Woods to Miss U.S. Open

Tiger WoodsTiger Woods announced Tuesday that he would not play in the United States Open next week at the Congressional Country Club near Washington.

Woods, who has been trying to rehabilitate his left knee and Achilles’ tendon, both of which were injured when he hit a shot during the third round of the Masters, said the injuries have not sufficiently improved.

“I am extremely disappointed that I won’t be playing in the U.S. Open,” Woods said in a statement posted on his Web site. “But it’s time for me to listen to my doctors and focus on the future. I was hopeful that I could play, but if I did, I risk further damage to my left leg. Continue reading

Tour Officials Labor to Make Golf Work

Golf Tournament They wear starched white shirts and crisply knotted neckties, carry walkie-talkies and buzz their carts around tournaments with an air of authority. But golf’s version of umpires and referees is all but invisible.

PGA Tour officials do not wear striped shirts or blow whistles, throw flags, single out players who commit fouls, sweep dirt off home plate or go nose to nose with angry athletes or red-faced coaches.

They do much more. They rise well before the sun to double-check weather forecasts, set hole locations, outline water and other hazards with red paint, explain and enforce the rules of the game on a playing field spread out over hundreds of acres of hills and 18 holes measuring nearly five miles through forests and glens.

All the while tolerating occasional verbal abuse from disgruntled players with equanimity and, at times, dispensing advice and counsel to those same players. Continue reading

Game, Like the Name, May Soon Ring a Bell

Open GolfAnother bright new face is making an appearance on the PGA Tour this weekend at the Pebble Beach AT&T National Pro-Am, a tournament that has plenty of space for rookies in the tournament field but not usually on the leader board.

It takes time to figure out the lay of the land on the tournament’s three Monterey Peninsula golf courses. But Keegan Bradley, a 24-year-old graduate of the Nationwide Tour, is quickly making himself at home, both on tour and in contention.

Though he stumbled a bit coming in on Saturday, double-bogeying the 16th hole at Pebble Beach to fall out of the top 10, Bradley is having another good outing in just his fourth event on the PGA Tour. He is six strokes behind the leader, Steve Marino, after shooting a 74 that left him at six under par. Continue reading

David Fay, Director of U.S.G.A

David FayDavid Fay, whose 21-year tenure as the executive director of the United States Golf Association, the sport’s governing body, has been characterized by an encyclopedic knowledge of the rules, a wry sense of humor and decidedly populist sensibilities, announced in a statement Friday that he would retire at the end of the year.

Fay drove many initiatives aimed at bringing the 116-year-old U.S.G.A. into the 21st century, including the successful staging of the United States Open at public golf courses and a 20-year effort to expand the sport’s global appeal by returning it to the Olympic Games.

Though he had given no public hints he was preparing to leave the U.S.G.A., which he joined in 1978, Fay pointed to his 60th birthday two months ago as a factor.

“When one is a cancer survivor, milestones like this take on extra importance, and sharpen perspective,” Fay, who was found to have stomach cancer in 1986, said in a statement. He added in a telephone interview: “We’ve got good people in place. Thankfully, the institution lives on. So long as the game is in good shape, people care about it, we’re going to be all right.” Continue reading

Golf Betting

Gambling and betting in sports dates back to the age of Roman Empires and it has been blatantly and relentlessly used as a source of enjoyment in the sports . Betting in sports refreshes the spectator, puts a little life back in the game. And betters who win the bet have nothing but triumph that calls for celebration. Its luck that works but clever people side the winners and somehow they always end up rich. If one desires to experience golf betting by betting on golf during any tournament here are a few things that would enlighten you with how it goes about.

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Betting on golf games can be done directly or there is another way of betting on golf that is betting while you are attending a golf tournament. Tournaments are ostentatious and they involve a lot of players and especially famous ones and they are quite different from the ordinary golf games that involve only a few players and their rules can differ. In the tournaments players have to abide by the rules strictly and there are no exceptions. That is the reason most of the people bet on golf during tournaments. This is the simple way of golf betting.

There are other ways you can bet on golf. There is one called the 72 holes betting. When the players are playing a game of putting 72 holes and strangely enough the winner isn’t the one with the maximum scores but the one with the lowest scores! The wagers can bet on them and the winner is always decided in the end. These games always have space for betters because when the game ends in a tie there sill can be a winner. The betters do not have to face disappointment. There still remains however the condition that if the match gets reduced and cancels out before the 72 holes are completed there is no winner. All the betters have to forgo their bets.

The game of golf is played in many different ways. Numbers of holes that need to be putted vary a lot. Ordinarily the game that is played as the 18 holes match is famous. People bet on this one and it simply declares the player who has the lowest scores over the 18 holes. The advantage of betting in golf over other games is, there is very little role luck plays in this game and thus if you bet for the more skilled player, the chances of losing are very little.

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Golf Betting

golf-bettingGambling and betting in sports dates back to the age of Roman Empires and it has been blatantly and relentlessly used as a source of enjoyment in the sports . Betting in sports refreshes the spectator, puts a little life back in the game. And betters who win the bet have nothing but triumph that calls for celebration. Its luck that works but clever people side the winners and somehow they always end up rich. If one desires to experience golf betting by betting on golf during any tournament here are a few things that would enlighten you with how it goes about.

Betting on golf games can be done directly or there is another way of betting on golf that is betting while you are attending a golf tournament. Tournaments are ostentatious and they involve a lot of players and especially famous ones and they are quite different from the ordinary golf games that involve only a few players and their rules can differ. In the tournaments players have to abide by the rules strictly and there are no exceptions. That is the reason most of the people bet on golf during tournaments. This is the simple way of golf betting.

golf-betting-oddsThere are other ways you can bet on golf. There is one called the 72 holes betting. When the players are playing a game of putting 72 holes and strangely enough the winner isn’t the one with the maximum scores but the one with the lowest scores! The wagers can bet on them and the winner is always decided in the end. These games always have space for betters because when the game ends in a tie there sill can be a winner. The betters do not have to face disappointment. There still remains however the condition that if the match gets reduced and cancels out before the 72 holes are completed there is no winner. All the betters have to forgo their bets.

The game of golf is played in many different ways. Numbers of holes that need to be putted vary a lot. Ordinarily the game that is played as the 18 holes match is famous. People bet on this one and it simply declares the player who has the lowest scores over the 18 holes. The advantage of betting in golf over other games is, there is very little role luck plays in this game and thus if you bet for the more skilled player, the chances of losing are very little.

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Time to find a better way to start the season

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – With awards season upon us, I thought a good metaphor would be this: Winners-only tournaments are the golf equivalent of Oscar goodie bags.

I like Members Only jackets better.

How’s this for an idea? Let’s gather together the most successful among us, somewhere where the weather’s warm and everyone’s tan, and offer them more money and more prizes.

No thanks.

Geoff Ogilvy won the Mercedes-Benz Championship on Sunday, taking home $1.12 million for beating 32 other players in the PGA Tour’s season-opener in Hawaii. The event is reserved for the previous year’s winners.

Now, you’re going to tell me that just because a player won a tournament doesn’t mean they are among the most successful golfers in the world or undeserving of additional perks.

After all, the field at Kapalua included Mark Turnesa and Ryan Palmer and Greg Kraft and Parker McLachlin.

You’ll say that just because so-and-so earned an Oscar nod for playing the hooker with a heart of gold, or the English widow with a heart of gold, or whoever, doesn’t mean she is a highly-paid actress undeserving of a bag full of expensive gifts.

Fiddlesticks, the bishop would say. Guess what? I don’t care.

There are already so many exclusive tournaments in golf, beginning with the four majors and the ultra-lucrative World Golf Championships, do we really need to start the season with such a small event?

Sometimes, the players we want to see the most don’t show up anyway. Consider that the Mercedes-Benz Championship was missing the top four players in the world rankings — Tiger Woods, Sergio Garcia, Phil Mickelson and Padraig Harrington — who were all winners last year.

Vijay Singh, the world No. 5, was the top-ranked player in the field, but Vijay shows up everywhere. He’s like the guy you knew in high school who would sit anywhere in the cafeteria.

The tournament, like every one since the U.S. Open, lost Woods due to an injury. Usually, though, when a top player decides not to make the flight to Hawaii, it’s because he doesn’t feel like it, plain and simple. Woods hasn’t shown up in Hawaii since 2005.

As for those second- and third-tier players who win to make the field, the ones who always seem to show up at Kapalua? They rarely title in the season- opener.

Excluding Daniel Chopra’s victory last year, all of this century’s Mercedes Benz Championships have been won by stars: Ogilvy, Singh (2007), Stuart Appleby (2004-06), Ernie Els (2003), Garcia (2002), Jim Furyk (2001) and Woods (2000).

The rich are getting richer off this tournament — when they show up, anyway. And the biggest reason they show up, when they do, is the riches. It’s time to open it up to everyone else.

Me? I mark next week’s Sony Open, also in Hawaii, as the real start of the PGA Tour season. A hundred and forty players and a cut line. That’s more like it.