She Said

By Lori AtsedesNovember 16, 2010, 1:17 am

Football, Football, Football!

Once again, the boys decided to try and take me out. Once again, their great plan just didn't come together—thankfully!

Football decided to take me on in the Benching Challenge. The boys won the head-to-head matches and once again got to take a one-stroke advantage into the Benching Challenge.  Frankly, I was very nervous. A couple of episodes ago, I got my first strike, and the last thing I wanted was to get another strike. I'm sure my team was nervous too, although they tried not to show it. I know my team needed me to stay in the game!

So, there is a three-hole challenge, and I'm down a stroke before I tee off. Three holes is not a lot of time to make up a one-stroke advantage, but golf shows us again and again that anything is possible. The first hole is straightforward, and we end up tying. I feel like I'm close to finding my groove and just playing golf, but the nerves are as fierce as ever. The second hole was where the craziness started! Football hit it out of bounds! What the heck? I know this is a huge opportunity for me, but so far, hitting fairways has not been my strength. I hit the fairway. I couldn't decide on which club to hit on the second shot. That indecision caused me to pull the shot and miss the green. Now that advantage I thought I had was gone. As I have told all the girls I work with on Tour, forget what lies behind and stay in the moment. I took my own advice and pressed on. After all the ups and downs, we tie.

We have one more hole, and I'm still down a shot. Getting that second strike looks like a definite possibility. I knew I needed to play great, and I was going to need a little help from Football, too. Fortunately, Football did help me out! I don't know what happened to him, but it was like he suddenly forgot how to play golf. He hit it all over the place, chipped like a beginner and then putted like he had his eyes closed. I won! I couldn't believe it. My motto on the course is to keep moving, and this challenge was the perfect example of

why. In golf, you never know what is going to happen. Football gave me a $5,000 gift, MVP points and a trip to the spa.

Well, about that trip to the spa. It was great, but I'm not the spa kind of gal. Then, I find out I'm going to the spa with Football!? He has never had a massage, and I'm feeling a little uncomfortable getting a full body massage with a guy who is young enough to be my son! Needless to say, it was a great experience. Football is a great country bumpkin, but could use a little refinement in the spa area. So, next time you are heading to the spa, take Football with you. It's a whole different experience! I hope you enjoyed watching a country bumpkin and an old gal at the spa. Keep watching, because it just gets better!

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Watch: Spectator films as Woods' shot hits him

By Will GrayJuly 23, 2018, 12:07 am

It was a collision watched by millions of fans on television, and one that came at a pivotal juncture as Tiger Woods sought to win The Open. It also gave Colin Hauck the story of a lifetime.

Hauck was among dozens of fans situated along the left side of the 11th hole during the final round at Carnoustie as the pairing of Woods and Francesco Molinari hit their approach shots. After 10 holes of nearly flawless golf, Woods missed the fairway off the tee and then pulled his iron well left of the target.

The ball made square contact with Hauck, who hours later tweeted a video showing the entire sequence - even as he continued to record after Woods' shot sent him tumbling to the ground:

The bounce initially appeared fortuitous for Woods, as his ball bounded away from thicker rough and back toward the green. But an ambitious flop shot came up short, and he eventually made a double bogey to go from leading by a shot to trailing by one. He ultimately shot an even-par 71, tying for sixth two shots behind Molinari.

For his efforts as a human shield, Hauck received a signed glove and a handshake from Woods - not to mention a firsthand video account that will be sure to spark plenty of conversations in the coming years.

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Molinari retirement plan: coffee, books and Twitter

By Will GrayJuly 22, 2018, 9:35 pm

After breaking through for his first career major, Francesco Molinari now has a five-year exemption on the PGA Tour, a 10-year exemption in Europe and has solidified his standing as one of the best players in the world.

But not too long ago, the 35-year-old Italian was apparently thinking about life after golf.

Shortly after Molinari rolled in a final birdie putt to close out a two-shot victory at The Open, fellow Tour player Wesley Bryan tweeted a picture of a note that he wrote after the two played together during the third round of the WGC-HSBC Champions in China in October. In it, Bryan shared Molinari's plans to retire as early as 2020 to hang out at cafes and "become a Twitter troll":

Molinari is active on the social media platform, with more than 5,600 tweets sent out to nearly 150,000 followers since joining in 2010. But after lifting the claret jug at Carnoustie, it appears one of the few downsides of Molinari's victory is that the golf world won't get to see the veteran turn into a caffeinated, well-read troll anytime soon.

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Molinari had previously avoided Carnoustie on purpose

By Rex HoggardJuly 22, 2018, 9:17 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Sometimes a course just fits a player’s eye. They can’t really describe why, but more often than not it leads to solid finishes.

Francesco Molinari’s relationship with Carnoustie isn’t like that.

The Italian played his first major at Carnoustie, widely considered the toughest of all The Open venues, in 2007, and his first impression hasn’t really changed.

“There was nothing comforting about it,” he said on Sunday following a final-round 69 that lifted him to a two-stroke victory.

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In fact, following that first exposure to the Angus coast brute, Molinari has tried to avoid Carnoustie, largely skipping the Dunhill Links Championship, one of the European Tour’s marquee events, throughout his career.

“To be completely honest, it's one of the reasons why I didn't play the Dunhill Links in the last few years, because I got beaten up around here a few times in the past,” he said. “I didn't particularly enjoy that feeling. It's a really tough course. You can try and play smart golf, but some shots, you just have to hit it straight. There's no way around it. You can't really hide.”

Molinari’s relative dislike for the layout makes his performance this week even more impressive considering he played his last 37 holes bogey-free.

“To play the weekend bogey-free, it's unthinkable, to be honest. So very proud of today,” he said.

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Rose: T-2 finish renewed my love of The Open

By Jay CoffinJuly 22, 2018, 9:00 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Justin Rose made the cut on the number at The Open and was out for an early Saturday morning stroll at Carnoustie when, all of a sudden, he started putting together one great shot after another.

There was no pressure. No one had expected anything from someone so far off the lead. Yet Rose shot 30 on the final nine holes to turn in 7-under 64, the lowest round of the championship. By day’s end he was five shots behind a trio of leaders that included Jordan Spieth.

Rose followed the 64 with a Sunday 69 to tie for second place, two shots behind winner Francesco Molinari. His 133 total over the weekend was the lowest by a shot, and for a moment he thought he had a chance to hoist the claret jug, until Molinari put on a ball-striking clinic down the stretch with birdies on 14 and 18.

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“I just think having made the cut number, it’s a great effort to be relevant on the leaderboard on Sunday,” said Rose, who collected his third-career runner-up in a major. He’s also finished 12th or better in all three majors this year.

In the final round, Rose was well off the pace until his second shot on the par-5 14th hole hit the pin. He had a tap-in eagle to move to 5 under. Birdie at the last moved him to 6 under and made him the clubhouse leader for a few moments.

“It just proves to me that I can play well in this tournament, that I can win The Open,” Rose said. “When I’m in the hunt, I enjoy it. I play my best golf. I don’t back away.

“That was a real positive for me, and it renewed the love of The Open for me.”