As Neil Sedaka once said, “Breaking up is hard to do.”
That’s what Mike Weir is learning after his caddie Brennan Little announced he’s leaving Weir after 12 years to caddie for young gun Sean O’Hair. The Toronto Sun has the details:
Mike Weir's longtime caddie, Brennan Little, will loop for Texan Sean O'Hair in 2011. Little, on Weir's bag for his eight victories on the PGA Tour, including the 2003 Masters, caddied for Weir at the Shark Shootout on the weekend and reportedly told Weir of his decision after the event.$257,611 buried under Kentucky golf courseThe neighbor of a fraudulent builder buried almost a quarter million dollars for the imprisoned developer near the third tee of the Summit Hills Country Club in Crestview Hills, Ky., according to Cincinnati.com.
Little addressed the split on his blog, calling it "bittersweet news."
"After 12 years of success and very good times together with (Weir), I was recently presented with a terrific opportunity to caddie for Sean O'Hair in the upcoming season," Little said. "Mike and I are great friends, always will be, and he understood that while it was a very difficult decision for me, I do have to consider what is best for my family."
Weir, 40, struggled with a torn ligament in his right elbow, eventually shutting down his season in late August and tumbling to 151st on the money list to lose his full exempt status on the PGA Tour. It marked quite a fall after finishing 26th and 14th on the money list in 2009 and 2008, respectively.
A former neighbor and golfing partner of disgraced home builder Bill Erpenbeck pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court to lying to the FBI about burying stolen money at Summit Hills Country Club. Steven Michael Skidmore, 48, pleaded guilty to a charge punishable by up to five years in prison.We hear the money was discovered by Special Agent Carl Spackler. Monty wants to play on 2014 Ryder Cup team After masterminding Team Europe’s Ryder Cup win with his attention to details, like bedding, Colin Montgomerie is ready to put down the captain’s hat and rejoin the team as a player in 2012 in Chicago and especially in 2014 when the Cup will be held in his native Scotland, according to BBC Sports.
U.S. District Judge will sentence Skidmore March 28 at the federal courthouse in Covington. Authorities initially said the money had deteriorated so much during the eight years underground that they didn’t know how much was recovered. The plea agreement states that $257,611 was dug up.
Skidmore, who now lives in Sarasota, Fla., is free on bond and couldn’t be reached after the court hearing for comment. His attorneys, Hal Arenstein and Gary Sergent, declined to comment.
Federal agents focused on Skidmore as they searched for the $34 million Erpenbeck was ordered to forfeit after his 2003 conviction for stealing millions of dollars from banks and home buyers.
Asked if he could compete again, he said: "I would love to do that in 2012 and, more especially, to play in 2014.Brett Favre thinks it’s a great idea. Stray Shots: Things we heard while conducting our Perky Jerky-Slim Jim taste test...
"I would be 51, but in golfing terms, I suppose, still quite sprightly."
Montgomerie is currently ranked 405th in the world but aims to rediscover the kind of form that earned him eight European Order of Merit titles and made him a colossus in the Ryder Cup arena, having earned 23.5 points from 36 matches.
"I've got to get myself back in the top 50 in the world," he told BBC Scotland.
We’re too much of a respectable news organization to reprint this, but there’s a canoodling report coming out of Orlando and it’s not about Tiger. (Via The Sun UK)
Ernie Els and Retief Goosen are both unhappy with the condition of Durban Country Club, site of this week’s South African Open. (Via Reuters)
If you need another reason to visit Maui this winter, Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson are appearing in the 24th Ka'anapali Champions Skins Game at the Royal Ka'anapali Golf Course in Maui on Jan. 29-30. (Via PGATour.com)