By petedirenzo
Wednesday, May 12, 2010

According to The New York Post, Zev Chafet's new biography of conservative stalwart Rush Limbaugh reveals that he tentatively sought out a presidential pairing last year, only to be rebuffed by the Golfer in Chief.

"You guys are both golfers," Chafets told Limbaugh. "Would you play a round with the president and show the country that there are no hard feelings?"
"He's the president of the United States," Limbaugh told Chafets. "If any president asked me to meet him, or play golf with him, I'd do it. But I promise you that will never happen. His base on the left would have a s--t-fit."
"How about letting me ask?" Chafets said.
"Go ahead," Limbaugh said. "Nothing will come of it."
Chafets writes that he reached out to Obama adviser David Axelrod, "whom I know slightly," but Axelrod didn't return calls. Then Chafets spoke to "a very senior Democratic activist with whom I'm friendly" who said he would convey the message. A day or two later the adviser responded, "Limbaugh can play with himself." Chafets wouldn't name the aide or say whether the quote was directly from Obama.
Limbaugh responds to Page 6 report Unanswered questions in Erica Blasberg's death 25-year-old LPGA player Erica Blasberg The New York Daily News latest update on the investigation
The sudden death of a beautiful young LPGA golfer remained shrouded in mystery Tuesday, when her father said he has serious questions about how she died.
"At first glance, it looks like she might have taken her own life, but at second glance, something is very, very strange about it," Mel Blasberg told the Riverside Press-Enterprise in California. "Either way, I lost her and it's impossible to deal with."
Erica Blasberg, a 25-year-old two-time All-American from the University of Arizona, was found dead Sunday in her two-story, three-bedroom home in Henderson, Nev.
"She died on Mother's Day. [Her mom, Debra Blasberg] didn't get the phone call, so she knew something was wrong," the golfer's aunt, Ilene Osinski, told the Daily News. Police won't say how she died.
Henderson police spokesman Keith Paul called it "a death investigation." He wouldn't say who placed the 3 p.m. 911 call.
The New York Times comrades and competitors
The practice range is where the women of the L.P.G.A. Tour gather early in the workweek to exchange gossip and girl talk. It is their water cooler, a usually festive place where beautiful swings compete with buoyant personalities for attention.
A pall hung over the range at Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Magnolia Grove on Tuesday as competitors in this week’s Bell Micro L.P.G.A. Classic struggled to accept that Erica Blasberg would not be blowing through like a welcome breeze.
After hitting a few shots, Irene Cho stood with red-rimmed eyes and talked about the plans she had made with Blasberg, her best friend on the tour, to meet for dinner the night before Blasberg, 25, played for a spot in the field during Monday qualifying.
They had confirmed plans in a phone conversation last week, but Blasberg never made it. She was found dead on Sunday afternoon after the police responded to a 911 call from Blasberg’s suburban Las Vegas home.
“I think everybody is kind of shocked,” Cho said.

LPGA memo
Tiger to work with Harmon? No, not that one, the other one The New York Times search for a Hank Haney replacement
And while Woods’s former and highly successful coach, Butch Harmon, is being mentioned in every story about the Haney/Woods split, it is hard to imagine any scenario that puts Woods and Harmon in a player/coach relationship again. One, Woods does not admit mistakes all that often, and two, Harmon is currently being paid to help Phil Mickelson usurp Woods as the No. 1 player in the world.
So there’s just a bit of conflict of interest there.
Others, like the Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee, who has been incisive on the deteriorating Woods golf game in recent weeks, suggested that Woods start visiting a different Harmon, Butch’s brother Billy. There are three Harmon brothers, all of them noted golf teachers, as was their father, Claude. Another brother, Dick, died unexpectedly in 2006 and at one time tutored Fred Couples, Lanny Wadkins, Jay Haas and Lucas Glover, who went on to win the 2009 United States Open. Craig Harmon is the well-known pro at the Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester.

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