Goof Channel: Faldo's turn to drop the ball

Tuesday August 19th, 2008

These are busy days in the public-apology department at Gaffe, uh, Golf Channel. First Dottie Pepper choked the dogs, then Kelly Tilghman lynched Tiger Woods. Now Nick Faldo has nuked Nike.

On the air on Sunday, Faldo referred to the test results in Golf Magazine's February cover story "Revealed: The Best Ball For You!" that showed that under launch conditions meant to replicate the swing of the average hacker (90-mph swing speed, 13.75-degree launch angle, 2,900 rpm) the TaylorMade TP Black produced 259.1 yards of carry and roll compared with 239.1 yards for the Nike One Platinum. Faldo said the Nike ball "fell out of the sky." Not exactly.

On Monday, Golf Channel apologized because Faldo had failed to mention that the Golf study not only includes evidence that the One Platinum performs better as swing speeds increase but also that Nike had asserted in the magazine that its ball is designed for Tiger, who swings at a blazing 125-plus mph.

Equally egregious, Faldo neglected to disclose that last Thursday he had signed an endorsement deal with TaylorMade. Woods, apparently content to let Sunday's results speak for themselves, has yet to weigh in.• When Andy Pettitte told the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform that he received HGH from his father, Tom, who had obtained it from a trainer at 1 on 1 Elite Personal Fitness in Pasadena, Texas, a lot of interested parties visited the gym's website.

There they found pictures of gym owner Kelly Blair with about a dozen pro athletes who worked out at the facility. (The photos have since been removed.)

Among them was Mike Standly, 43, who played on the PGA and Nationwide tours from 1986 to 2007, winning the 1993 Freeport-McMoRan Classic (now the Zurich Classic of New Orleans). The obvious question: Did Standly, while working out at a gym alleged to be a hotbed of performance-enhancing drug activity, give in to temptation?

No, says Standly, who only recently got back into the game after taking two years off. Standly reports that he hasn't worked out at 1 on 1 in four years and never saw or took performance enhancers. "I always stayed away from that stuff," he says. "I didn't see it helping me."

• At the Mayakoba Golf Classic in Cancun, Mexico, Brian Gay rang up his first W (16 under, 264) after 293 Tour starts.

That record had put him 12th on the list of players with the most starts who have never won, an inglorious distinction that overshadowed almost $7.5 million in career earnings.

No doubt Gay was happy to leave the ranks of the uncrowned but, sadly, he remains 62 wins behind Woods.

• In only his 16th Tour start, Nick Flanagan earned his first career top 10 when a final-round 66 propelled him to a tie for ninth in Cancun.

• Paula Creamer birdied four of the last five holes to win the Fields Open (16 under, 200) over Jeong Jang. Looking like the LPGA version of Mr. Red Shirt himself, Creamer dressed in pink for the final and played a pink ball. Faldo did not comment on it.

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