YOU DON'T SAY?: It was reported this past week that John Daly spent a night in a Winston-Salem jail after police found him drunk outside a Hooters restaurant at 2 a.m. Authorities on site said he was "extremely intoxicated and uncooperative."
Daly called the incident a misunderstanding, which is to be expected. Nothing is ever his fault. If Daly was as good at golf as he was at coming up with excuses for his behavior, Tiger Woods would be chasing him for No. 1 in the world. The only good thing for Daly is that his mug shot did not rival those of Nick Nolte and James Brown. But he's probably got a good reason for that, too.
MOVE OVER PADDY: Soren Kjeldsen won the European Tour's season-ending Volvo Masters by holding off Sergio Garcia and Lee Westwood down the stretch in Sotogrande, Spain. Meanwhile, Swede Robert Karlsson held on to win the tour's Order of Merit title.
Coming into the event, Karlsson admitted, regardless of the final rankings on the money list, that Ryder Cup teammate Padraig Harrington has had the better year. Of course, we agree; nevertheless, this it yet another feather in the cap for the fast-rising Swede, who is trying to become part of golf's elite. Well, upon further thought, his current world ranking – sixth, one behind Harrington – shows that he is already among golf's upper echelon.
GINN TO WIN: Ryan Palmer birdied the 72nd hole to break out of a six-way tie for the lead and capture his second career PGA Tour title at the Ginn sur Mer Classic. Palmer's maiden Tour title came four years ago at Disney, where the Tour is headed this week.
Palmer earned more than just $828,000; he gained a two-year Tour exemption. Palmer entered the week 143rd on the money list and rocketed up to 73rd place. He became the fifth out of six Fall Series winners (Zach Johnson being the lone exception) who moved from outside to inside the top 125 by winning an event. Vaughn Taylor (129th to 100th) and Jeff Overton (126th to 125th) moved inside the cut line as well this week, while Charles Warren (123rd to 127th), David Toms (124th to 128th) and Patrick Sheehan (125th to 129th) moved out – not that Toms has anything to worry about.
TAKE THAT, KATHY WHITWORTH: Annika Sorenstam earned her 89th career victory by defeating China's Li Ying Ye in a playoff at the Ladies European Tour's Suzhou Taihu Ladies Open in Ye's home country.
If all of those wins had come on the LPGA, Sorenstam would be the all-time wins leader. Kathy Whitworth currently holds that distinction with 88. Sorenstam has 72 on the LPGA, with one more event to play in 2008 ... and then, who knows?
I'M GOING TO DISNEY WORLD!: Erik Compton, who is trying to earn his PGA Tour card just five months after his second heart transplant, was granted an exemption into this week's Children's Miracle Network Classic at Disney.
Compton will be the first player since Casey Martin to use a cart during competition on Tour. It was just two weeks ago that the 28-year-old closed in 68 to advance past the first stage of Q-School. Things are looking up for the young man, and we at Backspin pray things will continue to go in his favor.
MAYBE I WILL, MAYBE I WILL: Phil Mickelson said last week that he is considering playing the necessary 12 tournaments in order to take up European Tour membership in 2009. If he does that, the world's No. 2 player will qualify for the new 'Race to Dubai,' which has an overall prize fund of $10 million.
Mickelson talks a lot so we're not going to jump overboard and assume he will actually play 12 European Tour events next season. But, others who have said yes include Anthony Kim and Camilo Villegas. Looks like the 'Race to Dubai' is already paying dividends for the tour.
THIS LOGO LOOKS HARRY: The European Tour revealed its new logo at the Volvo Masters. The new tour emblem sports a silhouette of Harry Vardon.
Padraig Harrington, for one, felt the image should have been that of Seve Ballesteros. Seve certainly would have been the sentimental choice, but given his battles with tour heads over the years he probably wasn't much of a candidate.
AND THE WINNERS ARE …: Andy Bean routed the field in soggy Sonoma, California at the Charles Schwab Cup Championship, the season finale on the Champions Tour. He finished nine shots clear of runner-up Gene Jones.
While Bean took the individual title, Jay Haas took home the season-long award for topping the Cup points list. Meanwhile, Bernhard Langer held off Haas to claim the money title. One tournament, three winners. Not a bad conclusion to a good year for the seniors.
GOOD GIG, IF YOU CAN GET IT: Hunter Mahan defeated Ryder Cup teammate Anthony Kim in a playoff to win the Kiwi Challenge. Mahan and Kim both finished at 8 under on the Cape Kidnappers and Kauri Cliffs courses on New Zealand’s North Island. Brandt Snedeker finished third, one back, and Adam Scott was fourth in the four-man field.
Mahan earned $1.5 million for playing two days on two of the most picturesque courses in the world and beating three other players. It's almost incomprehensible. We really can't say anything more about this.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Officials of the Seve Trophy announced that they plan to go ahead with the scheduling of the event next January despite Ballesteros' current condition ... Defending champion Justin Rose shot 80-81 at the Volvo Masters and then withdrew ... Candie Kung won the LPGA's Hana Bank Kolon Championship in South Korea.
Ballesteros was listed in stable condition as of the most recent update, which came out on Friday ... Rose didn't pull out because of his poor scores, but to be with his family in South Africa following the death of his grandfather ... Kung ended a five-year winless drought in the process.
Contributions from writers and editors on the Golf Channel Digital team.
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