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Truth & Rumors: U.S. Amateur trophy stolen from USGA museum

Usga-robberyThe USGA has identified the objects stolen from its Far Hills, N.J., museum early Wednesday morning. The missing artifacts are the U.S. Amateur Trophy (top right) and a replica of Ben Hogan’s 1953 Hickok Belt, which was awarded to the top professional athlete in the U.S. for 27 years, from 1950-1976. (Turns out the award is being revived this year.)
Here is the official statement from the USGA: The United States Golf Association today issued the following statement regarding an overnight burglary at the USGA Museum, in which two historical artifacts were stolen. The artifacts include the U.S. Amateur Trophy, which was created in 1926 and retired in 1992, and a replica of Ben Hogan’s 1953 Hickok Belt award, which the USGA acquired from the Hogan estate in 1998 and has displayed in the Museum since 1999. “This is a deplorable incident, but we are thankful for the safety of our staff. These historical artifacts are an important part of our collection and their loss is a great disappointment. We are working closely with the Bernards Township Police Department to aid in their recovery.” The burglary was first reported by Beth Ann Baldry of Golfweek. Hank Haney says Tiger has 'holes in his game' Tiger Woods's former coach and unwelcome biographer Hank Haney talked with Michigan Live's Kyle Austin about the state of Woods's game following his missed cut at Quail Hollow and his T40 at the Players Championship, and identified Woods's putting and wedge play as problems.

“Tiger’s kind of held to a different standard, a standard he helped create himself, and obviously his game is not where it was. But by the same token, where it was was someplace we might never see again. Tiger’s going to win plenty of golf tournaments. He certainly hasn’t forgot how to play, but there’s also some holes in his game.
“His putting isn’t as good as it used to be, and it’s been that way for a while now.
“His driving instincts are better, but he’s shying away from the driver a lot, he’s not hitting a lot of drivers. He has a miss that goes both ways. When I helped him, most of his misses went to the right, now they’re going right and left, it’s about 50/50. It was about 75 or 80 percent to the right when I helped.
“He’s not as good with wedges. From 50 to 125 yards, he’s I think ranked 150 on the tour or somewhere in that range. So that’s not as good as it used to be."
Westwood hires temp while his caddie recovers from injury Lee Westwood's caddie Billy Foster is out six months with a knee injury, so Westwood picked up Michael Campbell's caddie Mike Waite as a temporary replacement, according to The Independent (UK).
With Foster out for up to six months, England's world No 3 used American Cayce Kerr over the last two weeks but will start working with Waite in next week's BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth. Waite is best known for his long partnership with New Zealander Michael Campbell, which included his US Open triumph in 2005.
That U.S. Open experience might be helpful at Olympic next month, where Westwood will try again for that elusive first major. Also, the Australian Waite has the ultimate caddie badge of honor: a cool nickname. They call him "the Sponge." Arnold Palmer gets honorary degree from Allegheny College Allegheny College's Class of 2012 had a special honorary member this past weekend: Arnold Palmer. The college awarded Palmer an honorary doctorate, according to The Downswing golf blog:
Allegheny College on became the eighth institution to present Palmer with an honorary doctorate, bestowing the honor upon the 82-year-old icon during Saturday’s commencement ceremonies in Meadville, Pa.
Adding to the distinction was the presence of former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge, a close friend who also was bestowed an honorary doctorate.
“They are Pennsylvanians who have achieved the highest levels of national and international greatness while always remaining true to their Pennsylvania roots,” said college president James H. Mullen Jr.
Palmer was an outstanding college golfer at Wake Forest, but he never actually graduated.
Palmer left Wake Forest midway through his senior year, shaken by the death of close friend Bud Worsham in an auto accident. Wake Forest later bestowed upon him an honorary Doctorate of Laws. Other honorary degrees have come from St. Vincent College (in his hometown of Latrobe, Pa.,), Florida Southern and the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.
Tweet of the Day Sports Illustrated senior writer Gary Van Sickle often caddies for his son, aspiring tour pro Mike Van Sickle, but today their roles are reversed.

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