February 26, 2014 |
There are only a few true masterpieces that debuted in my lifetime: the '64 Mustang; Sandra Bullock's perfect chin; and "Caddyshack," whose director, Harold Ramis, passed the other day at age 69, too damn soon, as if only on life's 14th hole. And yet 1,000 laughs over par. From the snickering hiss of the fairway sprinklers to Rodney Dangerfield's bug-eyed dancing, "Caddyshack" mixed all that was right about sports and movies into one great comedy overture. Though panned by critics at the time, the 1980 movie remains a classic by any measure, and the funniest sports movie of all time, hands down.
February 21, 2014 |
Don't get attached to the new plug-in hybrid Golf that Volkswagen is bringing to the upcoming Geneva Motor Show. But let yourself get a little excited about what's under its skin. Germany's everyman brand will use its March 4 press conference to debut the Golf GTE. It's the latest version of the new generation of Golf hatchback that's been on sale in Europe for almost a year and is headed to our shores later in 2014. While VW says it doesn't currently plan to bring the GTE to the U.S. market, the hybrid powertrain that moves it will definitely land here.
February 16, 2014 |
Last June, just before the start of the U.S. Open, the U.S Golf Assn., with great fanfare, announced the kickoff of a campaign to address slow play in its game. The campaign, featuring TV ads with star players and actors, was called "While We're Young. " It was a play on the Rodney Dangerfield character who had used that phrase to express his disgust at a golfing slowpoke in the movie "Caddyshack. " Apparently, the USGA did not intend its message for PGA Tour players. During this week's Northern Trust Open at Riviera, which ended Sunday with Bubba Watson winning the title, the pace of play was slow.
February 9, 2014 |
Sometimes the best ideas come from teenagers when they are bored. Standout senior pitcher Tommy Wilson of Sherman Oaks Notre Dame had some free time, so he decided to pull out a pitching wedge from his car trunk and create a new way to take batting practice. He starting hitting a baseball with his wedge a few feet away from home plate down the third-base line, and teammate Justin Goossen-Brown then slammed the baseball over the fence in a Vine video that's headed for big-time status.
February 9, 2014 |
Tiger Woods' niece, Cheyenne Woods, has claimed her first victory on a major professional tour by shooting a final-round 69 at the Australian Ladies Masters on Sunday in Gold Coast, Australia. She finished with a four-round total of 16-under 276 to edge runner-up Minjee Lee, a 17-year-old amateur from Australia, by two strokes. Stacy Lee Bregman of South Africa and Camilla Lennarth of Sweden tied for third at 12 under. Like her famous uncle, she took command of the tournament with a birdie on a par-five hole, No. 15, at the Royal Pines Resort course to open a two-stroke lead she maintained on the final three holes.
January 27, 2014 |
And you thought the 405 Freeway on a Friday evening gets congested. It has nothing on the bumper-to-bumper jam at the top of the leaderboard Sunday during the final round of the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines Golf Course. Scott Stallings finally managed to inch away from the traffic with a birdie on the par-five 18th hole on the rugged South Course, giving him the third PGA Tour victory of his career and a $1.098-million check. Stallings shot a four-under-par 68 to finish at nine-under 279 on a soft day in which the course gave up more low scores than it had during the grueling third round but also retained enough of its muscle to keep anyone from building more than a one-shot lead at any point.
January 23, 2014 |
LA JOLLA - The guy in the signature black sweater vest here Thursday, walking the fairways of the Farmers Insurance Open, looked familiar. Oh, there was a little hitch in his get-along, perhaps a little more roundness near the belt. But the irons still fired at the pin and the velvety putting touch, on greens that demand nothing else, were the same. This was Rocco Mediate at Torrey Pines South. How can we ever forget? Why would we even try? It was the 2008 U.S. Open.
January 18, 2014 |
Stop the presses. Patrick Reed made a bogey on his 14th hole Saturday during the Humana Challenge. But do not despair, all you Reed fans. He had already made an eagle on his seventh hole, No. 16. Along the way, just for fun, he sprinkled in eight birdies. Yes, the same golfer who shot 63 on Thursday and 63 on Friday did it again Saturday. The line now reads: 63-63-63 - 189. That's 27 under par. The expectation about the drama level for Sunday's final round, as golf competes for TV viewers with the NFL playoffs, is lots of yawns.
January 17, 2014 |
For pro golfer Patrick Reed, Friday was Groundhog Day in the Southern California desert. He woke up to blue skies, warm temperatures, minimal wind and greens as smooth as a puppy's tummy. Again. So he went out and shot 63. Again. Reed, a 23-year-old Texan, leads the Humana Challenge by two shots. In most stops on the PGA tour, a 63-63 start that is 18 under par would have sent the rest of the guys off to call the airlines for early departure. After all, what's the use?
January 16, 2014 |
Thursday at the Humana Challenge was just another lousy day in paradise. The sun glistened against the mountains, temperatures hovered around 80, the wind took the day off and 112 pro golfers in a field of 155 shot under par. It was a day when there were more birdies than you'd see in an aviary at the three perfectly manicured golf courses in the desert city of La Quinta, After all the scoring carnage, the leader, at nine-under-par 63, was...