Hate to be Rude: The blame game
• Tiger Woods worked out in the Dallas Cowboys weight room last week.
The question remains, though: Can Woods bench-press Phil Mickelson 10 times?
• On Oct. 11, night-life lover Anthony Kim beat Robert Allenby, 5 and 3, in Presidents Cup singles. Afterward, Allenby said his understanding was that Kim was “sideways” after partying until 4 a.m. the night before. Kim, known for pulling all-nighters, denied staying out late this time.
Three days later, Allenby apologized to Kim but said his comments, made to four media outlets, were taken out of context.
My only question is: Under what context were they intended?
Doesn’t anyone this side of David Letterman stand by his conviction anymore?
• Now Allenby knows how those guys Sir Walter Hagen used to beat felt.
• Major winners Angel Cabrera, Lucas Glover, Stewart Cink and Y.E. Yang are in the midst of the PGA Grand Slam in Bermuda.
Never a better time for an opposite-field event for 2009 major-championship protagonists. Four nearly men come to mind: Phil Mickelson, David Duval, Tom Watson and Tiger Woods.
• Put Scot Martin Laird on a golf course near a desert or a slot machine and he’ll cash in. Laird on Sunday won the Justin Timberlake-hosted PGA Tour event in Las Vegas. What’s more, he tied for second at the Legends Reno-Tahoe earlier this year and tied for fourth there last year.
If he ever has a kid, Nevada Laird seems a lock.
• Talented Tour rookie Scott Piercy had a chance to win in Vegas but rinsed shots on each of the final two holes. When his approach at 18 went into the water, Piercy snapped the shaft over his knee and for a couple of minutes held the club in two pieces.
This rare Kodak Moment prompts the question: Did the Tour fine-o-meter keep running upward with every second Piercy appeared on national TV holding the two pieces?
Certain is that somewhere Tommy Bolt was smiling.
• Word is the Road Hole at the Old Course at St. Andrews is being extended so far back that players will tee off from out of bounds.
Makes me wonder how many visits O.B. average choppers like me would make there. Or, come to think of it, Wild Thing Daly as well.
• Welcome to the track-meet portion of the PGA Tour schedule. The under-par action in Las Vegas last week was about as fast as a craps game. There were 25 rounds of 64 or better and 16 of 63 or better.
The moral still applies: You can’t hold down a Tour player from inside 150 yards.
• Big Sunday for British loopers who have caddied professional tours for more than three decades. Alan Bond – who answers to “Britty” or “The Brit” and has come back from hard times – was on Laird’s bag. And Billy Foster, formerly with the likes of Seve Ballesteros, Thomas Bjorn and Darren Clarke, helped Lee Westwood win the Portugal Masters.
Quick math says each of those bag men has walked at least 90,000 miles over their careers, with 50-pound luggage in tow. There’s no quick math to calculate the air miles.
• Furman Bisher has covered every Masters since 1950. But the sports voice of the Deep South has written his final column for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. It came almost 60 years after his first one there. It came a couple of weeks before his 91st birthday.
It’s an early retirement, if you ask me.