Black and White and Brown

By Mercer BaggsJuly 6, 2009, 4:00 pm

BE LIKE JIM?: Football legend and social activist Jim Brown took a hard swipe at Tiger Woods in the recent 'Real Sports' on HBO. Brown said Woods is a 'monster competitor' on the course, but has been 'terrible' as a social contributor off of it.
Backspin Brown's problem is that he is closed-minded. If people don't think and act like him, then they're in the wrong. But it's Brown who is wrong when he says that Tiger's only social contribution is 'teaching kids to play golf.' Tiger's foundation has helped thousands of kids outside the realm of his sport. Brown does, however, bring up a good question: Does Tiger do enough? Ultimately that's for Woods to determine, not Brown.


MY CLUBS TALK FOR ME: Tiger Woods won his own AT&T National for the first time, defeating a hard-charging Hunter Mahan by a stroke at Congressional. The victory was Woods' third of the season and the 68th of his PGA Tour career.
Backspin Woods might not take many stands off the course, but he stands above all else on it. For the third time this year, Woods has won his major tune-up. And for the third time this year, said victory has come at an event hosted by a legend (Palmer, Nicklaus and himself). Having extended this streak, he hopes to extinguish another as he failed to win either of the season's first two majors. British Opens at Turnberry are won by Hall-of-Fame-caliber players. Tiger probably falls in that category.


NOT SO FAST, MY KIM: Anthony Kim entered the final round of the AT&T National tied for the lead with Tiger Woods. He closed in 1-over 71, however, to finish in solo third place, four back of Woods.
Backspin Kim and his cocksure walk made birdie on the first hole to take a one-shot lead. Woods, of course, never blinked. He's seen it all before: confident kids, hopeful veterans, players looking to establish their legacy at his expense. Woods just plays his own game, while his opponents get taken out of theirs. Despite the loss, this was a good experience for Kim. We'll find out later if he learned anything from it.


GET OUT OF THE GROOVE: PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem announced that the Tour would adopt the U.S. Golf Association's groove change beginning Jan. 1, 2010.
Backspin There has to be a different set of rules for professionals and amateurs. Has to be. It's nonsensical. This decision ' to allow for smaller grooves that create less spin ' was made solely because the USGA felt the game is a bit too easy for the pros. Fine. Punish them, not us.


'HI, I'M RICH.' 'HI, I'M RICHER.': Sports Illustrated released its annual 'Fortunate 50,' a list of the 50 top-earning American athletes in salary, winnings, endorsements and appearance fees. Tiger Woods was No. 1 with $99,737,626, while Phil Mickelson was second (go figure) with $52,950,356.
Backspin Woods reportedly makes $92M in endorsements. 92 million! Mickelson, according to SI's numbers, makes $46.6M. Jim Furyk was the only other golfer to crack the list, with a total of $16,263,127, $11M of which came via endorsements. I have a hard time getting my wife to admit she's married to me, let alone have someone pay to be associated with me.


YI BEFORE WIE: Eunjung Yi claimed her first LPGA title, defeating Morgan Pressel on the first hole of sudden death at the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic. The 21-year-old Yi led by as many as six in the final round, but was eventually caught by Pressel, who holed her approach for eagle at the par-5 17th.
Backspin Lost in the mix was Michelle Wie's closing 64. Unfortunately for her, it was her close on Friday that really cost her a shot at winning her first LPGA event. Wie had a chance to tie for the 36-hole lead, but made double bogey on the par-5 18th. Even on Sunday, with a chance to put some heat on the leaders, Wie hit a horrible approach shot at the last and had to settle for par. Until she learns to keep her focus for 18 holes ' or the LPGA let's players just pick their 15 best scores every round ' she will remain winless.


IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Kapalua LPGA Classic was canceled this year when the sponsor reneged on the final four years of its five-year deal. ... Bryce Molder, Paul Goydos and Brandt Snedeker earned spots in the British Open. ... Martin Kaymer defeated Lee Westwood in a playoff at the French Open.
Backspin The tour is exploring 'legal remedies.' At some point, the LPGA might want to think about teaming up with the PGA Tour, like the NBA and WNBA. It might be the only means of survival. ... After watching Lucas Glover win the U.S. Open, these three guys have to feel they have a shot at the claret jug. ... Westwood has only two European Tour wins over the last six years.
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    Snedeker starts slow in effort to snag Masters invite

    By Will GrayDecember 14, 2017, 4:22 pm

    Brandt Snedeker flew halfway around the world in search of a Masters invite, but after one round of the Indonesian Masters it appears he'll likely return home empty-handed.

    Snedeker made only two birdies during his opening round in Indonesia, shooting an even-par 72 that left him in a tie for 77th and 10 shots behind leader Justin Rose. This is the final OWGR-rated event of 2017, and as a result it has drawn several notable entrants, including Snedeker, who hope to crack the top 50 in the world rankings by year's end to secure a trip to Augusta National.

    Snedeker started the year ranked No. 28, but after missing five months because of injury he entered the week ranked No. 51 and is projected to slip even further by the end of the month. As a result, he likely needs a top-3 finish in order to secure a return to the Masters, which he has missed only once since 2007.

    World No. 55 Dylan Frittelli also struggled, shooting a 4-over 76 in the opening round, while No. 56 Kiradech Aphibarnrat is tied for 14th at 4 under. Yusaku Miyazato, currently 58th in the world, is tied for ninth and five shots behind Rose.

    Should Snedeker and the other hopefuls fail to crack the top 50 by the end of the year, two paths to the Masters remain: win a full-point event on the PGA Tour in early 2018 or be inside the top 50 in the world rankings when the final cutoff is made on March 25.

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    Crosby selected as 2019 U.S. Walker Cup captain

    By Will GrayDecember 14, 2017, 3:19 pm

    The USGA announced that former U.S. Amateur champ Nathaniel Crosby will serve as the American captain for the 2019 Walker Cup, which will be played at Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake, England.

    Crosby, 56, is the son of entertainment icon and golf enthusiast Bing Crosby. He won the 1981 U.S. Amateur at The Olympic Club as a teenager and earned low amateur honors at the 1982 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. He also played in the 1983 Walker Cup, coincidentally held at Royal Liverpool, before embarking on a brief career in professional golf, with his amateur status reinstated in 1994.

    "I am thrilled and overwhelmed to be chosen captain of the next USA Walker Cup team," Crosby said in a statement. "Many of my closest friends are former captains who will hopefully take the time to share their approaches in an effort to help me with my new responsibilities."

    Crosby takes over the captaincy from John "Spider" Miller, who led the U.S. squad both in 2015 and earlier this year, when the Americans cruised to a 19-7 victory at Los Angeles Country Club.

    Crosby is a Florida resident and member at Seminole Golf Club, which will host the 2021 matches. While it remains to be seen if he'll be asked back as captain in 2021, each of the last six American captains have led a team on both home and foreign soil.

    Started in 1922, the Walker Cup is a 10-man, amateur match play competition pitting the U.S. against Great Britain and Ireland. The U.S. team holds a 37-9 all-time lead in the biennial matches but has not won in Europe since 2007.

    Rose (62) sets blistering pace in Indonesia

    By Associated PressDecember 14, 2017, 3:06 pm

    JAKARTA, Indonesia – Justin Rose shot a 10-under 62 Thursday to take a two-stroke lead after the first round of the Indonesian Masters.

    Rose, starting on the back nine at Royale Jakarta Golf Club, had five birdies to go out in 31, then birdied four of five holes midway through his final nine and another birdie on his last hole in the $750,000 tournament.

    Full-field scores from the Indonesian Masters

    Gunn Charoenkul (64) was in second place and Kim Giwhan and Phachara Khongwatmai (both 65) were tied for third.

    Brandt Snedeker shot 72. Ranked 51st in the world, the American is aiming for a strong finish in Jakarta to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

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    LaCava: Woods wouldn't talk after H.O.R.S.E. match

    By Will GrayDecember 14, 2017, 2:27 pm

    The competitive streak within Tiger Woods knows no bounds - even on the basketball court, according to caddie Joe LaCava.

    LaCava has been on Woods' bag since 2011, and he recently shared a story on "Inside the Ropes" on Sirius/XM PGA Tour Radio about a clash between the two men over a seemingly friendly game of H.O.R.S.E. Actually, it turned into nine straight games (and nine straight wins) for LaCava, who exploited a weakness in Woods' on-court strategy while leaning on a mid-length jumper of his own:

    "The thing with him was if I missed a shot, which I missed plenty of shots, but if I missed the shot he'd go back down to the 3 (point line) because he liked to make the 3," LaCava said. "But it's harder obviously to make a 3, and I'd go right back to the baseline 12-footer, and he couldn't make it."

    It's a short list of people who have beaten Woods nine times in any athletic pursuit, let alone in a row. But for LaCava, the fallout from his afternoon of on-court dominance was less than subtle.

    "He did not talk to me the rest of the day," LaCava explained. "I didn't even get the old text, 'Dinner is ready,' because I stay across at the beach house. I didn't even get that text that night. I had to get take-out. He didn't announce he wasn't (talking), he just did it. I'm telling you, nine games in a row. Like I said, he's so competitive, even at something like that."