Friday, October 15, 2010

A week ago, we couldn’t figure out how the ubiquitous “Cigar Guy” could possibly resist making his much-deserved star turn on The Today Show.
Turns out he couldn’t.
Cigar Guy—he’s actually Rupesh Shingadia, a 30-year-old investment analyst from London—visited Rock Center this morning to regale Matt, Meredith and Al with … well, not much of anything. You can understand why the dude is an analyst and not a salesman.

  Is Chris DiMarco getting his groove back? Chris DiMarco is kind of a big deal at Press Tent HQ—if only because he’s one of the voices of our beloved Golden Tee machine. Out on Tour? Not so much. Since climbing to as high as No. 6 in the world back in 2006, DiMarco has gone AWOL. Still, we may not have heard the last of the former Florida Gator, who shot an opening 67 at the Open yesterday. Ron Kroichik of the San Francisco Chronicle explains:

DiMarco, now 42 and with specks of gray in his goatee, had surgery on his left shoulder at the end of 2008, but his descent started before then. He concentrated on his long game for a while, to the detriment of his short game. He hit some wayward shots and lost confidence.

More than anything, maybe, he became too comfortable with his place in the golf galaxy. DiMarco came to expect high finishes and big paychecks, until they suddenly stopped -- he has only three top-10 finishes in 104 starts since the start of 2007.

"When you're up there playing well, you always expect to do that," he said. "The problem is if you take golf for granted, this game will bite you."

…But he finds hope in some encouraging performances this summer and in his relentless accuracy off the tee Thursday, when he hit 13 of 14 fairways.

"I don't feel like I'm done winning tournaments or competing in majors," DiMarco said.
We're pulling for you, big guy. Now, tell us, is there any way to get home in two on No. 16 at Misty Springs? Call your bookie! The octopus has spoken The PGA of America could pull plenty of marketing stunts to drum up some excitement for next week’s beleaguered PGA Grand Slam of Golf in Bermuda—make the players play left-handed, turn it into a cockroach-eating contest, invite David Toms to play and then tell him they were just kidding. Alas they did us one better, recruiting an octopus to foretell the winner of the four-man event. The Bermuda Sun has the scoop:

Germany’s Martin Kaymer is predicted to win the PGA Grand Slam of Golf next week. Well, if you believe in eight-legged prognosticator.

Squirt, an octopus at the Bermuda Aquarium & Zoo, chose PGA champion Kaymer to win the event over U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell, three-time major champion Ernie Els and 2001 PGA champion David Toms.

The eight-legged selection process comes in the wake of another of the aquarium’s octopuses, Whodini, who attempted to predict the winner of the 2010 Cup Match Classic this past summer.
Bad news, Martin. Whodini got it wrong.

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