Truth & Rumors: Ricky Barnes expects ‘pissed off’ Tiger in 2011

Everybody’s talking about the youth movement on the PGA Tour, but still-youthful Ricky Barnes expects to see a Tiger Woods movement in 2011. Barnes’ reasoning: Woods is mad as hell and he’s not going to take it anymore. The Toronto Sun has the details:

Former U.S. Amateur champion Ricky Barnes, who had six top 10s himself in 2010, points to other names such as Jeff Overton, 27, Hunter Mahan, 28, and Rickie Fowler, 22, for distinguishing themselves in 2010.
"Not only are they competing and way up there, but we also were able to get a few of those names in the Ryder Cup (Fowler, Mahan, Johnson) and get the rest of the world familiar with a lot of the young Americans," said Barnes, 29, who feels it won't be long before Woods is back in peak form.
"I think everything's maybe going to start mellowing out in his life on and off the golf course and the guy's way too good, way too talented and way too determined to go a year and not win, so I'm sure, if anything, this is probably the most pissed off as he's been after a full season," said Barnes.
Ernie Els stars in Hot Putter Time MachineErnie Els held off fellow countryman Retief Goosen to win the South Africa Open on Sunday, and in a hard-hitting self-interview on, the Big Easy said his improved putting was the key to his victory. One reason he’s rolling it better, Els said, is that Callaway has built a replica of Els’s putter from his glory days.
"It felt really good to follow that first round with another 65. That's the best 36 holes I've played since the start of the year and it was nice to see the putts going in again. Callaway has made me a copy of a putter that I used as an amateur and pretty much for the first 10 years of my pro career, so that feels very comfortable."
Journalist accuses ‘multiple-major winner’ of cheating, but won’t name namesThe Scotsman’s John Huggan’s article on cheating in golf includes some shocking tales of unsavory pros getting away scot-free with intentional cheating:
You may not want to hear this, but golf at every level is rife with cheating. Well, OK, rife may be too strong a word. But it's out there, at every level of the game up to and including the professional level, where the temptation to transgress is obviously increased by the often huge financial rewards available.
You'll never read the names of those involved though. Officialdom doesn't want you to know who they are (and the legal implications of publicly exposing the culprits don't help either). Some, in fact, are really quite famous. One multiple major champion, by way of example, is a notorious cheat and the subject of any number of head-shaking locker room tales. Ryder Cup players are not immune either. At least one is tainted forever by his serial cheating. And there are others, many of whom have won events through the most dubious of methods.
Let the speculation begin. Rory McIlroy, Twitter SuperstarRory McIlroy might not be the PGA Tour’s rookie of the year, but he has to be on the short list for Twitter’s athlete of the year for his frequent interaction with fans and his hilarious trash talking with Lee Westwood. On Friday, McIlroy spent about an hour answering fans’ questions on Twitter. Here are some highlights:
Run a marathon RT @david_livick @McIlroyRory what's your non-golf related lifetime ambition?
At university somewhere! RT @sportmad18 @McIlroyRory If you werne't a golfer what would you be doing?
Miami or NYC RT @omahasker @McIlroyRory What's your favorite city in the US?
Not much, maybe once a week RT @lloydspacey @McIlroyRory When you are 'off-season', how much golf do you play?
Explosive power, u should learn about it! :-). RT @WestwoodLee @McIlroyRory how do you hit it so far for such a midget?
Stray Shots: Some things we noticed while wondering if that was Roger Maltbie playing Santa at the mall...
Ian Poulter is bent out of shape that Graeme McDowell didn't win something called the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year. (Via The Telegraph UK)
The No. 1 money winner on the Asian Tour is only 19 years old. (Via CNN International)
Lee Westwood’s karaoke repertoire? “'Daydream Believer', 'Copacabana,' depending on how many beers I’ve had. I used to be good at 'Day in the Life,' but I can’t get the high notes anymore.” (Via The Daily Mail UK)

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by Kevin Cunningham