By petedirenzo
Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Y.E. Yang still smarting over Golf Digest "takeout" tweet Ryan Ballengee at has done us the favor of compiling the back-and-forth of the unlikely Twitter battle of veteran sportswriter Dan Jenkins and defending PGA Championship winner Y.E. Yang. After Jenkins missed the mark with a tweet from the Masters about takeout food ("Y.E. Yang is three shots off the lead. I think we got takeout from him last night"), Ballengee responds to Golf Digest's response to Yang's response. (Got all that?)

           Golf Digest issued an apology yesterday for Jenkins' remarks. 
Dan Jenkins' Masters tweet about Y.E. Yang generated several letters
of protest. Jenkins’ reference was intended to play off the PGA
champion Y.E. Yang's name and the P.F. Chang's restaurant chain. We
removed it from our archive and apologize for any offense. Certainly
none was intended.
That's fine and I appreciate [Golf Digest editor in chief] Jerry [Tarde] doing that since what Dan said
was in poor taste -- and was really reaching on a PF Chang's joke. But
Jenkins needs to apologize. Man up, realize what he said offended a
good number of people -- maybe 2 billion people by YE Yang's count -- and
Yang suggested
hope the Asian American Association or any other NGO would help the
fight on such racism/racist comments by esteemed journalists
Westwood shows class in Masters loss The New York Times describes what we didn't
Lee Westwood had just come up short again in a major championship, just
seen his own dreams get crushed after leading the tournament after
three rounds. And yet — with the narrow pathway between the green and
the scorer’s cabin blocked by Phil’s and Amy’s extended embrace and the
camera crews and photographers recording it — Westwood waited politely
if certainly not peacefully with his strong arms folded.

A less gracious loser would have quickly found a way to squeeze through
and get past a celebration that could only remind him of what might
have been, but Westwood, even in the midst of his latest
disappointment, remained sensitive to the situation.

The Ryder Cup is only 170 days away The Herald poor play from nearly every European

Major championships
are invariably the strongest indicators of form when the subjective
element comes into the equation for what will be three captain’s picks
for Montgomerie come the end of qualification at the Johnnie Walker
Championship at Gleneagles in August, and elsewhere there was not much
cheer. Only five others made the cut and there was little to write home
about for Robert Karlsson (tied 43rd) and Sergio Garcia (tied 45th)
although Soren Kjeldsen and Francesco Molinari (both tied 30th) will
not be unhappy and leading amateur Matteo Manassero, still just 16,
underlined his potential by finishing joint 36th.

is below the cut line that the particularly gloomy picture emerges.
None of the bright new hopes of Martin Kaymer, Rory McIlroy, Simon
Dyson, Alvaro Quiros and Ross Fisher played all four rounds, and these
are players Montgomerie has been enthusing about. Even more worrying
was the performances of the players who have already been blooded in
the biennial beanfeast that will be staged in October at Celtic Manor
in Wales, with early exits for Padraig Harrington, Paul Casey, Luke
Donald, Graeme McDowell and Oliver Wilson. 

Even worse for Montgomerie is that his counterpart won't have nearly the same problems. Strong finishes from Tiger Woods and Anthony Kim have brought both safely into the top-8 in the U.S. rankings, meaning that Corey Pavin will have some leeway with his captain's picks. And he couldn't be happier about it. You keep using that word--I do not think it means what you think it means In a well-intentioned blog post for NPR, Todd Holzman describes the "diversity" he saw at Augusta National over the weekend:

Golf -- the ultimate country club game -- is one of the last places you
might think to look for diversity. And inside the world of golf, few
places have been less diverse historically than the Masters in Augusta,
Yet as the tournament wrapped up Sunday, the faces on the leaderboard
offered a surprising mini-Census. The winner was Apple Pie American Phil Mickelson, of course, followed by British star Lee Westwood.

Then came Anthony Kim, the rising 24-year-old Korean-American star; Tiger Woods, a veritable melting pot of ethnic backgrounds; and K.J. Choi, who taught himself how to play golf in South Korea with the help of a Jack Nicklaus instructional book.

What does it all mean? Maybe not too much. Golf is hardly a microcosm
of society. It's expensive and time-consuming and in most cases it's an
acquired taste.

But it's good to see that even a fortress like Augusta National is not entirely impregnable for those who keep swinging.

Moving on from the Masters The Desert Sun what's next for the PGA Tour
1. Sponsorship. Verizon is the sponsor of this week’s Heritage
tournament, but this is the last year Verizon will be involved in the
tournament. CA is out at the tournament in Miami. And there is no
concrete word on what is going to happen with the Bob Hope Classic as
it stares at a second year without a sponsor. So, Mr. Finchem, what are
we going to do with all those empty sponsorship slots on tour?

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