Truth and Rumors: Y.E. Yang takes out golf writer over delivery joke

Truth and Rumors: Y.E. Yang takes out golf writer over delivery joke

Y.E. Yang still smarting over Golf Digest "takeout" tweet Ryan Ballengee at has done us the favor of compiling the back-and-forth of the unlikely Twitter battle of veteran sportswriter Dan Jenkins and defending PGA Championship winner Y.E. Yang. After Jenkins missed the mark with a tweet from the Masters about takeout food ("Y.E. Yang is three shots off the lead. I think we got takeout from him last night"), Ballengee responds to Golf Digest's response to Yang's response. (Got all that?)

           Golf Digest issued an apology yesterday for Jenkins' remarks. 

Dan Jenkins' Masters tweet about Y.E. Yang generated several letters
of protest. Jenkins’ reference was intended to play off the PGA
champion Y.E. Yang's name and the P.F. Chang's restaurant chain. We
removed it from our archive and apologize for any offense. Certainly
none was intended.
That's fine and I appreciate [Golf Digest editor in chief] Jerry [Tarde] doing that since what Dan said
was in poor taste — and was really reaching on a PF Chang's joke. But
Jenkins needs to apologize. Man up, realize what he said offended a
good number of people — maybe 2 billion people by YE Yang's count — and

Not to pour fuel on the fire, but am I the only one who finds that explanation even more insulting than the original tweet? Lest we forget, Yang's not even Chinese! This little blowup might have legs as Wednesday morning Yang suggested (via Twitter of course) that Asian-American organizations get involved in protesting Jenkins' remarks.

hope the Asian American Association or any other NGO would help the
fight on such racism/racist comments by esteemed journalists

Westwood shows class in Masters loss Lee Westwood made quite a few fans in the U.S. (and the U.S. media) with his performance at the Masters. And I'm not talking about the way he played. Christopher Clarey of The New York Times describes what we didn't see on television:

Lee Westwood had just come up short again in a major championship, just
seen his own dreams get crushed after leading the tournament after
three rounds. And yet — with the narrow pathway between the green and
the scorer’s cabin blocked by Phil’s and Amy’s extended embrace and the
camera crews and photographers recording it — Westwood waited politely
if certainly not peacefully with his strong arms folded.

A less gracious loser would have quickly found a way to squeeze through
and get past a celebration that could only remind him of what might
have been, but Westwood, even in the midst of his latest
disappointment, remained sensitive to the situation.

While Clarey's piece also touches on Westwood's close relationship with Darren Clarke and how likely it is that the Brit will finally pull out a major win, the author led with the right story–for now, Lee Westwood is just a jolly good loser…but don't expect that to last very long. The Ryder Cup is only 170 days away Every other year, the end of the Masters kicks off the start of Ryder Cup fever, and 2010 is no exception. Unfortunately for the European team, this year's Masters may have been a preview to an ugly showdown. Douglas Lowe of Scotland's The Herald talks about the tough decisions that captain Colin Montgomerie must face after poor play from nearly every European not named Westwood or Poulter:

Major championships
are invariably the strongest indicators of form when the subjective
element comes into the equation for what will be three captain’s picks
for Montgomerie come the end of qualification at the Johnnie Walker
Championship at Gleneagles in August, and elsewhere there was not much
cheer. Only five others made the cut and there was little to write home
about for Robert Karlsson (tied 43rd) and Sergio Garcia (tied 45th)
although Soren Kjeldsen and Francesco Molinari (both tied 30th) will
not be unhappy and leading amateur Matteo Manassero, still just 16,
underlined his potential by finishing joint 36th.

is below the cut line that the particularly gloomy picture emerges.
None of the bright new hopes of Martin Kaymer, Rory McIlroy, Simon
Dyson, Alvaro Quiros and Ross Fisher played all four rounds, and these
are players Montgomerie has been enthusing about. Even more worrying
was the performances of the players who have already been blooded in
the biennial beanfeast that will be staged in October at Celtic Manor
in Wales, with early exits for Padraig Harrington, Paul Casey, Luke
Donald, Graeme McDowell and Oliver Wilson. 

Even worse for Montgomerie is that his counterpart won't have nearly the same problems. Strong finishes from Tiger Woods and Anthony Kim have brought both safely into the top-8 in the U.S. rankings, meaning that Corey Pavin will have some leeway with his captain's picks. And he couldn't be happier about it. You keep using that word–I do not think it means what you think it means In a well-intentioned blog post for NPR, Todd Holzman describes the "diversity" he saw at Augusta National over the weekend:

Golf — the ultimate country club game — is one of the last places you
might think to look for diversity. And inside the world of golf, few
places have been less diverse historically than the Masters in Augusta,
Yet as the tournament wrapped up Sunday, the faces on the leaderboard
offered a surprising mini-Census. The winner was Apple Pie American Phil Mickelson, of course, followed by British star Lee Westwood.

Then came Anthony Kim, the rising 24-year-old Korean-American star; Tiger Woods, a veritable melting pot of ethnic backgrounds; and K.J. Choi, who taught himself how to play golf in South Korea with the help of a Jack Nicklaus instructional book.

Holzman then goes on to recount some of the ethnically diverse Masters winners and competitors, like Angel Cabrera and Lee Elder. But what does it all mean?

What does it all mean? Maybe not too much. Golf is hardly a microcosm
of society. It's expensive and time-consuming and in most cases it's an
acquired taste.

But it's good to see that even a fortress like Augusta National is not entirely impregnable for those who keep swinging.

Unfortunately, that's where Holzman misses the mark. At the end of the day, he's talking about diversity on the PGA Tour (an admirable subject which deserves many a blog post). If he really thinks there's diversity at Augusta National, he should spend five minutes in a room with Martha Burke. Moving on from the Masters My Masters hangover is going to last for weeks this year, but Larry Bohannan of The Desert Sun has already moved on and is looking at what's next for the PGA Tour. In a simple rundown of things to come in the next few months, Bohannan raises a storyline that may be sticking around for the next couple years:

1. Sponsorship. Verizon is the sponsor of this week’s Heritage
tournament, but this is the last year Verizon will be involved in the
tournament. CA is out at the tournament in Miami. And there is no
concrete word on what is going to happen with the Bob Hope Classic as
it stares at a second year without a sponsor. So, Mr. Finchem, what are
we going to do with all those empty sponsorship slots on tour?

Even with great TV ratings at this year's Masters, it's hard to imagine that golf is out of the woods when it comes to sponsorship deals (especially with Tiger disappearing back into the ether). At the end of the day, it will be the way that Tim Finchem steers the Tour through this economic downturn (and not the way he handles Tiger's scandal) will determine how we judge the success of his tenure as commissioner.