February 26, 1997 |
We hold this truth to be self-evident: There are two kinds of golf tournaments this year, the ones that have Tiger Woods playing and the ones that don't. This thing isn't near over. We can only imagine what's coming next: Furry little Tiger club head covers on hood ornaments. Stripes on eggs. A talk show--"Rosie" . . . "Oprah" . . . "Tiger?" This week, the Tiger Woods bandwagon pulls into Riviera Country Club for the Nissan Open, accompanied by the usual fanfare.
November 21, 1991 |
There Chip Beck stood, for maybe the 1,000th time, staring at a three-foot putt. It was long enough to miss but too important not to make. Sink it and Beck's name would be entered into the record book alongside Al Geiberger's, the only golfer to shoot a 59 for 18 holes in a PGA tournament. Geiberger's record had stood for 14 years. Beck's knees began to shake. Simply put, he was nervous as hell. He walked away from the putt, over to the side of the green, and tried to stop his mind from racing.
June 8, 1997 |
Golf is life. The saying has appeared on bumper stickers, T-shirts and hats as a form of metaphoric humor. But for Flintridge Prep junior Russell Surber, it is no joking matter. Surber, The Times' golfer of the year in the region, takes the sport pretty seriously. He plays year-round in dozens of American Junior Golf Assn. events as well as the high school season. His endless hours of daily practice include regular trips to Lawndale to meet with instructor Randy Peterson at Alondra Golf Course.
February 11, 2004 |
He showed up Tuesday on the first tee at Torrey Pines before 6:30 a.m. and waited. Chris Heintz had a plan. The 19-year-old UCLA freshman, an amateur qualifier for the Buick Invitational, figured if he timed it just right, he could play a practice round with the only golfer who matters to him. About 20 minutes later, the strategy worked out precisely as Heintz had hoped it would. "He walked onto the tee, by himself, and I introduced myself to him," Heintz said.
March 1, 1992 |
About the only thing that keeps Kyle Wilson off the golf course this time of year is baseball. Wilson, a 6-foot-3 senior, hasn't been spending much time lately with his favorite pastime--working on his golf swing. Instead, he has been polishing a pretty wicked breaking ball for the Estancia High School baseball team. Still, Wilson works one day a week at Costa Mesa Golf Course, where he repairs carts and does other maintenance work. He even plays the course now and then.
July 21, 1992 |
Most people didn't know Larry Laoretti from Mario Andretti. Then, out of nowhere, he stepped on a golf course and won the U.S. Senior Open championship the other weekend--knocking the argyle socks off such marketing millionaires as Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer.
November 16, 1991 |
The golf course officials covered Donald DeGreve's body with a sheet right where he had died, putting on the 16th green, and his neighbors were asked to play through. "We told them they had to skip from 15 to 17," said Bob Sheffield, Winter Haven's director of leisure services. DeGreve, 65, suffered a heart attack and could not be revived by a nurse or rescue workers.
May 21, 2013 |
Changes to the rules of golf don't come often. But when they do, it's sure to create plenty of discussion. On Tuesday, as expected, the talk started as both the U.S. Golf Assn. and the Royal & Ancient Golf Club banned what is commonly referred to as belly putting, or anchoring a club against your body while making a stroke. The long club is not being outlawed, just that stroke. The ban takes effect in 2016. "The traditional stroke involves swinging the club with both the club and the gripping hands held away from the body, requiring the player to direct and control the movement of the entire club," USGA President Glen Nager said in a statement.
January 21, 2010 |
Tiger Woods was never the sort of athlete to get involved with social issues, not like Muhammad Ali protesting the Vietnam War or Martina Navratilova championing gay rights. But the scandal enveloping the superstar golfer has prompted national debate on several fronts, touching upon the intersection of celebrity and private life, raising questions about whether any athlete should be considered a role model. Now comes a new topic: Sex addiction. A spate of unconfirmed news reports and blog items this week have Woods checking into a private clinic in Mississippi to treat an alleged addiction to sex. Regardless of whether the reports are true, they have people talking about something that ranges far outside the world of sports.