Golf's all-time greatest player celebrates a birthday today.
Jack Nicklaus is 73. It's not a milestone birthday or a round number, and in golf terms it's not even a good score for a player of the Golden Bear's caliber.
But after a week of weird (Manti Te'o and his fake girlfriend), disappointing (Lance Armstrong's interviews with Oprah) and sad (deaths of baseball legends Stan Musial and Earl Weaver) news in sports, let's start this week off on a positive note.
Augusta businessman Paul Butler competed in the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii over the weekend.
Note that this was a full Ironman: 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and 26.2-mile run. Butler's company, ESi, is the title sponsor of the Ironman 70.3 Augusta, a half-Ironman event that was held last month.
Butler, 70, finished 16th in his age group with an overall time of 16 hours, 11 minutes and 56 seconds.
Arnold Barrett, Butler's friend, took video from the event.
Gene Sauers wasn’t quite sure how he would be received when he joined the Champions Tour at the end of August.
After all, the Savannah native hadn’t been on golf’s radar for quite some time. A bout with Stevens-Johnson Syndrome, a rare and painful skin disorder, had left doctors puzzled and Sauers frustrated until he finally got a proper diagnosis.
But when he teed it up in the Boeing Classic outside of Seattle, Sauers found he was still one of the guys.
Is there a quarterback controversy at South Carolina?
I don't think so.
Steve Spurrier, who is no stranger to juggling quarterbacks in his coaching career, could see this one coming from miles away Saturday. After Dylan Thompson stepped in for injured Connor Shaw and lit up East Carolina's secondary, Spurrier did his best to downplay any potential controversy.
"We'll do it like we did this week. We'll get Dylan ready. If Connor is 100 percent to practice Wednesday or Thursday, Connor will be the starter."
KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. -- Play in the 94th PGA Championship is under way, and three golfers share the early lead at 5-under-par on The Ocean Course.
You've heard of Rory McIlroy. Probably heard of Carl Pettersson if you follow golf at all. But who is Joost Luiten?
For starters, here's how you pronounce his first name: It rhymes with toast.
The golfer from The Netherlands is 26, has one European Tour victory and enjoys long walks on the beach. OK, I made that last part up, but Luiten does seem to be enjoying Pete Dye's creation along the Atlantic.
South Carolina football coach Steve Spurrier is always a treat to listen to.
When I pulled up in the parking lot at Cobblestone Park Golf Club for the annual media day outing, I didn't have to wait long to hear his familiar voice.
"What did you guys do?" Spurrier asked defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward.
Ward's team didn't win, nor did Spurrier's, but the assistant coach did achieve a milestone when he made his first hole-in-one Thursday. That pleased Spurrier, who pointed out after lunch that Ward's ace was the first in the history of the media day golf outing.
The news out of Columbia this morning is that baseball coach Ray Tanner will become South Carolina's new athletic director.
That's an excellent choice, and another positive development for the Gamecocks.
Tanner has won two national championships at South Carolina and almost pulled off a third title in Omaha this year. He's easily the most successful coach the Gamecocks have ever known.
While Tanner seemed an obvious replacement for Eric Hyman, previous administrations at South Carolina didn't always make the obvious (or right) choice.
SAN FRANCISCO -- I'm sitting in the San Francisco airport, waiting for my red-eye flight home. After eight exciting days in this city for the U.S. Open, I am ready to be home.
First, though, some final thoughts on the week and what transpired. Let's do it day by day:
Monday, June 11: Great travel day and I arrived in San Francisco early. I took the BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit, their version of MARTA) and went downtown. I was a total tourist with a cable car ride and a lengthy visit to Fisherman's Wharf. In N Out Burger for a late lunch, can't beat that.
SAN FRANCISCO -- It's the final day of the U.S. Open at Olympic Club, and you can expect a wild afternoon. Thirteen players are within four shots of the lead, and that doesn't include Tiger Woods who is five behind.
Blake Adams, who lives on the outskirts of Swainsboro, Ga., would seem to be the Jack Fleck on the leaderboard. For those who don't know, Fleck was a little-known Iowa pro who beat Ben Hogan in a playoff in the 1955 Open at Olympic.
SAN FRANCISCO - Blake Adams, who lives just outside of Swainsboro, Ga., got off to a rough start today at the U.S. Open.
He began bogey, double bogey, bogey to go 4-over in his first three holes. To his credit, he bounced back with five pars and a birdie to complete his first nine.
The good news is that the leaders are also struggling at Olympic Club today. Currently, Adams is just four shots out of the lead.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Phil Mickelson celebrated his birthday Saturday and the gallery around the 18th hole serenaded him with "Happy Birthday."