Perhaps I spoke too soon about the future of the Atlantic Coast Conference.
In a week when speculation about Florida State and Clemson possibly abandoning the ACC for the football-first Big 12 seemed far-fetched, suddenly it might make sense for Virginia Tech and Miami to join them in jumping ship.
Well, at least if football relevance is the driving financial force (which it is). You can also kiss Notre Dame goodbye, commissioner John Swofford.
The greatest South African major champion will take his honorary place on Augusta National’s first tee with his Big Three mates.
The newest South African superstar will be serving braai to his fellow Masters Tournament champions.
What’s currently missing for the 76th Masters is the bridge between Gary Player and Charl Schwartzel – Ernie Els.
I met Furman Bisher on a cold call.
It was just days before Super Bowl XXXIII in Miami and I was working on a feature about the unlikely rise of the long-suffering Atlanta Falcons. The best place to start seemed to be with the man who’d been covering them since their sorry beginnings.
So I called the front desk of the media hotel and asked to be connected to the room of Furman Bisher. Despite not knowing me from Adam, the then 80-year sportswriting legend agreed to meet me a couple hours later in the hospitality room.
Despite sitting just outside the bubble for earning a Masters Tournament invitation, Japanese star Ryo Ishikawa won't have to sweat out the last month trying to play his way into the season's first major.
Augusta National Golf Club and Masters chairman Billy Payne announced Tuesday that Ishikawa has accepted a special invitation to compete in the 2012 Masters. It's the second time Ishikawa has been granted a free pass to Augusta, the first time as a teenage phenomenon in 2009.
Never before has a No. 1 golfer in the world brought this much boyish charisma to the stage.
Rory McIlroy hadn't been No. 1 for a day before he showed a sense of humor and derring do by letting his girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki pull him out of the stands and play a point against Maria Sharapova in a televised tennis match in Madison Square Garden on Monday night.
The occasionally warped mind and always sharp wit of David Feherty has created the best golf show on television – not that he’s ever seen it.
“I’ve never seen a single episode of the show,” Feherty said Tuesday as he plugged the second season of Feherty in a Golf Channel conference call. “It creeps me out watching myself. I have to take more medication than usual. It makes me genuinely nervous and sick to my stomach watching myself on television. It's something I should be able to get over, but I can't.”
UPDATE: Seems only fair to post this update on top since Keegan Bradley addressed one of his issues on Twitter this afternoon. @Keegan_Bradley tweeted: "Id like to apologize for my spitting It's like a reflex,I don’t even know I’m doing it, but it's a longtime habit I’ve got to try to conquer"
That's the kind of contrition that can change opinions. Still this is what I wrote before his apology.
Edited from a press announcement on Tuesday from Riviera Country Club:
LOS ANGELES – World Golf Hall of Famer Ernie Els announced that registration is now open for the Els for Autism Golf Challenge, the largest international charity-driven amateur golf tournament in history.
The next six weeks are set for the most dynamic Masters Tournament qualifying spree in memory.
Among the non-qualified bubble players seeking a top-50 invitation at the conclusion of Bay Hill are two of the biggest major players for more than a decade – Retief Goosen and Ernie Els.
Press release from the USGA on Wednesday:
FAR HILLS, N.J. – The United States Golf Association is honoring the accomplishments in the game of golf of three transcendent African-American athletes – Jackie Robinson, Joe Louis and Althea Gibson – with a special exhibit at the USGA Museum.