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The Allenby/Kim incident isn’t going away any time soon a closed case

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Update: Kim and Allenby have apparently talked and worked things out. I guess this whole article is now the equivalent to Adam Scott’s performance at the Presidents Cup. And, yes, I really did go there.

It looks like Robert Allenby’s comments regarding Anthony Kim’s “alleged” off-course decisions won’t be going away any time soon. A couple days after Allenby called Kim the “new John Daly” and accused him of being partying until 4 a.m. the morning prior to the Sunday singles matches, Fred Couple has now thrown his hat in the ring.

Couples, said on a radio show that Allenby’s post-match comments “crushed” the 24-year-old. “I promise you, there’s no way you can go out and beat a guy like Robert Allenby 5 and 3 if you’re out until 4 in the morning. There’s just no way,” Fred Couples told Seattle radio station 950 KJR-AM in an interview Wednesday. “It kind of crushed him. It was the best week that he ever had and those comments kind of crushed him.”

Kim, who is set to play in Justin Timberlake’s tour event tomorrow at the TPC at Summerlin, has already squashed the comments, according to a recent Golf World article. “Absolutely false,” Kim said, according to Golf World. “I was at the hotel, had dinner with the team, met my buddies for about 20 minutes, then went straight to my room. I was in tip-top shape. If Robert had that to say, he maybe needs to practice a little more.”

It looks like someone is lying here, and to be perfectly honest, I’m not sure who I really believe. On one hand, Kim has been known to party in his early years on tour. But recently he’s been a model citizen both on and off the course. But if some of the rumours regarding his attitude at team dinners during the week of the event are to be believed — then I honestly don’t know where that puts us. Read the rest of this entry »

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Written by Jonathan Wall

10/14/2009 at 8:52 pm

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Who said there wasn’t any bad blood at the Presidents Cup!

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Comparing the pressure and fanfare at the Presidents Cup to that of the Ryder Cup would be like someone comparing the Super Bowl to the CFL’s Grey Cup. It’s just not fair to even put the two championship’s in the same category.

The Presidents Cup was once again a pretty chummy affair, as players from the International and American team turned the four day event into an exhibition match of sorts, replete with laughs and players who looked far from nervous representing their country.

Let’s be honest here: the competitive juices just don’t seem to flow at this event. Maybe it’s the fact that we see all of these players over the course of a season, forcing us to all of a sudden cheer against a guy like Mike Weir because he’s Canadian and plays on the International team.

I can tell you it’s a lot easier to root against the European team given the bad blood between the two sides over the years. While the event at Harding Park may have ended with a whimper (Tiger Wood saved the event from obscurity), we at least got some great quotes from a certain Aussie golfer that should make the next go-around an interesting affair. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Jonathan Wall

10/12/2009 at 6:49 pm

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Harding Park tells Michael Jordan to stick his cigar where the sun don’t shine

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Well this could get interesting. Just days before the United States and the International team face-off at Harding Park, the general manager of the city’s parks and recreations department is trying to throwing his own wrench in the whole process by throwing one of the best players in the sport off his game.

And, no, we aren’t talking about Tiger Woods.

Michael Jordan’s smoke rings are getting the attention of Harding Park, a course that had a city imposed smoking ban put in place back in 2007. While there are some people who are taking the high road and letting Jordan off the hook — the city attorney’s spokesman said he wouldn’t tell Jordan to stop smoking — and then there are those who won’t let the issue die.

“I’ve already sent an e-mail to the PGA Tour director,” Recreation and Park general manager Phil Ginsburg told the newspaper. “It was a gentle nudge reminding them that smoking is illegal and that we would appreciate their support.”

And what’s the fine that comes along with a smoking violation at Harding Park? Try a $100 slap on the wrist. I think Jordan has a couple of those bills collecting lint in the lining of his golf slacks. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Jonathan Wall

10/07/2009 at 6:16 pm

Greg Norman’s Presidents Cup selection leaves many scratching their heads

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Let’s get one things straight: there are bold picks in the Presidents Cup (selecting 17-year-old sensation to be part of your team), and then there bold picks, like picking a guy working through swing changes who recently shot in the 80’s in two rounds this year. And did we mention he was going to have surgery for a cyst on his right knee?

That’s right, Greg Norman put his neck out on the line and picked Adam Scott for his Presidents Cup squad. If you hear a collective groan across much of the world, it’s the sound of golf fans everywhere lamenting the Shark’s decision.

Fred Couple went with two solid picks in Lucas Glover (the U.S. Open champion) and Hunter Mahan, a cool customer who made some very clutch putts at the Ryder Cup last year. Both of those picks were no-brainers. But to choose a guy whose been struggling for your squad? Well it just doesn’t make sense.

Norman is known as a go-for-broke kind of player. But if you’ve seen highlights of him in years’ past, you’ll notice his style doesn’t always come out the way he expected in the end. I have a feeling he’ll be playing the “what if” game at the end of the event.
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Written by Jonathan Wall

09/09/2009 at 9:00 pm

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Lucas Glover awaits his Presidents Cup fate

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It’s hard to believe it, but a major champion could find himself on the outside looking in on October 8th, when the United States takes on an International team for the Presidents Cup trophy. That player is of course Lucas Glover, currently ranked 15th in the world with a U.S. Open trophy to his name.

Fred Couples has already made it clear that Hunter Mahan would get one of his two wild card spots, and rightly so. Mahan was a catalyst on the last year’s Ryder Cup squad, as well as being a force on the tour this year. He’s more than earned the spot.

With Mahan in the fold, that leaves one spot for Presidents Cup hopefuls Glover, Brian Gay, Dustin Johnson, and Nick Watney. Now you can make a legitimate case for all of those players, but only one player is really deserving of being on the squad, and that player is Lucas Glover. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Jonathan Wall

08/18/2009 at 9:50 am