The Jungle Bird
When a man with a funny hat started making bird calls during Webb Simpson's trophy ceremony at the U.S. Open, we couldn't help but laugh. But then we learned he wasn't just some over-served fan, he was actually protesting deforestation. BORING! If you're going to disrupt a golf tournament, at least have some fun with it.
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The Huntingdon College men's golf team had just finished next-to-last in the Gordin Classic, and coach Mahanic was not happy. Unfortunately for him, someone secretly hit the record button before he went bonkers on the team with an f-bomb tirade. He was fired shortly after the recording was posted on Deadspin.
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We are glad that one of the biggest entertainers in the world is a golf nut, but we're still baffled by the cringe-worthy golf poem that Timberlake read during the opening ceremony at the Ryder Cup. It included such lines as "It can be as sweet and passionate as your lover on a warm summer night" and "Oh, this game! It is never, ever the same from day to day!" Take that, Jim Nantz!
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Peter Dawson, chief executive of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club
It's almost 2013, but the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews is still stuck in ancient times, with not a single woman among its membership. For an organization committed to growing the game, it's an indefensible position. They should follow Augusta National's lead and let the ladies join the fun.
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Woods has always been known for his fiery displays of emotion on the course, but he turned downright petulant during the second round of the Masters. At the par-3 16th, Woods hit a 9-iron into a bunker, dropped his club and then kicked it off the tee box. He apologized the next day.
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Beljan's win at Disney was one of the feel-good stories of the year ... if you didn't follow him on Twitter. In August Beljan tweeted out his support for Mitt Romney (nothing wrong with that) and then called President Obama "the biggest D Bag this country has ever seen!" (Oh, boy.) It got even worse when a Penn State employee tweeted back at Beljan to say he wasn't a fan anymore. One of Beljan's followers jumped in to rip Penn State, to which Beljan replied, "glad you said it not me. Happy Saturday to you bro. Guess Obama and PSU go hand in hand." Huh?
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Jose Manuel Lara's Caddie
Caddies live by the basic mantra of "show up, keep up and shut up." They may also want to add "Do not try to hide a 15th club in the bushes or your player will be disqualified." That's exactly what happened to Jose Manuel Lara during the first round of the BMW International Open. Thinking his looper was going into the bushes for a "call of nature," the caddie was actually trying to hide a 15th club. When confronted by the other players in the group, the caddie admitted his mistake and Lara was DQ'd.
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Tiger Woods's victory at the Memorial was somewhat overshadowed the news that Steinberg, Woods's agent, had been arrested on DWI and aggravated DWI charges at a sobriety check point in Ardsley, N.Y. Steinberg's blood alcohol content was .18 percent. The legal limit in New York for DWI is .08 percent.
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It's great that so many golfers have adopted social media, but a few times a year, a player shares too much information. After missing the cut at the John Deere Classic, Blanks had this to say to the Golf Gods: "Hey golf gods think of this. I get the last laugh. I get to hang out with my kids all weekend and get to have sex with my wife so ... GFY!"
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Jose Maria Olazabal
The European Ryder Cup captain was busted going 97 miles per hour while driving from Augusta to Hilton Head. He immediately paid the $621 fine (in cash!), but unfortunately for Olazabal, the sheriff's department takes mugshots for anyone charged with a crime or citation.
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A member of the Turkey Hall of Fame, Williams somehow let Adam Scott hit a 3-wood off the 18th tee at the British Open and watched as Scott's drive landed in a fairway bunker. Here's an idea: How about you tell your man to blast a driver over all the trouble so he can finally win his first major? That strategy worked pretty well for Ernie Els.
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The PGA at Kiawah Island
Nothing could possibly go wrong while holding a major sporting event on an island that's only accessible by a two-lane road, right? Right?
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The Tavistock Cup
This event serves as the yearly reminder that pro golfers have more money than they know what to do with. Case in point, the nauseating grand entrances by helicopter. That's right, the golfers get from one side of Orlando to the other by helicopter. Even worse, a lot of players belong to multiple clubs and simply switch teams when a new club needs promoting (See Woods, Tiger and Els, Ernie). And guess what -- for 2013 they've added two more clubs to the competition.
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Els redesigned the West course at Wentworth in 2010, and it wasn't well received by the players. He attempted to soften the course the last two years, but even he couldn't take it this year, when he thought several greens didn't receive enough water before the third round. After making bogey on the controversial 18th, Els publicly ripped the grounds crew and the European Tour in a tirade filled with plenty of colorful language.
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Another downside to Twitter? Accidentally tweeting a direct message to all of your followers. Donald learned this lesson the hard way when he accidentally sent a tweet with his phone number. He then sent a tweet calling course designer Gil Hanse an expletive. Donald erased the tweets, but it was too late -- his cell phone was already blowing up. To his credit, Donald apologized publicly to Hanse, and Hanse accepted saying, "No apology was needed. I realize it was supposed to be private. Everything's cool."
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World Golf Hall of Fame Selection Process
We know Fred Couples is one of the most popular players of all time, but a Hall of Famer? Couples got in on only 51 percent of the ballots, a signal that the qualifications for induction may be relaxing. After all, Mark O'Meara has one more major title than Couples, so he's likely going to get in. Who's getting the call after that? And can we push back the age limit from 40 to 50? Phil Mickelson and Vijay Singh are still competing at the highest level, and Ernie Els just added another major to his resume. In 2016, Tiger Woods will be inducted. Really?
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The Never-Ending Belly Putter Debate
Belly putters have been legal for decades, but now it's time to outlaw them because of a few major victories? Whether or not anchored putters end up banned, the constant debate has become tiresome. A decision is expected before the end of the year ... we hope.
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