Truth & Rumors: DiMarco thanks AK for spot in tournament

Anthony Kim's withdrawal due to his "thumb injury" at the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospital for Children Open had many questioning whether reports of Kim's partying in Las Vegas was the real reason behind the WD. However, Chris DiMarco knows better than to look a gift horse in the mouth, according to Fox 5 News Las Vegas.

Kim had a 7 a.m. tee time Wednesday, the official word from the tournament director and the PGA tour is that Kim withdrew because of a thumb injury. His spot in the tournament was filled by tour veteran Chris DiMarco, who had a message for the no-show.

"I'd like to thank Anthony Kim for either staying out too late or gambling too much -- I don't know what it was -- I'm glad I got in," DiMarco said.

In other AK news, FoxSports Robert Lusitech has a must-read column on Kim's antics.

Anthony Kim is a train wreck, as he's proven yet again by pulling out of this week's Las Vegas Open.

Everyone on the PGA Tour knows Kim's an out-of-control party animal – or, as one multiple winner told me, "just a punk" – though only Robert Allenby has had the cajones to publicly call him out.

And that's just the lede... Nicklaus says No. 1 ranking 'doesn't mean anything'Add Jack Nicklaus to the millions of golf fans who don't understand the Official World Golf Rankings and really don't care. Nicklaus told The Palm Beach Post that the best player is decided on the course, not by computer calculations.

...Nicklaus never was ranked the world's No. 1 player because the computer rankings didn't exist until 1986 - the year of his last major championship win, at age 46.

Nicklaus doesn't feel like he missed out on anything because he can't figure out how the world rankings work.

"I don't think it means anything," Nicklaus said Wednesday. "How could it mean a lot? Tiger (Woods) is No. 1 and hasn't won a tournament all year. To me whoever is playing the best right now is the No. 1 player, not a bunch of computer rankings."

Mass. high School golfer DQ'd for wearing iPod Auburn (Mass.) High School senior Matt Carville was disqualified from the Central Massachusetts Division golf tournament Tuesday for wearing an iPod during the last two holes of the match, according to The Worcester Telegram, costing his team the tournament and a chance to play in the state playoffs.

The Rockets shot 321 and edged Groton-Dunstable by three strokes at Highfields Golf and Country Club, but then had to toss out senior Matt Carville's 6-over 78 after he was disqualified for listening to his iPod during the final two holes.

A "Coaches and Players Responsibilities" rules sheet states, "No electronic devices (including cell phones) allowed on course (penalty disqualification)," and the rules sheet was read to coaches at an 8:30 a.m. meeting, according to tournament director Ron Spakauskas, who said he asked coaches to pass along the information to their players before they teed off.

"The rules are clear," he said. "No electronic devices are allowed. It was headphones connected to a device. They were reported. Both the coach and the player were notified, and they accepted the penalty."

The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association defended the local rule against electronic devices in The Telegram on Thursday.

The MIAA rule, Spakauskas said, was put in place to avoid unnecessary distractions and speed up play. The rule — which also bans cell phones, cameras, texting devices and other music players — was included on a list of "Coaches and Players Responsibilities" distributed before Tuesday's event.

"We're doing everything we can to look out for the players' safety," Spakauskas said. "Obviously, this was a unique situation, but any player using an electronic device on the course potentially puts himself in a dangerous situation. That's what we're trying to avoid."

In the absence of a local rule, players are allowed to listen to music on an iPad during their round under Rule 14a as long as it doesn't communicate information (e.g., a recording from a swing coach) that would assist your play. In other words, there's no rule against looking like a jerk. Stray Shots: Things we noticed while wondering when Justin Timberlake is going to put down the golf clubs and start making music again... Arnold Palmer displayed that old magic at the Adminstaff Small Business Classic Pro-Am in Houston. (Via The Houston Chronicle) Colin Montgomerie described his harrowing car accident near Glasgow on Thursday, and credited his car for saving him. Don't miss the cheeky headline. (Via The Scotland Daily Record) Sergio Garcia consulted a "sophrologist," a European self-help expert, during his golf sabbatical. Garcia returned to professional play at the Castello Masters in Spain this week. (Via CBSSports.com)

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