5 Things: Show some Love
Davis Love III, whose foundation is the host organization of this week’s McGladrey Classic, is giving up one of his prized possessions – his Orange County Chopper to raise money for the Davis Love Foundation and the charities it supports.
Love received the bike as a 40th birthday gift from his wife, Robin. She enlisted the father-son team of Paul Teutel Sr. and Jr. to produce a custom-made black and red low-rider with chrome forks, and a custom Jeri’s Springer front end. The bike was featured in the TV show “American Chopper” on the Discovery Channel.
When Love was presented the bike at the 2004 Buick Classic in Harrison, N.Y., he said, “This is definitely one of the best, if not the best, gifts I’ve ever received.”
One thousand tickets at $100 each are being sold on a first come, first-served basis to enter the charity raffle.
This week’s Alfred Dunhill Links Championship was supposed to be a lap of honor for Open champion Louis Oosthuizen.
However, the 27-year-old is convalescing at home in South Africa instead of making a welcome return to the scene of his greatest achievement in golf.
Oosthuizen has pulled out of the tournament because of injury. The Open champion damaged ankle ligaments after stepping into a pothole while on a hunting trip in South Africa.
He was in his homeland to attend the wedding of close friend Charl Schwartzel. Oosthuizen’s next tournament is the PGA Grand Slam of Golf, Oct. 18-20, in Bermuda. He’ll take on countryman Ernie Els, Martin Kaymer and Graeme McDowell.
Very little fazes Eric Chun these days. After his success this past year, it’s little wonder.
Chun was the 2009 Big-10 champion – the first freshman to win that title since Steve Stricker in 1986. The 20-year-old Northwestern University junior also finished runner-up in the inaugural Asian Amateur Championship in China last year.
He then won a place in the Open Championship at St. Andrews, where he agonizingly missed the cut by a stroke.
This week he’s back on Asian soil at Japan’s Kasumigaseki Country Club, venue for the Asian Amateur Championship.
Once more, the event offers the winner a spot at the Masters in April and having come so close last time, Chun is hoping to go one better this week.
And if he does succeed, don’t expect him to be overawed. “You play with the best and you find out that these are just normal guys, and they make mistakes, too,” he said. “They’re not hitting 100 yards further than you and the hole isn’t any bigger for them.
“A place in the Masters is a huge motivation. When I played in The Open, I told myself: ‘This is why I started and this is where I want to be.’ If I earn a place at Augusta, I’m sure I’ll be saying the same thing.
“All the hard work, grinding out the pars, and even the bogeys, will be worth it if you’re on the first tee at the Masters.”
Spiderman has disrobed.
Camilo Villegas went nude for ESPN The Magazine’s “Body Issue,” which hits newsstands this week. Villegas is featured in the magazine in his famous “Spiderman” pose as he lines up a putt.
He is one of 40 male and female athletes that appear in the second annual issue. WNBA star Diana Taurasi is featured on one of six different covers of the magazine.
Other athletes in the issue include Amar’e Stoudemire, Patrick Willis, Hanley Ramirez and Evan Lysacek.
Villegas, No. 26 in the world rankings, won the Honda Classic in March and is 15th on the PGA Tour money list. He is not in the field this week at the inaugural McGladrey Classic in Sea Island, Ga.
Last year, LPGA players Sandra Gal, Anna Grzebien and Christina Kim posed for the “Body Issue.”
Don’t be fooled by the new name. The Champions Tour will visit one of its old haunts for this week’s Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship. Redesigned to the tune of $25 million and renamed TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm, many in the field will remember the Bethesda, Md. (USA), course as TPC Avenel, home of the Kemper Open for nearly two decades.
“We’ll find out how good a job they did of re-doing it,” said Tom Kite, winner of the 1987 Kemper Open. “I’m sure it will be a much better course than it was.”
Kite remembers in 1987, the first time the Kemper was staged there, when Greg Norman hit what he thought was a perfect 5-iron from the elevated tee to the 182-yard, par-3 ninth hole protected by water. That is until the ball landed on the rock-hard green and bounced into the creek known as Rock Run and made double bogey. Norman wasn’t alone. He and the two closest pursuers chasing Kite went double bogey, double bogey and triple bogey on No. 9, filling Rock Run with golf balls. Kite found the green and cruised to a five-shot victory.
Afterward, when asked what could be done to improve the hole, Norman suggested, “They should blow it up.”
The Tour actually did tear the green apart the following year, and Charlie Brotman, a prominent Washington, D.C., public relations figure, cooked up a publicity stunt in which they invited Norman back to blow it up with a real dynamite plunger.
Sadly, Norman declined. Here’s hoping things go dynamite this time.