By: John Boyette on June 14, 2012 - 11:35pm - Add new comment

SAN FRANCISCO -- I saw a man fight for his life Thursday at the U.S. Open.


A gentleman collapsed near the 15th tee at Olympic Club. I was out following the Zach Johnson, Retief Goosen and Vijay Singh grouping when I noticed a small commotion. When I saw the San Francisco policeman assigned to the group go over and start CPR, I knew it was serious.

Someone said he just collapsed and hit his head on the concrete cart path.

I watched from a respectful distance, and I prayed for the man. I wasn't alone.

By: John Boyette on June 14, 2012 - 10:48am - Add new comment

By now you know San Francisco's Matt Cain threw a perfect game last night.

I am painfully aware because I had a chance to attend the game. Let me explain:

When I made plans to attend the U.S. Open at Olympic a few weeks back, there was discussion of going to Tuesday night's Giants game. I also was invited to a party hosted by Art and Liz Spander on Wednesday night.

Perfect, we could do both.

By: John Boyette on June 13, 2012 - 5:57pm - Add new comment

Today's weather started out a tad differently than Tuesday in San Francisco.

Fog rolled in over the Olympic Club, making it difficult to see on the drive along the Pacific Coast. I think the locals call it a marine layer.

That gave way to bright sunshine and another postcard-type day.

By: John Boyette on June 12, 2012 - 3:19pm - Add new comment

Greetings from sunny San Francisco.

How many times can you say (or write) that? Particularly with all the rain that has fallen in the Augusta area since Sunday, forgive me if I gloat about the nice weather at this week's U.S. Open.

I arrived Monday and did the required tourist things: ride a cable car, visit Fisherman's Wharf, walk around the vibrant downtown area. This isn't my first visit to the Bay Area, and I hope it's not my last.

By: John Boyette on June 6, 2012 - 2:28pm - Add new comment

The news came out of left field and punched me right in the gut.


I was scrolling on Facebook this afternoon when I saw that Arnie Burdick, longtime media director for the Heritage golf tournament onHilton Head Island, had died. He was 92.


Arnie Burdick isn’t a household name to most folks, but to anyone who has ever covered the PGA Tour event he was an essential contact. He was one of those folks who didn’t need to be called by his last name; his first sufficed.


By: John Boyette on May 16, 2012 - 12:44pm - Add new comment

Today marks a very important milestone in my life.


No, it’s not my birthday. (Hint: It’s in August.)


And it isn’t my anniversary. I think that’s in September.


On this date – May 16, 1982 – I made my first hole-in-one. It also happened to be my last if you don’t count putt-putt, which I don’t.


By: John Boyette on March 17, 2012 - 12:40pm - Add new comment

Take a minute out of your St. Patrick’s Day celebrations today to raise your glass or tip your hat to Bobby Jones, the greatest amateur golfer of all time.
Jones was born on St. Patrick’s Day in 1902 in Atlanta. A child prodigy, he broke through to win his first major golf title in 1923 and won at least one for eight consecutive years.
His career culminated with the Grand Slam – victories in the British Amateur, British Open, U.S. Open and U.S. Amateur – in a single year. Jones’ 1930 season stands alone as the greatest single year in golf.

By: John Boyette on January 2, 2012 - 5:36pm - Add new comment

OK, it's official: We can call the 2011 Gamecocks the best football team in school history.

With the 30-13 victory Monday over Nebraska in the Capital One Bowl, South Carolina completed the season with an 11-2 record. It is the most wins in a season in Gamecock history.

Sadly for South Carolina fans, there are only a few seasons that merit discussion:

1980: George Rogers wins Heisman Trophy and leads Gamecocks to 8-3 mark, but they lost to Clemson in season finale and got whipped in Gator Bowl by Pitt.

By: John Boyette on November 12, 2011 - 10:49pm - Add new comment

It's ironic that on the same day South Carolina beat Florida, posted its best SEC record and completed a sweep of Eastern Division rivals, the Gamecocks also were losers.

Georgia's convincing win over Auburn a few hours after South Carolina's 17-12 victory more than likely gives the Bulldogs the right to represent the East in the SEC title game. Once the formality of beating Kentucky is taken care of next week, the Bulldogs will have completed an impressive turnaround after starting the season 0-2.

By: John Boyette on October 11, 2011 - 5:37pm - Add new comment

The train wreck that was the Stephen Garcia experiment finally derailed Tuesday.

It wasn't a fiery crash, but rather the inevitable conclusion to a bizarre five-year period in South Carolina football history. How else did you think it would end?

Garcia was dismissed from the Gamecocks today after he failed to hold up his end of a "contract" with the university. This came after he was suspended a fifth -- FIFTH! -- time for his career. Has any other player ever been given that many "second" chances?

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