golf course, has been playing golf since he was a child. Since he lives on a course, he would collect errant shots from other golfers if the balls landed on his property. He decided to use the balls to make a statue of what appears to be a golfer in the middle of his backswing. His friends urged him to do so last November and the result would be this:
According to Kevin, it’s suppose to be a statue of Tiger Woods. Although it doesn’t look like Tiger, that is an unbelievable effort and looks quite cool. Here’s a comparison with Kevin’s statue and Tiger.
Well done Kevin, keep up the golf ball collecting sir! I should hit some on your property on purpose just so you can collect them and make mini statues for all of my lovely readers!
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