Truth & Rumors: Rand Paul's clubby party irks Democrats
Rand Paul's rager at Kentucky golf club irks Democrats However you may feel about the politics of Rand Paul, who rode a wave of Tea Party support to victory in the Republican Senate primary in Kentucky earlier this week, must we attack the guy for throwing a victory party at a golf club? Indeed, we must, The New York Times reports:
Mr. Paul also found himself on the defensive on Thursday when he sought to justify his decision to hold his election night celebration at a country club in Bowling Green, arguing that was not in any way at variance with the grass-roots movement he has come to epitomize.Hey, give him a break, maybe the bowling alley was booked! Who said Tony Romo isn't clutch? Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo has earned a reputation for wilting in big games. In big golf tournaments, however, the dude's cooler than John Elway on a two-minute drill. In local qualifying for the U.S. Open yesterday, Romo birdied three of his last four holes in regulation to post a 69 at the Honors Golf Club in Texas. That flourish got Romo into a four-man playoff, where he made three straight pars to earn a spot in the 36-hole sectional qualifier June 7 at the Club at Carlton Woods, also in Texas. Should Romo advance there, he would earn a starting time at Pebble Beach next month. Calvin Watkins reported the action for ESPN.com:
“I think at one time, people used to think of golf and golf clubs and golf courses as being exclusive,” Mr. Paul said in an interview with ABC’s “Good Morning America,” adding, “Tiger Woods has helped to broaden that, in the sense that he’s brought golf to a lot of the cities and to city youth.”
Representative James E. Clyburn, the Democratic majority whip, said Mr. Paul’s decision to hold his victory rally at a country club was a slap at his own supporters. “Who would have a victory party in a place where the minions who just voted for you ain’t welcome?” he said.
[Romo] shot even par on the front nine but bogeyed Nos. 4 and 5, before bouncing back on No. 6 with a 16-foot birdie putt. After scoring par on No. 7, he had another birdie with a 38-foot putt that lay on the edge of the cup for about three seconds before dropping in.
When it fell, Romo yelled “Yeah!,” gave fist bumps to his caddie and smiled as he walked to his final hole of the day. He scored another birdie on No. 9, which would place him in the playoff and then in contention for the U.S. Open.
Clearly Jessica Simpson wasn’t on the bag.
Romo had to forfeit his place in Monday qualifying for the Byron Nelson last week when his tee time conflicted with a Cowboys practice session. The Cowboys last round of formal “activities” is June 8-10, so Romo's schedule will be clear for sectional qualifying. Yet another 18th hole train wreck for Ernie Els Ernie Els has had his share of 18th-hole disasters. Now, according to some of his peers, he has built one. The Big Easy redesigned Wentworth’s West Course, the English site of this week’s high-profile BMW Championship, and the reviews of Ernie’s handiwork have been less than glowing. Of particular concern is the 18th hole, where Els added a burn in front of the green, making the par-5 all but unreachable in two. Here’s how the field has reacted:
Lee Westwood: “If you are going to spend a lot of money on golf course changes, it would be nice to get them right first time round.”
Chris Wood: “It has lost its English feel. They have turned it into an American course, and the 18th hole into a 90-yard par three.”
Ross Fisher: “In a way I feel sorry for the viewing public.”
Noted Lawrence Donegan in The Guardian:
So much for the ya-ya brotherhood of word-class professional golfers. Yet if Els's peers felt the need to vent their spleen, they were outdone by the course itself, which delivered unto its newest designer a dose of his own medicine. As fate would have it, the South African found himself in the middle of the 18th fairway on two under par and faced with the choice of laying up or going for it.
He chose the latter, only to hit his five-wood approach into the burn placed in front of the green by one Ernest Theodore Els. Asked how he felt after making bogey to finish the day with a level-par 71, he replied: "Not very good right now."
And that was before he read the papers. Your chance to play the "gold" tees What's better than bobsledding on the same half-mile track that the Winter Olympians zipped down in 1980? How about teeing it up on the same course on which Olympic golfers will compete in the 2016 Games in Brazil? Henrique Lavie, commissioner of the Tour de las Americas, told the AP’s Doug Ferguson that he is committed to making the Olympic course open to the public.
"I think that's probably mandatory," Lavie said. "A public golf course can make a big difference. I mentioned at the Presidents Cup the beauty of Harding Park (in San Francisco) being public, because such an event going to a public place means a lot to the game."No word on whether Ernie Els was is among them.
Lavie said nearly a dozen architects have shown an interest in building the course.