The Palm Beach Post’s Lona O’Connor reports that Holocaust survivors plan to protest the Allianz Championship in Boca Raton, Fla., this week.
Their argument is stark: If Allianz can afford to sponsor high-profile sports events, why can't it also pay off the estimated $2 billion in life insurance policies still owed to needy Holocaust survivors, 65 years after World War II?
It’s a complicated issue and O’Connor does a nice job of explaining the protesters' argument and Allianz’s position. I suspect this isn’t the last we'll hear about this protest. Paul Casey says Martin Kaymer is ‘the man to beat in world golf’ Since Tiger Woods' fall from grace, the main question in golf has been: If Woods isn’t the Man anymore, who is? We've seen a lot of impressive resumes: Phil Mickelson's win for the ages at Augusta, Graeme McDowell's wicked iron play at the U.S. Open, and Lee Westwood's steady brilliance. However, in Paul Casey's expert opinion, the Man is PGA Championship winner Martin Kaymer, according to Talk Sport UK.
"There's a lot of debate going on right now about who is the real number one in the world.
“Obviously Lee Westwood is ranked number one but you hear a lot of the press talking and writing about Martin Kaymer, possibly he's the hottest golfer in the world, and right now I have to admit he's the man to beat.
“It seems like every time he tees it up he's at the top of the leaderboard. He seems unflappable. We've not really had a guy like that before, apart from Tiger, who once he gets a lead he just keeps on going."
Tiger’ builds a 'YMCA’ gym at Jupiter Island spread People Magazine’s Lynda Marx talks to Illustrated Properties agent Jeff Lichtenstein about the aerial photographs he’s taken of Tiger Woods’s new Jupiter Island (FL) spread:
"Tiger built this house on more than four lots and has made the surrounding property into a mini Olympic Village," Jeff Lichtenstein, a real estate agent with Illustrated Properties, who has taken aerial shots of the Jupiter Island estate, tells PEOPLE. "It is a property he developed for his own personal use, which also serves as a training facility."
The estate has a four-hole golf course with sand traps, 100 ft.-long swimming pool, diving pool, spa, 100 ft. field and track area, tennis and basketball courts, a pair of boat docks, and a reflecting pond. Inside the facility is a 5,700 sq.-ft. fitness center.
"Tiger virtually built himself his version of a YMCA or world class fitness center," Lichtenstein tells PEOPLE. "His home is not backed up to the water as are most on Jupiter Island because of the golf course."
Stray Shots: Some things we saw while hoping Tommy Two Gloves bounces back from a disappointing finish at TPC Scottsdale…
* New Jersey Devils defenseman Mark Fayne’s short-game wizardry was downright Mickelsonian against the Panthers Friday night. (Via NJ.com)
When he scored the goal that gave the Devils a 3-2 lead Friday night, Fayne did it by chipping a bouncing puck on net. It went over teammate Nick Palmieri, who ducked as he provided a screen, and then goalie Tomas Vokoun.
“I should pick up golf,” Fayne joked after the Devils lost 4-3 in overtime to the Panthers. “I never really had good footing. I just tried to get it to the net. Nick ducked. It was a good distraction.”
* A Pacifica (CA) Police report notes a homeless encampment at Sharp Park Golf Course. (Via Pacifica Patch) Tweet of the Day: @McIlroyRory: 2 wins for Mark Wilson already this season! He's on fire! Well done, very impressive!