Tiger Woods will tee off at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday in the Quail Hollow Championship's pro-am, according to The Charlotte Observer, but there's no word on who will play with him. Two years ago, Woods brought early morning crowds to Quail Hollow when he played with Michael Jordan, and in 2009 Woods played the Quail Hollow pro-am with Peyton Manning. Have Woods's sex scandals made him toxic to other athlete celebrities? We might get the answer Wednesday morning.
My guess: If the Jordan-owned Charlotte Bobcats lose to Orlando tonight (and get eliminated from the playoffs), you might want to head over the Quail Hollow early on Wednesday. Got a guess on which celeb, if any, is going to play with Tiger? Post it in the comments screen below. (Hint: It probably won't be Ben Roethlisberger.) The Bohn IdentityHe had to wait until age 37 for his second win, but golf has been very, very good to Zurich Classic winner Jason Bohn. Peter Finney of The New Orleans Times-Picayune tells the story of how Bohn won his financial safety net with one swing 18 years ago.
Well, in 1992, all it took Jason was one shot to collect a cool million, a 9-iron that carried 135 yards into the cup in a hole-in-one shootout.
It was a life-changing stroke.
At the time, Jason was a 19-year-old redshirt freshman at the University of Alabama waiting to tee it up for the Crimson Tide.
“How long did it take you to decide you wanted to turn pro?"
“Not as long as it took you to ask that question," Bohn said.
When Bohn made the decision on the spot to say goodbye to college golf, he said hello to a check for $50,000 that has been arriving every December the last 18 years.
Two payments remain.
The Golf Channel has video of Bohn's hole-in-one here. The win at Zurich adds another $1.5 million to his bank account. The lesson, kids, is that college sports are for suckers. You hear the one about the president and the preacher?No, it's not a Clinton-era joke. President Barack Obama and evangelist Billy Graham met at Graham's North Carolina home on Sunday, where they talked about God, loneliness and, yup, golf, according to The USA Today.
Mr.Graham was honored that the President would travel to meet him for an historic first-ever visit by a sitting president in his home, which reflected a cordial, gracious conversation together, along with the evangelist's son, Franklin. Over coffee, the two men discussed a variety of topics, including their wives, and love for and similar experiences with golf and Chicago — where the president started his career, and Mr. Graham attended school and has had several significant crusades.
Golf development could be field of danger for Communist Cuba The Associated Press' Will Weissert delivers an informed take on the state of golf-course development in Cuba. However, Weissert's article is marred slightly by a quote from John Kavulich, senior policy analyst at the U.S. Economic Trade Council in New York, who recycles the oldest, most out-of-date cliches about golfers in a murky argument against golf's supposed "refined decadence."
"The conflict is imagery versus profit," said Kavulich, whose group advises U.S. businesses on trade with Cuba. "Concerns about the image of golfers in the worker's paradise. And, if accepted, how does Granma (the Communist Party newspaper) explain the obese U.S. golfer with poor clothing color coordination, running about in their 'Caddyshack' like golf cart, betting one each hole?"
Obese? Poorly dressed? Color-coordinate me offended, Mr. Kavulich. The next time I need advice on opening trade with Cuba, I'm going somewhere else. Monday's nuggetsRyan Ballengee of the Waggle Room blog on 2010, the year golf got interesting. You know, Tiger, Phil, Watson, Couples, Ochoa, etc. And it's only April.
You'll be relieved to know that Tiger Woods's first U.S. course at the Cliffs in western North Carolina will definitely be completed, according to the Wall Street Journal, after developers raised $63 million. It's nice to see things work out for luxury residential developers and multimillioniare athletes. The Seattle Times' Scott Hanson article on the American Lake Veterans Golf Course, a course for disabled veterans, includes this quote from founder Pepper Roberts: "I've had several guys tell me, 'If it wasn't for this, I wouldn't be here.' They would have killed themselves. They had just shut down and were in continuous pain. Being able to come out here — finding out they can still play golf — and talk to other veterans who have shared similar experiences, it just means so much to them." Follow Mike Walker on Twitter.