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LPGA unveils consolidated schedule for 2010

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We all knew the 2010 LPGA schedule was going to be light — especially considering the number of tournament sponsors that were rumored to be dropping out prior to the schedule announcement.

After exhausting all potential financial avenues, the LPGA managed to come up with just 23 full-field events for the 2010 season. The current number — which is down from 27 last season — only adds to the general consensus that former tour commissioner Carolyn Bivens was one of the biggest factors in the new schedule.

Golf World’s Ron Sirak reported that “a mix of a bad economy and bad blood among tournament owners left over the Carolyn Bivens commissionership. Many of the tournaments acting commissioner Marty Evans was able to lure back returned at lower purses.”

Bivens’ polarizing personality left the tour between a rock and a hard place, forcing former acting tour commissioner Marty Evans to play fireman and put out the flames. In the end, I guess 23 tournaments isn’t such a bad thing. It just means players will be playing more golf this season — something that should be a big positive for tournament officials. However, if there’s one thing that’s going to hurt the tour this year, it’s the news regarding long layoff between the first event of the season and the first event on U.S. soil.

Fans of the LPGA based here in the States won’t get the chance to see the women play until the last week of March. That means there’s more than a full month between the Honda LPGA Championship in Thailand and the J Classic in La Costa, Calif. Read the rest of this entry »

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Written by Jonathan Wall

11/18/2009 at 3:01 pm

Posted in LPGA

Doug Barron files suit to overturn PGA Tour drug suspension

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Doug Barron, the PGA Tour player who recently tested positive for an banned substance, isn’t taking his suspension lightly. Instead of issuing a formal apology and taking his lumps, Barron will instead fight the ruling, while also seeking damages from the tour for defamation of character.

Barron on Thursday filed suit in Memphis, Tenn., seeking to overturn the suspension. In addition, he is asking for monetary damages, claiming the PGA Tour has defamed him because of the news release that was incomplete and resulted in stories that “unfairly labeled him as a doper and cheater,” according to the complaint. A hearing is scheduled for Friday morning in U.S. District Court in Memphis.

The thrust of the complaint is that the medications for which Barron tested positive were prescribed by doctors, “for legitimate medical reasons,” including a beta-blocker, Propranol, that he had been taking for 22 years “for a condition known as mitral valve prolapse.” He also was taking testosterone shots to counter low testosterone levels. The suit alleges that Barron had sought a therapeutic-use exemption that the PGA Tour denied him. The suit said that the PGA Tour asked that he wean himself off the beta-blocker, which he was in the process of doing when he failed the test.

Honestly, do I really think Doug Barron cheated? Who knows for sure. The photos I’ve seen of him don’t give me the impression that he’s a muscle-bound roid freak. He really just looks like the average Joe golfer. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Jonathan Wall

11/13/2009 at 3:39 pm

Posted in PGA Tour, Steroids

Tiger Woods’ new crib is getting ripped to shreds

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untitled See that house right there? That’s Tiger’s new pad in Florida. Nice, huh? Well it at least looks good to me. Other, however, aren’t feeling the new design.

Jose Lambiet, a celebrity columnist for the Palm Beach Post, got his hands on some photos of Woods’ new abode that’s currently being built on Jupiter Island. He quickly proceeded to rip the current design to shreds, calling it a “cross between a discount motel and beachside nursing home.”

Ouch.

But honestly, when did this clown ever get a degree in architecture? He’s a celebrity columnist critiquing a house that’s far from being completed. But like everyone in the celebrity biz, you’ve got have a strong opinion on everything — even if you don’t know what the hell you’re talking about.

Written by Jonathan Wall

11/12/2009 at 3:29 pm

Posted in PGA Tour, Tiger Woods

PGA Tour announces 2010 schedule

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pga_logo Like a lot of businesses out there, the PGA Tour unveiled a leaner and meaner tour schedule for 2010.

The major championships sites for the upcoming year have a very circa 2000 feel to them. With Pebble Beach hosting the U.S. Open and St. Andrews hosting the British Open, I think it’s safe to say the course complaints should be kept to a minimum. Whistling Straits rounds out the foursome, hosting the PGA Championship.

Four events will be held on new courses next year: Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Jonathan Wall

11/03/2009 at 8:07 pm

Posted in PGA Tour

Sleep is a golfer’s best friend … or so I’m told

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Admit it; you don’t get enough sleep. I recently asked a couple of guys I golf with to give me an average for the number of hours they sleep per night. They reeled of pretty common numbers: four hours, five hours, six hours.

Yep, we definitely don’t get enough sleep these days. But if you’re considering the idea of lowering your handicap or improving your slice, you may want to pay attention to a study done by the American College of Chest Physicians (the college really does exist):

Sleep apnea treatment improved golfers’ handicap ratings by more than one stroke on average, according to research presented at the annual conference of the American College of Chest Physicians. After 20 rounds of golf, the group treated with a form of nightly nasal ventilation saw their handicap drop from 12.4 strokes to 11 strokes. Interestingly, the best golfers in the group improved their scores the most.

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Written by Jonathan Wall

11/03/2009 at 3:36 pm

Posted in Random