By: John Boyette on June 16, 2010 - 12:47pm - Add new comment

It was a simple question, but the answer was a no-brainer.
As UGA teammates Russell Henley and Hudson Swafford walked the 18th fairway Tuesday at Pebble Beach Golf Links, the two discussed if they were going to go for the green in two or lay up on the famous par-5.
With the surf pounding the sea wall near the green and a cool breeze blowing on the Monterey Peninsula, it wasn't an easy shot, even during a practice round for the U.S. Open.
But the answer was yes, and for both UGA golfers.

By: John Boyette on June 15, 2010 - 8:01pm - Add new comment

Wow.

That's about the best I can do after seeing Pebble Beach Golf Links today for the first time.

And I haven't even seen the 8th, 9th and 10th holes.

But the golf course is very, very cool. And that matches the temperature, which is a welcome relief as temps reach triple digits back home. It was 52 this morning when we arrived at the golf course.

By: John Boyette on June 14, 2010 - 2:56pm - Add new comment

 

I'm on my way to the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.

Or, should I say, do you know the way to San Jose?

Apparently the way begins in Augusta, stops in Dallas, continues to Portland and then arrives in San Jose. Or in college football terms, I started in SEC/ACC country, flew to the heart of the Big XII, went over the Mountain West and landed in Pac-10 territory.

By: John Boyette on May 3, 2010 - 2:15pm - Add new comment

When Tom Watson talks, you should listen.

The golfer has been in the news a lot in the last year, beginning with his near victory at the British Open to his great play on the Champions Tour to his impressive performance at this year's Masters Tournament.

He held a conference call last week to tout his just-released DVD, Tom Watson - Lessons of a Lifetime, and I listened in.

By: John Boyette on April 12, 2010 - 8:37am - Add new comment

The Masters is all about hugs and kisses.

Not really, but if you look back at old photos of the winners, there are plenty of embraces that are worth embracing.

Three from recent years stand out for me:

1986: Jack Nicklaus and son Jackie, his caddie, hug on the 18th green following the Golden Bear's memorable round.

1997: Tiger Woods gives his "Pops," Earl Woods, a big ol' bear hug after shattering records.

2010: Phil Mickelson embraces his wife Amy in a poignant moment behind the 18th green.

By: John Boyette on March 16, 2010 - 6:34pm - Add new comment

Tiger Woods confirmed he will play in this year's Masters.

Now the question is: How will he fare?

Tell us what you think: Answer our poll question.

Don't let his lengthy absence fool you. Woods will be competitive. I'm not going as far to say he will win, but it wouldn't surprise me. I think he will make the 36-hole cut, though, and will be a factor at some point on the weekend.

By: John Boyette on February 27, 2010 - 9:00pm - Add new comment

It's over. Rayonta Whitfield stopped Sergio Espinoza with a big hook in the ninth, and he is now the North American Boxing Organization flyweight champion.

 

Here is what happened in the main event:

 

Whitfield was in command from the start, landing a number of punches against his opponent. The Augusta boxer known as "Stingray" put Espinoza on the mat in the second and seventh rounds, but he landed the deciding blow at the 2:49 mark of the ninth round.

By: John Boyette on February 19, 2010 - 1:34pm - Add new comment

It was a good first step, even if we don't know much more now than we did before.

Now, Tiger Woods will have to follow his words with actions and prove to his wife and family that he is sincere. He is right, though: whatever he did and however it is handled should be between his wife and him.

Will it be enough?

I was hoping for some kind of announcement about his golf plans, but in hindsight I guess it would have been tacky to come out and say, "Hey, I'm sorry I had all these affairs. I'll see you in April at the Masters."

By: John Boyette on December 16, 2009 - 5:33pm - Add new comment

Yes, I voted for Tiger Woods for Athlete of the Decade.

And, yes, I cast my ballot for Woods even after his mysterious early-morning car crash on Nov. 27.

It was really a simple decision. Compared to the other athletes on the ballot put forth by The Associated Press, Woods stood head and shoulders above the rest.

The group that voted on the award – Associated Press member editors – was asked to judge which athlete was the best over the last 10 years. What these athletes did away from their sport was not part of the question, nor should it have been.

By: John Boyette on September 25, 2009 - 12:08am - Add new comment

A few thoughts on the South Carolina-Ole Miss game while I wait for traffic to clear out around Williams-Brice Stadium. The Gamecocks held on for a 16-10 win, their first at home over a top-5 foe.

After taking a 16-3 lead midway through the third quarter, South Carolina found a way to win despite going three-and-out on its last five drives. Those 15 plays produced a whopping 13 yards, and no, I'm not counting the two knees Stephen Garcia took to end the game.

So, how did they do it?

"We've got a damn good defense," Garcia said.

Amen.

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