Truth and Rumors

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Truth & Rumors: Weekley 'don't know nothing' about golf history While he has many virtues, Boo Weekley is never likely to be mistaken for a student of the game. This week the American was sitting beside Sandy Lyle in the players' lounge -- the only Scot ever to win at Augusta -- and was surprised to learn he was a past Masters' champion. "I don't know nothing about the history of golf," confessed the game's favourite country bumpkin. "I was sitting in there yesterday with Sandy Lyle and never even knew he won the Masters (in 1988). Seriously, I don't keep up with golf." • Read the entire article at • Comment, share it, blog it and read related news
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Truth & Rumors: Tiger may play Begay's charity skins Is a visit by Tiger Woods to Turning Stone Resort in the near future? We should find out Monday. PGA Tour player Notah Begay III is gearing up to bring his charity skins game back to Turning Stone's acclaimed Atunyote course for a second straight year on Aug. 24. A Twitter entry on his Web site states that "huge news" about the event will be announced early next week. In addition, Turning Stone placed a full-page ad in The Post-Standard on Thursday promoting a contest to guess which star is coming next to the resort. The catch phrase of the contest -- which also can be found on the resort's Web site -- is "make your selection before we let the cat ... out of the bag!" • Read the entire article at • Comment, share it, blog it and read related news
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Truth & Rumors: Goydos - 'Tiger is most underrated player' "We live in the era of Tiger Woods, who makes winning look ridiculously easy," Paul Goydos said. "The more I think about it, the more I feel Tiger Woods is the most underrated player on this tour. You guys have no concept of what he accomplishes on a weekly basis when he plays. It's ridiculous how good he plays." • Read the entire article at • Comment, share it, blog it and read related news
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Truth & Rumors: Putter failing Harrington As bleak as it looks after five successive missed cuts Padraig Harrington is not ready yet to rule out completing a hat-trick of Open titles in 15 days' time. "I have another week," said the Dubliner after a second round 75 that included a triple bogey eight on the 14th put him out of the French Open by four shots on Friday night. As he did before his back-to-back victories at Carnoustie and Birkdale Harrington plays in the Irish PGA Championship this week hoping that four rounds on a links course can pay rich dividends in Scotland. Last year he injured a wrist practising on an impact bag at home four days ahead of The Open and overcame that to win by four. This time, though, it is a crisis of confidence as much as anything - and while the attention the last few months has been on his swing changes now he has putting worries as well. • Read the entire article at • Comment, share it, blog it and read related news
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Truth & Rumors: Bush to be in golf HOF? The presidency did not tend to interfere with Dwight D. Eisenhower's passion for golf, and it contributed significantly to popularizing the game in the '50s and beyond, for which he will be honored with induction into the World Golf Hall of Fame, the Hall announced on Friday. It says here the second president that deserves to be inducted is George Herbert Walker Bush, and given that he's 85 (though he's still jumping from airplanes), better to do it sooner than later. Bush's own passion for golf has manifested itself in a variety of ways beyond his simply playing the game (and doing so at a pace to which the rest of the golf world ought to aspire). He has been the honorary chairman of the First Tee program since its inception in 1997. In May, at a ceremony at the Players Championship, he received the PGA Tour's Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2008, he received the Bob Jones Award from the USGA, its highest honor in recognition of distinguished sportsmanship and awarded to "a person who emulates Jones' spirit, his personal qualities and his attitude toward the game and its players." In 1997, the PGA of America presented him with its Distinguished Service Award. • Read the entire article at • Comment, share it, blog it and read related news
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Truth & Rumors: Instructor tweaked Glover's swing The first time instructor Mike Taylor worked with U.S. Open champion Lucas Glover, at Sea Island (Ga.) Golf Club in mid-2007, Taylor hauled a variety of swing aids down to the end of the range to see which the feel-oriented Glover might respond to best. Glover put his bag down next to the pile of gadgets, shook Taylor's hand and deadpanned, "Word travels fast when you aren't hitting it any good." The pair became fast friends, and the subsequent work on Glover's swing plane, impact position and putting fundamentals was instrumental to the victory at Bethpage Black. • Read the entire article at • Comment, share it, blog it and read related news
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Truth & Rumors: Daly likely to play Canadian Open Will John Daly play the RBC Canadian Open, which starts July 23 at Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville, Ont.? His website lists the tournament on his schedule, although he also says in a message there that he is "awaiting [news from] the Canadian Open." "We know John is interested in playing," tournament director Bill Paul said. "He has been in touch with us. We will make an announcement on our exemptions [this] week." It's a good bet, then, that Daly will play the 100th Canadian Open. • Read the entire article at • Comment, share it, blog it and read related news
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Truth & Rumors: U.S. Open to rotate pars? The U.S. Open typically plays as a par 70, which requires converting a couple of par 5s into par 4s. There are a few par 71s, such as Torrey Pines, where USGA setup man Mike Davis wisely decided to leave the 18th as a par 5, leading to one of the most memorable finishes. Par has not been decided for Chambers Bay outside Seattle, site of the 2015 U.S. Open. It could be a par 70. It could be a par 71. It very likely will be both. "You can't change par in the middle of a tournament," Tiger Woods said, thinking aloud as he tried to process the possibility. Considering that Davis isn't afraid to break the unwritten rules, the possibility is very real. "One thing I'm absolutely positive we'll do in the future, perhaps in 2015 at Chambers Bay, is play a hole certain days as a par 4, and certain days as a par 5," Davis said in a telephone interview over the weekend. Davis mentioned the first and 18th holes at Chambers Bay, which he felt could be played as either a par 4 or a par 5. • Read the entire article at • Comment, share it, blog it and read related news
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Truth & Rumors: New wife helps O'Meara's game About a year ago, as he was waiting to fly to Europe for the British Open, Mark O'Meara began a phone relationship with a new woman, Meredith Berkman. Brought together by a mutual friend, they finally went on a date three weeks later, and in April he proposed to Berkman in the Augusta National Champions Room, home of the Masters. They were married June 27. "There's no messing around at 52," he said. "It's a new second half of my life." His golf game has turned 180 degrees. O'Meara has three runner-up finishes this season in nine starts. His new bride will join him this weekend for the 3M Championship in Blaine as he shoots for victory No. 1. • Read the entire article at • Comment, share it, blog it and read related news
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Truth & Rumors: Will John Deere continue sponsorship? Why is there concern John Deere might pull out from the Quad Cities tour stop when its sponsorship deal expires after the 2010 event? Because nothing in the business world is status quo after months of collapsing markets and a global credit crisis. Every sponsorship deal, especially those in golf, is receiving fresh scrutiny. Deere officials would not comment on the company's annual sponsorship cost, but sources familiar with such arrangements estimate it at $6 million to $8 million a year. That covers 60 percent of the $4.3 million purse ($2.6 million), advertising buys on CBS and Golf Channel, corporate hospitality and a chartered jet that transports players, spouses and caddies to the following week's British Open. For that investment, the company receives an array of benefits: worldwide brand awareness, a vehicle for entertaining clients and a tie to the PGA Tour that helped Deere become its official equipment supplier. That deal runs through 2014. If Deere pulls out -- it's expected to decide by March -- several cities along the Illinois-Iowa border could be the big losers. • Read the entire article at • Comment, share it, blog it and read related news
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Truth & Rumors: Tiger bites back at Brown Tiger Woods took on Jim Brown in his own, understated way Tuesday, rebutting the football great's criticism that Woods is "terrible" on social issues. Woods, who is hosting the AT&T National at Congressional Country Club, pointed to the Tiger Woods Foundation and its Learning Center, which received the bulk of the charitable proceeds this week. The Foundation's 2008 report claims it has reached an estimated 10 million kids since its inception in 1996, including the awarding of Earl Woods Scholarships. "I think I do a pretty good job as it is, what we're trying to do with the many kids we've helped ...what we're trying to do not just here in the United States, but what my mom's doing in Thailand, all these different things that we've done," Woods said."And you know, I want to do it right and not just do it, but do it right." • Read the entire article at • Comment, share it, blog it and read related news