Monday, December 22, 2008

Finally Some Good News for John Daly...

A loyal reader turned me on to this article today. I'm sorry, "turned me on" was a poor choice of words. Apparently this year's winner in the woman's division of the RE/Max World Long Drive Championship was... well, not always a woman. Lana Lawless (pictured), previously a beefy L.A. SWAT officer, took home the title with a 254-yard drive. I know what you're thinking -- "Only 254 yards" Supposedly it was into a 40mph headwind. I really can't escape the puns here, folks.

A Little Housekeeping...

Really can't imagine many readers missed these, but Espn.com recently posted two new pieces of mine:

1) Tiger's Top 10 Shots of 2008

2) A 2nd excerpt from Follow The Roar...


Also, Deadspin.com included a few short clips of the book a week ago, which I forgot to post.

Enjoy!

Friday, December 19, 2008

One Year Ago Today...

It was one year ago today, Friday of the Target World Challenge, when my wife told me to get out of the house and go follow Tiger for the day. I'm glad I did. Click here to read the original espn article that led to an amazing 2008...

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Steve Williams Adds Endorsement

Starting in March of 2009, caddy Steve Williams will be endorsed by Duck Brand duct tape, the company's first foray into the world of athletic endorsements. As part of the deal, Williams will sport the Duck Brand duct tape logo on his left sleeve and the side of his hat. The front of his hat will remain reserved for his longtime sponsor, Valvoline. Williams will also sport a piece of it across his mouth.

Reached by phone in his native New Zealand on Thursday, Williams spoke about the deal saying, "Mmuaaamma ehhhwwmaam mmmw." Representatives for Williams said he was likely testing out some of their products during the conversation but that he's expected to make his first public comments on the deal within ten or fifteen years.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Sir Charles In Charge...

Look out Vijay... There's a golfer out there hitting more balls than you.

For two hysterical days, I had the opportunity to eavesdrop as Hank Haney coached one of the most famous athletes of our generation. No, not the guy you think. Over the past few months, Haney and 11-time NBA All Star Charles Barkley have been working to fix what everyone agrees is the worst swing in golf. The entire journey is part of an upcoming show on Golf Channel. And Men's Journal magazine sent me to Atlanta check in on them for an upcoming article.

How's it coming? There's plenty to say, but you'll have to wait. Until then, here's a sneak peek at a couple of Charles' better moments. And no, there was no trick photography at work here...

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Wild Few Days...

Apologies for disappearing for a bit this week. I was in Atlanta on a golf-related writing assignment and just got back. You had to figure something was strange when I didn't even pop up to mention John Daly's lastest attempt to endear himself to the golfing world. I'll fill you in about the Georgia trip before the weekend's through....

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Tiger, Spirit Flower and Me...

More than anything, I was hoping that Follow the Roar would be a fun read. Next on the list, I thought it would be an encouraging book for anyone feeling a little down on their luck. And I thought I had been successful until a blogger calling herself "Spirit Flower" emailed me the other day to tell me how reading my book has affected her. She chronicles her experience here, at Spirit Flower's Self Transcendence Journal.

Spirit started reading it on Saturday and immediately felt encouraged to not feel bad for herself and be more proactive in life. In her words, "I'll never be a world class golfer, or runner, or engineer; but as a spiritual practitioner, I definitely do the work of a world class mystic." I'm not a big fan of mysticism, but she at least seems to be getting the gist of the book.

But then came Sunday, as she dove further into the book, which led her to write this: "Now here I am reading about Tiger Woods and thinking about how I have no reason to live."

Uh-oh.

Maybe she just read about the CA Championship where Tiger has 7 lip outs in 28 holes. That was fairly depressing. But Spirit, hang in there. Seriously. Tiger returns for the U.S. Open and, spoiler alert, I guarantee what he did there will only cause you to open up those curtains and realize what a gift this life really is.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Fore Right EXCLUSIVE: Chat With Michelle Wie

Former teen phenom Michelle Wie has imposed a media blackout this week as she plays in the finals of the LPGA's Q-school, but Fore Right has secured an interview, so long as it was done via text message. What follows is our exclusive transcript.


FORERIGHT:
Thanks for taking some time out to chat, Michelle. Much appreciated.

WIE:
np

FORERIGHT:
So you're in the middle of Q-School and comfortably in 3rd place. What's been different about this week?

WIE:
ha BTHOOM! :)

FORERIGHT:
Bathroom?

WIE:
"BTHOOM" = Beats the heck out of me.

FORERIGHT:
Oh. Right. Well, you must at least be feeling good about your play, especially the 65 in round 2.

WIE:
DILLIGAD?

FORERIGHT:
Um...

WIE:
DILLIGAD = Do I look like I give a damn?

FORERIGHT:
Oh. Well actually, yeah, I think you do care. A lot actually.

WIE:
DBEYR

FORERIGHT:
You realize I'm not a teenage girl, don't you?

WIE:
Sorry -- Don't Believe Everything You Read

FORERIGHT:
Really? Are you saying you don't want to play pro golf anymore?

WIE:
cd9

FORERIGHT:
Hmm... Code 9?

WIE:
nice!

FORERIGHT:
I still don't know what that means.

WIE:
code 9 means parents r around. How old ru?

FORERIGHT:
31.

WIE:
ugh that's old. OK, rents gone. Look, DQMOT, okay?

FORERIGHT:
Again, I'm 31.

WIE:
Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! DQMOT = Don't Quote Me On This!

FORERIGHT:
I'm pretty sure I won't know what you're saying anyway.

WIE:
1 sec - my wrist is starting 2 hurt again

FORERIGHT:
You know what, maybe we should just stop this.

WIE:
No big d. Waiting 4 green to clr.

FORERIGHT:
You're doing this ON the course?

WIE:
Yeah. Y?

FORERIGHT:
I'm pretty sure that's against the rules.

WIE:
?????

FORERIGHT:
'Fraid so.

WIE:
:(

FORERIGHT:
I think you might have to DQ for this.

WIE:
DQ?

FORERIGHT:
Disqualify. How could you not know that one?

WIE:
:( x 1000000000!!

FORERIGHT:
I'm really sorry.

WIE:
cd9....... :(....... l8r.......