Friday, November 05, 2010

If Tiger Woods's agent had had his way, the new book about Tiger's relationship with his father Earl, His Father's Son, would have vanished into the ether. According to Geoff Shackelford’s Q&A with the book's author, Tom Callahan, Mark Steinberg was so concerned about the prospect of yet another Tiger tome, particularly in the wake of the scandal, that he all but offered Callahan a quid pro quo to make it go away. Says Callahan:

When the word was out that I was interviewing the family, Mark Steinberg of IMG called and asked me, as a favor, not to write the book. “I’ll tell you what, Mark,” I said, “I’ll give it just as much consideration as you would give me if I called and asked you for a favor.” Then he said, “I can’t make any promises, but you’d be high on our list to write Tiger’s book eventually.” I laughed. “Stop it, Mark,” I said. “I’d be the last guy you’d want because I wouldn’t give you control.”

Can golf unite Obama and Boehner? The Hill reports

Boehner has said their Oval Office chit-chat is mostly focused on golf, a sport that the Ohio Republican is better at than the president.

“First thing that happens is, you know, I come in and he’ll say, ‘Boehner, you’re almost as dark as me,’ ” Boehner told Fox News host Sean Hannity last month. “You know, I listen. We talk about golf. We’ll talk about our skin color.”

“There’s no animosity, but there’s not much of a personal relationship or a working relationship,” Boehner spokesman Michael Steel said on Wednesday.

In an interview with The Hill earlier this year, Boehner displayed his patented shoulder roll as he said, “I get along with the president fine.” 

Oosthuizen shoots buck on hunting trip; karma fires back MacGyver Doug Ferguson of the AP reports

Oosthuizen wounded a buck and was running after it when he tripped in a pothole and tore the ligaments in his left ankle. Instead of going straight to the hospital, Oosthuizen figured out a way to keep hunting.

"It was the first day of the hunting trip, and I strapped it up," he said. "But I properly strapped it up. I felt like I had cement around my ankle, that's how bad I strapped it. So I was still hunting for another two days, but off my feet. I was on the back of a pickup, so I didn't walk or run or anything."

Even though he made it to the HSBC Champions, Oosthiuzen is playing with a brace—and will until the end of January, at least.

"The doctors and physios and everyone are so scared of accidentally tripping over it, or even by my walking and having an awkward stance in a bunker and things like that," he said.

In search of new look, Pinehurst gets old look reports Luke Decock at the Charlottle News & Observer

The most visible—and notable—effect of the changes is that the 2014 Open could be played entirely without rough. That goes, of course, against everything the U.S. Golf Association typically wants in an open course, where narrow fairways and ankle-high rough rule the day.

At the 2005 Open at Pinehurst, the USGA decided upon a slightly less penal cut for No. 2's rough in an attempt to encourage players to go for the greens, bringing more of Ross' trickery into play. The latest renovations are a logical extension of that theory.

Although the final decision on whether to let any of the grass grow to rough length is up to the USGA, not Pinehurst or Crenshaw and Coore, the idea is that shots hit awry or through the fairways will go into what Coore called the “great mystery area,” where players may find perfect lies or may end up pinched against a tuft of wire grass or nestled into a bed of pine straw.

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